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Autumn/Winter 2017: Women’s Hair Trends

While a lot of us might mourn the end of summer once September rolls around, there is one thing to look forward to: a new set of the hair trends to admire and – depending on how bold we’re feeling – emulate.  As always, the AW 17/18 catwalks produced a range of different hair looks, from the accessible to the avant-garde. One thing that unified the designers from London to New York, though, was texture. This season, it’s all about extremities; from the super-straight and impressively slick to dramatic curls packed with electrifying volume. Texture is created through a combination of cutting techniques and styling products, making the effect as permanent or as fleeting as you like. Discover the new trends now for endless inspiration throughout the colder months.

The Chopped Bob

If 2016 was dominated by the ‘lob’ then 2017 has certainly been the year for the bob’s comeback. The must-have length for the new season is hair that’s been chopped to the chin; but forget about sleek, carefully graduated cuts. On the catwalks, bobs had a hacked-at, ‘DIY’ quality that helped to create that all-important texture through the ends of the hair. Unsure how to style such a bold cut? Designers played with a few options; stylists at Peter Pilotto left bobs to flick out naturally for an effortless, un-styled finish (below, left); while Faustine Steinmetz’s model wore a blow-dried bob with plenty of volume at the root (below, right). If you’re thinking of going for this season’s must-have length, check out our blog post to see whether the bob is right for you first.

Disheveled Braids

Braids have maintained a strong presence on the catwalks for several seasons now, with micro-braids and braided buns being some of the must-have trends for spring/summer 2017. For winter, braids have been updated with a look that’s altogether less neat. Tied low at the nape of the neck, braids are then made loose and messy for a more interesting finish. Flyaways are encouraged rather than tamed as part of this trend, as seen at both Concept Korea and Alberta Ferretti (below).

Mermaid Waves

Another example of the importance of texture and shape this season, mermaid waves were a popular look across the runways. From Fendi (below, left) to Christian Wijnants (below, right), models were seen with dense waves and bohemian-inspired centre partings. This look is easy to recreate at home, as hair can be braided overnight and taken out in the morning – just remember to apply some serum to keep the finish soft and frizz-free.

Metal Embellishment

Hair accessories were a key trend for Autumn/Winter 2016, but this year there is a move away from the bold jewels and ornate headpieces. Instead, minimalist pieces such as hair grips or hoops are stacked for a more statement effect. Metallic was a dominant makeup trend on the AW17/18 runways, and this was also carried into hair through the inclusion of gold, silver and gunmetal accessories.  Create a contrast by using dark embellishment on blonde hair (as seen at Cristiano Burani, below left); or blend dark tones for a gothic-inspired finish as at Concept Korea (below, right).

Gelled Strands

A staple product of the 1990s, hair gel has experienced a revival on the autumn/winter catwalks – and we’re sure we will see it appearing in your shopping basket, too. As a progression from last year’s dual texture trend, wet-look styling is set to be key for the upcoming party season. The good news is that there is a lot of room for personalisation with this texture, meaning you can make it as bold or as wearable as you like. Sculpt detailed patterns into the hair, as seen at Anrealage (below, left), or pull through longer lengths for a strong, grunge finish (below, right). Alternatively, the styling at Eudon Choi (below, centre) shows a more accessible take on the trend, with a high-gloss finish and sleek texture still looking conservative.

Are you ready to update your style for autumn/winter 2017? Get in touch with your local Regis salon today to be one step ahead. 

[Images: WGSN.]
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