A fresh new hairstyle is one of life’s simplest pleasures. There is nothing like a chic new cut or a change of colour to make you feel like a better version of yourself! 2019 will see a number of hot trends – some new, some making a resurgence – hot off the catwalks.
Sub head: 1. Fringed Bobs
An easy way to update your look is by introducing a fringe. Messy bobs finished with bangs are a minimal effort style to pull off. You will literally be saying ‘I woke up like this’ when you get out of bed with a ready-to-go hairdo. Brigitte Bardot should be your style inspiration for a fringe with a middle parting.
Grey has been a popular colour over the past number of years, and it’s still going strong as we enter 2019.
Adam Reed, L’oreal Professional Editorial Ambassador, rates the new shades from their Parisian Cool Palette.
“One is a beautiful smokey ashy shade and another is called ‘charcoal milkshake’ which creates a lighter silver charcoal tone.
“You can create charcoal hair in-salon using toners over blonde hair too – which I love calling a filter as it’s like applying a filter to your hair colour!”
It’s regularly seen on the runways and this year you will be seeing this look on the high street too. Chloé perfected this style by sweeping the hair back to create volume. Or, you could go for ultimate gloss like Markus Lupfer, who perfected a look that was high-shine from root to tip.
Everyone loves vintage styling and you can carry that through to your hair!
“A trend I am seeing more of is the 60s look”,” revealed Cheryl Munoz, Style Director at Daniel Galvin.
“In particular, bobs and beehives which were captured perfectly at the Moschino AW18 show.”
Oversized accessories aren’t just for children. Adults will be getting in on the trend this year too. Haute hair accessories were a big feature across the catwalks. Versace, Miu Miu and Chanel were among those showcasing clips, while Emilia Wickstead included oversized bows in her looks. Headscarves and headbands were also a popular addition by Dior and Dolce & Gabbana.
“One of the strongest looks I feel will dominate 2019 is adorning hair with adult accessories”,” said Zoe Irwin, a ghd ambassador.
“I think it has really started over the summer months where the heat was extreme and so people were wearing their hair up and accessorising to add elements of glam and edge to their looks.
“Syd Hayes launched his big pins which I love and Ashley Williamson launched the diamanté clips too – both of which have been key, plus Alexander Wang hair owned the runway with his executive new take on power look crocodile clips.”
Zoe revealed why she feels this will be a key look for 2019: “Although all of the accessories differ in shape and style, they all can be adapted to a multitude of looks.”
Update your look with a cute new colour. Smoky pink is a “grown up version” of pink hair, according to Adam Reed, L’Oreal Professional Editorial Ambassador.
He added: “It is soft and sooty with smoky sophisticated undertones.” Adam described smoky pink as cool and “definitely not flat”.
“If you also add a cool grey root to smoky pink it suits most skin tones and gives pink hair a modern, almost elegant, update too”,” he said.
Yes, it was a go-to style of the 90s and crimping is back with a bang for 2019. Lightly crimped hair with a strong centre parting is being forecast as a key trend by Zoe Irwin, ambassador for ghd.
Zoe, who said she is obsessed with the braid press, has given her expert tips on achieving the perfect crimp.
“Create this look by starting to plait the hair from roughly 5cms down from your parting.
“Braid until the end of the hair piece and then lightly clamp your styler along the hair and brush out the finished look for extra volume and texture.”
You have your normal-length fringe, and then you have the baby bangs. These micro fringes were accessorised with headbands by Miu Miu and Prada, as well as Dries Van Noten. Sam McKnight and Guido Palau, revered as two of the most influential figures in seasonal hair trends, were responsible for these amazing looks. The prediction is micro bangs will be everywhere this year!
Another ‘tiny’ styling feature you are sure to be seeing a lot of is micro braids. Zoe Irwin explained: “They were seen across multiple SS19 shows, including Dion Lee, Preen and Bora Aksu.
“Whether positioned delicately and intricately under the hairline to add volume, or carefully constructed across the parting, braids were big across the catwalks this season.” Zoe described this style as something which is usually seen as “romantic and delicate”.
“This year”,” she went on, “they were used to add tension and attitude to the overall look.”
This year hair will be well quaffed thanks to the return of the blow-dry. “Where we have seen undone, messier hair previously, I think now we will see sleeker, smoother, more polished and glossy hair becoming popular again, whether it be through wavy, curly or straight hair styles”,” predicted Cheryl Munoz, Style Director at Daniel Galvin.
Copper has been a popular hair colour for a number of years, but it’s getting an update in order to make a strong statement for 2019.
Matrix Celebrity hairstylist George Papanikolas said: “The key to achieving the most natural red hair is sticking to the copper/copper-gold family.
“Any highlights should also stay on tone and in the warm family to accent and complement the copper base.”
Adding a splash of colour to auburn will also be popular, as Francesca Dixon, Hari’s Senior Creative Colourist, explained.
“Hues of peach and yellow pops are very popular at the moment! Copper auburn with a pop colour of pink, peach or yellow is also trending, and an extremely simple yet effective way to change your colour.”
Adam Reed from L’Oreal has hailed the rise of wigs being worn by celebrities.
“They are really championing the idea of playing more with your look and changing it up – anyone can wear a wig!” Adam said.
“People have worn them for years and they are a great way of trying out new hair colours and changing your look regularly.
“And, if you invest in a good one, they can last practically forever.”
A top tip for brunettes is blending their locks into coloured tips, as Francesca Dixon, Hari’s Senior Creative Colourist, explained.
“Brunette into a chocolate plum, or brunette into blue tips and also into pink tips is a stunning colour.
“This is a style which is great for turning a grown out ombré into something new and refreshed!”
Honey-toned hair is the ideal transition from season to season. With celebrities getting onboard, there is plenty of inspiration out there.
Pierre Michel Salon hairstylist, Giselle, said: “You will see multi-dimensional, honey-toned and buttery blondes as opposed to the stark bleached out blondes of 2018.”
Zoe Irwin, from ghd, believes we will be seeing a move away from “shattered, layered hair towards a blunter, sharper finish”.
“I envisage it being a shift away from the mid-length boyfriend bob, which was so popular last season, to something more precise and above the shoulder, roughly halfway between your ears and the nape of the neck”,” Zoe said.
“Done correctly, it will do wonders for your bone structure and is often the gateway to an even shorter do.”
Lilac is the colour trend to follow this year if you want to be at the top of the fashion league. Rose gold was last year’s must-have shade, but the delicate purple hue is taking over for 2019. It has been described as “vintage meets modern”.
“Hair that looks great and healthy but is effortless is always something that people aspire to have”,” according to Zoe Irwin.
The ghd ambassador suggests adding a “soft and tousled wave, a loose modern kick instead of a curl or go for a perfectly polished sleek do”.
“The mirror like shine is something that will be key for next year”,” Zoe said. “The aim is for your hair to be as blinding as your highlighter.”
Braids are evolving this year. Instead of pretty and romantic plaits like previous years, braids will be getting tough in 2019.
Max Mara, Cushnie and Erdem exhibited sleek plaits, worn long, low and with a super shine.
The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, is your go to for chocolate brunette inspiration. The Suits star emphasizes her bouncy waves using caramel-coloured highlights, creating a timeless and elegant look.
‘Pintura’ is a colouring technique which is used to dye curly, textured hair.
As Zoe Irwin explained, it literally means ‘to paint’
“During the process, colourists hand-paint the curls without foils in a way that adds dimension and accentuates curls.
“Just like balayage, the technique brings light to the face but it differs because it is bespoke to every client – that’s because it takes into account the tightness and shape of
Mermaid hair is hot right now, with hairdressers being inundated with customers requesting this popular mix of colours. It ranges from baby blues to electric indigo hues and, thanks to the advancement in dye-technology, it’s easier than ever to achieve this mesmerising look.