The beginning of the year is the perfect time for a new haircut, and the best haircut trends of 2017 will definitely make you ready for a dramatic chop.
#1: Embrace the Throwback Shag
The biggest haircut trend of 2017 owes it all to the 1970s. The shag is back, and celebrities are definitely embracing their inner Patti Smith. Alexa Chung and Freja Beha Erichsen are rocking a layered cool-girl haircut, and model Mica Arganaraz proves just how well shags can work for curly hair too. The messy chic cut is perfect for low maintenance styling—just spread a little texturizing paste, like Redken’s Move Ability 05 Lightweight Defining Cream Paste, through your hair and go. The downside is that growing out the cut can be awkward, since you’re working with a lot of layers.
#2: Try the Flattering Lob
The lob (long bob) is the perfect alternative to the shag for those who don’t want to deal with all the layers. This chic look is universally flattering. Rhianna, Emily Blunt, Kate Mara, Jourdan Dunn, and Lucy Hale are all fans of this effortless cut. A lob can be styled in a number of ways, from sleek blow outs to tousled beachy waves. It’s also the perfect cut for the commitment-phobe, since it’s easy to grow out past the shoulders when you want a little extra length.
#3: Rock Natural Texture with Long Layers
Natural hair textures continue to be on trend in 2017, and long, layered cuts are the best way to show off your locks. Alicia Keys definitely rocks this cut. Adding shorter layers closer to the top of the head and longer layers on the bottom can give your hair even more volume. The best part is that a cut with long layers works on just about every hair texture.
#4: Rock an Eye-Length Fringe
If you’re craving a dramatic change in 2017, but feel hesitant about making the big chop, try rocking an eye-length fringe. The bangs add a little 1960s Bardot-esque flare to your look. The long, eyelid grazing bangs are more versatile than blocky, shorter bangs, since you can simply sweep them to the side. This also makes them easier to grow out. Lea Michele and Taylor Swift are fans of this trend.
#5: Try a Sleek, Asymmetrical Bob
There are few haircuts that look quite as chic as a great asymmetrical bob. Make sure you’re familiar with the hair stylist’s work or have plenty of photos to bring in, since this look can easily go wrong and spiral into Can I Speak to Your Manager territory. A great asymmetrical bob can vary in length, but we love this shoulder-grazing look that’s just slightly longer on one side. Unless you have stick-straight hair, styling can take some time every morning and will probably require blow drying and straightening your hair, but the results are worth it. Use a protecting spray like Moroccan Oil Heat Styling Protection to keep your locks shiny and healthy.
#6: Rock a Chin-Grazing Bob
A chin-grazing bob is the go-to 2017 haircut for those who are growing out a pixie. The versatility of this sleek cut comes into play with styling. Rock it pin-straight, or add some finger waves for a 1920s flapper inspired look. The chin-grazing bob helps you avoid some awkward stages of the pixie grow out. It’s also a great option if you want to try shorter hair but aren’t quite committed to the idea of a pixie cut.
#7: Try an Androgynous Chop
Boyish cuts will be a popular hair trend in 2017, but this bold look definitely requires commitment. The chop would require up to two years to grow out to the shoulder length or longer. However, both those with softer features and angular faces can rock this look. The general rule is that the stronger and more angular your facial features are, the softer your cut should be. Those with softer features can pull off an edgier androgynous cut. It’s all about finding the perfect balance. Oribe’s Rough Luxury Molding Wax is a great way to lock short hair into shape without it feeling crunchy.
#8: Add Length to Long Locks
Lady Gaga and Rihanna know how to rock the super long straight locks. Achieving this look may not be a matter of getting a haircut though. If you aren’t close to the belly-grazing length, extensions are a great way to try out this style with very little commitment. It might not be the most budget-friendly option, but it definitely makes for a dramatic look. Keep long locks healthy with Bumble & Bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Balm-to-Oil Pre Shampoo Masque.
#9: Add Some Edge with a Blunt Sculptural Cut
If you’re looking for an easy way to add some edge to your look in 2017, a blunt, sculptural cut is the way to go. Celebrities like Janelle Monáe have been spotted rocking this futuristic style. The key to a great blunt cut is to ditch the layers in favor of sharp edges, and to make regular maintenance appointments to trim wayward locks of hair that are growing out of line. Pair the blunt cut with a monochromatic wardrobe for an instantly striking look. Styling is also necessary to keep your hair in the perfect sculptural shape. Use a product like Bed Head TIGI Manipulator for a strong hold.
#10: Rock Long Box Braids
If you’re looking for an example of how versatile long, sleek box braids with a center part can be, look no further than Zoe Kravitz. This style is perfect for those who crave versatility and minimum styling time. Box braids can be styled in a bun, pigtails, a pompadour, and more, and the added length gives you even more options.
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