The 2018 hair trends you need to try next year - as predicted by the experts...
Braids, bright blonde and bobs, 2017 was an experimental year for hair to say the least. While super straight styles, ponytails, and huge hair accessories took the catwalk by storm, neon colours, rainbow dyes and glow in the dark hair colours reigned supreme on the internet as beauty industry insiders and bloggers jumped to be the first try the wackiest 2017 hair trends.
But we're now looking ahead for more wearable, flattering hairstyles. We want to know: what are the 2018 hair trends you really need to familiarise yourself with? Which haircuts and hair colours will be taking over salons across the UK next year? What should we be looking to try?
Over the summer the Duchess of Cambridge and her ‘cob' proved that slightly shorter, chic hair is here to stay. And the perm, which recently made a comeback, looks like it's making a strong case to remain in style as one of many hair trends in 2018 too. But what else? We asked three top hair experts for their predictions on what the hottest 2018 hair trends will be, and this is what they had to say... The good news is that there is something for everyone!
Top haircuts for women 2018
Ken O'Rourke, Charles Worthington brand ambassador, predicts that boyish androgyny will have a major moment in 2018.
"One of the hottest hair trends for 2018 is going to be the bowl cut. Remember Linda Evangelista in the 80's that kind of boyish androgynous look. It's great for any age and requires minimum amount of styling time.
Internationally renowned hair stylist Paul Edmonds agrees, "The retro 80s trends has already made a resurgence in fashion and is even more prominent in the hair industry especially in the New Year as a bowl soft layered cut is one to watch."
Keep it natural
Edmonds predicts that the all-natural afro is, "a strong contender" to
be the best hairstyle for 2018 - "as long as it isn't too defined."
Think Halle Berry on the red carpet at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party earlier this year - perfection...
Straight down the line
Don't fancy embracing curls? Then Edmonds also reveals 2018's key hairstyling secret - the
straighter the style the better!
"In terms of hair styles that
will be hot in 2018, long straight hair is set to take the industry by
storm again. A mid to long length blunt cut with gloss and shine. The
LOB will continue to be a popular choice but it has to be a blunt cut on
the edge then textured through the layers to give it some movement so
it can be manipulated and easily styled."
The likes of Demi Moore
and award-winning actress Sandra Bullock have loved this look for years,
and there's no better time to take a leaf out of this Oscar winner's
Pull it back
One of Paul Edmonds' top tips for keeping ahead of the 2018 hair trends is to put down your hairdryer and pull your air-dried hair back into a ponytail. Not only is this one of the easiest 2018 hair trends to try at home, but it will also help keep your hair healthy and avoid heat damage.
"Ponytails will remain prominent as we transition from AW17 to SS18 seasons" reveals Paul. "Try undone air dried hair pulled back away from the face with accessories for added glamour such hair bows, embellished clips or loose bands."
At 36, Sienna Miller proved that wearing your hair up in a ponytail, tied with a simple bow, didn't have to look too 'school girl' and could look chic and sophisicated...
Love the trend? Try Paul's top tip for creating the ultimate evening glamour up-do:
"For maximum Hollywood glamour, my personal favourite is a single wave at the front of the hairline whilst keeping the rest of the hair natural looking for that undone done finish - perfect from daytime to evening time glam."
Hair colour trends 2018
Satin smooth chocolate, or gloriously
golden honey - think sweet shades with a healthy shine when it comes to
colour for the top 2018 hair trends.
Charles Worthington brand
ambassador Ken O'Rourke thinks these rich, nourished colours will be a
hit for the year ahead, "Colour wise I'd say chocolate brown and honey
shades will be popular as long as the hair looks healthy with maximum
shine. To me, that's always a head turner."
So, think Eva Longoria on the red carpet in Cannes, but with even more depth of colour and chocolatey brown richness...
Thinking of changing up your hair colour next year? It seems there's never been a better time to be blonde. There are so many shades coming through already as top 2018 hair trends.
Expert colourist Jack Howard explains, "Metallic blondes and pastel yellow colour trends are making a breakthrough in 2018. We're already seeing pops of colour a la Rita Ora debuting her recent coloured soaked fringe which frames the face and is a bit of fun."
Holly Willoughby had the right idea this summer, taking her golden blonde locks a shade lighter to freshen up her look:
Brand new balayage
Balayage has been a huge trend over the last few years, and it isn't going anywhere any time soon. However, the much-loved colouring style is evolving in 2018.
"The evolution of balayage moves towards ‘Californian Balayage" expert Colourist at Paul Edmonds Jack Howard explains, "so a much lighter and cooler overall look."
But it's not just blondes and lighter hair tones who will be having all the fun next year. "Charcoal balayage and charcoal grey is also great on mid-length hair and will be bang on trend as we move into 2018" says Jack.
All hail the red head
Don't worry redheads, when it comes to 2018 hair trends in hair colour, there are some really exciting new shades coming your way next year. Jack Howard's personal fabourites? "Fiery ginger and copper shades."