Ask the Experts..."What styles are hot this season?" March 01, 2017 15:51
A new season is the perfect time to think about a style change, there's no better way to welcome autumn on the right foot than by sitting down in the stylist's chair and reinventing your look.
So who better to seek expert tips from, than our very own Director Hair Stylist, Steve Morgan
We asked Steve to share with us his thoughts and trend predictions for the upcoming season and what he is loving right now?
Every Kind of Fringe
Want change, but feeling hesitant about a big chop? Steve suggests a long fringe. Its the ultimate style change without over committing yourself and is a huge trend on the runways, magazine covers and trends collections. "I'm loving fringe that hits right at the eye," he says. "It's a great way to change up your look without having to take off a lot of length."
Natural Hair Textures
This past season, hairstylists sent more and more models down the runway sporting their natural hair textures — and Steve encourages everyone 'off' the runway to follow suit. Your hair is your hair...and although it is great to change it up with styling tools and products at the end of the day you want to work with what you've got!
"We don't have time to fuss over blowing out our hair and fighting what it naturally wants to do," he says. "I think it's so important to know what your hair and lifestyle can handle to keep your look chic and effortless."
Tip: Be upfront with your stylist about the products you use. It's not a bad idea to go into your session with air-dried strands, so we can get a good read on your 'do. "My goal is to make your hair look the best I can with less effort in styling by enhancing what is already there," Steve says.
The lob has been wildly popular for years, but 2017's rendition is a bit different. Steve sees this mid-length style with a lot more layers. "This is a fun, stylish way to take your lob to the next level," he says.
If you're already rocking a shoulder-length 'do, you may not even need to take off any length. We could simply add a few layers. By cutting in some texture, you can achieve all manner of looks — like Hailey Baldwin's beachy waves.
Long, Shiny and Smooth
Break out your blowdryer, because Steve predicts the long, glossy blow waves are back. "I think that some of the girls that cut their hair shorter this past year will be ready to grow it into long, one-length, blunt hair," he says. "Think Cher and Ali MacGraw's long, gorgeous hair."
If you do decide to go the grow-out route — instead of just throwing in some extensions — remember to get regular trims. They'll keep your ends in great shape.
The shag was huge in 2016 and this trend has only just begun. "What I love about this silhouette is that the cut really styles itself with soft lines and seamless layers," Steve says. "It can work on straight and wavy hair, long or short."
Layers have been absent in the past few seasons but expect to see this trend progress as hairdressers and their clients get braver and bolder with their style.
There are many variations on the shag, which can be tailored to your face shape. "The trick to making this cut work is to have your stylist create soft lines with their scissors by point-cutting or using a razor," he says. Just make sure to have a consultation with your stylist ahead of your haircut to ensure you're on the same page.
But the best part about a shag is how versatile it can be. Part your fringe any way you'd like and your look is transformed in minutes. Heat-style for a polished look or air-dry for something more playful and fun — the possibilities are endless.
This is the year! Time to take the plunge and test-drive a dramatic style. Steve says that bold, graphic cuts will be huge. "Think heavyweight lines that make your hair swing, like the iconic bobs and wedges," he says. "I'm also spotting undercuts, buzzed hair, short bobs, and bold bangs all over."
These cuts make a statement and can give you an edge that can be quite feminine," Steve says. "It gives a strong focus to your gorgeous face, neck, and shoulders." So if you're ready to go bold, a blunt bob like this is a killer option.
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