We asked a celeb hairstylist to predict the 5 biggest hair trends for 2018

Will this be the year you finally get bangs? Should you invest in a more powerful straightener for your Beyonce, and Cher-inspired lewk?

We asked celebrity hair stylist Clayton Hawkins, who works with Alison Brie, Elizabeth Olsen, and Dakota Johnson, to play fortuneteller and predict the biggest hair trends for 2018. Let the professional, and possible future-seer, guide your next big hair decision.

The curly shag

curly shags

“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. Hawkins also urges curly-headed folk to put their fears aside and try the trend. “If you’ve naturally got curls, don’t be afraid to try it out and even rock a wavy fringe!”

Sleek and chic

 sleek hair

Plug that flat iron in now because bone straight hair isn’t going anywhere in 2018. “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.”


ribbon hairstyles

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 anymore,” 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

blown out hair

Put down the styling wand and grab some hot rollers. Hawkins tells us the omnipresent beach waves aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, but “a classy bouncy blowout seems fresher than ever now,” he says.



The answer to the age old question, “Should I get bangs?” is, in 2018, a resounding yes. Hawkins says go for the 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.”




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