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Winter is coming... and it's bringing a new season of trends for your hair! Jenny Pelter of Westrow delves into the styling and colouring trends we will be seeing this season. You are going to want to pay attention to these eye-catching styles to ensure you're look is up-to-date and fresh for the winter.
Wavy hair was a standout beauty trend at the A/W16 shows. Forget tight ringlets, this trend is about soft, gentle, defined waves, not curls. Giambatista Valli’s mermaid waves were my absolute favourite; they were so feminine and magical, but the loose waves at Balmain were just as gorgeous. Retro waves dominated the catwalk at Marni and Marc Jacobs; Forties wartime waves were revived at Marni, while at Marc Jacobs, Twenties’ style finger waves were worn set and sculptured. This look isn’t restricted to the lengths of the hair – at Stella McCartney models sported wavy side fringes. This is such an easy look to recreate, both in salon and at home. Make sure you use a styling tool designed to create waves, rather than curls, such as the BaByliss PRO Deep Waver. Finish the look with an on-trend thin elastic hairband, as seen at Versace.
The trend for wet-look locks is showing no sign of waning. While at the S/S16 shows, models sported slicked-back, overly-glossed hair, that looked fresh from a workout, this season the look is much smarter. Forget sports-luxe, just think luxe. My favourite way to wear this look, as inspired by Saint Laurent, Jil Sander and Dries Van Noten, is with a chic ponytail. The look can be dressed up for a night out, or down for the office, and it is so simple. To achieve the look, blow-dry hair smooth and use L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil to add shine. Slick hair straight back, without parting it, or comb in to an on-trend deep side parting, working the lengths in to a sleek ponytail at the nape of the neck, either centrally or to the side. Add Crystal Gloss by L'Oréal Professionnel, applying it with a dressing brush. Then add even more gloss, this time using fingers, to add maximum shine and to give a super-wet finish. Fix with a spritz of L’Oréal Professionnel Air Fix.
The trend for ‘bronde’ hair – that universally flattering shade that isn’t quite brunette, but isn’t strictly blonde – has evolved. Models at Joseph, Burberry and Christopher Kane sported uber-natural looking shades of mousey brown. Naturally mousey brown hair is more flattering than most people imagine – your natural shade is often the most flattering against your skin tone and requires minimal make-up – which makes this look very appealing. If the thought of going totally ‘au naturel’ with your hair colour worries you, a touch of toner, or a temporary all-over tint can add depth and gloss to naturally mousey hair. Be sure to stick to one shade all over, to keep the look on-trend.
Last winter, grey hair was the unexpected colour trend, and this year, it’s different variations of white. I loved the colour seen at Sibling’s show: it was a soft, apricot-tinged white that looked super ethereal and really pretty. At Felder and Felder and Saint Laurent, the look was slightly more mainstream, albeit more high-maintenance. Think all over Barbie-esque platinum blonde. To dip in to this trend without committing to an all-over bleach, try hair chalk to colour the roots white, as seen at Fenty X Puma. If you do decide to go for all-over permanent colour, you will most likely need a pre-lightening treatment, so opt for a professional treatment, such as Kebelo BONDAGE, alongside your colour treatment, to protect the integrity, strength and health of your hair, during the colouring process.
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