Hair Trends 2017

Published on: 31 May 2017

Eighties hair

Eighties hair and makeup trends are back in a big way this year. While blusher made a comeback on the catwalk of designers such as Kenzo and bright eyeshadow such as purples and blues were all the rage at Gucci, big eighties hair was also a massively popular choice among top designers. We’re talking volume, curls and even quiffs.

The look was probably the most apparent in Topshop’s Spring Summer catwalk thanks to hairstylist Duffy, who created faux perms using a small curling want to achieve pinched corkscrew curls that were sealed into place using a texturizing spray. To achieve a full-blown eighties look, mess the curls up to add maximum volume, or, if you’re feeling especially bold, wear your curls in a high pony sealed in place with a scrunchie. The Madonna-esque look has been sported by Rihanna recently, who channelled her inner Material Girl by adding chokers and lots of silver jewellery.

Finger waves

Nothing says classic Hollywood glamour than gentle flowing finger waves. The timeless look was a huge hit among stars at this year’s Oscars with top names such as Emma Stone, Charlize Theron, Kate Upton, Amy Adams and Karlie Kloss opting for this stunning style. But while it may seem like the preserve of the red carpet, classic waves are set to go mainstream this year.

You can create the look easily at home. First, you have to make sure your hair is clean, dry and hydrated. Then, brush it into a side parting to achieve that vintage 1950s look (choose whichever side is most flattering for your face). Split your hair into several sections, take a small curling tong and curl each section in the same direction, turning the curling iron in towards your face. Once you’ve finished curling each section, run a brush through your hair to transform the separate curls into a mass of loose waves. Finish off the look by slicking some smoothing serum through your locks and seal your waves in place with a mist of hairspray.

Tiger’s eye balayage

Exploding on Instagram and Pinterest is the tiger eye balayage. Taking its name from the beautiful, naturally-occuring stone, the tiger’s eye balayage is set to be huge this year. Featuring sumptuous shades of gold, chestnut brown and honey, as seen in tiger’s eye stones, the look is both fashion-forward and extremely flattering.  Celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Sofia Vergara and Jessica Alba are already rocking this stunning look, which is striking enough to be fit for the red carpet, while also being incredibly wearable.

For people with warm complexions, the style can compliment your natural skin tone with rich gold and copper shades. And for individuals with cooler complexions, it can be tweaked with copper shades and golds replaced by softer beige and honey tones.

The look is achieved through a careful dyeing process. Unless you are blessed with naturally rich mahogany brown hair, your colourist will begin by applying a base colour to create the foundation for the look. Then begins the lightening stage, at which point, several different, lighter tiger’s eye tones will be applied using freehand balayage. Then finally, the do is glossed over using a soft golden mahogany tone. If your stylist hasn’t heard of it, simply type the hashtag ‘#tigerseyehair’ into Instagram and you’ll find hundreds of snaps of this trend-setting look.

Colour melting

Colour melting may sound faddish, but what it really refers to is the latest innovation in the ombre look – a style which shows no signs of waning in popularity. Over time, ombre, which involves the hair going from dark at the top to lighter towards the ends, has evolved, going from harsh, unsophisticated colour transitions to a more subtle, blended look achieved through techniques such as balayage. Colour melting is the latest innovation in achieving an optimally blended appearance.

"Melting is a technique that blends the highlights with the base color of the hair so you don't have any harsh lines," Matrix StyleLink stylist George Papanikolas told BuzzFeed. "The difference between this and regular highlights is that you use multiple shades to create the 'melted' effect."

With balayage, one main shade is used to lighten parts of the hair, but with colour melting, several gradations, from the hair’s base colour to the lighter tones are used to create a seamless blended look with no visible lines. Because the shades used in the look derive from the hair’s natural root tones, it is easy to maintain and doesn’t require regular touch ups. In general, stylists recommend that their clients come to the salon every ten weeks. Involving extra colours and detailed application, the style tends to be a bit pricier than balayage and can be as much as three times the cost, but the subtle affect is arguably worth the extra charge.

Wet look hair

In-keeping with the 80s vibe, the wet look is back in a big way this year with catwalk models showcasing drenched-looking styles on the Spring/Summer runway. The good news about this trend is that while it may be hot and high end right now, it’s actually surprisingly easy to achieve. All you need to do is comb your hair while it’s still wet after being washed and pile on gel and mouse for hold. Finish with a slick of hair oil to emphasize the slick wet appearance.

Once you’ve got your locks looking wet, you can adapt the style in a surprising number of ways. At designer Altuzarra’s show, natural wet-looking waves were messily swept back form the face. For Givenchy, the look was more severe, with short cropped styles slicked flush against the head for a fierce and eye-catching helmet-style wet look. At Balmain, the models’ hair was worn ruler-straight and shiny as a mirror and was neatly slicked back from the face with a side parting.