Your 2018 horoscopes probably told you that this year is the year to take risks, am I right? Well what’s a bigger risk than a fresh look. And what’s fresher than a new haircut or hair color? With help from Toronto based hair stylist and Kelsie McNamara, we’ve rounded up the most trending hair cuts, colors and styles in 2018.
Layers are back, baby! This year ask your stylist for a 70’s inspired haircut. Kelsie says this year is all about adding movement back into hair .
Scroll through your Instagram feed, and all you’ll see are celebrities and models chopping their locks. Rock a bob in 2018 ladies! Keslie says this year’s bob is French girl inspired, adding “sophistication and versatility.” Also, this cut is currently the it-girl look, so don’t miss out. Chop it now and grow it out to a lob just in time for summer.
Low Maintenance Haircuts
If you’re looking for a curt that transitions smoothly from winter, to spring (and maybe summer) with little maintenance , Kelsie has a fix for you. She advises, “ask your stylist if your hair is a good candidate for interior texturizing to allow some movement and an awesome air dry.” If you’re always in a rush to get out the door, this trick will come in handy in the warmer seasons.
Kelsie warns that you might cringe at this suggestion, but the most outrageous trend this year: bowl cuts – a short crop with a bold, full body fringe, but nothing frigid or blunt.
Hair Color Treatments
In the last few years we witnessed the popularity of Olaplex, and with that many more “bond builders” are being used. Kelsie is currently loving Smart Bond by L’Oreal Professionel and not only for her blonde clients. The two-step at home treatment adds strength to colored hair as well.
Hair Color Trends
Leave the Ash and Silver in 2017! “Gold can be a soft hue, not brassy as some can fear,” says Kelsie. Honey tones are less maintenance, and will help to add radiance to your face for an all natural look.
Low Maintenance Color
“Balayage isn’t going anywhere!” It will add a little something to your hair without absolute commitment and constant care. Kelsie comments that her clients visit her 2-3 times a year. Ask your colorist to recommend a tone that wears longer and complements your complexion.
Daring Hair Colors
Pastels are still in but instead of a full blown rich color , opt for a “blonde with a slight rose, peach, or lavender hue” suggests Kelsie. This look is perfect for those who want to take a risk with their hair color but need it to be work appropriate. Celebrities like Kate Hudson and Julianne Hough were seen rocking this trend.
Beachy waves are here to stay! The best way to achieve this is air drying ft. some really good curling iron action. Kelsie’s directions: “instead of the tradition wrap method, turn it horizontal, and lightly ‘pinch’ the section of hair , alternating ways, to add a ‘wavy’ bend, instead of a curly finish.”
Short hair can be harder to style than long hair, and the same two ways: straight or wavy can get repetitive. Kelsie suggests playing around with hair accessories such as metallic and pins ponytail cuffs. Her favorite hair accessories at the moment are Chloe and Isabelle (soft gold, brass, and bronze hair rings, over sized pins, and ponytail accessories). Be bold: style your hair with a deep side part, tuck the shallow side behind your ear and secure it with visible pins. It’s a look! Seen this year on the models from the Sally LaPointe runway.
Third Day Hair
Choose a style that will benefit from that those third day oils. Maybe a low middle parted sleek bun. Keslie’s tip: use this opportunity to add some nourishing hair oil to your dehydrated ends.
No Heat Required
For those who want to give their hair a break from styling in 2018, turn to air drying your hair this spring and summer. Towel dry your hair and use a sea salt spray, curl cream or a leave in moisturizing balm. Kelsie’s advice for a last minute fix if you need more volume and bend is to “sprits dried hair with some setting spray, and style in loose pulled out dutch braids. Let it set while you finish getting ready, then release, lightly shaking out the braid with your finger tips (don’t brush!)”
Kelsie McNamara is a hair stylist specializing in hair cutting and Balayage and has been in the business for ten years. She co-owns a private studio in Leslieville and is a Portfolio Artist for L’Oreal Professional Canada. Follow her journey on Instagram @kelsiemariexo