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Hairstyle trends for 2017

As we hurtle towards the end of another year at Arena Salon, it’s time to take a look at some of the emerging trends that are predicted to be big news in 2017. Without further ado…

grown out pixie cut celebrity

Pixies, begone! The grown-out short crops of Ashlee Simpson, Carey Mulligan and Emily Browning

1) Grown-out pixie cuts.

It seemed that everywhere you looked in 2015 and 2016, there was a celebrity showing off her freshly shorn locks. While the style is undoubtedly a timeless one, the A-list fascination with all things pixie is expected to wane over the coming year. As such, the grown-out pixie – as sported by Ashlee Simpson, Mia Wasikowska, and Emma Watson, among many others – will be a key look for 2017.

It’s very much a transitional style (that is, worn mostly by women who have decided to make the return to long hair) but that’s not to say it can’t be chosen as a hairstyle in its own right. Just be prepared to spend more time styling it than you otherwise would with long hair or with a very short crop.


Ultra-bright hair colour at New York Fashion Week (From L-R) Thakoon, Narciso Rodriguez, and Jeremy Scott

2) Unique colour.

Make no mistake – bold hair colour is going to be HUGE in 2017. This is one of those cyclical hairstyle trends that has made a return every five to ten years since it first landed in the 1970s. Celebs like Katy Perry,Kate Bosworth, Nicki Minaj and Sienna Miller have already jumped on the bandwagon for this latest revival, and it’s been popping up with increasing regularity on the international catwalks too.

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Teenage dream Katy Perry’s vibrant candy-coloured tresses.

This time around, it’s all about choosing just one standout shade (pink is especially popular, but you should go with whatever suits your personality the best), and allowing some of your own natural hair colour to show at the roots. Check out this article for more info on how to go about embracing the latest trend for bold colour.

celebrity bob hairstyle textured and tousled

Bobbed beauties Ali Larter, Alexa Chung and Brooklyn Decker.

3) Textured chin-to-shoulder-length bobs.

This is one of the most easy-to-manage styles around and is a great way to update your look if you’ve had long hair for what seems like eons. The shoulder-length bob has been on trend for a while now (thank you, Jennifer Aniston) but in 2012 it’s expected to be a touch shorter, with an emphasis on volume, texture, and clever layering.

It’s an extremely versatile cut, but before you grab your handbag and head to the salon you’ll need to consider your face shape (because unfortunately, it won’t look good on everyone) as well as your hair’s natural texture. Curly haired girls will need to have some layers cut in to avoid the dreaded ‘pyramid’ look, while those among us with very fine hair will need a more graduated cut to make the most of what little natural volume they have. Chin-to-shoulder-length bobs are definitely trickier than what you’d first expect, but when you get this style right, it looks nothing short of stunning.

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Love it! Braided updos are bang on trend for 2012.

4) Braids, braids and more braids.

Not ready to part with your long hair? Me neither, and the great news for us is that braids – in their many different forms – are predicted to be a major hairstyle trend in the coming year and beyond. Braided updos, side braids, and fishtail braids are especially popular, as are glamorous and romantic half-braided, half-down styles (think Daenerys from Game of Thrones).

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The beautiful braided hair of Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones, played by actress Emilia Clarke

Long hair = high style. Here’s proof.

Hairstyle trends are never static. They can’t be, by definition alone. Trends are always on the move, evolving and reviving, over and over again. Trends in hair and fashion are an inevitable response to the varied and often very subtle shifts occurring in arenas as diverse as popular culture, fringe subculture, world politics, even the economy.

But what does remain (comparatively) static is genuine style. The embracing of one’s individual preferences, regardless of what’s so hot right now, is a mark of true refinement. It’s what separates the everyday from the extraordinary.

Models with long straight hair

Daphne Groeneveld, Karen Elson, Kristen McMenamy and Naomi Campbell for Roberto Cavalli SS 2012.


Ever noticed how supermodels nearly always have long hair? The designers who hire them don’t want to merely be associated with fashion. Fashion is, after all, for the masses; it’s genuine style that is for the elite. And it’s the elite for whom top-end designers wish to cater their brands.

Beautiful long black hair

Naomi Campbell for Roberto Cavalli SS 2012.

My point? Short hair may be on trend, but long hair is timeless. Long hair is classic. When properly cared for, long hair is truly a thing of beauty and will place its owner a cut above the rest.

Long haired models

Naomi Campbell, Kristen McMenamy, Karen Elson and Daphne Groeneveld for Roberto Cavalli SS 2012.

Fashion has its place, to be sure. Fashion is a lot of fun. It may be looked upon as frivolous, yet it represents so much about the world at large, so much about the time in which we live.

But style? Style represents the individual.

So which would you rather be?

Stunning red hair, long straight hairstyle

Karen Elson for Roberto Cavalli SS 2012.