The Best Hair Trends From NYFW You'll Want To Recreate This Year
We’re a little more than halfway through Fashion Month, and even though the catwalk is just heating up in Milan, we’re still recovering from the blatant nostalgia that was New York Fashion Week. Normally we’re so focused on the for-catalogue-only statement pieces, and abstract program themes, that it takes careful analysis to actually pinpoint up-and-coming beauty trends for the seasons ahead. This time, however, hairstylists’ visions were heard loud and clear: The ‘80s and ‘90s are back, but with a twist.
At PRETE, we’ve come to noticed that, in recent years, NYFW motifs have been blatantly repetitive. We’ve caught glimpses of past eras - models done up to look like tk tk wives, the casual air of athleisure everything – and we get it. History of fashion is meant to repeat itself, but what makes 2018’s interpretation of hairstyles past so refreshing, is that there’s a strong sense of the year’s own distinctiveness. Trust us when we say, you definitely won’t be cringing years from now when you look back on these styles.
Banana Clip Statements
Banana clips, claw clips - whatever you want to call them - are back, and chunkier than ever. What was once used as a placeholder where traditional hair ties would leave a mark and butterfly clips were too miniature to hold more than five individual strands at most, have been reimagined as hair accessory of 2018. What are the odds, right?
A Classic Middle Part
If you do not currently rock a center part, it can be one of those styles that feels almost impossible to achieve. Rest easy, though, because we’re here to tell you: You don’t have to be a professional to make strands cooperate.
This is an especially flattering look for women with oval or oblong face shapes because it creates the illusion of symmetry. The key here is to remember that transitioning from one dramatic part to another is a process that requires a lot of patience. The best way to train your hair going forward is to blow-dry and style as soon as possible post-shower, that way there’s no leeway time for air-drying providing strands with the freedom to move as they please.
We’re low-key waiting for the day when loose waves aren’t trending – not because we don’t love them (beach chic is everything), but because we can’t come up with a viable reason not to.
If you have any kind of bend in your tresses, bless up because all you have to do to mirror the trend is comb through your hair and let it take shape naturally, sans-product. For straight hair, wave sprays are your best friend, and if you run out unexpectedly, wearing a braid to bed overnight should transform your strands by morning.
All Kinds Of Braids
Braids are tricky because they can look chic, or elementary school cute (think Pippy Long Stocking, Anne of Green Gables – you get the picture). It takes the right style to really pull it off after the teenage years, but we believe in you.
Use NYFW as inspiration: the braid can be done on adults, too. Compile them into an elegant bun, drape a single bread above the forehead for a halo illusion, and if you’re really feeling adventurous, give inside out braids a go.
Obviously PRÊTE ladies are all for changing it up, but sometimes going to a salon and taking scissors to strands can be daunting because even though it’s hair and, yes, it will grow back, there’s a sense of permanence that comes with a new style. Something we were loving about NYFW this year was the general invitation to experiment, to play, and one of the most creative ways you can do that with hair is by adding, not subtracting. Specifically, we’re talking about bangs.
Granted A-listers Rowa Blanchard and Selena Gomez may not have been strutting the runway, but their clip-ins certainly made an impression. You know how, before you commit to a new hair color, you can try on different wigs to see which shades work best for you? Faux bangs have the same effect, and if you don’t want to chop your strands, you’ll have an accessory to throw on anytime you need a change-up.
Pops Of Neon
We’re not saying just because Gigi Hadid rocked a neon bob that you should rock one, too – then again, we’re not not saying that either.
Styles on the runway have been futuristic-inspired for the past few seasons, and we’re thinking the fact that it’s 2018 and we’re still not driving hover cars has something to do with it. Whatever the case, it’s benefiting us in a huge way because the world of fashion and beauty basically just gave us the OK to dye our hair outrageous colors.
While there’s an undeniable thrill that comes along with trying out different styles, sometimes the best look is the one you’re already sporting – especially if said style includes a vivacious head of curls. Minimal product is going to be key here – just brush through to tame fly-aways (or let ‘em fly), and be on your way.
If there’s one throwback accessory we’re thrilled to see get a reboot, it’s headbands. We’re partially disappointed that Blair Waldorf-esque bands seem to be encased in the fictional world of Gossip Girl, but we’ll take what we can get.
Chunky, leather pieces and the signature accordion-style of the 90's had everyone’s attention, mostly because we haven’t seen either involved in any outfit aside from Halloween costumes since the era closed.