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The 2018 Hair Trends You Need To Know

New year, new ‘do.

‘New year, new me’ is my mantra when it comes to initiating a fresh start to the year – and that includes a new ‘do’.

At the end of last year, I was dying for a change. Saying my locks were ‘lifeless’ sounds like a shampoo commercial tagline – but it was true. So I did the big chop. I actually cut off 30cm of my hair (you can see the before here, and after above).

I did it gradually, but when it comes to hair even a centimetre can make a huge difference. The plus side is that hair grows, and a new ‘do isn’t forever. Experimenting with a new look could completely change your vibe.

So whether you want a subtle change or a complete transformation, I’ve got you covered (after hours of trawling Instagram!).

See below for the 2018 hair trends you need to know about (and some serious inspo to head to your hairdresser with).

Words: @georgiewoodweber

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French-Girl Fringe

Odds are, you’ve toyed with the idea of getting a fringe. Could this be the year?

Bangin’ babe @sashaedavison shows us how to rock classic messy bangs – très chic.

Image: @sashaedavison.

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French-Girl Fringe

Odds are, you’ve toyed with the idea of getting a fringe. Could this be the year?

Bangin’ babe @sashaedavison shows us how to rock classic messy bangs – très chic.

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Bang Bang Baby

Curtain bangs are “so hot right now” and offer an easy way to shape the face.

Plus, the extra length makes them a little more non-committal than a shorter fringe.

Angel face @ilisteele knows what’s up.

Image: @ilisteele.

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Bang Bang Baby

Curtain bangs are “so hot right now” and offer an easy way to shape the face.

Plus, the extra length makes them a little more non-committal than a shorter fringe.

Angel face @ilisteele knows what’s up.

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You Better Shape Up

@ganna_bogdan nails the “I woke up like this” vibe.

A few layers at the front will add a little bit of shape (at any length) to instantly refresh your look.

They’ll also help to achieve that textured look (no styling products required!).

Image: @ganna_bogdan.

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You Better Shape Up

@ganna_bogdan nails the “I woke up like this” vibe.

A few layers at the front will add a little bit of shape (at any length) to instantly refresh your look.

They’ll also help to achieve that textured look (no styling products required!).

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Short n' Textured

Yes, we are still obsessed with the short textured bob – donned here by @lifeofboheme.

Short and textured is the ultimate “I don’t care” hair style.

See @venedaanastasia and @lootin for more inspo.

Image: @lifeofboheme.

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Short n' Textured

Yes, we are still obsessed with the short textured bob – donned here by @lifeofboheme.

Short and textured is the ultimate “I don’t care” hair style.

See @venedaanastasia and @lootin for more inspo.

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Short n' Sharp

This easy editorial look is all over Instagram at the moment, and we’re crushing hard.

Sisters @simihaze know a thing or two about rocking this straight, blunt cut – so make them your go-to for how to wear it.

Image: @simihaze.

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Short n' Sharp

This easy editorial look is all over Instagram at the moment, and we’re crushing hard.

Sisters @simihaze know a thing or two about rocking this straight, blunt cut – so make them your go-to for how to wear it.

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Go the length

On the opposite end of the spectrum, these Rapunzel-esque vibes are making their mark.

If you’re thinking about growing your hair out, smooth and manicured hair (like @gildaambrosio‘s) keeps the spirit young.

Image: @gildaambrosio.

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Go the length

On the opposite end of the spectrum, these Rapunzel-esque vibes are making their mark.

If you’re thinking about growing your hair out, smooth and manicured hair (like @gildaambrosio‘s) keeps the spirit young.

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Off With The Fairies

Heads up – this one’s not for the feint-hearted, but if you’re up for experimenting, a super short 60s-eaque bob could be the way to go.

@taylorlashae has all the inspo you need.

 

Image: @taylorlashae.

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Off With The Fairies

Heads up – this one’s not for the feint-hearted, but if you’re up for experimenting, a super short 60s-eaque bob could be the way to go.

@taylorlashae has all the inspo you need.

 

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The Perfect Perm

Guess who’s back, back again…

While the perm is not for everyone, it works pure magic on some (like @kelseymartinovich).

Also look to @micarganaraz for inspo.

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The Perfect Perm

Guess who’s back, back again…

While the perm is not for everyone, it works pure magic on some (like @kelseymartinovich).

Also look to @micarganaraz for inspo.

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Double Platinum

I might dye my hair platinum thanks to Instababe @emmakateboyd.

It’s a transformative look that has a strong fashion-forward feel.

Image: @emmakateboyd.

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Double Platinum

I might dye my hair platinum thanks to Instababe @emmakateboyd.

It’s a transformative look that has a strong fashion-forward feel.

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Give Me The Honey

Girl-crush @jeannedamas has (in my opinion) the most covetable shade on Instagram.

This is a perfect brunette shade with slight highlights to brighten the face.

Tip: you want your colour so subtle that people ask if it’s your natural shade.

Image: @jeannedamas.

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Give Me The Honey

Girl-crush @jeannedamas has (in my opinion) the most covetable shade on Instagram.

This is a perfect brunette shade with slight highlights to brighten the face.

Tip: you want your colour so subtle that people ask if it’s your natural shade.

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The Dark Side

As some people say – going dark is the best way to match your hair with your mood (haha).

What we can confirm is that it’s the best way to look chic “without trying” (look to Italian ‘It’ girls like @dilettabonaiuti).

 

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The Dark Side

As some people say – going dark is the best way to match your hair with your mood (haha).

What we can confirm is that it’s the best way to look chic “without trying” (look to Italian ‘It’ girls like @dilettabonaiuti).

 

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