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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).