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Winter Hair Trends 2017-2018

December 14, 2017 · Posted in: Beauty, Blog, Hair

The year is slowly rolling to an end and the winter season has just arrived here in Chicago. With a brand new season that ends with a brand new year, there are all sorts of fresh trends hitting the scene. From cuts to wild color, 2018 has got every taste and style covered. Read on to find out what’s hot this winter.

Keeping it Natural

Last year, we saw a ton of length especially when it came to extensions. This year, we’re keeping it simple with a more natural approach. For this look, keep hair at a length that works for you- something you can style with little effort. This look is all about air-drying your hair and embracing its natural texture with a little bit of finger styling to help movement. Bets products for this look are dry shampoos like MoroccanOil or Verb. These will eliminate any oils from your hair but will help add volume on non-wash days.

Shag is in!

If you’re someone who is stuck on short hair or is in the process of growing out that shaved cut from last year and needs something new, look no more. This year, we’re taking bobs and we’re giving them a little edge. The shag is back in full swing this winter. Taking inspiration from the 80s, creating extremely short layers up top while keeping the ultimate length long will have you feeling like a rock star. This look gives you movement and versatility. Grab some Grooming clay to help add a piece-y texture throughout your hair.

Sleek it back

This look went out of style a couple of years ago, but its back with a vengeance. Slicked back styled hair is coming around in 2018 as seen on the red carpet. This simple style gives volume and fierceness which still looking relaxed and wearable even in every day wear. A mouse such as MoroccanOil’s Volumizing Mousse can help blow-dry your hair back while adding volume. A lighter hairspray like Aveda’s Air Control or a light pomade such as Aveda’s Pure Performance Pomade can help style the hair and keep it slicked back.

Looser Curls

Last season, the look was more coiled when it came to curls. This winter- along with trying to keep it natural- looser curls are in. Curls that are relaxed and natural feeling are perfect especially through the cold weather. All you need is a one inch or larger barrel curler if you don’t naturally have curly hair. Instead of pinning the curls to allow them to cool, let them hang and run your fingers through them to loosen them up. For natural curly hair, add a curl enhancer like Aveda’s BeCurly Curl Enhancer or MorocanOil’s Curl Enhancing Cream. If you’re looking to keep curls in your hair, MoroccanOil’s Curl Enhancing Spray is perfect for hold and extra oomph.

Release your Unicorn

We’re finally stepping away from the ‘granny’ trend and moving back into the Technicolor dream; however, instead of bright neon, we’re going back into softer pastels. Pastel colors let you get creative with your hair without feeling overbearing. The look is soft and delicate with the room to be as wild as you can dream. Looks like Opalite Hair, Rose Gold and Lavender will be coming back into the seen just in time for Spring! Keep in mind: Pastels can be a process if you’re not already blonde. You will need to talk to your colorist before taking the plunge since it can be a long process.

Violets are in

Alongside pastels colors, the color of the season is violet! Whether you’re looking for a deep, jewel-toned plum or a soft lavender, you can’t go wrong with this color trend. Violet is a pretty simple color to achiever whether you have dark or light hair, just know that there may be some time and lightening involved getting the look. Since violets have such a wide range of tones, don’t be afraid to talk to your stylist and have them help choose the perfect shade for your skin tone.

Welcome the warmth

There have been a lot of cool colors on trend this year from gray to icy blonde, but we’re stepping away this year. Trends like ashy browns and gray tones are still in; however, we’re seeing a lot more warmth to the hair. This ranges from buttery blondes, to coppers. Even darker tones are adding coppery red undertones to their hair to create deep mahoganies and chocolatey brunettes.

With all the trends bringing us into the New Year, some from last season are here to stay such as balayages, rooty blondes and ashy tones. Don’t forget to consult with your stylist on any major change you’re looking to get done for your hair, they’re here to help! We can’t wait to see what spring and summer will bring in 2018, but for now, we’re ready for winter!

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