After a few years of long luscious locks accompanying the hippy vibe seen everywhere, 2018 is bringing back the short hair look, chopping off those tresses without a backwards glance. From pixie cuts that are styled with longer bangs or ruffled into a natural ‘fairy from the woods’ look to bobs that just brush the shoulders, short hair is back with a bang.
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Hollywood is all about finding the next new look and celebrities like Olivia Culpo, Kim Kardashian and Cate Blanchett are already rocking some of the hottest trends. If you can learn anything from these ladies, it is that however old you are, and whatever you look like, you can join in with the fashion trends of 2018 and achieve something really special. Fashion can be scary but, done right, it will make you look and feel amazing.
Finding the right look for you is all about experimenting with different styles and ideas. For those of you who have always kept long hair out of habit, it’s time to try something new. This year’s trends are ideal and if you like, you can mix and match to create your own unique look, incorporating various trends and fashions. Be bold, be brave. You’ll look amazing.
The Pixie Cut
The pixie cut has become something of a classic do, especially amongst young moms who want to look amazing at the drop of a hat. There are all kinds of different pixie cuts to go for though and deciding which one for you is important before you go to your hairdresser. Since there are so many different types of pixie cut around now, you should probably take a picture of the look you want to show your hairdresser before you start. This will give them a more concrete idea of what you want before they start chopping.
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Some of the most popular pixie cuts this year are styled with bangs to frame your face and lend a slightly ruffled and informal look to your hairstyle. This is actually perfect because apart from looking after your bangs and keeping them in good condition (hello dry shampoo!) your hair is basically ready for any event. How you want your bangs is very much up to you (and we’ll come to bangs shortly) but the main thing is that your face is framed, bringing out your natural beauty.
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Color is also a popular way to keep your pixie on point. Balayage might sound impossible, but keeping the top half of your hair light with a contrasting dark color underneath creates the illusion of thicker hair. The soft grey tones that were everywhere in 2017 are also sticking around, though now you are invited to add more of a silver shine to maximise on impact and create a striking look.
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The Jaw-Length Bob
The jaw length bob is the perfect inbetween stage if you are looking for a shorter look but aren’t quite brave enough to go full pixie. There are basically two types of jaw length bob: the wavy “I just came from the beach” look or the sleek and shiny “I just had this done” look. Luckily, both are very much in fashion and are quite easy to achieve with minimal fuss.
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The key to maintaining a jaw length bob is keeping those ends in perfect health. You can get away with trimming longer hair less often, but with a shorter do, split ends will make your hair seem puffy and not in a good way. If you want to make sure that your hair stays sleek and perfect, regular hair treatments and trims are vital.
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For a beach look there is just one key ingredient: the sea salt spray. This will help your hair to keep it’s beautiful, defined waves it’s almost ridiculous how easy it is to use. All you need to do is spritz in your spray while your hair is still damp and then use a towel to scrunch it into place. If you have straight hair, the process is just as simple: wash your hair the night before and spritz in the spray while it is still damp, then put your hair into french plaits. When you wake up, take the plaits out and scrunch your hair with a little more spray. Simple!
If you aren’t feeling quite brave enough to go the whole chop just yet, there is one more style you can certainly get on board with. Choppy bangs are the perfect solution for anyone who has always quite liked the idea of bangs but has never wanted the fuss of maintaining a perfect length. In fact, bangs are so annoying to maintain at one perfect length that you are completely forgiven for never trying them before.
However, all that has now changed and choppy bangs are bringing a whole new way of framing your face to town. By styling your bangs so that they are sweetly uneven, you can let them grow out a little bit more and not panic every time you run a comb through them. Plus, choppy bangs work well with fluffy curly hair too blending in nicely with your longer locks and making the most of the texture of your hair.
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If you are feeling really brave, you could go for super short baby bangs which are proving popular with celebrities like Emma Watson and Sofia Boutella. These ladies show how well baby bangs work with any length of hair or even an up-do. Sophisticated and very cute – who knew those two things could mix so well?
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With so many new options for this year, 2018 is looking to be a pretty wild year for hairstyles. There are so many different ways to approach short hair and creating a unique take on a particular style couldn’t be more fashionable right now. Whether you are looking for something sleek and exacting or a hairstyle to suit a more relaxed lifestyle, 2018 has something for everyone.