Th­ese four hair trends prove soft is the new edgy

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - FASHION/BEAUTY - PaulStafford Paul Stafford, 671 Lis­burn Road, Belfast, tel: 028 9066 2554

Fash­ion has taken a sur­prise de­tour. It was all set up for boho tex­ture and sloppy sports­wear, but sud­denly struc­ture and architecture are dom­i­nat­ing cat­walks. It took just a wink of an eye for hair to catch up with the clean cuts and soft colours con­jur­ing up the hottest looks this sum­mer.

For­get brassy blondes and su­per-white colours, it’s all about soft roses and gen­tle tones.

Work­ing with Al­fa­parf Mi­lano, we’ve been able to stay well ahead of the curve, cre­at­ing cool in­ter­pre­ta­tions of those cat­walk trends.

Col­lege Boy

The move to architecture her­alds the resur­gence of the Ivy League Amer­i­cana crop. It’s less an­drog­y­nous than hair has been over the past two years, but it still has a clean look to it. Its moder­nity comes from the way the sides are taken up to a high part­ing, blend­ing into the longer length on top. The cut has been en­hanced by Stafford Hair colourist Ai­dan Bradley’s skill at blend­ing the darker caramel sides with the lighter top. The hint of re­growth, which is bang on trend, en­sures it will grow out beau­ti­fully over the fol­low­ing weeks.

All that glis­tens

This gor­geous rose gold is the colour of the sea­son. Ev­ery­one is ask­ing for it, prob­a­bly be­cause it can be worn by al­most ev­ery­one, from the palest skin to the dark­est, and still look in­cred­i­ble. Not many colours are that ver­sa­tile. It also looks great for weeks af­ter­wards, de­vel­op­ing a hint of vin­tage that is uber­cool. The cut is a per­fect ex­am­ple of that move to struc­ture, match­ing the re­turn to more clas­sic tai­lor­ing that’s been com­ing through. A soft fringe like this, ex­pertly ex­e­cuted, can suit any face shape and any hair length.

Shi­neon pixie

We are see­ing a mas­sive move away from the over-styled, tex­tured look of re­cent years. Hair is ra­di­ant, shin­ing with health and vi­tal­ity, but still with a strong struc­ture through­out to cap­ture that cou­ture look. The in­flu­ence is still Amer­i­cana with el­e­ments of the Eight­ies boxy feel, fin­ished with a soft fringe where the an­gle and shape com­ple­ment the eyes and face. The colour is that real Mediter­ranean mocha, full of shine, re­in­forced by a sim­ple halo of lighter colour washed through the fringe.

Low main­te­nance

The clas­sic bob is get­ting a makeover, main­tain­ing a clas­sic feel but with a con­tem­po­rary edge. The tex­ture is tech­ni­cal, ever so slightly lay­ered, cre­at­ing a style that is easy to main­tain. What gives it added stand­out is the gen­tle colours. The shade has a cooler vibe than the rose gold, but it is still mov­ing away from tra­di­tional blondes, which are look­ing a lit­tle dated at the mo­ment. The 2018 blondes are shim­mer­ing, and with the great colours com­ing through from in­no­va­tive colour houses like Al­fa­parf, it is get­ting eas­ier for us hair­dressers to cap­ture that soft­ness.

LAT­EST LOOKS: Col­lege boy and (below from top) shi­neon pixie, all that glis­tens and low main­te­nance

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