Best Hairstyles From The 2018 SAG Awards

The mood at the 2018 SAG Awards was noticeably different from the 2018 Golden Globes in terms of styling choices for the night. A lot of the female celebrities embraced more color and went with brighter makeup choices, while still keeping the focus firmly trained on the women’s rights #TimesUp movement. Hairstyles at the 2018 SAG Awards veered more towards the classic, traditional choices with tons of actresses such as Reese Witherspoon and Tracee Ellis Ross going with their signature looks. We did have some standout style statements and these are some of my picks for the best hairstyles from the 2018 SAG Awards.

Allison Williams


Allison Williams is currently one of the most-discussed celebrities in the blogosphere after her appearance at the 2018 SAG Awards. Reactions to Williams’ look last night are divided, but I’m here for it. It’s a marriage between some extremely strong style statements that you’d never expect to see together – wet-look hair texture, 1920s-inspired flapper waves and vintage hairstyle vibes, blood-red lip color – and yet, these trends come together to make for one of the best hair and beauty looks from the 2018 SAG Awards: one that walked a strange and exciting line between Old Hollywood elegance and gothic glam.

Halle Berry


It’s been a while since we saw anyone get creative with ponytails on the red carpet, so Halle Berry’s 2018 SAG Awards hairstyle was a welcome lesson in just how fun, funky and formal ponytails can be! The two-part ponytail –with one section at the crown and another beginning at the back-center – looks like your go-to high ponytail from the front, until you get a peek at the sides and the back. Just use the bubble ponytail method to recreate the look. Kick it up a notch by embracing those baby hairs, natural texture and carefully placed streaks of subtle hair color.

Madeline Brewer


The Handmaid’s Tale star Madeline Brewer’s fiery ginger locks are enough of a hair statement in themselves, but it’s her hair accessory that really has me singing. Madeline’s slicked-crown and brushed-back loose down-do is played up with some beautiful pearl-topped hairpins. The hair embellishment route is a smart way to make a style statement without going OTT with your hairstyles and the pearl pins matched Madeline’s pearl-studded dress beautifully. As is so often the case, these babies come from one my all-time favorite hair accessories designer, Jennifer Behr.

Margot Robbie


Margot Robbie continues to make the best style statements on the 2018 Red Carpet with a multi-tonal, buttery blonde lob that manages to be both beachy and glam all the time. The easy center part, soft bedhead waves and natural flyaways make the lob just the sort of 2018 hair and beauty trend that real women everywhere will love. At the same time, the deeper color at the roots and several beautifully blended shades of blonde make it all look more polished and sophisticated.

Nicole Kidman


Romantic buns and wispy hairdos have become Nicole Kidman’s go-to red carpet choices and with good reason: she looks breathtaking time after time. The looped side bun, the soft tendrils loose on the other side and the gentle hair waves all make for a look that is arresting in its own right but doesn’t clash with other very strong aspects of Nicole’s look: the rainbow-sequin-encrusted gown with the shoulder accent, the statement lip and the dazzling earrings.

Yara Shahidi


The last few seasons have thrown up some young stars with some fabulous style and Black-ish’s Yara Shahidi is definitely one of them. Those Diana Ross-inspired curls were definitely one of the 2018 SAG Awards’ best hairstyles. The key to working natural texture and dark hair is in amping up the texture: glossy, bouncy, voluminous curls are a major style statement. Wearing your hair big and curly involves using the right products to maintain volume and vibrancy without weighing it down. Yara’s simple makeup, accessories and classic black outfit all work wonderfully with the bold hair.



Best Hairstyles From The 2018 Critics' Choice Awards

Another awards show, another pinterest-worthy board of hairstyles and hair trends to inspire us all. Here are some of the best hairstyles from the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Allison Janney


Allison Janney’s big, bouncy waves and soft, feathered side-swept bangs are the stuff the 80s are famous for. Everything from her coppery-rose-gold-brunette hair color to the bombshell waves screams perfection. Allison’s hair is a sharp departure from the super-structured, perfectly carved and finished haircuts and hairstyles that have dominated runways and red carpets over the past few seasons. There’s something so lively, spirited and sexy about the Farah Fawcett-style waves that it’s no wonder Janney’s topped most best-styled lists this past week.

Jaimie Alexander


Jamie Alexander’s faux-hawk style updo from the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards is possibly the night’s most striking hairstyle. If you’re looking for versatile hairstyles that work in all kinds of lengths, this is a good one to play around with. Longer lengths can be styled into an updo or a braid pinned up at the back while shorter lengths can be pinned/ gelled down into place. The massive volume and cresting-wave like effect makes for a bold look. There’s something incredibly modern and yet retro, pompadour-esque about the look that I really love.

Margot Robbie


Margot Robbie’s going 2 for 2 in the 2018 awards season with some fabulous hairstyles. For the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards, Margot’s stylist finished off the evergreen topknot with a black velvet ribbon. Hair accessories are making a big comeback this season and Margot’s ribbon was a nod to the detailing on her Chanel dress. Letting the ends hang loose compliments the slightly messy texture of the hairdo itself and manages to create a look that is both classic and fresh.

Natalia Dyer


Natalia Dyer’s shoulder-length wavy hairstyle made a real splash in the online fashion and beauty community; the Stranger Things’ star is being lauded for rebranding the classic Old Hollywood waves into a sexier, edgier 2018 version. How, you ask? The secret is in the texture. We’ve got a slightly grainer, piece-y finish that keeps the style from looking too put-together. Also, the dark-roots-light-lengths hair trend adds more drama to the hairstyle.

Olivia Munn


Another updated example of the classic waves was seen on Olivia Munn at the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards. The retro waves/ Old Hollywood hairstyle is typically defined by large, loose waves side-parted hair and Olivia’s stylist kept the essence of the iconic style intact but with a few tiny tweaks that made a big difference. For starters, the side part was moved higher up on the head, only just slightly off-center whereas in the original hairstyle, the hair is parted strongly to a side. You’ll also notice that the parting itself isn’t as painstakingly neat as in the old days. Another change: the waves are even looser and larger than usual, giving an effortless, casual chic vibe to a very glam hairdo. Women today, of course, play around with hair color combinations and gradients a lot more, so ombres and soft highlights are another way to spice up classic hairstyles.

Which one of these hairstyles was your favorite from the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards? What other looks do you plan to try out? If you’re looking for more inspiration, Alison Brie’s romantic half-up-half-down hairstyle and Skyler Samuels’ hair accessories were some of my other favorites from the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards.


Best Hairstyles From The 2018 Golden Globes

Kicking off 2018 with a bang, we’ve got the best hairstyles from this year’s Golden Globe Awards. As the first major event of the 2018 awards season, there were a lot of expectations doing the rounds, especially in the wake of the recent women’s empowerment and representation movements and anti-harassment efforts taking the world by storm.

With many, many female celebrities vowing to wear black as a mark of solidarity against sexual harassment, the night made for a really moving experience celebrating the power of women as well as a beautiful moment in art and fashion, giving stylists, makeup-artists and hairdressers a chance and a challenge to create phenomenal looks while working with a very simple palette. I think everyone did a fantastic job, making for a night that was every bit as glamorous as the years before, and more powerful and inspiring than any of us could have hoped for. 

Emilia Clarke


The silvery platinum hair color trend continues to hold strong with Emilia Clarke showing off a crisp, medium bob. The collarbone-length and even ends make the haircut both wearable and sophisticated, while the icy color and the dark roots keep things fun. Win-win!

Margot Robbie


Margot Robbie’s 2018 Golden Globes’ hairstyle is one of my favorites of the night: the perfect balance between polished and relaxed. Margot’s stylist combined two timeless trends: beachy, boho waves and Old Hollywood waves, creating the perfect marriage by taking the casual shape of the former and the sophisticated finish of the latter. Getting the base smooth and sleek first means that the waves look more styled than your typical beachy vibe and the high side parting and glossy texture make the hairstyle more Red Carpet-ready.

Millie Bobby Brown


One of the most talked-about 2018 Golden Globes’ hairstyles came from one of the youngest actors in the industry: Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown is a tour de force both in terms of her talent and her personal style. From the front, we’ve got a sleek topknot, but the sweet ballerina-esque vibe is balanced out by three edgy Dutch braids running between the base and the bun.

Saoirse Ronan


My dear friend Adir Abergel created Saoirse Ronan’s 2018 Golden Globes hairstyle. To compliment Saoirse’s futuristic gown with the metallic accents, Adir kept the hair soft and delicate at the front and funky and bold at the back. The hair is styled into an updo by creating a fishtail braid at the back and pinning it up on the head, with the ends tucked in. Adir finished the look by weaving in a silvery metallic thread into the braid to give it a bit of a punch and play off of Saoirse’s dress.

Viola Davis


Celebrating feminine beauty, power and strength, Viola Davis kept her hair natural, glorious and goddess-like: true to who she is as a person and a performer. Viola’s Golden Globe 2018 hairdo is a poem about fierce beauty and the importance of healthy, happy everything!

Zoë Kravitz


One of the more minimalistic hair trends of the night came from Zoë Kravitz. The cropped pixie haircut is making a comeback this year, with a universal emphasis on women celebrating their unique features and faces. For that hint of a vintage vibe, keep the sides slightly long and play around with curling the ends or slicking them down or even carefully arranging them in pin curls. To balance out a pixie, keep the texture shiny and touchable for a look that is romantic and modern.

The 2018 Golden Globes were such an inspiring, exciting experience- one that I hope is a sign of great things to come!





Best Hairstyles From The Met Ball 2017

This year’s Met Gala theme centered on its exhibit, ‘Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between’. Honoring 74 year-old Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo, the 2017 Met Gala brought out an explosion of fashions and beauty trends that walk the line between classic sensibilities and avant-garde art.

The juxtaposition of dark, moody colors against pops of bright rainbow hues on the Red Carpet is just the sort of duality that Kawakubo’s work is known for. Outfits with structural cuts, sharp lines, bold graphics and dramatic volume found themselves paired against feminine, classic makeup trends, which were then topped off with electric, edgy hair trends.

Allison Williams

Allison Williams’ Met Gala 2017 is at-once strikingly modern and deliciously retro. The vintage glam waves and volume get a major update with the side-parted, shoulder-skimming lob. The height at the crown adds a ton of movement and body to the hairdo, really making it come alive. The best part about this hairstyle is that Allison looked completely at home on the red carpet for an event known to invite unpredictable, eccentric fashion trends and yet you could just as easily wear this hairstyle to work or a wedding.

Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne recently shaved her head for her role in the upcoming movie Life in a Year and most people expected her to walk the ‘bald and beautiful’ route, especially seeing as to how in-sync the aesthetic is with the event. However, Cara went a step further and surprised –and delighted– everyone by painting on some silver hair! Cara invented the new ‘alien chic’ trend with frosty platinum skull-kissing faux-crop complete with a side-parted, asymmetrical hairline and sequins placed along the front like the most glorious meteor shower.

Claire Danes

Every year, the Met Gala and the Oscars yield a hair trend or two in the form of spectacular hair accessories. As a stylist, you learn to love both the craft itself as well as these complimentary accents that are sometimes all you need to kick a look up to the next level. Claire’s updo gets an edgy kick with the pouf-accent at the front, but the real star of the show is that Fred Leighton arrow-shaped brooch. Everything, from the distinctly vintage style to the steely finish, lends a sleek, tough ‘warrior princess’ air to the hairdo, and contrasts beautifully with the princess-y volume of Claire’s outfit.

Lily Collins

Lily Collins wore a Flapper-era inspired wig to the 2017 Met Gala and everything about the hairdo –the softly graduating super-short bangs, the blunt bowl cut, the longer ends at the back, the mahogany-hued inky black base– screamed Met Magnificence. The hairdo was super vampy, with strong gothic influences, and the undeniable Twenties-vibe also lends an air of soft femininity to the look.

Rose Byrne

Rose Byrne’s dramatic curly-do was hands-down one of the most talked about looks from the 2017 Met Gala. To recreate the Studio 54-esque hair, you need to work with tightly wound curls and brush them out to create the texture. Remember to keep some of the crown slicked-down and flat, about 2 inches from the side part on either side, to create a sharp contrast with the curls and stay true to the retro vibe. The hairdo really plays up Rose’s hair color as well: the gradient from the brunette roots to the strawberry blonde tips really comes through in the hairstyle.

Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea

Sofia Sanchez’s braided hairdo is sheer perfection. The tightly coiled fishtail braid snaking its way around the crown and down the side and one shoulder is a spectacular work of art. There’s something so fluid about the braid it seems almost alive. The tightly slicked-down crown and straight, loose ends at the bottom create a vivid contrast with the braid in all its serpentine glory.


In a sea of stunning hairstyles and beautiful outfits, Zendaya left everyone breathless with her beyond-voluminous Afro. If textured hairstyles are your thing, it doesn’t get better than Zendaya’s look from last night. To recreate the base, you need to begin with tightly curled ringlets and then work to breathe life and body into them. A great way to ‘comb out’ tightly wound hair is to lift sections and pull them apart with your fingers and backcomb in small pieces, moving against the natural grain to really get that cloud of curls. Zendaya’s look is both iconic and wearable, helped by the fact that the bangs, the soft-U shape of her hair and the downward-pull of gravity (in a time when the dominant hair trend is to go ‘up, up, up’ with futuristic hairdos) are all so natural.  It’s no wonder that Zendaya’s Met Gala 2017 hairstyle is being hailed as the ultimate in real girl style.

Truly an unforgettable night: the 2017 Met Gala did not disappoint!


Best Hairstyles From All Autumn Winter 2017 /2018 Fashion Week

I’m finally ready to bid adieu to the Fall 2017 Fashion Week. As always, it’s been such fun spotting new trends and seeing some old favorites return to the limelight. We’ve already checked out the best hair trends to come out of each of the four cities and today, we’re going to do a review of the best hairstyles from Autumn Winter 2017 Fashion Week as a whole. You’ll find recaps of some familiar looks from my previous posts as well as a couple of new hair trends we haven’t covered yet.

Alberto Zambelli

A dominant trend on the Fall 2017 runways – in both the men’s and women’s editions– has been the creative hairline trend. From unusual hair parts to artistic hair accents, we’re looking at exciting new ways to draw attention right to the face. These hair ‘trends’ follow the ‘minimal effort, maximum impact’ motto and are really fun and wearable. The best part about this hair trend is that it makes dressing up easy, everyday hairdos a breeze. And since most people will anyway be paying attention to your face and not the back of your head, you can concentrate all the effort where it really matters and take it easy with the rest.

One of my favorite examples of creative hairstyling is the zigzag ridge accent to come out of the Alberto Zambelli Milan Fall 2017 show. Whoever would have thought you could find hairstyling inspiration in Toblerone bars?


Retro hairstyles continue to influence global fashion trends, and every now and then we see a vintage-inspired hair trend with a modern tweak. These slick, tightly sculpted pin curls offer a sharper, more textured version of the softer ‘do from the yesteryears. This particular look is also a great example of how to fake a super short haircut in long hair: notice how the back actually disguises the length in tight, flat bun?

Christian Siriano

My vote for the Best Braid of the Fall 2017 Fashion Week goes to this segmented fishtail braid from the Christian Siriano Fall 2017 show at New York Fashion Week. It’s striking, and so easy to recreate. All you have to do is make a fishtail braid, but instead of styling all of your hair into a single braid, just divide it up into smaller segments. Begin by securing your hair into a ponytail: this really helps with the braiding process and keeps the base tight and the braid in place through the day. Then you can get started: braid a bit, finish off the segment with a tight hair tie and then start the next one immediately underneath. Pro tip: leaving a bigger chunk of unbraided hair at the bottom creates the illusion of longer hair.


Blunt, chin-lengths bobs with full, straight fringes are one of 2017’s biggest hair trend so far. The look is edgy and chic, but also very low-maintenance, which explains why it’s such a hot favorite with so many women. In fact, I’ve been keeping a track of the trend’s evolution and I’ve noted that it is especially a hit with busy mums and working women (just log onto a few Instagram parenting-themed accounts and you’ll see I’m right) and I really love that a really deserving audience that often gets ignored by the hottest hair trends is now the primary focus. Cut right, the blunt bob with bangs can be worn by most face shapes, with only minor adjustments in length (overall and that of the bangs) needed to suit the individual wearer. Wear the bob straight for a bold look everyday and curl the main lengths while keeping the bangs smooth for a flirtier, funkier mood.

Simonetta Ravizza

Fancy something even shorter than the blunt bob? This short-cropped haircut from the Simonetta Ravizza Fall 2017 showcase at Milan is the perfect in cool, classic styling. Women’s cropped haircuts tend to work with slightly longer and more voluminous hair to retain some of the softness that goes with the traditionally feminine hairstyles. We’re used to seeing wispy pixies with big, fluffy fringes. And so, this rather boyish haircut with barely-there bangs is a bold new move in women’s fashion. The teeny-tiny bangs soften up the hairline just a bit but don’t actually work to counter the unapologetically pared-down aesthetic. Minimalism is a theme we’re going to see a lot more of in 2017’s hair and beauty trends.

That’s a wrap on for my pick of the best hair trends from the Autumn Winter 2017-2018 Fashion Week. And don’t wait till fall: there’s enough inspiration here to keep you busy for the entire year!


Best Hairstyles From Paris Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017

Wrapping up the final segment of the Autumn Winter 2017 runway, here is my take on the best hairstyles to come out of Paris Fall 2017 Fashion Week. There was a healthy mix of artsy and wearable hairstyles on display, with a couple of really creative hair color trends to boot.


Retro pin curls get an upgrade in this slick and shellacked tight updo. You can wear the pin curls as the primary hair trend or as a hair accent with ponytails, buns and updos. Notice how the model’s long hair has been tightly packed into a flattened bun at the back to create the illusion of much shorter hair? The [faux] length, hairstyle and detailing have a very Twenties Flapper feel while the glossy texture and precise definition create a very modern, slightly vampy mood.


Combining two universal favorites –ponytails and braids– is this simple yet striking hairdo from the Balmain Fall 2017 runway. You know, if you had to pick one or two braiding styles to master (because let’s admit it, it’s a time-consuming and strenuous activity) I would recommend the fishtail braid and the Dutch braid. The Dutch braid really pops against any base and is the ultimate cool-girl 3D braid. Tiny Dutch braids make for excellent cornrow-inspired hair accents while the bigger, fatter Dutch braids can make a simple ponytail like this one look runway-ready.

Elie Saab

Looking for romantic updos for spring weddings and autumn dinners? This textured, twisted off-center bun from Elie Saab Autumn Winter 2017 is just the thing. What’s so special about yet another side bun updo, you ask? To begin with, those statement headbands are spectacular. Admittedly, they don’t make for everyday wear so you can swap them in for a more classic dark leather headband if you’d rather wear this hair around the workplace. That said, I do recommend investing in a couple of statement hair accessories because they are fantastic for special occasions. Transform the bun into a formal updo by building volume at the crown just behind the headband. Backcomb a smidge to create a soft beehive before you make the bun. Once everything’s in place and you’ve got the headband on, slide the tail end of a rattail comb and gently lift up to puff up the beehive a bit more, while keeping a firm hand on the hadband. You can keep the front really flat for extra contrast or allow natural volume for a softer look.

Haider Ackermann

What do you get when you combine a bowl cut with a luxurious, full, fat, asymmetrical fringe? This year’s hottest breakout trend: the androgynous beauty trend. The key to adding a hint of femininity to androgynous hairstyles is in working with thick, healthy hair so that we’ve got a lot of natural body and curves to soften up the look a bit. It’s such a kick how just an inch of extra hair at the end of the fringe can jolt you out of your stupor and make the hairstyle look equal parts edgy and fluid. Now, you don’t have to get a bowl cut to be able to recreate the look: just as is the case with bobs, you can fake a bowl cut too! Just style the bulk of your hair far behind the head to keep it create from showing at the front. A tight bun, a flat braid or a low ponytail can all help the illusion while you keep the bangs front and center.

Issey Miyake

I’ve previously talked about how the rainbow hair color trend and its many variants like the mermaid hair color trend are going to take a backseat this year. However, I did love these peacock-inspired hair colors at the Issey Miyake Fall 2017 show. We saw a couple of different color combinations, mostly in the peacock and mermaid color spectrums- shimmery blues, greens and purples and it’s this really clever placement that caught my eye. From a distance, it looks like a head wrap and this is a smart combination of hair color and hairstyling techniques. To me, the seamless blending of colors and the diffused metallic finish are what set this particular hair color trend apart from all its predecessors. If you’re tempted but uncertain, you can always get a bottom layer of your hair colored: the trick is an industry favorite for disguising wild hair color while experimenting with the quirkier trends at the same time.

Masha Ma

The secret to making potentially twee hairstyles look good is in making them outrageous. Up the art factor and you can move from precious to Parisienne. Double ponytails wouldn’t typically make it to my list, but this particular iteration has a couple of things going for it: the height adds a ton of volume and drama to the look, the style manages to walk the line between schoolgirl and Harley Quinn, and the subtle heart shape create by the falling hair is an interesting focal point at the back.

Thierry Mugler

The power ponytail gets a boost for 2017 in this slicked down, quiffed-up version from the Thierry Mugler Fall 2017 runway. The high side part, razor-sharp textural details and front pouf accent add a lot of drama to the classic low ponytail- and you it’s all supremely easy to style. All you really need for this look is a wet-look hairstyling mousse and a fine-toothed pintail comb so you can get that piece-y raked texture to really show up.

While the colored hair-headbands from the Issey Miyake show stole the top color trend spot for me, I do recommend checking out photos from the Leonard Fall 2017 runway as well: I recently talked about how the silver-sage hair color trend is another one to watch out for this year and the slightly brighter, blonde-green hair from the Leonard is definitely worth a dekko.


Which of these hair trends from the Paris Autumn Winter 2017 Fashion Week will you be trying?


Best Hairstyles From Milan Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017

If you’re looking for hairstyling inspiration across a diverse range of ideas, textures, shapes, cuts and colors, it just doesn’t get more exciting than the Milan Autumn Winter 2017 Fashion Week. It happens all too often that runway shows in a particular city end up (inadvertently or intentionally) adhering to a theme or a mood: it’s always easy to clock patterns and pick out common motifs and that can get predictable sometimes. No such issue with the Milan Autumn Winter 2017 Fashion Week though: there was a wealth of creativity and unique styling on display.

Alberta Ferretti

Seeing at to how we’re heading into spring-summer, it’s sometimes easy to forget that this edition of the Fashion Week is actually intended for fall-winter. There are no rigid rules in fashion, so I do encourage my readers to follow their hearts, but if you’re craving a taste of some old-school styling, the Alberta Ferretti Fall 2017 runway is a good place to start. After all, nothing defines sweater weather quite like boots and hats and choosing hairstyles for hats can be tricky. But this messy, textured 3-strand braid is the perfect hairdo for autumn. You can braid loosely or try your hand at pancake braiding to fluff up the volume once you’re done. Keeping the crown simple means you can pull on hats and scarves comfortably; whoever said you couldn’t have both fashion and comfort at a go clearly missed this memo. 

Alberto Zambelli

We’ve been seeing a lot of the unusual bangs and hairlines of late but none quite as striking as this zigzag ridge accent. Whether you’re reminded of the original Toblerone chocolate bars or now dreaming of a vacation in the Alps, there’s no denying that this super sculpted hairstyle is one of the most striking hairstyles we’ve seen this season.  


Figure-8 braids are a wonderful step-up on the regular plait, and fairly easy to style. Like most braids, it makes for a great standalone hairstyle as well as an arresting hair accent. I do recommend making like the Calcaterra Fall 2017 models here and finishing the ends properly to polish up the look. Before you begin braiding, take a section of hair from the ponytail and wind it around the base to cover your hair band. When you reach the end, secure it in place with another band and cover it up in the same manner. You can leave some hair loose towards the end or braid all the way down and then roll the ends up and tuck them in to create the illusion of an endless braided spiral.


The models at the Versace Fall 2017 show wore their hair with brightly colored chunks in vivid hues like orange and reds. My favorite of the lot is this luminescent cranberry and candy apple red shade. It’s a new take on the red hair color trend, moving away from the coppers and auburns and strawberry. It reminds me of those jewel-toned hard candies and it’s such a change from the usual red hair color options that most women favor for fall. Notice how the crown is kept totally clean of the red and how it increases as we move down the lengths and towards the ends? Keeping hair color natural around the face helps make the wilder hair color trends more wearable since anything too crazy right around the face can be jarring. This hair color trend doesn’t call for particularly seamless blending and the whole point of the look is to pop out and grab eyeballs, so there is always the option of using colored hair extensions instead of undergoing an actual dye job.


The platinum hair color trend tends to be a favorite for fall/winter almost every year and clearly 2017 is no different. What’s new, however, is how we’re styling it. For starters, ask your stylist for the slightest hint of a buttery yellow cast over the platinum dye. This moves the color from the silver family to a gold, making it warmer and more wearable for a wider range of skin tones. The tiniest changes can make a statement hair color more comfortable (for the wearer and the admirer) while keeping the wow factor intact. Secondly, try some feminine, retro hairstyles that challenge the stereotype of edginess that goes with platinum hair color. Nobody’s expecting finger waves, pin curls and Old Hollywood waves in platinum blonde hair, which is what makes this trend so deliciously refreshing. It’s a shade that seems to have become the sole territory of those with asymmetrical bobs and angled lobs and it’s about time we celebrate how platinum hair can be both bold and soft- just like the women who breathe magic into the look.

Some of my other favorite hair trends from the Milan Autumn Winter 2017 Fashion Week include the baby bangs from the Aquilano Rimondi show, the gorgeous swoops-and-loops updos from the Bottega Veneta runway and the powerful short crops at the Simonetta Ravizza showcase.

Best Hairstyles From New York Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017

Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017 is well underway, so let’s jump right into it, shall we? Here are my favorite hairstyles from the New York Fall 2017 Fashion Week runways.


Combing two of 2017’s hottest women’s hair trends –the orange hair color trend and full, luscious bangs– is this super-structural bob from the Altuzarra Autumn Winter 2017 showcase. Note how the body of the bangs is balanced out with the clean, minimalistic lines of the haircut, with a hint of an outward flip at the ends adding some subtle drama.

Anna Sui

The last couple of months have seen an explosion of mini buns, double buns, space buns, Minnie Mouse buns- what have you. They’re quirky, eye-catching and yes, a bit silly- but in a fun, carefree way. This new version from the Anna Sui Fall 2017 runway has a distinctively feline structure to it, with a more cone-like pointy-tipped form, even though the ‘buns’ are a lot looser, more looped and less compact than most we’ve seen so far. A cute little addition to an everyday look or the perfect finish to a cat costume?

Badgley Mischka

There’s something so intrinsically retro/ 50s-housewife about this voluminous, wavy bob with its ends curled and flipped. And yet, it’s also an incredibly sexy, bold hairstyle and in keeping with the bob/lob haircuts trend that’s been burning up the scene for a while now. It’s a lot softer, more rounded and flowy than bobs and lobs tend to be, so if you’re tiring of the asymmetrical haircuts and the piece-y and textured finishes, why not give this one a whirl? If you’ve already cut your hair short, it adds a whole new look to your arsenal so as long as you can get your hands on some hot rollers.

Carmen Marc Valvo

Nothing like a dressed up ponytail, because let’s be realistic: for the average style enthusiastic, putting together all the intricate braids and complicated hairdos are but a dream on a regular day. The trick to recreating this hairstyle from the Carmen Marc Valvo Fall 2017 show is in a few key elements. For starters, you want to play around with the finish. Add a shine-boosting product to the crown to make it glossier than the rest of your hair. Run your fingers through the crown to give it a slightly messy, piece-y finish and pull out a few strands at the front while you gather the hair into a ponytail at the back of the neck. Two, Wrap a section of hair from the ponytail around the base to hide your hair tie and give it a more polished finish. And finally, maximize volume and texture in the loose section with these two key steps: use a large barreled curling wand to add waves to the hair and once they’ve cooled down a bit, fluff them up with your hands or even backcomb the lengths a bit to really build up the volume. Add a hairspray to hold it all in place and you’re done.

Christian Siriano

Fashion Week is a great time for new hair trends and ideas on how to spice up old favorites. The fishtail braid has become one of the world’s most loved braids in recent times and this version of it seen at the Christian Siriano Fall 2017 show takes it to the next level.

If you already know how to make a fishtail braid, there’s nothing to it. You just have to create a little fishtail braid, secure it off with a hair tie, start another braid immediately after and repeat the process until you’ve hit the end. For ease of styling, I recommend first gathering your hair into a ponytail and then creating smaller braided sections out of it. If even that sounds like too much work, just make your regular fishtail braid and add ties at equidistant points and really pinch these points together to create the illusion of separate sections.

Concept Korea

One thing I’m always on the lookout for at Fashion Week is a new hair accessory. They’re a genius way to dress up a hairdo and are also a solid solution for those of you who can’t/don’t like to create elaborate hairstyles. Now, we’ve been seeing hair rings on the WWW for a while, but they’re yet to catch on in a big way. You could try weaving a pliant metallic wire through a braid for a more serpentine, seamless effect but hair rings are a whole lot easier to work with. And if you’ve always struggled with making braids work in dark hair, these hair rings are a great way to make them pop.

Jenny Packham

You know how some designers have perfected the art of representing a certain mood in their work? Jenny Packham captures ‘romance’ like no other. And these knotted, twisted accents from the show are the perfect romantic hairstyle for when you want to channel a soft, feminine vibe. The models wore these twists in all kinds of combinations, hair lengths and textures and so can you.

Jeremy Scott

Like twisted hairstyles? And ponytails? What about half-up-half-down hairdos? Whoever thought you could blend all three into Spring 2017’s hottest new hairdo. I love hairstyles that involve contrasts and here you can see how the soft curves of the twists play off the sharp, straight ends. The unique shapes also invite light in most beautifully, so if you’ve got discreet lowlights or even natural hair color variations, the end result is rather enchanting.

Noon By Noor

Soft, relaxed waves never go out of style and there’s something so classic yet fresh about this hairstyle from the Noon By Noor AW 17 show. I’m calling it the Veronica Lake Update. The hair is shorter, the side part is higher, the finish is slick at the crown and more natural down the lengths and the waves are much softer and looser. The whole look is very understated and sophisticated, but also a breath of fresh air if you’re looking for a break from all the crazy hair colors and hairstyles that have dominated the scene the last few seasons. I’ve talked extensively about how 2017 is going to see a return to classic sensibilities and minimalism where hair trends are concerned and these recent runway hair trends are proof that the concept is picking up on a global level.

Tory Burch

Don’t have the time/ skill to pull together a fancy hairdo? Dress up classic hairstyles with these oversized velvet hair bows. These big, bold, black bows kick up some nostalgia with their retro schoolgirl hairstyle vibe but the dark color and the juxtaposition with bright, multicolored outfits sharpens the look up.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at the best hair trends to come out New York Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017-2018. It’s been a mixed bag of all kinds of hair trends and as such, a great start to the season.

Best Hairstyles From London Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017

It’s been a thrilling couple of weeks, what with all the awards shows and the Fashion Weeks and finally the Oscars. But the good times aren’t done yet, far from it. Today, we’re taking a look at the best hairstyles to come out of London Autumn Winter 2017-2018 Fashion Week

Antonio Berardi

Braids continue to be 2017’s biggest hair trend, and this one here from the Antonio Berardi Fall 2017 show is one of the most striking I’ve seen in a while. The main attraction here is the scruffy, open-ended fat fishtail braid. The messy texture and the unfinished bottom are integral to the look. To secure the braid without actually tying the ends close, stick a few bobby pins in at the end and cross them over to make sure the braid loops stay in place. Then backcomb a section of the hair right under the end of the braid to add some extra resistance. The smaller braids all over the crown add to the funky, unkempt vibe but you can skip these if you’re looking for a more wearable hairstyle.

Ashley Williams

The extreme hair color trend is taking a bit of a backseat in 2017, but there’s still some fun to be had. This dual-toned color job made for a punchy addition to the London Autumn Winter 2017 Fashion Week and while it’s not the most wearable hair trend, it certainly is striking. Two-toned hair color combos tend to be focused on the greyscale spectrum, balancing the striking contrast with traditional shades. And so, it’s fun to see this refreshing citrusy take on the trend. Orange hair color is shaping up to be one of 2017’s hottest hair color trends and here’s yet another way to add some sunshine to your look.

David Koma

Another designer, another braid. The point of note here clearly is the dichotomy between the braided, tightly styled half against the softer half. Half-and-half styles can look severe, but see how the stylist has blunted out the potential harshness by using a side part to carve out a smaller segment of hair for the braid? This draws attention to the braid but doesn’t let it overpower the look. With the majority of the crown –especially the hairline– devoted to the smooth, ‘regular’ side, the look remains wearable. You can continue the braid all the way down as seen on the models or just till the neck and blend the rest of the hair into a low, side ponytail or even a bun.

Huishan Zhang

Curly, messy updos are the perfect hairstyle bridal hairstyle for spring weddings. The floral shapes created by these updos is so evocative of spring-summer, you can see how they’d be a perfect fit. So you don’t have to wait till autumn-winter to recreate this look from the Huishan Zhang Fall 2017 show. There are a couple of different ways to do this hairstyle, but the easiest is to curl your hair and then just lift, fold and pin individual segments onto the crown. You can vary the amount of hair you pick up, the manner in which you fold and arrange different pieces and whether or you not fluff them out to keep the look from getting too symmetrical.

J. JS Lee

Double buns have been all the rage these past few months and if you’ve been holding out on the trend because the Minnie Mouse look or even the Princess Leia hairstyle seemed too costume-ish to sport on the out and about, here’s a more wearable but no less striking version: two big, braided buns at the back of the head, positioned at different heights. The circular curves and loops of the buns and the braids are intriguingly offset by the straight lines of the strong middle part and the fact that the two buns themselves actually sit along a single diagonal. Hairstyling is an art and like all art, it can be wonderfully chaotic as well as secretly symmetrical at the same time.  


The hairstyles from the Mulberry Fall 2017 show combined two of the season’s biggest trends: 90s fashion and the androgynous beauty trend. Pared down cuts and slick crowns are typically the stuff of gentlemen’s hairstyles but we’re moving into a whole new era of styling where we’re re-embracing classics, albeit often in brave new ways. In a sea of elaborate feminine hairstyles, we have here a stark, severe look that affords the wearer no curtain to hide behind, and thus is, in its own way, the most vivid form of beauty itself. Bring on those sharp, short side parts and quit hiding that widow’s peak: 2017 is all about powerful women’s fashions.

A strong showing at the London Autumn Winter 2017 Fashion Week; we’ll be looking at the hair trends from the Milan Fall 2017 shows next, so do check in for more later. 





Best Hairstyles From The Oscars 2017

The biggest night of the year has come and gone, and what a rush it’s been. Congratulations to all the winners: truly well deserved. There was so much talent, beauty and heart on display I’m certain everyone is going to be talking about the 89th Academy Awards for a long time to come.

Now, onto my favorite part: the best hairstyles from the 2017 Oscars.

Charlize Theron

When you’re carrying a mine’s worth of diamonds on your ears, it’s hard to pick a hairstyle that holds its own while celebrating all that sparkle. And yet, Charlize Theron’s spectacular 80s hairstyle with its side-part and swooping hairline manages to do just that. There is just enough distance between the earrings and the hair accent to balance out the look and it helps that the rest of the hair is styled away into an old-fashioned ponytail at the back.

Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts debuted a new hair color, choosing to honor the mightiest of red carpets with fiery-copper locks styled into classic Old Hollywood waves. I read somewhere that she was channeling Jessica Rabbit and the comparison stuck! It truly is a magnificent hair color, made all the more captivating by the glistening finish. Emma’s hair is proof that the real secret to making any hair color work is in having healthy hair: notice how the light plays off the tangerine and strawberry tones of her hair? That sort of result is only possible if you invest as much into hair care and color maintenance as you do into creating the look to begin with.

Emma Stone

Congratulations to the La La Land star for her big win! We all knew this one was in the bag, and Emma looked absolutely divine while accepting her award. She was the picture of Hollywood glamour and timeless beauty in those loose, side-parted and shoulder-skimming waves. Emma is another actress that wears coppery-red hair well and lends a lot of grace to the hue. If Emma Roberts’ red hair is too light, too obvious for you, then Stone’s more burnished-copper version might be more your speed. The deeper auburn is shot through with streaks of chestnut and topped with a soft golden cast down the lengths.

Halle Berry

Halle Berry’s Oscars 2017 hair is probably the most talked-about look from the night. Just look at that glorious mass of curls! The ringlets were styled into a voluminous, asymmetrical cloud with as much personality as the star herself. Take a leaf or two out of Halle’s book and use these secrets to make your own curls pop:

·      Notice how some of the curls are tipped bronze and caramel? Curly hair comes with a ton of natural movement and body so most women don’t bother adding to it. But highlights and lowlights close to your base color can add to the dynamism of your curls, while still keeping them artfully messy and natural.

·      If you’re artificially curling your hair, use differently sized barrels to create a riot of organic, sexy curls. And at the end, if you’re left with any limp bits, use a really small curling wand to go back in and add more detail.

Janelle Monáe

Janelle’s outfit last night was a study in embellishments, textures, crystals and gems so it’s really saying something that in the midst of all that, her hair still managed to make a mark. Janelle debuted a new short-cropped pixie haircut last night, topped off with an embellished headband.

Ruth Negga

Ruth Negga also sported a statement bejeweled headpiece in a short-cropped haircut. Looks like the flavor of the season is short, choppy haircuts decorated with bold hair accessories. Ruth’s hair was raked back to create more height and volume towards the back of the crown, and you can see that she sports a subtly slick, piece-y texture. In a night of spectacular accessories and jewels, I do think Ruth’s blood red, ruby-studded Irene Neuwirth piece wins my best accessories vote. It harks back to the time Elizabeth Taylor famously wore her tiara to the 1957 Oscars and it’s a bold, bold move.

Scarlett Johansson

You probably didn’t think you’d be reading the words “rockabilly chic” in reference to the Oscars but that’s exactly the mood stylist Jenny Cho was going for with Scarlett Johansson’s hair for the Oscars. Most women shy away from hairstyles and accents like the pompadour and quiff because they do carry a strong masculine energy with them but Scarlett balances the punk rocker hair perfectly with an ethereal gown. Love the contrast between the big, poofy crown and the buzzed-down sides.

Sofia Carson

Another sparkly hair accessory makes the cut! This one’s a lot more delicate and traditional in comparison to Ruth and Janelle’s pieces, but no less spectacular. For her first time on the Oscars Red Carpet, Sofia Carson has made quite an impact. The super-slick crown, side-part and twisted bun have all the makings of a classic, glamorous hairstyle and the floral bejeweled barrette adds a dash of fun to the hairdo.

Taraji P. Henson

Taraji has been setting red carpets on fire this entire awards season with her sexy, edgy bob and the 2017 Oscars were no different. What is different, though, is how it was styled this time around. Maintaining the tousled texture, Taraji’s stylist Tymothe Wallace added extra volume with curls and a side part to channel some Old Hollywood glamour into a decidedly modern haircut. Wallace shared that his inspiration behind the look was 80s star Diahann Carroll and her look on the hit TV show Dynasty.

Viola Davis

Viola Davis continues to raise the bar for women the world over with her inimitable sense of style, unveiling a striking new haircut for the night. Moving from her curly, tousled bob into a sleek, razor-sharp pixie haircut, Viola’s was one of the 2017 Oscars’ biggest hair transformations. And it’s no ordinary pixie either. Cropping away at the sides and back, Viola’s stylist left a significant amount of length up front, creating a layered, asymmetrical pixie.

It is only right that an event created to honor the cinematic and associated arts and crafts is a source of such inspiration and beauty. What a memorable night. Which were your favorite hairstyles from the 2017 Oscars?  




Oscars Hall Of Hair Fame: A Look At The Best Hairstyles From 2006-2016

As we draw closer to the 2017 Academy Awards, I thought it would be fun to do an Oscars Retrospective and take a look at some of the best hairstyles from the last decade.

While researching for this piece, I came across so many beautiful celebrity hairstyles and was struck by how truly iconic some of these looks are. We might not remember the particular year or the work these stars were nominated for, but one look at the photographs brings back a flood of memories. And when you feel awed and impressed by particular hairstyles or fashion statements all over again after so many years you know you have some real winners on your hands.

2006 Michelle Williams

It’s hard to picture Michelle William’s in anything but her signature platinum pixie cut, but there was a time when the elfin-faced actress wore her hair long and honey-blonde. This looped side bun with loose, wavy strands was one of the most talked-about hairstyles from the 2006 Academy Awards and became the go-to romantic/ formal hairstyle of women the world over.

2007 Jessica Biel

This textured updo/ bun on Jessica Biel in 2007 is the sort of hairstyle every woman should master because it works everywhere: to class, the workplace, drinks with friends, dates and formal events. Use a texturizing mousse and your fingers to create the piece-y waves. There’s the illusion of a lot of movement at the crown and it really makes the classic ballerina bun come alive.

2008 Katherine Heigl

Look at Katherine Heigl serving up some solid retro glamour with her perfectly coiffed shoulder-length bob. Nothing screams ‘Old Hollywood’ quite like big curls. This is a lot of look, but in a way that works. I love the flippy ends around the face; there’s something very Farah Fawcett-esque about the style, albeit in a shorter, more modern cut.

2009 Angelina Jolie

I remember in the post-Oscars week in 2009, the buzz was all about Angelina’s stunning emerald earrings. As hairstylists we’re usually charged with creating a look that works well around all the other elements of a client’s look. The dress, jewelry and accessories are chosen first and the hair and makeup follow and it’s always a fun challenge to take on: crafting a hairstyle that’s a piece of art in itself but doesn’t draw focus from the outfit. Angelina’s voluminous, wavy, slightly messy half-up-half-down hairstyle is a fabulous example of a hairstyle that let the gown and accessories shine without taking a backseat itself.

2010 Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock’s sleek, perfectly finished down-do is one of my favorite formal hairstyles of all time. The look is so simple but unbelievably polished. The trick to making a basic hairstyle look sophisticated is in adding a few subtle touches: the side part creates a lovely forehead-skimming swoop, there’s a hint of volume at the back of the crown, the asymmetrical placement of some hair over one shoulder makes the hair look intentionally styled and the neatly shaped ends add drama without competing with the outfit.

2011 Kate Beckinsale

The sexy ponytail is the ultimate cool-girl hairstyle, and styled right it can really hold its own in a sea of formal updos and braided hairstyles. Glam up this old favorite by taking your cues from Kate Beckinsale’s 2011 Oscars hairstyle: create a bouffant for tons of drama, curl the ends for a fun, frisky vibe and hide the base of the ponytail by wrapping some hair around it for a polished finish.

2012 Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain makes for one of the strongest cases for red hair in Hollywood and her soft, flowing half-up-half-down hairdo from the 2012 Oscars features in just about every ‘best styled’ list there is. The subdued beehive-like volume at the crown is softened up with lots of loose, face-faming strands. The whole thing was very romantic and organic-looking.

2013 Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron’s close-cropped pixie haircut from 2013 continues to be one of my favorite short hairstyles for women ever. You want women’s cropped haircuts to exude that gamine Twiggy charm and not look too masculine and Charlize’s cut was both refreshing and delicate. With super-short haircuts there’s always the concern that you don’t have a whole lot of styling options until the length grows out, however the devil’s in the details: the slight quiff accent at the hairline and the darker roots add enough drama and flair to the look to make it red carpet-ready.

2014 Emma Watson

Emma Watson’s deconstructed ponytail from the 2014 Oscars is the perfect marriage between formal and edgy fashion statements. The artfully messy twisted and tousled part-ponytail-part-HUHD hairstyle is striking without being out of place. Emma’s stylist softened the look up with some bejeweled star-shaped barrettes, adding some interest at the back and upping the glam quotient.

2015 Gwyneth Paltrow

Mention Gwyneth Paltrow’s Oscar style and most people hark back to 2012 and that peerless white Tom Ford cape and gown.  My personal favorite of the actress’ Oscars style choices is this sleek, segmented down-do. Layering sections of long, straight hair creates all sorts of dimensions and beautiful volume at the crown while keeping the overall effect very smooth and pristine.

2016 Brie Larson

When Brie took home the big win last year for her performance in Room nobody was surprised. And she looked spectacular doing so. The half-up-half-down hairstyle is elegant and an excellent example of how statement hair accessories ought to be deployed. The jewel encrusted Arielle Chignon Wrap Comb by Jennifer Behr is the sort of splurge I absolutely recommend.   

I hope you have fun recreating some of these unforgettable celebrity hairstyles. Which one is your favorite? I can’t wait to see what the 2017 Oscars Red Carpet brings us later this month.

The Best Global Mens Hair Trends From Men’s Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017-2018

Men’s Fashion Week Fall 2017-2018 is properly behind us, and it’s been an exciting experience. We’ve seen so many inspiring new men’s grooming and hair trends come out of each of the four cities that I thought it would be fun to do an overall recap; a crème de la crème take on Men’s Fashion Week, if you will.

Diesel Black Gold, Milan

Voluminous men’s hairstyles are a major look this year. For the most part, men’s hair trends tend to be about discretion, gravitas and workplace-appropriate choices. But this year, we’re seeing a boom in terms of volume and textural adventurousness. Lots of curls, graininess, height and body- just like this hairstyle from the Diesel Black Gold Men’s Fall 2017 showcase in New York.

KTZ, London

In sharp contrast to the previous hair trend we’ve got this buzz cut from the KTZ Fall 2017 show in London. Super-short/ close-cropped haircuts make for some unusual style statements because they’re so powerful in their minimalism. Less really is more with this old favorite. To dress up the buzz for 2017, ask your stylist to combine the classic cut with a fade detail as you move down the sides. It adds tonality and shadows, while still keeping the look pretty simple.

Nick Graham, New York

Still one of my top picks from the New York Men’s Fall 2017 Fashion Week. Mid-length men’s haircuts are great for striking a balance between being taken seriously and having fun with your look. Styling can make all the difference: a quasi-combover transforms this hippie haircut into the suave gentleman’s trend of choice.

YoshioKubo/ MotoGuo/ Consistence, Milan

The YoshioKubo/MotoGuo/Consistence Fall 2017 showcase in Milan was one of my favorites because of the diversity in styling: a fact that’s highlighted with two spots in this list, featuring two polar opposite men’s hair trends. Here, we’ve got the ultra-traditional, classic side-swept and combed-back haircut. If your personal style is rooted in the ‘strong, silent’ aesthetic, make an impact with this look. The wet-look hair adds a hint of drama, and it’s also a great men’s hairstyle that celebrate the widow’s peak instead of trying to disguise it.

YoshioKubo/ MotoGuo/ Consistence 2, Milan

Bold bangs and fringes as accents are making a splash in men’s hair trends in 2017. Clean lines, comb-overs and swept-back classic haircuts are now sharing space with quirky, architectural hairlines. Take this L-shaped, downward-facing swoop from the YoshioKubo/ MotoGuo/ Consistence show in Milan, for instance. It’s arresting, and strange in all the right ways. Time for the lads to shake things up a bit.

That’s it for the Men’s Autumn Winter 2017-2018 Fashion Week folks. Hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have. There’s enough inspiration here to keep you busy and stylish well into the year. 

2017’s Latest Hair Color Trends

Ready for the latest scoop on the hottest hair colors for 2017? Here goes.

1. Sunset Blonde

If rose gold hair was 2016’s universal favorite, the sunset blonde hair color trend is its newer, warmer, more sophisticated version. We’re talking honeyed gold tresses with the softest cast of warm, sunny orange. The color is similar to the strawberry blonde hair trend, but with an apricot tint instead of that reddish-pink hue.

2. Grungy Platinum

Irrefutable proof that the Nineties are back and here to stay? The sexy platinum hair color trend gets a bit of a grunge makeover with the return of the bleached blonde base paired with dark roots. We recently saw the look on Jessica Brown Findlay at the 2017 BAFTAs. Dark roots in pale hair aren’t just a statement: they allow for a more natural transition between the skin and the platinum/ blonde hair color, they’re a great anchor for tying in your brow color and of course, they guarantee that lived-in sexy, smoldering vibe that is Nineties Rocker-Chic.

3. Bronzed Rose

What do you get when you blend blonde, rose gold and brunette tones? The prettiest gilded bronze in town. Ask your stylist to add a wash of rose gold tint over a brunette-and-blonde ombré. If you've got a monotone base going, I do advise getting an ombré done first: it’s just so much more dimensional and vibrant than a monotone base. Pick warm buttery blondes and brunettes, to be followed with the rose gold wash. The end result is a glistening bronze that works beautifully on all skin tones and all year round.  

4. Mulled Mahogany

Another 2017 hair color trend coming hot off the BAFTA block is the dark, delicious chestnut-and-cranberries hair color we saw on Thandie Newton. If the other lighter hair colors in this list aren’t your thing, this mulled mahogany is flying the flag for brunettes this year. It’s a statement hair color that definitely checks the ‘natural glam trend’ box as well.

5. Smoky Sage

We’ve talked about how hair color trends in 2017 are going to mostly fall under the natural category: blends that will emphasize and uplift, while looking as ‘real’ as possible. But if you do want something more more, the smoky sage trend is one of my favorites. Think of it as a blend of grey and green: a cool, silvery minty hue. Ask your colorist for darker, more natural roots to tie the look together. It’s a surprisingly wearable look if you balance out both the green and the grey. And if you want to play around with the concept even further, take a cue out of Dascha Polanco’s book and ask for charcoal roots and ends along with, concentrated pigment placement at specific places. This creates a starker, more differentiated color palette while still keeping true to the trend.

Hair color trends in 2017 are sexier, stronger and more sophisticated than we’ve seen in a long time and there really is something for everyone.

Hair Trends From New York Men’s Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017-2018

Today we’re taking a look at the final installment of the Men’s Autumn Winter 2017-2018 Fashion Week: New York. Men’s hair trends for Fall 2017 are shaping up to be a right riot of textures, volume and some interesting angles and cuts. Here’s what New York had to add to that mix.

Billy Reid

One of the biggest hair trends for women in 2017 is the straight and sleek texture trend. Conversely, men’s hair is getting bigger and bolder. More volume, more curl and more movement. Take the Billy Reid Fall 2017 show for example: the models’ hair was styled into these medium-length, tousled shaggy cuts. There’s a young Bruce Springsteen quality to it that I really enjoy.


I’ve talked about how the orange hair color trend is going to be a big one in 2017, judging by the Spring Summer 2017 Fashion Weeks from last year. I liked it then and I like it now- pops of citrus, carrot, amber and auburn: what’s not to love?

The thing color trends is that they, by and large, tend to exclude the male audience. There’s this universal idea that if you’re pursuing a traditional career, extreme fashion and style choices are to be frowned upon, especially if you’re a man. I can see how carrot-colored hair might not work in the office, but it is nonetheless nice to see a major brand engage with its male audience in a new and fun way. The orange hair color trend may not make for a realistic style choice for many men, but if you’re game, it is definitely a unique idea. Try spray-on hair color or temporary dyes to take this look for a spin. It could be a fun way to grab eyeballs at a festival or on a beach.

Nick Graham

We’ve seen a lot of longer lengths on male models on runways and in catalogues of late, marking a definite shift in men’s trends towards more stylized looks and an increased appreciation for flair and flexibility. This particular iteration of the men’s long hair trend retains a certain formal air to it: by parting the front section to one side and brushing the other away from the face you evoke the classic comb-over while still experimenting with length. The trick to making men’s long hairstyles look good is to have thick, lush and healthy hair.

Ovadia & Sons

For a more laidback, youthful men’s long haircut, draw inspiration from the Ovadia & Sons Fall 2017 New York show: shoulder-length, free-flowing bedhead hair is 2017’s boho hair trend for the boys. You want to emphasize texture and volume without compromising on the softness and natural-form of the hair, and the best way to do so is to apply some mousse after showering and scrunching your hair with your fingers to dry it out. Air-drying works just fine but if you can be convinced to use a diffuser, nothing like it!   

Raf Simons

Want to stick/ switch to shorter hair but have fun with it still? Raf Simons’ incredibly successful Fall 2017 show in New York was a powerhouse of men’s trends and style inspiration, and this short haircut with its spiky fringe caught my eye. Men’s fringes are catching on in a big way this year and if you want to experiment with the trend without it looking fussy or too quirky, this is the way to go. It’s noticeable enough to constitute a trend but short enough that you’ll forget all about it and settle into it in no time.

So that’s it for the Men’s Autumn Winter 2017-2018 Fashion Weeks. I’ll be recapping some of the overall winners soon, so be sure to check back for the same. Men’s hair and grooming trends are going to be front and center of the global style debate this year and we’ll be discussing them all right here.


Best Hairstyles From The 2017 Grammy Awards

If you’re a fashion and style enthusiastic, life just does not get better than this weekend. Two major awards show in one evening? Dozens of celebrities lighting up the red carpets? Endless hairstyles and fashion statements to deconstruct and recreate? Yes, please!

I’ve got to say this: the 2017 Grammy Awards might just be my favorite event from the 2017 awards season because of the sheer number of unusual hairstyles we saw. The BAFTAs were marked by sophisticated hairstyles but the Grammys were all about quirky, spirited choices. Here are some hairstyles that caught my eye.


I love how Adele’s signature style –dramatic eyeliner, voluminous hairstyle, retro trends– was at the core of her look at the 2017 Grammys, but with a twist. Her usually French twist/ bouffant has been tweaked a bit so that it looks more piled than pleated.

You just can’t do retro-inspired hairstyles with big curls as a textural base and I love how Adele’s strands cascade down one side in the softest, most romantic manner ever. There’s so much body and movement but it all looks so soft. Pro tip? Adele’s stylist has revealed that to keep the hair looking natural, he eschewed the usual combs and picks and instead did the bulk of the work with his hands. So you take a glamorous formal updo but make it look a little lived-in.

The honey-blonde color is also perfect for spring and summer.

Andra Day

Another lady who gets her style inspiration from the golden past is singer Andra Day. Her aesthetic is so deeply rooted in vintage sensibilities that looking at her is sort of like falling back in time. And yet, she manages to belong very much in the here and now by adding unpredictable, and sometimes outrageous, touches to her retro-inspired style choices.

Last night, for example, she dotted her 60s-inspired voluminous waves with real flowers and ribbon accessories. The massive waves and tons of height/ volume at the crown are the sort of hairdo we’re used to seeing on Lana Del Ray. The hairdo is statement enough in itself but she’s decked it out and made it even more striking. Points for panache.

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen is a sassy, sexy and intelligent lady and her style is proof of her colorful, powerful personality. Her wet-look piece-y lob from last night is stunning.

Wet-look hairstyles can be tricky to pull off but Chrissy’s is just glossy enough to count but not so much so that it looks greasy. To recreate the texture at home add some mousse to partly-damp hair, style to create waves and then finish with a gloss-boosting hairspray.

As you can see, Chrissy’s sporting an electric combination of highlights and lowlights. Her hair looks like it’s constantly moving between light and shadows and there’s an almost dizzying, hypnotic quality to it if you stare at the lengths long enough.

Kat Graham

I am a big fan of minimalism, strong clean lines and classic shapes when it comes to hairstyling. Yes, experimentation is fun. Editorial concepts and artistic hairstyles and crazy colors all make my work so much fun but in my heart, I enjoy the classics more than anything else. Which is why the current revivalism of subtle, sophisticated styling has me overjoyed. And Kat Graham’s hair from yesterday is one of my top picks of the night.

The hair is divided into 2 segments: the front, which is further parted into two sides and the back, which boasts some volume at the crown and falls long, loose and straight down the back. There are distinct but understated lines and planes at play here so that the layperson actually feels instead of sees the depth of styling.

While Kat’s hair here was obviously intended to be the ideal foil to her statement glitter lip, in my opinion it’s the kind of hairstyle every woman can where everywhere she goes.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga’s voluminous, messy high ponytail is the glammed-up version of your everyday ponytail and it looks fantastic. The pink-tinged and coral-tipped ends set just the mood for spring. It’s fun, fresh, vibrant and actually pretty wearable, coming from Gaga/

Paris Jackson

Paris’ shaggy, voluminous haircut is sure to make its way to a ton of summer 2017 hairstyle inspiration boards. It ticks all the ‘beachy’ and ‘boho’ style boxes. There’s a tiny braid playing peek-a-boo on one side, and that particular detail helps create a contrast between the volume up top and on one side and an undercut-like effect where the braid is.

This look is all about the texture. You can create it in bobs, lobs and shag-cuts of any length and thickness. Begin by washing your hair and allowing it to air-dry for about 10 minutes. Then run a dollop of mousse through your hair. If you’ve got very fine hair, be sure to use a volumizing product. Then, using a hair dryer with a diffuser attachment flip your hair upside down and begin drying your hair. Keep scrunching with your fingers as you go along as well and really, really build up the volume. Once you’re done, part and style your hair anyway you like and be sure to add some hairspray.


This is the year of keeping things natural, and when it comes to hairstyling, nothing is as beautiful as celebrating natural hair texture. Solange’s gravity-defying curls are fierce and fabulous. I love the crazy height and shape that’s been achieved here, and that auburn-brunette hair color deserves a shoutout too. While the hairstyle is definitely quirky, it’s also really smart: notice how it plays off the unusual neckline of her outfit? Genius.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these hairstyles as much as I have. We’re getting closer to the 2017 Oscars and they’re sure to be fabulous. In the meantime, give these hair trends a go!










Best Hairstyles From The 2017 BAFTA Awards

Such a busy, busy weekend. And so much fun! The 70th British Academy Film Awards Red Carpet was a proper star-studded affair, and quite possibly the most glamorous run of this awards season so far. 

Anya Taylor-Joy                 

I can never resist a perfectly styled ponytail, and Anya Taylor-Joy’s center-parted, low-slung pony was one of the best of the night. A tiny bit of volume at the crown makes the ponytail more glamorous, while still keeping the look very fresh and fuss-free. Perfect for showing off a busy neckline and jewelry.

Bryce Dallas Howard

Bryce continues to be my go-to example of how to make red hair work all the time, and last night was no exception. You’d think that a topknot would have no place on a formal red carpet but this twisty bun is fab. For contrast, keep the crown base very smooth. A full, face-framing graduated fringe is a major style statement on its own, but keeping the rest of the hair up and away balances the look out.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

It’s not often that the royalty attend these events so it’s no wonder that all eyes were on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they made their way on the 2017 BAFTAs Red Carpet. Kate Middleton’s style evolution is one of the best-documented in recent times and her signature look is widely accepted as the perfect balance of timelessness and trendiness.

Last night, she traded in her usual blowout for a massive bouffant-and-twisted-bun updo. It’s definitely a dramatic look for Catherine, and perfect for the event. She’s obviously someone who is used to living in the spotlight, but its no mean feat to be able to hold your own in a sea of people for whom looking stylish at all times is a part of their trade. Kate’s updos are usually more closely packed and of the braided variety so I do enjoy this somewhat unpredictable choice of hers. Also worth noting: bouffants can end up looking stiff and helmet-like but Kate’s looks soft to the touch and the few loose wispy strands help as well.

Emily Blunt

There was something unbelievably dreamy about Emily Blunt’s look last night: the twisted updo played off against the bold bodice of her gown and statement lip perfectly. Note how drawing the parting just slightly off-center creates this beautiful swooping shape at the hairline when you roll and tuck back the front. It’s a rather romantic hairstyle, and one I think will work perfectly for Spring Summer 2017 brides.

Emma Stone

Emma Stone’s BAFTA win for La La Land was one of last night’s big moments –and her style did justice to her moment. Emma rocked one of 2017’s biggest hair trends: ultra sleek, ultra long hair. If you look closely, you’ll see that her side parting runs at an angle along the natural curve of the head and not straight back, as is usual. Doing so really helps frame the face at the hairline, adds natural volume at the crown and it’s also a softer look than the standard side part. The hairstyle is sophisticated but minimalistic and the right fit for her metallic, bejeweled outfit.

Jessica Brown Findlay

The erstwhile Lady Sybil Crawley from Downton Abbey was the picture of modern style sensibilities last evening, sporting two of 2017’s hottest hair trends: buttery platinum blonde hair and a softly-messy bob. If the textured, tousled bobs aren’t your thing but you don’t want something super angular and sleek either, here’s how you walk the line between the two extremes. Keep the texture very soft, with just a hint of waviness from the mid-lengths on. Part the bob to one side to create volume at the crown. The ends are softer and more blunted than we’ve come to see in most bobs recently. To add some 90s drama and diffuse the starkness of the bleached bob, opt for darker roots.

Thandie Newton

Thandie Newton brought some major drama to the BAFTAs last evening. She was seen sporting 2017’s breakthrough hair trend: super long, super straight hair parted down the middle. A lot of my clients hesitate when it comes to coloring their hair dark because it can look harsh and tends to limit styling options given that the more intricate hairstyles like braids just don’t show up as well as they do in light hair. But when you color it right, dark hair is absolutely gorgeous. Thandie’s deep chocolate, woodsy brown base has a soft mahogany cast that lends warmer, auburn undertones to the strands. You can see her hair catching the light and reflecting an oxblood hue in places and the effect is delicious. And when you’ve got a powerful, sensual base like this even the most classic hairstyles come alive like never before.

Which of these looks did you enjoy the most? There were so many other hairstyles at the 2017 BAFTAs that I loved, including Viola Davis’ perfectly tousled, piece-y bob. Next up, we’re going to cover the best hairstyles from the 2017 Grammy Awards. Stay tuned. 

Hair Trends From Paris Men’s Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017-2018

Paris is the city where mediocrity has no place. There are no averages, only extremes: in art, in love and of course, in fashion. It comes as no surprise then that it was at the Paris Men’s Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017-2018 that we saw an increased emphasis on dramatic, romantic men’s hairstyles. While the Men’s Fashion Week trends from London and Milan were more about smart-casual men’s hairstyles and an attempt at revisiting classic men’s haircuts, Paris proved to be more flamboyant and sensitive.

Andrea Crews

If you’ve ever fancied growing your hair out –and just about every man has, at least once in his life– now’s the time to do it. Relaxed shoulder-length hair is going to be a solid men’s hair trend for Summer 2017. Wear the crown parted down the middle and slicked down till the ears, leaving the rest wavy. The vibe is very soulful, very Hozier.

Haider Ackermann

In sharp contrast to the previous hairstyle, we have the wet-look, combed-back hairstyle best associated with the silver screen Sicilian Mafioso-type. The models from the Haider Ackermann Men’s Autumn Winter 2017-2018 runway are proof that a sharp hairstyle and a sharp outfit really do maketh the man. If you’re looking for a hairstyle that is a powerful statement without being too fussy, this is it. The hairstyle is best paired with a clean-shaven face. It’s slick, sexy and sophisticated and if we were to define ‘men’s glamour’ in 2017, this look would be it.


Men’s cropped hairstyles, short haircuts and buzz cuts are also making a comeback this year. This look works on minimalism and a laidback charm. It’s about low-key, understated fashion where you’re comfortable without compromising on style. If the plain men’s short haircuts seem boring to you, take a cue from the Icosae Men’s Autumn Winter 2017-2018 show and ask your stylist to add a taper fade detail.

Louis Vuitton

One of my favorite 2017 men’s hair trends is the return of curly hairstyles and natural textures. Messy, curly mops are the ultimate cool guy hairstyle. There’s a devil-may-care feel about this particular look because it’s dismissive about all kinds of rules about curly/ natural hair not making for appropriate men’s formal hairstyles. The curly haired mop is fun, happy, confident and approachable. To add a touch of high fashion, wear the haircut like the models from the Louis Vuitton Men’s Autumn Winter 2017-2018 fashion show: with maximum volume at the top, slightly shorter sides and longish-ends that stop at the back of the neck.


Men’s hair trends in 2017 are embracing two ends of the style spectrum: on the one hand, we’re looking at classical revivalism and on the other, celebrating hairstyles with flair. The haircuts from the Rynshu Men’s Autumn Winter 2017-2018 show in Paris fall into the latter category. These tousled, side-parted chin-length bobs are a really unique men’s hair trend and a good one at that. Ask your stylist to cut your hair in two levels, one at the chin and the other around the nape of the neck for maximum drama. If you’re uncomfortable with a layered cut, you can always use a side part to create different angles and heights to play around with the look. If you’ve naturally straight hair and aren’t averse to a spot of styling, curling the ends brings that preppy-poet mood that’s dominating men’s hair trends right now.

Next up, we’ll take a look at the men’s hair trends New York Men’s Autumn Winter 2017-2018 Fashion Week.

Hair Trends From Milan Men’s Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017-2018

We’ve seen what the London 2017 Men’s Fashion Week had to offer; it’s time to move onto Milan. Italy has long been the place where trends are born and return to for that extra bit of polishing. In other words, if it’s in Milan, it’s worth your time.

In the last couple of months I’ve done a bunch of trend mapping and style forecasting for men’s 2017 grooming trends and it was at Milan that I really saw them mature from possibilities into full-blown trends. The best part? All of these trends are super wearable, universal and fun.

Here are 3 men’s hair and grooming trends that were all the rage in Milan.

Diesel Black Gold


Kicking it off with one of 2017’s biggest men’s hair trends: full, side-parted bangs. The side parting is the secret to keeping this look from taking over your face; it frames the face, keeps the fringe from sitting too squarely (something that doesn’t quite work on men’s facial structures the same way it does on women’s) and that tiny sliver of forehead on one side works a bit like whitespace in balancing out an otherwise bold style choice.

The bangs are best balanced out by chin-length haircuts and smooth, straight texture. The finish here is soft, free flowing and naturally shiny. The goal is for hair to look healthy and hip but not particularly styled.

Dirk Bikkembergs

One of the 2017’s biggest hair trends across all demographics is the structural extremes trend. It’s interesting how the idea has shaped: industry stalwarts started out wanting to bring back the classics, keep it all simple and sophisticated, and in doing so realized that there are so many iterations of those qualities. You’ve got super-smooth cuts and finishes and you’ve got messier, tousled, more-stylized looks. And so, we’re now celebrating extremes and contrasts like never before: it’s a dialogue between bedhead and boardroom style and I’m here for it. The hairstyles on these models at the Dirk Bikkembergs Men’s Autumn Winter 2017/ 2018 show are proof that some very different men’s haircuts can work equally well within the same context (place, outfit, occasion) and make powerful impacts.

Yoshio Kubo / Moto Guo / Consistence

More proof that fringes/ bangs in men’s hairstyles are going to be one of the biggest breakthrough men’s trends of 2017.

While the full fringe from the Diesel Black Gold Men’s AW17 show is already an off-runway hit, I’d love to see more of this look from the Yoshio Kubo, Moto Guo, Consistence Men's Fall 2017 runway. It’s both creative and classic, and that’s the sort of winning formula that is really going to push men’s styling to greater heights this year.

I love the angular, tapered cut: it’s a really fun shape and the inverted ‘V’ at the hairline and the graduated length keep the look from getting too extreme. Smart, sexy styling for the win!

Traditionally, men have stayed away from haircuts with bangs because there’s this unspoken notion that these styles lend an air of frivolity to the wearer. I’ve also noticed that men who do have fringes either wear them in overtly casual hairstyles (shoulder length surfer-dude haircuts or uber-messy, curly mops) or style them away to hide them in comb-overs and slicked-back dos. However, all that is about to change this year and I definitely give my vote to trying out men’s haircuts with bangs.

If you’re feeling the hot-hot-hot trend of men’s fringes, I also recommend checking out photographs from the Etro Autumn Winter 2017 showcase: the spiky, piece-y, fanned-out fringes were another one of my favorite men’s hairstyles from Milan Men’s 2017.

So those are my picks for the best men’s hairstyles and grooming trends from Milan AW17-18. Which ones did you like? We’ll be diving into the Paris Men’s Fashion Week next, so be sure to come back soon. 

Best Hairstyles From The 2017 SAG Awards

Ok, so the 2017 SAG Awards Red Carpet was, hands down, my favorite so far from this awards season. The hairstyling was absolutely fantastic. We’ve got so much variety, so many interesting new looks and the most diverse range of style icons to gaze at. I’m talking a spectrum of ages, races and personalities, not to mention a thrilling range of textures, styles and detailing. Something that has me particularly chuffed is that we saw a lot of people ditch their trademark looks in favor of newer, bolder styles.

Janelle Monáe

Janelle’s style choices continue to woo audiences and stylists alike. Who would have thought that double Minnie Mouse buns could be worn again and again in formal settings and to such fabulous effect? Janelle’s hairstyle from last night is proof that you can have so much fun with your look if you just try. It’s such a quirky hairdo and I think it works beautifully on her, from the metallic headband and the silvery flower hair accessories to the curly texture. She looks fun, pretty and happy and it just doesn’t get better than that.

Maisie Richards

The young Game of Thrones star looked ravishing last evening with her deep chestnut locks and a vintage-inspired hairstyle. Old Hollywood hairdos like the classic Veronica Lake-inspired waves are always associated with medium-long hair but Maisie shows us just how well classic glam wears in short bobs and lobs too.

Millie Bobby Brown

Another young star making a big, big impression. It’s hard to talk of Millie Bobby Brown and do anything but gush about her performance in Stranger Things but can we just take a moment to appreciate how lovely she looks here? The super-voluminous, brushed-back bouffant-bob might sound like a hairstyle for a much older person but Millie wears it with such panache. Youthful makeup and an embellished headband keep the look age-appropriate but also interesting.

Natalia Dyer

More proof that you can wear retro-inspired hairstyles in short hair. Natalia’s shoulder-length cut lends itself beautifully to the gentle waves and deep side part of this hairstyle. She’s channeling that old world Fifties quality beautifully, without looking shellacked.

Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson debuted her new brunette locks last night and paved the way for a season of celebrity style transformations. We’re all so used to her trademark platinum bob that it’s almost like looking at a whole other person. She looks wonderful and that color is the perfect choice if you want something that’ll look right all through the year. The rich espresso base is warmed up with a honey cast and blonder highlights and it’s like staring into a mug of cinnamon-infused hot chocolate. Delish! 

Sophia Bush

Everyone’s talking about Sophia Bush’s pink eye shadow but it’s the relaxed, low ponytail that has me excited. It’s a breezy statement by itself, no doubt, but when you’re gunning to go strong with another aspect of your look, this is just the kind of hair you want- stylish but not too styled. The classic black ribbon is elegant, not twee, and Sophia is sporting 2017’s hottest hair texture: barely-there waves in a mostly smooth base.

Tracee Ellis Ross

I usually look for braids on red carpets because the other hairstyles usually tend to fall into one or two major categories –buns and classic formal down-dos– and you can always count on a braid to spice the mood up. But in a sea of fabulous hairstyles, each more inspired than the one before it, Trace Ellis Ross’ braid isn’t just a salve: it’s a showstopper in every sense of the word.

There’s so much to love about this particular braid. For starters, messy braids are the perfect choice for when you want to look glam but comfortable. Keeping the crown slick allows you to show off your makeup/jewelry while the natural, messy texture of the braid adds a dash of fierceness. Also, it’s a small detail but I do enjoy the use of the wiry cord to secure the braid: it’s an unexpected touch, gritty and unique, much like Tracee herself.

My other favorite looks of the night include Brie Larson’s textured updo, Nicole Kidman’s knotted bun and Taraji P. Henson’s kicky undercut-and-angled-bob.