Our inner old person may be silently screaming, 'How is it 2018 already? Where does the time go?' but our outer most fabulous person is saying, 'Oh hey new hair'. Because a new year brings with it a whole host of new hairstyles and hair trends just waiting to be experimented with. Whether it's the return of hair bands and school girl plaits, or working a bob with a fringe (it works, trust) the new year brings with it the perfect opportunity to test out the most coveted hairstyles and hair trends working their way down the runways and onto the streets. We asked the UK's top hairstylists and colourists to find out what they predict will be the biggest hair trends of 2018.
KEEP THE CURLS
With 2017's obsession with curly and natural textured hair not going anywhere, 2018 is all about upping the ante and getting those curls bigger and even better. Leave the relaxer at home and embrace your kinks and coils - curly girls this is your year. 'Avoid brushing textured hair when styling it, if you want to preserve the curl pattern, unless you're deliberately going for an undefined look,' says celebrity hairstylist and Solange's go-to guy Vernon Francois. 'Instead, use your fingers or a three in one style pick.'
From Selena Gomez to Lily Collins, dirty blonde is the new A-list hair colour trend du jour. Keep the roots dark, and the lengths a warm golden blonde to get the trend bang on. 'It used to be about getting your hair whiter than white because it was so unattainable,' says BLEACH creative director and rainbow hair pioneer Alex Brownsell. 'Golden shades with warmer tones all over is the new platinum.'
BIG AND BOUNCY
Hold the press! The big, bouncy, blowdry has had a triumphant return to fashion week shows and celebs everywhere. No longer, 'uncool ' , glossy, glamorous hair that looks seriously healthy is back in. 'Fashion's nod to 805 heritage brands is bringing back our beloved early 805 disco vibe and hair naturally has to follow says Margot Robbie's go-to hairsty]ist Pau] Edmonds. 'l like to think big is back but it has manageability, it's not as set looking (no 805 rollers!) but is textured with volume, curls that are broken with a soft flick front. Think Cindy Crawford in her white T and jeans.'
A little granny chic, a whole lot riviera cool, head scarves are back. Working their way down the runway at Derek Lam and Marc Jacobs, nab your aunt's printed silk head scarfto look oh-so SS18. to be worn with an ]ta]ian ]uxe fee] seen at D&G SS18 rather than 405 landmine vibe,' says TRESemme UK Hair Ambassador Aaron Carlo. 'Wear it tied flat around the head with a low chignon with bounce at the crown and embrace the flyaway texture to keep it young and cool. Antique patterns and textures make it a real feature.'
UNDONE WET LOOK HAIR
Wet look hair might not be anything new but there's a 2018 twist on the look you need to know about. Once poker straight and stuck to your head, wet look hair has been set free and given an injection of texture. Leave it loose and tousled for this year's update. 'Wet look curls are great says hairstylist Larry King. 'Scott Ade at Larry King recently styled Arizona Muse's wavy hair for the serpentine ball, it's a softer version and less harsh than poker a straight finish.'