A funny thing happened when we checked in with L.A.’s top hairstylists for their 2017 trend predictions: Everyone was on the same page, listing almost exactly the same three styles — the mid-length chop, bangs of all varieties, and blunt-yet-textured ends.
But don’t assume we’ll all end up looking like clones this year — these three looks were made to be tailored to each individual. And when they are, they’re damn flattering and beyond cool.
L.A. may house Hollywood, but these rising looks couldn’t be further from some of the more dramatic trends taking over the entertainment industry right now (we’re talking Cher-inspired lengths, the celeb-favorite ’70s shag, and wigs on wing on wigs). Translation: Rejoice, because the IRL-friendly trends ahead truly are made for in-the-know locals, or just anyone who wants to pretend they’re living in La La Land.
The top three styles to take the West Coast in 2017, as picked by the pros, ahead.
Stylist: Shai Amiel
Salon: Capella Salon
What To Ask For: Short, tapered bangs cut dry with straight scissors — not thinning shears.”Fringe has been very popular lately — all my clients are asking for bangs,” Amiel says, noting that they’re “a great option for curly girls that are seeking a new look — without changing up their length too much.” What’s more? “It’s also a better alternative to Botox,” he adds jokingly.
There is no right or wrong way to try fringe, but Amiel notes that everyone seems to be gravitating towards bangs on the shorter side, which delivers the kind of enviable volume and body you see here. “My clients are loving it in combination with shorter layers on the crown,” he says. “The fullness from the layers and the dramatic bangs really gives the hair great presence.” Ask for well-blended fringe — and don’t let anyone touch your curls with thinning shears, which will cause major frizz, Amiel notes.
What To Ask For: Long, piece-y bangs cut dry with straight scissors — not thinning shears.Prefer to start a little longer? Amiel also predicts this rendition — a softer take on the shape with some shorter pieces mixed in — will be big in 2017. “I like to cut some random shorter pieces around the face instead of a heavy straight-across bang,” he says. “It works great with all curl patterns because it creates so much dimension and movement.”
Again, make sure they’re cut dry and with the right scissors. “You don’t need to fear bangs with your curls,” he says. “Just make sure you are cutting them in their natural state — and while dry! The last thing you want is to cut them wet because when they shrink, you have nothing left.”
Stylist: Sal Salcedo
Salon: Benjamin Arts District
What To Ask For: A classic bob cut right to the lips; bangs cut above the eyebrows, slightly longer at the temples, and blended into the length.Salcedo knows a thing or two about cool cuts — and he playfully calls this standout “the modern French-y.” The gamine effect given off by the bangs works for for any length — but the textbook bob sure does help make it look effortlessly charming.
The trick to the bang is simple: “The fringe should be above the eyebrows and get slightly longer at the temples so that it blends right into the length.” This chop is for the risk-takers among us, he admits. “It’s daring, it’s a strong statement, and it shows that the person wearing it is confident and that that their idea of femininity is not necessarily having long hair.”
What To Ask For: A long shag with face-framing fringe that tapers out at the ends.The shag is still going strong in L.A., but it can be polarizing. Luckily, you can temper the rock & roll vibes — and make it more versatile — by keeping it longer and pairing it with a thicker bang.
Salcedo calls this a “modern shag” and suggests anyone who wants it ask for “face-framing fringe that starts short around the middle of eyebrows, then gets slightly longer.” It should hug the cheekbones and concave parts of the face, but have minimal layering, he says. Instead, opt for hidden weight removal for a smoother finish. “Most of the texture comes from cutting internal layers,” he notes.
Stylist: Melissa Hoyle
Salon: Spoke & Weal
What To Ask For: Soft, tapered, eye-grazing fringe paired with a mid-length cut (or any length you’d like).
Stylist: Aaron King
What To Ask For: A cut that ends at the bottom of the collarbone; layer only as needed to remove weight.King created this chop using very limited layering — and notes that it’s one of his favorite lengths right now. “I love a collarbone to high breast length,” he says. “It’s so versatile.”
When it comes to removing weight and building movement, it is all about tailoring the cut to your hair type and texture. As a general rule of thumb, opt for less layering for fine to medium weight hair; more for thicker and curly hair. You can also flatter different face shapes with the cut, he says. King gives wider faces less layering (so opt for internal, invisible layers for thicker hair) and builds fullness with layering for thinner faces.
Stylist: Buddy Porter
What To Ask For: A length right below the collarbone with a square shape and long, textured bangs that start at the eyebrow and taper out.Looking for a trend two-for-one? Porter describes this cut as a “seamless, layered mid-length cut with messy bangs.” To score a similar look, opt for your length to hit an inch or two below your collarbone and ask for tapered, wispy bangs.
“Long, messy, modernized versions of ’70s-inspired bangs are one of my most requested haircuts right now,” Porter says. “They’re relatively easy to style and look amazing on their own.” He also notes that if you pair them with a mid-length cut, like this one, you’ll have a wildly-versatile style. “The long, seamless layers can be worn straight, messy, polished — or just air-dried,” he says.