If summer hair is defined by sun-streaked highlights, shine, and mermaid-y strands—the epitome of strength and health—then winter tresses can feel like the complete opposite: dull and drab. It’s hard to imagine anything else when the weather outside looks as dreary as you feel. But Dominick Serna, hairstylist at Chris McMillian Salon and Unite ambassador, says there are ways to remedy—if not outright prevent—the damaging effects of moisture-zapping weather.
The easiest solution is to swap out your regular shampoo and conditioner for ones formulated with super hydrating, deep-conditioning ingredients (shea butter, vitamin E, and argan oil are a few examples). Or, if anything, Serna recommends shampooing less to encourage producing natural oils. Above all, the most prominent way to freshen up tired strands is to adopt one of the below buzziest cuts of winter.
“A lot of people who have been wearing very simple styles are bored with their one-length bob. They’re looking for a change; they want more layers, something funky, something edgy—which is the shag,” Serna says. “A shag has tons of short layers at the crown and sides, which creates a lot of volume.” But, to modernize the popular ‘90s style, Serna says to avoid blow-drying it unless you have straight hair. Instead, use curl creams (his favorites are this curl leave-in and styling cream) for a cooler, more piecey look. “The cool thing about shags with curly hair is that it gives a lot of volume—you can wake up and go,” Serna says.
“Most people cut their hair off during the summer. By winter, it’s usually grown into a mid-length long bob and at that point, you’ll want to add shape to it,” he says. “Cutting soft layers into it will give it shape and some life, so it doesn’t look so blah. Keeping the ends blunt can feel heavy, so I like the ends to be softer and give the look face-framing layers to open it up.”
Similar to the softly layered mid-length style, a soft blunt bob takes out the heaviness from a super-sharp line, which can be achieved by cutting into it (when you snip vertically versus straight across). “And it will grow out nice and not into a heavy, bulky hair cut,” Serna says.
“Most people brighten their hair in the summer, so for winter, I see more natural hues being a trend—and it’s good to give your hair a bit of a break,” Serna says. “But I would add very subtle, toned-down highlights to give your look some dimension—just a little bit of something so that it has shape.”
It’s hard to forget a redhead, which is why casting directors will almost always book a few ginger models for the Fashion Week shows. This season we saw both natural red and deeper dyed red hair, proving that the color is having a real comeback.
Ethereal redhead Sara Grace Wallerstedt continues to be one of the most heavily booked models in the fashion world, having walked at 30 shows during this fall season! Auburn beauty Sarah Dahl presented a different variation on red hair, and was just as popular, walking at fashion shows like Givenchy, Chanel, and Loewe. There were quite a few striking redheads who walked at R13, Sies Marjan, and Rodarte.
Platinum blonde hair is not reserved for pale folks who can pretend it’s natural. No, instead it’s all about that messy Courtney Love platinum blonde with a bit of dark root and a lot of sass. You might need a few bleach kits to achieve this ultra-light shade, but it’s often worth the effort.
Lili Sumner, who walked for Eckhaus Latta, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, and Courreges, perfectly embodies this kind of platinum blonde energy. The ‘90s take on platinum hair really stood out to us at Versace where platinum blonde models had plenty of attitude. We also saw quite a few platinum blondes walking at Etro and Ashley Williams.
Black hair, or at least brown hair so dark it seemed black to the naked eye, was celebrated as one of the ultimate fall 2019 hair color trends, particularly for POC models. More diverse runways meant that we saw black hair that was naturally curly or pin-straight styled in all kinds of ways.
Some of our favorite runway models with black hair are South Sudanese newcomer Aliet Sarah who walked for Miu Miu and Givenchy, and Chinese newcomer Chun Jin who walked for Prada, Fendi, and Saint Laurent among others. There is also former blonde Lara Mullen who walked the Chloé, McQueen, and Givenchy runways with black hair instead.
Other runways where ultra-dark black hair was celebrated included LaQuan Smith, Oscar de la Renta, and Christopher Kane.
Bronde, sitting somewhere between blonde and brown, is a classic hair color for models that can be made to lean in one direction or the other depending on the stylist. It’s one of the more reserved fall 2019 hair color trends that many are fortunate to have naturally, and it’s easy to achieve with dye no matter the starting hair color.
Many of the most sought-after models this season rock this hair color, including Fran Summers who walked for Louis Vuitton and Alexander McQueen, and Deirdre Firinne who walked for Chanel, Miu Miu, and Rochas. We also saw a lot of models with bronde hair at Sacai and Stella McCartney.
Rich and warm, chocolate brown hair is one of the most perfect fall/ winter 2019-2020 hair color trends. This deep brown shade holds a bit of softness and is super flattering to almost all skin tones.
Kaia Gerber, the daughter of chocolate-haired beauty Cindy Crawford, sported her glossy, chocolate brown locks on the runways of Chanel, Chloé and Prada. Léa Julian also had chocolate brown hair as she stomped the runways of Celine, R13, and Valentino.
Fashion hair colors were more muted this season, with the pastel tones that have been so popular in recent seasons used more subtly in the fall/ winter 2019 hair color trends. Take for instance the color story at Mary Katrantzou, where touches of pastel tones were used in groups based on the elements, with streaks of pale blue and peach meant to remind us of clouds and a sunrise horizon.
Most models sported natural tones at Sies Marjan, but a pale pink look ended up enduring as the most memorable.
Blunt cuts aren’t going anywhere this year. After all, it’s hard to beat the instant chic factor it lends to any short style. Especially for those with straight hair, these blunt ends courtesy Texas-based stylist Chris Jones keep things feeling fresh and stylish.
Between the cascading layers and zingy color, this cut has got it going on. 2019 is all about going bold. So why not switch out your one-length cut for a layered one and your muted copper for a bright strawberry blonde?
It’s like getting bangs…but not getting bangs. This curtained layering feigns the look of bangs without needing near as much styling. We’d say that’s a safe bet going into a brand new ‘do.
Lion’s mane layering? We’ll take it. For those with long or thick hair, the trick to getting major volume is cutting internal layers. The hidden layering removes weight and adds body without having to cut conspicuous tiers of layers.
It’s time to embrace your curl pattern, and then some. This long, layered cut by stylist Sal Salcedo makes texture and volume the top priority. Not to mention, curly bangs always add a pop of personality.
If you’re getting major 90s vibes, consider yourself correct. Since everything 90s is trending right now in fashion, it’s only natural that hair will follow. These long layers keep things simple and straight. Now if we could just find those butterfly clips…
Easy and breezy, this medium cut makes it all about those layers. Nothing beats a classic side-swept layering situation, and this style makes it feel feminine and fresh. The key is framing the face with shorter layers and following that line down to the ends.
We’re retiring the classic “perfect pixie” for a spell. Instead, textured pixies like this one by stylist Taylah Jones are taking over. Keep the pixie longer on top to get the look. The more texture spray, the better.
We’ve never needed choppy layers and bangs quite so badly. This year, don’t be afraid to finally make the chop. Plenty of layering gives this cut signature sass and flair, which is just what the doctor ordered.
Bring back the curtained bangs and the brushed-out curls—because 2019 is going back a few decades. Instead of going with edgy classics like the shag and geometric cut, it’s favoring more feminine retro styles. Keeping your hair long opens up the possibilities.
There’s no better way to say hello to the Fall than with this no-fuss long bob. A little tousle here, a little texture there—and you’re set with the most low maintenance cut ever. Ask for a length that just grazes the collarbone, and a little face-framing never goes wrong.
We’re seeing this retro-inspired bob pop up everywhere. With rounded styling and minimal layering, the soft bob is just begging to be chopped. Enhance the vintage feel with a deep side part.
Festival season is finally here, and so, too, are a number of fashion trends. Coachella weekend one saw the emergence of a number of trends, primarily in the hair category, as influencers and guests looked to accessories, classic styles and colorful looks to complement their festival gear.
A go-to festival style, textured waves left its mark at Coachella, with many taking a grungy and grittier take on the classic beach waves with hair that looked like it had been dipped in a swimming pool prior to styling. Others went for bold, colorful looks with balayage highlights and full coloring in pastel hues of pink, purple and blue. Read on to see the five key hair trends that emerged at Coachella. Read up at www.wwd.com
Inspired by the '70s revival and popular celebrities like Kendall Jenner and Karlie Kloss, a new shorter length is set to be the standout hairstyle for 2019.
Age-inclusivity has finally blossomed in the beauty industry, which means individuals are not only dying their hair a fashion-forward silver but are embracing their natural grey hairs too. As Pinterest searches for 'going gray' increased by 879 per cent this year!
If you cast your mind back to the early noughties, you might recall the army of woman who embraced polka-straight hair. Now, love it or loathe it, it's back.
From the humble hair clip to more statement bows and ribbons, hair accessories have stolen the hair limelight in recent months. Irwin predicts a sophisticated version will only grow in popularity. “It really started over the summer months where the heat was extreme and so people were wearing their hair up and accessorising. Although all of the accessories differ in shape and style, they all can be adapted to a multitude of looks which is why I think it will be key for 2019.” She recommends Syd Hayes' high-fashion pins and Ashley Williamson's diamante clips.
Top-knots used to be the hairstyle of choice only if you had three-day old hair or weren't leaving the house, but then Chanel's Fall 2018 ready-to-wear show happened. The models appeared on the runway as if they had literally just thrown their hair up into the up-do and suddenly 'undone' hair was cool again.
The trick to the perfect 'imperfectly perfect' bun, is to tie your hair into a ponytail before twisting it into a bun, so that the ends remain loose and messy. Then, for added texture use Hair by McKnight's Easy UpDo and Modern Hairspray - just as was used backstage at the show by celebrity hairstylist Sam McKnight.
The impossibly smooth and super shiny 'glass hair' finish trended on Instagram towards the latter end of this year, and in 2019 it's set to make it mainstream.
Celebrity hairstylist Chris Appleton suggests blow-drying your hair with Color Wow's Dream Coat Spray to lock out frizz, before rubbing in a few drops of shine serum - like Kérastase's Elixir Ultime Oil Serum. A round brush will also help smooth out your tresses, although the blunt bob, as detailed above, is probably the easiest way to achieve that all important clean finish.
A lack of volume is one of the most common hair concerns for woman and the reason why there are so many volumising shampoo formulas on the market. It's no wonder then that our personal fascination with adding body to our tresses has triggered a trend for extreme volume come next season.
Bid adieu to millennial pink as a new pastel hair trend has emerged, with searches for lilac tresses increasing by a staggering 1077 per cent in 2018. If you want to start experimenting but still look like a grown-up, consult one of our colorists who will guide you through the process and limit the damage to your hair. Don't forget to take a look at our nail selection as well!
Key Ingredients: Peptides
How it’s done: Hair is shampooed, conditioned, towel dried, and then spritzed all over with the treatment. The solution sets for up to 45 minutes depending on how coarse the hair texture is. The treatment is then rinsed off with water; lightly for those who want a super-straight result, and more thoroughly for those seeking a modest relaxation of their natural texture. Next, the hair is rough dried and then blown out with a brush. Sections are flat ironed up to 15 times at 400 degrees and then sprayed with a setting solution. Afterwards, the hair is rinsed, conditioned, and styled.
Results: Anywhere from stick-straight to slightly wavy depending on preference, and extremely smooth and manageable. Results last between four and six months.
Worth noting: Two things—Sarah Jessica Parker is a fan and you can get your hair colored immediately following the treatment.
Formaldehyde Free Hair Straightening
The most effective hair straightening system for damaged hair, Magic Sleek has been developed with many natural ingredients found in the Amazon rainforest; these components are rich in Omega 3 and Omega 9 unsaturated fatty acids, which offer nutrition to the hair. Magic Sleek is truly an amazing treatment that works with a very unique technology; it softens hair, restores life to lifeless hair, and increases shine for lackluster, dry hair by locking in moisture. Magic Sleek shields and protects hair against UV rays and environmental pollution. Its high vitamin E content encourages accelerated hair growth. Magic Sleek penetrates the hair shaft and locks in moisture, helping to repair damage previously caused by chemical services. It also helps to prevent future damage by offering such effective results that daily flat-iron use is no longer necessary. Every time the hair is washed, it will dry perfectly straight and frizz-free without applying heat or brushes, and all without the use of formaldehydes or any harsh chemicals.
Did we mention its "aldehyde" free? Think of it as a Keratin 2.0, Magic Sleek is part of a new crop of healthier hair processes that semi-permanently tame frizz and straighten hair, minus the harsh ingredients. The defrizzing may not be magic but it does offer a new solution for bad hair days. Because it’s not technically a straightening treatment (it doesn’t break or bend the bonds in hair) the product is not damaging even to bleached or color treated locks. Magic Sleek offers better results and lasts longer—the sleekification lasts up to six months while even retaining some of the waves and body of curly hair. And it’s resilient in Long Island weather. Take a chance and spend a long day outdoors in 90-degree heat and high humidity without any of the frizz of a bad hair day. God has answered our prayers!
a light mauve purple nail polish banded with subtle gray tones (cream)
a metropolitan mulberry red nail polish (cream)
a dark navy blue nail polish (cream)
a mustard yellow nail polish with marigold highlights (cream)
an asphalt metallic silver nail polish (metallic)
a metallic copper nail polish dripping in crisp amber tones (metallic)
Balayage is a hair coloring technique designed to create very natural-looking highlights that grow out without developing a noticeable and obvious root. This method of coloring emerged in Paris in the 1970s. The name is French for “to sweep,” a reference to the way in which the color is applied. The word is sometimes spelled “balliage.” When hair is colored with the balayage process, the highlights are painted on by hand in a sweeping motion that moves from the base to the tip of the hair. At the base, the color is applied very lightly, while at the tip, the color is very heavy. The result is a chunky highlight that looks naturally sunbleached, and as the hair grows out, the root will be concealed for the first few months by the thinner color applied to the base of the hair.
Ombre hair is a hair color that is usually a darker shade from the roots through to the mid shaft and gradually fades to a lighter color from the mid shaft to the ends. The word "ombre" is of French origin and means "to shade."
Ombre hair is usually achieved using a balayage technique to apply hair coloring to lighten the hair from mid-shaft to the ends. The technique uses a brush to apply lightener in a free-form manner to give a more natural appearance. The technique provides a similar look to that of a naturally darker haired person who is growing out a lighter hair coloring.
Bronde hair color is one of the most beautiful and popular hairstyle trends currently. This hair color is achieved by painting your hair at exactly the right points along the top of your hair with 2 different types and volumes of creams designed for color lifting. Bronde is basically a shade of natural brunette hair that has been expertly highlighted with many different streaks in order to maximize their appeal and luster. The best part about having bronde hair color is the assumptions people will tend to make. When you rock this style many people may simply assume that you spent a weekend at the beach. With an experienced stylist on hand to make things go perfectly, these color changes will look exactly like sun-streaked blonde highlights.
The bronde hair color style is one that works well for many types of people. You can acquire a cool new blond look without the appearance of having dyed your hair. There is a bit of a social stigma attached with “bottle blondes” that some people unfairly deal with. There is no stigma attached with being a bronde.
The application process for babylights is very similar to highlights. The difference between the two is the amount of hair in each foil and the separation between. For babylights, your stylist will collect a little bit of hair and create small sperarations between foils so the highlights blend with the base color. Just like the ombre hair color trend, babylights are low-maintenance for clients. Since the highlights are so fine, as the hair grows out the overall style looks softer, more subtle, and there is no heavy line of demarcation. The process can be done in any shade to match any skin tone. The effects vary on different hair colors but are fabulous! On blondes because their base is lighter the results are fabulous, brunettes and redheads can have fun with highlighting and babylighting as well but it may be a more tedious process. The service itself is very time consuming. The process is rather simple, you are separating hair into small and fine sections, while then applying hair color to small groups of strands. The overall process is lengthy because there is more work to be done.
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