2018’s Hottest Hair Trends

A call to embrace individuality in terms of texture, cut and color is painting 2018 as a year for innovative hairstyle trends. Take chances on vibrant hues, statement accessories, sexy waves and daring chops. “With hair today, it’s difficult to define one particular style,” said Jamie Mazzei, owner, creative director and senior stylist at nuBest Salon and Spa in Manhasset. “People want to wear their hair as an accessory.” Considering there are so many fresh options to choose from, it is the perfect time to hone a personal style and abandon your stuck-in-the-rut routine.

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Short Hair

Long locks are a classic, safe style that will never be outdated, but the look is being eclipsed by edgy “bombshell boy” crops that took over Tom Ford’s spring runway. Extremely short styles are more in demand than ever, Mazzei observed, but that doesn’t exclude more middle-of-the-road interpretations for those not ready for a drastic chop. “People want a change and cutting it is the best way to achieve that,” he said. “For people that don’t want to go as extreme, we’re cutting it to the shoulder and adding longer layers to create shape.”

Tousled Waves

Stick-straight hair is not particularly forgiving when it comes to framing the face. Luckily, flat-ironed locks have fallen out of favor and loose waves reminiscent of beach days are back with tidal-force power. “Wavy hair has a very sexy feel to it—it’s more uplifting, more interesting, it reads more fun,” said Mazzei, who achieves the effortless-looking style by using his hands while drying the hair to add volume, then finishing with a large barrel curling iron.

Bold & Youthful Color

This year’s top hues are not bashful. The trend takes a cue from model Coco Rocha, who recently dyed her mousy brown hair platinum blonde as the face of Balmain Hair Couture. “Hair color is getting bolder,” said Christian Fleres, nuBest’s master colorist. “We’re going to be seeing rich red, dark brunette and pale, icy blonde.” Light pinks, powdery blues and other soft pastels will also find their place amongst the most daring. As for highlights, ask for sombre—a toned down version of ombre, which gradually fades color from roots to ends. The technique provides a chunky, yet more natural looking highlight for a youthful effect.

Stepped Up Accessories

News from the world of high fashion: scrunchies are back. But Mazzei doesn’t recommend breaking out the 90s go-to anytime soon. Bespoke accessories like elegant headbands with subtle floral embellishments or patterns add a touch of drama to everyday looks without taking the trend too literally. “Take a headband and just lift the front of your hair, pulling it back a little bit, then pull one or two pieces out in the front,” Mazzei said. “It’s a little more of a dramatic look.”

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Cyndi Murray is an associate editor at Long Island Pulse. Have a story idea or just want to say hello? Email cyndi@lipulse.com or reach out on Twitter @cyndi_murray