Ok, so 2018 wasn’t the year you got bangs (or maybe it was!). Either way, the end of year is near and with it, your chance at one final hair makeover. Clayton Hawkins, a celebrity hair stylist who works with Alison Brie, Elizabeth Olsen, and Dakota Johnson has five hair trends to try before midnight on January 1st. Is your move a Cher-inspired lewk or finally some fringe? You decide!
The Curly Shag
“Flash Dance is back, baby, but this time it’s chicer and more refined,” says Hawkins. We’ve seen a number of celebs and models, like Alison Brie and Alanna Arrington, rocking the ‘80s shags with full body and texture. If you’ve been wearing your natural curls all year, don’t be afraid to rock a wavy fringe! Everyone at your New Year’s party will ask you to dance like your hair inspiration, Alex Owens.
Sleek and Chic
Plug that flat iron in now to prepare for this next look. “Serums and hair oils are your friend when it comes to long straight looks,” says Hawkins. Pro tip: “Use a mascara wand coated in hairspray to tame those fly aways for a seriously laid and pin-straight look.”
We saw this trend all over runways at Tory Burch, Marchesa, and Philosophy this past spring, but it’s time to try it IRL. “Bows and ribbons aren’t just for young girls,” says Hawkins. “By experimenting with cool textiles like leather and velvet, you can turn a basic ponytail into a red carpet-ready moment with minimum effort.” We found a few cool ribbon hair ties to try here.
The Classic Blowout
Put down the styling wand and grab some hot rollers. A classy blowout is an easy style that can be achieved at home or by booking a quick Drybar appointment.
The answer to the age old question, “Should I get bangs?” is, still a resounding yes. Hawkins says if you do want to experiment, go for Bardot bangs. “This center-parted fringe is chic, laid back, and flattering on most face shapes,” explains Hawkins. “Also known as curtain bangs, you want to part your fringe and let the middle of your forehead peak through.”