These four hair trends prove soft is the new edgy
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.
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.
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.
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.
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