Thursday, 13 April 2017
Trend Report: Sexiest Hairstyles
With Daylight Savings in the rearview mirror and the weather getting steadily warmer, these last several weeks of spring beckon with the tantalizing promise of summer. Whether you’re preparing for festival season, closing out the book on the school year (yours or your kids), or simply ready for a fresh start, now’s the perfect time for a hairstyle change.
Unlike with makeup – where you can play around consequence-free with your look – making a big hair change can be a scary — and semi-permanent — proposition. Two of the hottest looks for spring 2017 are beyond bold and guaranteed to make a statement, but luckily there’s a sexy third style that looks great on literally everybody, and is less about dramatic change, and more about sporting the prettiest, most flattering ‘do possible.
Here, the three coolest hair looks for spring:
Arguably the single hottest hair trend of 2017, the choppy lob has recently graced the gorgeous heads of celebs like Chrissy Teigen, Lucy Hale, and Olivia Wilde. Once Kim Kardashian cut her famously long hair into the textured, shoulder-length look, it officially cemented its status as the cut to have. Fresh and pretty, the lob is an easy way to keep your length while still trying out a new look and helping to put the focus on your facial features. (After all, when your hair is long and loose, it’s often the star of the show.)
Another reason for the lob’s spring popularity: It works on literally every face shape, and is ridiculously easy to maintain. “The lob is the perfect haircut for someone with long hair who wants a change. It’s an easy way to make hair look thicker and healthier and fresh and is an easy length to style for all hair types,” explains Adam Seigel, celebrity stylist at New York City’s John Barrett Salon. Whether you decide to wash and air-dry on the go, blow it out into glossy waves or a sleek style, or wear it two-days-dirty (or more!), it’s meant to look a little messy and is guaranteed to look good.
To maintain the look: Run a grooming cream through damp hair for added shine and moisture, such as John Frieda Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon Touch Up Cream ($7) or Bumble and Bumble Grooming Crème ($31), before air-drying it into loose waves; or, use a texturizing spray on already-dry hair, such as Garnier Fructis Texture Tease ($4) or Amika Undone Texture Spray ($10).
Super Long Hair
Not for nothing, long hair is synonymous with femininity: There are few looks more glamorous and girly than sleek, glossy, long hair. The difference this season is that, when we say long, we mean really long. Think down to your lower back, or even beyond—like Nicki Minaj, whose leg-length locks are super on-trend. “While they’re not practical for every day, very, very long extensions can be a great way to change your look or make a statement for an event,” says Seigel.
Rocking super long locks is often less about your face and more about your body—if you’re tiny, this look runs the risk of overpowering you. (However, it does look particularly great on oval face shapes.) Meanwhile, if you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars at the hair salon, you can easily get the look with a quality clip in, such as Bellami Magnifica Clip in Hair Extensions ($269) or Hairdo 8 Piece Extension Kit ($79). For naturally long hair, make sure you maintain it with regular trims—paradoxical, but important to keep the hair looking healthy—as well as weekly conditioning treatments with a treatment such as Aussie 3-Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioning Treatment ($3) or Kerastase Masquintense Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment ($52).
Super Short Crop
When Katy Perry debuted a short chop recently following her breakup with Orlando Bloom, it was an obvious declaration of independence and freedom. The beauty of short hair is that it’s an instant statement: The rejection of boundaries, of expectations, and, of course, of endless grooming time. “The short chop can be fun and carefree,” says Seigel, who recently styled Hillary Clinton’s short tresses. “Plus, a little product to help control the hair and keep it in place will go a long way toward making the styling effortless.”
Not only is this look incredibly easy to maintain, but it’s surprisingly flattering on every face shape except a square one—and, yes, contrary to popular belief, those with round faces can rock a short cut.
Since short hair doesn’t need much work but looks best with a ton of texture and definition, try a paste or wax, such as Shu Uemura Master Wax ($39) or L’Oreal Studio Line Unkempt Whip Gel ($4), to maintain the crop’s cool quotient.