As the seasons change, so do our attitudes to the way we look. The arrival of summer is the perfect time to transition your wardrobe, your make up routine and the way you wear your hair. Refreshing your hairstyle will instantly update your look and make you feel like a whole new person.
You should never underestimate the importance of a great haircut. Your hair is incredibly powerful: it can make you look younger, completely change the shape of your face, and even have a positive impact on your overall mental health. With that in mind, here are some of this summer’s top hair trends, and how you can style them to make them your own:
Relive the 1990s
One of this year’s hottest trends is the ‘90s revival; all things minimalist and nineties chic are now decidedly back in vogue. Think micro mini dresses with spaghetti straps, platform heels, and plastic jewellery. From a hair point of view, this is the decade in which we first discovered hair straighteners, so poker straight hair of all lengths in natural, neutral colours, are the order of the day once again.
If you remember the nineties from the first time round, then this is an ideal opportunity to experiment with some of your favourite childhood trends. Think butterfly clips, plastic barrettes and pulling your hair back into tiny hair elastics. The good news is that if you have short hair, then you can still make this style your own. When visiting your hair dresser, ask for a blunt cut without any layers, regardless of the hair length you choose, to maximise the impact of this trend.
Curls and Waves
Curly hair almost never goes out of vogue, particularly during the summer months when it takes on a beachy, bohemian feel. Long curly hair is the perfect look for far flung holidays and special occasions, creating hair that both makes a statement and is understated at the same time.
If you are blessed with naturally long hair (regardless of its texture) then you can create this look at home using your curling tongs. Work these through the hair at different angles and moving your hair in different directions to create a natural and irregular feel. If you don’t have long hair suitable for curling then don’t worry, you don’t have to miss out. You’ll find a wide range of versatile beautiful wigs that can be curled and waved in this way, particularly if you look for a natural human hair wig that can be styled just like your natural hair. Alternatively, if you’re time poor and don’t want to have to work on achieving perfect hair then opt for a synthetic wig that has already been curled, and that you simply have to wear and go!
Bring Back the Fringe
Fringes are having a moment! It doesn’t matter whether you opt for a cropped micro fringe, a long side swept fringe, or a thick and blunt full fringe, adding a fringe to your hair is one of the quickest and easiest ways to completely change your style. It is also an affordable way to update your style if you’re on a tight budget, because cutting in a fringe will generally only cost a couple of pounds (much less than a whole new hair style would).
The micro fringe is a fringe that falls above the eyebrows. This is a great choice if you have a rounded or heart shaped face that would benefit from detail and definition. Meanwhile if you have a long or a high forehead, or if you are beginning to develop forehead wrinkles or laughter lines, then a thick blunt fringe is the perfect choice. The side swept fringe is a more minimalist compromise between having a fringe and not having one: it is also a great style to adopt as you are growing out a shorter fringe. Whatever fringe you choose, wear it with confidence and have it cut regularly (at least one a month, if not more frequently depending on the speed of your hair growth) to keep your style looking as sharp and well put together as possible.
Hello Low Ponytail
The high ponytail and messy top knot have dominated the updo arena for several seasons now, but this season they are set to be replaced by a much more versatile and easier to DIY low ponytail instead. The low ponytail always looks classy, no matter what the texture or the length of your hair.
This is a style that is incredibly easy to create at home. Simply pull your hair back to the nape of your neck, and then secure in place using a hair elastic. To make this look even more chic, take a thick strand of hair from the very bottom of your head and wrap this around the hair elastic, so that it blends and coordinates with your style.
This is a wonderful look for keeping cool in the summer, pulling your hair away from your neck and showing off your cheek bones. Whilst this versatile style will suit everyone, it is particularly flattering on those with oval and heart shaped faces who have enviable bone structure that calls for showing off.
Make Time For Micro Braids
If you’re looking for a low key and bohemian look that will only need very minimal maintenance whilst you party the night away at music festivals or travel to far flung locales, then the 2018 trend you need to focus on is the micro braids. Hair braiding has been in vogue for decades, particularly for those of Afro Caribbean descent, but this year those braids are skinnier than ever. Micro braids look much more refined and chic than their oversized counterparts. They are also less likely to show flaws when worn over a long period of time than wider braids.
The best way to create this look is to visit a professional in a salon. Whilst the initial process can be costly and time consuming, when done correctly your braids will last all summer long, meaning you won’t have to worry about styling your hair again until September! The best braids combine your natural hair with human hair extensions to give both length and thickness. Invest in the best quality hair you can afford to see the best results.
Bring Back the Bob
Luckily, this season’s hair trends aren’t just for girls with long hair; wearing your hair short is an easy way to ensure that you stay cool during the summer and is also much more low maintenance than dealing with low, flowing tresses. If you want to give your short hair a new season update then opt for a retro-inspired blunt bob to be bang on trend for summer 2018. Choose an angular cut that is longer at the front than it is at the back: the length you choose is up to you!
A shoulder length blunt angular bob will be just long enough to pull into a ponytail or updo: ideal if you like to keep your hair off your face when working out or running errands. Meanwhile a much shorter angular bob will have an increased visual impact, creating a style that will turn heads, particularly if you usually wear your hair much longer.
The right bob will give your face definition and lend you a touch of summertime chic: the key to getting this look right is to maintain it. Regular hair cuts will ensure your hair still looks as blunt and razor sharp as possible.
No matter what kind of style you’re looking for, the perfect hair for summer 2018 is out there waiting for you. It doesn’t matter whether you want to give your natural hair an update or you’re looking for a beautiful wig to do all the hard work for you, this summer’s hottest looks are about expressing yourself, feeling comfortable in your own skin, and looking natural. Something we can all get on board with!