The Biggest Fall/Winter Hair Trends to Try This Season
Wear-it-long vibes, pretty ponies and sparkly accessories, ahead are the hair trends that made their way onto the runways in New York, London, Milan and Paris.
by : Théo Dupuis-Carbonneau- Aug 23rd, 2021
Hair on the runways was everything from bright red to warm brown to golden blond this season. Keep up by adding copper highlights for a multi-dimensional effect or by going for glossy full-tone colour. If you’re dreaming of hair like Jessica Chastain’s, Amy Adams’ or Rianne Van Rompaey’s, be aware that you’re signing up for a lot of upkeep, says David D’Amours, owner of Privé Par David D’Amours in Montreal and Kérastase’s Canadian editorial director. “You’re definitely going to need products that are specially adapted for coloured hair and keep hair fibres from fading, but you’ll also need to plan trips back to the hairdresser every four to six weeks for touch-ups or to refresh your highlights with a semi-permanent gloss.”
Straight and fine or parted and full, bangs are coming in at eyelash level in a style that’s totally ’70s. For anyone who’s hesitating to make the leap, now’s the time, says D’Amours. “Cast off the shackles that say certain cuts are only for certain types of faces. I want us to live in an era of liberated hair where we abolish that outdated school of thought!” For bangs with body and movement, the expert suggests drying them from behind with a mini round brush. (Don’t forget to use a heat protector!) And if they fall flat in the next day or so, just refresh them with dry shampoo; lift the bangs upwards and apply at the roots.
From French braids and cornrows to fishtails and bubbles, plaits were everywhere. Braids at Simone Rocha were works of art, reminiscent of styles by hair artist Laetitia Ky.
Gorgeous light, silky waves showed up on the catwalks of Max Mara, Celine and Braschi, which is timely since a lot of women have (re)discovered their hair’s natural body after eschewing flatirons and blow-dryers during lockdown. “You can revive your waves by spraying them with a fine mist of water or texturizing spray that will give them back their shine and vigour,” says D’Amours. If you want some help boosting that body, he recommends using a 4.5-centimetre-diameter curling iron (not too hot!) to avoid a stiff effect and says not to be afraid to gently brush your hair afterwards to get that coveted wispy look.
Having long adorned our necks and dangled from our earlobes, pearls are now making their way into our hair, as seen at Laura Biagiotti, Mashama and Giambattista Valli. To add pearls to your own ’do, follow the advice of hairstylist Yannick Brisebois, co-owner of Salon U Boutique outside of Montreal and brand ambassador for La Biosthétique Paris. “The bigger the better!” he says. “Fichu pins, barrettes, head- bands, ostentatious crowns—try them all for a ‘wow’ effect.”
Chic, practical and easy to do, low ponytails and buns were all over the runways. Brisebois’ trick? “Always apply a mousse or gel before knotting the hair at the nape of the neck,” he says. “It adds body and optimizes hold.” Want a little something extra? Wrap a section of hair, a ribbon or a scrunchie around the elastic, or decorate the base of your bun with a jewelled clip.
Timeless Wet Look
There’s a reason the wet look finds its way back onto the runway season after season. “This hairstyle is chic and adds strength, poise and a touch of modernity to the simplest outfits,” says D’Amours. The celebrity hairstylist recalls a scene in the film True Lies where Jamie Lee Curtis turns herself into a sultry bombshell by improvising a wet look with the help of some water from a nearby vase. “It was at that moment that I understood the power of that hairstyle—in three seconds, it elevates a look and adds an element of timelessness and haute couture,” he says. To reproduce it at home, apply a gel-cream, oil or mousse, according to your hair type. Then all that’s left is to accessorize with earrings or a statement necklace.
If you dream about Rapunzel-esque hair that’s as long, dense and shiny as what was seen on the Armani Privé, Coperni, Etro and Chanel runways, have a seat in your hairdresser’s chair and ask for invisible layers. “They add dimension and movement,” says Brisebois. If your dream length is still a long way off, he suggests adding hair-growth-promoting vitamins—including vitamin B8 (also called “biotin”), vitamin A, omegas 3 and 6 and iron—to your beauty regimen.
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