Top 10 Haircuts and Colors Right Now
Did you procrastinate on the whole "new year, new hair" movement back in January? TBH, same. Luckily, the past months have offered up no shortage of haircut and hair color inspiration, thanks to celebrities like Priyanka Chopra, Emilia Clarke, Kerry Washington, and more.
So what's really worth trying this year? Believe it or not, the always-trending bob has some serious competition, and platinum blonde actually isn't the "it" hair color of Hollywood right now.
Ahead, 10 InStyle and pro stylist-approved haircuts and colors that scream "try. me. now."
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Undone Texture and Loose Waves
"This has been my favorite trend over all," says Los Angeles-based celebrity hair stylist, Chris Dylan. He's, of course, referring to a messy, loose wave that embraces natural fly-aways and frizz. "I like to run a flat iron quickly through the hair shaft, rocking my wrist, creating a few bends." When he creates this low-key look, he then generously mists Cuveé Beauty’s Champagne Spray into the hair and then gently scrunches.
"I love a very short really short hair cut over the ears, layered tight to the head," says hairstylist Edward Tricomi of Warren Tricomi Salons. "This short style inspires those to wear statement earrings, create bold makeup looks, and put together daring outfits giving them the entire package."
Leaving more layers to this classic short haircut also allows for more versatility in styling. You could go for a sleek look with an extreme side-part, or leave the hair down and draped over your forehead, creating chic side-swept bangs.
Along with this pic of Kerry Washington, look to celebrities like Kate Hudson, Zoe Kravitz, and Katy Perry for inspiration.
Long Hair and Curtain Bangs
It's the easiest way to switch up a long hairstyle without losing any length. Ask for longer bangs that blend well into face-framing angles if "curtain bangs" are calling your name, or opt for a blunt set of fringe instead.
Pink, purple, blue... the choice is yours! It's all about a wash of pastel instead of neon or incredibly bright pigment. "This super chic take on modern punk lends itself to anyone craving a change without going all in," notes Dylan. "The wash of color is subtle yet so impactful." Turn to Maisie Williams or Khloe Kardashian for your salon inspo.
Chocolate Brunette Hair
This time last year, it seemed like everyone was trying to figure out if blondes really do have more fun. Platinum hair was everywhere. But trends come and go, and this year, Hollywood is really digging brunette tones. Case in point: Priyanka Chopra recently ditched her honey-blonde highlights for this rich brown hair color, as did Emilia Clarke and Charlize Theron!
If headbands are a little too Blair Waldorf for your liking, barrettes are your best bet. "Whether it’s simple or extra, it’s an easy way to turn any style into a look," says Dylan. Use a clip to secure a front section of your hair right at your hair line, or secure two face-framing sections behind your head for a half-up, half-down effect.
The internet had a moment when Mila Kunis debuted this asymmetrical haircut, which we then dubbed "the lob of the future." It features a very subtle gradation in length, with slightly longer pieces in the front. Wear it with an eye-catching middle part, or with a side-part and soft waves.
Dirty Blonde Hair
Dirty blonde hair is making a serious comeback. The darker, multidimensional tone is beloved by celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Bella Hadid. Consider it the middle ground between blonde and brunette, so whatever your next hair transformation, you'll be able to slide into the hair color category with ease.
Blunt, Chin-Length Bobs
True "chin-length" bobs are trending. Instead of choppier styles, though, we're seeing more and more blunt cuts. Ask for a style cut all at the same length with minimal or no layers.
The beauty of this haircut is that it can be worn no matter your hair length. No, that's not a contradiction. The choppier, layered components, oftentimes paired with wispy fringe, can be added to a pixie, a bob, a lob, or longer.