These eight hair trends are going to be huge in 2017.
Break out your flat iron—straight, shiny, and center-parted hair is one of the biggest trends for 2017. But this style only works if your hair looks healthy—not fried. Be sure to mist a heat protectant through your hair before touching it with a straightener.
The High Pony
Slick your hair up. All the way up. Done in rumpled texture or stick-straight, the high ponytail adds both an elegance and ease to every ensemble. Bonus: the tighter you secure it, the more lifted your face looks.
Neither beachy nor bouncy, flat iron waves are the new curling iron waves. As seen on Kendall Jenner, waves created with a straightener are subtler and a little less glam. Just create a bend in your hair by pushing it upward, then seal the shape with a few clamps of your iron. Release and repeat. Keep your ends straight for the most polished finish.
The Growing-Out Shag
The shag was the surprising hit haircut in 2016. But those layers and bangs must grow out sometime. In 2017, we’ll see the beautiful result of that. With hair that hits just past the shoulders and bangs that are long enough to be split down the middle, the grown-out shag is the haircut to keep an eye on this year. If anything, it’s a way to hint at a shag without giving it your full commitment.
Ultra-long extensions aren’t going anywhere. We’ve seen them on Rihanna, Jourdan Dunn, and the Kardashians in recent months, and the trend is poised to make an even bigger splash in 2017.
The Hair Flip
The easiest hairstyle trend to copy this year? The hair flip. All it requires is you to flip your hair from one side to the other, creating tons of volume as a result.
Slick and Shiny
Shay Mitchell did it. So did Gigi Hadid and Kim Kardashian. Slick, shiny hair that only looks like its sopping wet is a 2017 hair trend that can look just as good off the runway and IRL. Just work a heavy dose of styling cream from your roots to mid-lengths to get that unmistakable shine with a little bit of hold.
In some lighting, it’s blonde. In others, it’s golden brown. This transformative hair color trend is called golden bronde—and it’s the perfect warm-toned hair color that can be adjusted to work on all skin tones. So, if you’ve never considered going blonde before, maybe this is your year.
Japanese hair straightening is a process of breaking down the natural structure of the hair through chemical and heat processes. After the process is complete, hair is straight and appears shiny and healthy. Taking care of hair that has been through a Japanese hair straightening process takes only a few steps, but is necessary to preserve and maintain the desired results.
Things You’ll Need
- Gentle shampoo
- Moisturizing conditioner
- SPF hair product
- Protein-enriched deep conditioner
Avoid exposing the hair to any moisture or water for 72 hours immediately following the treatment. Moisture can reverse the results of the straightening process.
Do not tuck hair behind the ears or place in any clips, rubber bands, ponytail holders or any other hair styling items for 72 hours after the straightening process.
Purchase specialized shampoo and conditioner that is specifically formulated for hair that has received thermal reconditioning. Use shampoos and conditioners that are specifically formulated to be gentle and moisturizing.
Avoid swimming or exposure to chlorinated water for at least two weeks after the initial treatment. Avoid any other chemical processes, such as hair coloring, for at least two months following the initial Japanese straightening. This will help prevent any additional damage to the hair or reversal of the hair straightening.
Schedule a touch-up treatment at the same salon approximately four to six months following the original treatment. This will ensure that hair remains smooth and straight.
Protect hair against UV damage by lightly spraying hair with styling products that contain SPF when exposing the hair to sunlight for moderate amounts of time.
Deep condition the hair once a week with a protein-enriched deep conditioner.
Trying to look after your hair and get all that everyday stuff done you need to do, as well as look after your friends and family, can be a difficult balancing act. We all want to have great hair; but unfortunately, shiny, healthy hair doesn’t just happen without a little bit of effort. That effort, however, doesn’t have to take up all of your time or break the bank. In fact, the only thing you need to do is put in the short amount of time necessary to follow this simple daily hair care routine. It’s that easy!
1. Brush Your Hair
It may seem like the obvious thing to do, but maybe what you didn’t know is that brushing keeps your hair tangle free and distributes its natural oils throughout the hair. This promotes healthy growth and shine.
2. Wash Your Hair
How often you wash your hair depends on your hair type and texture. Work out what’s best for you by seeing how your hair reacts to washing and hair care products, and develop a schedule from there. For instance:
- Your hair is coarse/dry if it often feels brittle—this means you only need to wash it every second or third day.
- Your hair is fine/oily if it feels greasy the day after you wash it—this means you need to wash it daily.
- Your hair is normal if you wash it one day and it’s not too greasy the next-—this means you can get away with washing it every other day.
- Remember to shampoo in small, circular movements; don’t forget to target dirt collecting areas such as the nape of your neck.
- Massaging your scalp will increase blood flow which encourages growth and will stimulate your hair’s natural oils (producing shiny locks).
- Coarse/dry hair will benefit from hydrating shampoos.
- Fine/oily hair should be washed with a clear shampoo (one that doesn’t look creamy).
- Normal hair can use just about any type of shampoo- just remember to always use good quality products for the best results.
- Similar to body lotion for your skin, conditioner is moisturizer for your hair and will keep your strands hydrated and manageable.
- For an even application use your hands and a wide-toothed comb.
- If you’ve got coarse/dry hair try a hydrating conditioner and apply it right from your roots to your ends.
- For fine/oily hair use a lightweight conditioner and avoid putting it on your roots (evenly distribute it from the mid-lengths to the ends).
- For normal hair you can use just about any kind of conditioner, applied from your roots to your ends also.
3. Apply Hair Styling Products
If you have a hairstyle that needs to use hair products—hairspray for hold, wax for hold and shine, or serum for shine and to maintain fly-away pieces—then don’t use too much! You might end up weighing your hair down and reducing its volume, or just making it greasy and dirty. Often less is more.
Also, don’t forget to protect your hair. If you style your hair with a hair straightener or blow dryer, it’s very important to protect your hair with heat protecting products, and to give your hair a break every few days from the stress of using hair accessories and hairstyling tools.
4. Style Your Hair
Everyone styles their hair, whether they’re elaborate updos, professional looking hairdos for work, or casual wash-and-wear looks. Styling is required daily and should be done as gently as possible.
5. Brush Your Hair Again at Night
Brushing your hair again at night will help you to untangle any knots that made their way into your locks during the day.
6. Secure Your Hair at Night
Securing your hair at night with a simple ponytail or plait will make sure your locks don’t get snagged or tangled as you sleep.
There you have it, a simple daily routine (and some great hair care tips). It’s not hard to follow, it won’t have you spending all of your hard earned cash, and most importantly, it will get your hair in the best condition possible.