2016 brought us bobs, super-straight hair, pastel colors and modern French twists, and some of the trends of last year continue into 2017.
Lengths and cuts on SS17 runways ranged from grown-out shags to ultra-long extensions, as sported lately by Kim Kardashian and seen on the Grammy stage on Demi Lovato. Bangs, in many different styles, also appeared on various SS17 shows. From shaggy bobs with bangs at Alexander Wang, to short and blunt bangs at Christian Dior.
When it comes to color, caramel tones are this year’s hit. Fashion favorite Gigi Hadid toned down her blonde recently to a more golden bronde, a hybrid, more natural color appearing blonde in the light and brunette in the shadows. Other grown-in hair colors also dominated, including rooty blondes. It seems to be the season for low maintenance.
Deep, rich shades of dark brown are also hot to trot this year, even going as far as jet black, while – as unsexy as the name may sound – blorange, a mix of blonde and ginger, is a color to watch for in 2017.
Style-wise, think soaked hair this year. Using an excess of gel or styling cream, many models on the SS17 catwalks sported the wet look, including left down and slicked back at Balmain, styled into a wet updo at Thakoon and wet look curls at J.W. Anderson. Excellent for those who don’t want to spend an age blow drying their hair out, and for those who suffer from summer frizz, this style creates a stylish effect with minimum effort and works on all hair types.
Proving again that there is a trend for everyone on the runway, super-sleek, straight hair with a center parting was also featured, working best with healthy hair, and full curls and flat iron waves were also seen.
Braids remain en vogue. From tough braids weaved upwards into topknots at Christian Dior, to long unkempt braids at Valentino, to intricate braided structures at Gucci and single thin braids at Roberto Cavalli, there is something for every braid lover, and every skill set.
The ‘80s are also back, with crimped and dropped-permed hair also coming into trend. Another good style for those prone to frizz, these styles create a styled textured effect with a difference. Another not-so-straight look that hit the catwalks was relaxed surfer waves. If you don’t fancy a dip in the sea before work, just use a spritz of salt spray to create waves for days. If your hair is anti-wave, you can use a curling iron on bits and pieces as they did at Isabel Marant.
In another nod to the ‘80s, hair flipped over to one side created volume, and on some runways brought a section of much shorter hair on the side of the head to center stage.
Deep side parts created drama on both long and short lengths, whether hair was left loose, secured by a bobby pin, or pulled back into a low ponytail or bun.