The beauty climate has taken a turn, favoring natural texture, personal style, and a "do you" attitude over painstakingly ironing, pinning, and styling. Designers have allowed each one of their model's uniqueness to shine through on the runway, and the industry has followed suit. It's a celebration of beauty—big, small, smooth, and frizzy—as it should have been all along.
So, when we look to what the next year holds, it's an exciting time. My curls have never felt more like me, every undefined, puffy strand. I've never felt more apt to try a new color, instead of sticking to the blond I was born with. Expression is the word, folks, and it's time to show off your own. To find out what new and exciting hairstyles will be huge in 2017, and adapt them to our own personalities, I reached out to a few of my absolute favorite hair experts with psychic trend-forecasting abilities. See below for four unique hair trends to come in the next 365 days.
Matt Fugate, Kérastase's consulting hairstylist, says, "Curls, for sure! Get out your foam rollers (or your mom's old sponge ones) and embrace your texture. We are seeing a huge bouncy, shaggy curl movement. Use a curl activator like Kérastase Discipline Oléo-Curl Cream ($42) on 50% dry hair. Then, wrap your hair around something—rollers, soda cans, sharpie markers, whatever! Let your hair dry, either all night (if you have foam rollers) or use a diffuser to dry it in the morning. Once your hair is dry, flip your head over and shake out your curls. Touch up with a small iron for lift at the root."
Kari Hill, L'Oréal Paris's celebrity colorist (and the magician behind my blond), explains, "Everyone is requesting to go lighter these days—brunettes, blondes, redheads and everything in between. I keep seeing this trend getting bigger and bigger and across all of my clients. I think this will definitely continue to increase in the new year all the way through spring and summer. The way to achieve this without actually changing your base color is to add pops of blonde and lighter pieces around your face. It'll brighten you up and helps give off that overall lighter look. Try it at home is with the L'Oréal Paris Superior Preference Glam Lights ($12)."
>Hill continues, "In the new year, bold color is definitely going to be all the rage. Even now I see more and more people coming into salon who want to make a bold statement and try a fun, bright shade. L'Oréal Paris is launching semi-permanent, wash-out color in January, so you can try a variety of shades from pink to blue to Pantone's color of the year, Greenery. I love that you can wash the color out and try different ones. You can also do different looks from all-over color to peek-a-boo pieces depending on your comfort level."
>"Lastly," Hill adds, "Everyone wants super shiny hair!" So, take a break from your matte waves and texturizing spray (just for a minute, we love them too) and invest in shine sprays and serums. "Shiny hair is often associated with multi-dimension color," Hill suggests. "Achieving this at home with Superior Preference ($8) is super easy. The formula gives your hair super shiny, luminous color and comes with a great conditioner in the kit."
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