These Are the Hottest Hairstyle Trends for 2018

THE UPDATED SHAG

The classic ’70s style gets an update with a deep side part and fewer layers A mom IRL and on TV, Anna Faris no doubt loves this low-maintenance style: Just part your hair on the side, then just let it air-dry — your natural wave will take care of the rest.

HALF-UP TOP KNOT

Why 2018 is a year that will go down in hair history: Margot Robbie combined two classic styles — the half-up-half-down and the top knot —to create this singularly great look. Let hair air dry, then make a horizontal part from ear to ear. Twist hair up into a top knot, then secure with a ponytail holder.

THE SPIKY PIXIE

A little gel gives Katy Perry’s pixie a punk vibe. Use your fingers to work a quarter-size dollop of gel through (dry) hair, pulling small sections up and in different directions to create a spiky look.

THE SIDE-PART LOW PONY

So simple, so sophisticated! To get Freida Pinto’s red-carpet-worthy pony, start by flat ironing hair. Then make a deep part on one side, gather hair into a pony at the nape of the neck, then secure with an elastic band.

HEADBANDS

You probably haven’t worn these since middle school, but headbands are making a comeback in 2018. Jessica Biel matched hers to her outfit, plus it keeps her hair pulled away from her face.

LONG, LONG LOCKS

Kim Kardashian channeled her inner Cher by rocking long, luscious hair — and it works. You’ll probably need help from extensions to get the full length like Kim, but if you decide to grow your hair out instead, be sure to trim it every few months to keep your strands looking healthy.

AIR-DRIED HAIR

Ditch the hair dryer this summer for a look that’s pretty and damage-free. “Natural textures will be huge this season,” says New York City-based celebrity hairstylist Matt Fugate. “You can get the look by using products from the Kerastase Aura Botanicaline, which are made for air-dry perfection.”

SUPER BLUNT BOBS

Sorry, folks, but according to Fugate, the lob (long bob) is dead. “Strong architecture is back with super blunt lines for bobs,” he says. Silvestera agrees, saying, “Women who became comfortable going from long hair to mid-length hair have now built up enough courage to go shorter.”

SHORT AND CROPPED

It’s the season to go short — but not too short. “I don’t think a lot of women are going to take the shaved head plunge like Kristen Stewart and Cara Delevingne, but the funky messy chops like Jaimie Alexander’s are great,” Fugate says.

THE FARRAH

Farrah Fawcett’s iconic ’70s ‘do is back — 2018 style. The modern take on the look is longer, isn’t as layered, and has lots of volume.

LONG AND SLEEK

If you still haven’t mastered the straight-from-the-beach look (it’s hard!), don’t worry: Straight hair is back. “No more beachy waves!,” Fugate says. Now that the housewives are doing them, the cool girls are moving onto a long, sleek, and healthy look.” Just grab yourself a reliable flat iron.

BRAIDS

They’re a year-round trend, but braids are especially stylish during hot weather. “French braids and pigtail braids are low-maintenance and easy to deal with during high-humidity weather or on the beach,” Silvestera says.

UNDONE UPDOS

Basic buns, begone! Airy, romantic styles have refreshed the red carpets. “Soft layers around the face can change your hairstyle and add to the hair’s character,” says Guido Palau, Redken’s global creative director.

HAIR ACCESSORIES

Elevate any look with an embellished accessory. Clipping in a pretty pin or bold barrette just behind your ear can make a major impact. So easy, so chic.

CROPPED CUTS

“Short lengths are in style, particularly with geometric ends,” says Simon Miller, KMS California Global Style Council member. Take the chance to chop it all off — you’ll be glad you did.

MOVEMENT

Mimic that easy, I-woke-up-like-this stylewith just a little bit of effort. “Blow dry your hair with a paddle brush to straighten it; then using a large curling iron (try a 1.5-inch iron), take random sections, and curl your hair away from your face to give it movement,” advises Taylor Brock, Butterfly Studio Salon’s hair expert.

Carefree Waves

Nashville native Reese Witherspoon knows it’s no use trying to battle summer humidity. Instead of an every-hair-in-place look, she goes with the flow with a layered cut that takes advantage of her natural wave. To avoid the frizzies, apply an anti-frizz product like Moroccanoil Treatment Light, then blow-dry using a round brush.

Slicked-back Crown

Sick of ponies, but still want a sleek look? Tiffany Hadish has the best of both worlds with this style that’s slicked back on the top of her head, but with the ends hanging loose. Start by using a flat iron to straighten dry hair. (Use a heat protectant to protect hair.) Then take a small amount of pomade, rub it together between palms and apply evenly to hair, smoothing it down as you go. Let air dry to set.

Retro Ringlets

When temperatures soar, forget trying to coax naturally wavy or curly hair into a sleek blowout. Instead, take a cue from Amanda Seyfried and take advantage of your natural texture. If your hair already has some curl, you’re one step ahead of this ‘do, says celebrity stylist Sean Jahanbigloo of Juan Juan Salon in Beverly Hills. If not, spritz a sea salt spray onto dry hair, then tightly twist into 1-inch sections to form waves around your whole head. Defuse dry and run your fingers through the twists to rough them up a bit. (A tiara is optional.)

Faux Pixie Cut

If you have short hair but want an even shorter hairstyle, don’t think you have to make a trip to the salon. Fake a pixie cut by swooping your hair to one side, and use product to get that extra-sleek look. Pin up the remaining portion of your hair.

Half-Up Top Knot with Straight Hair

This style works well if you’re having a great hair day, but still want your hair out of your face. Spilt your hair into two sections at the crown of your head. Twist the top section of your hair into a bun, and style the rest of your hair that’s down.

Cinched Ponytail

Olivia Wilde’s hairstyle, with its funky flair, makes any outfit a head-turner. To begin this creative do, put your hair in a high ponytail, and apply a a bit of hairspray all over to keep the style intact. “Take elastics (the finer the hair, the smaller the elastic) and place as desired,” says Dunn. “For smaller rounds, place the elastics closer together. For larger, further apart.” Keep going until you get to the end of the ponytail; to create the round shape, softly pull out edges of each hair section between the bands.

Messy Updo

For this look, pin up your hair but leave several strands down so that you get that messy, causal vibe.

Headband Hairdo

Add some glimmer to your favorite hairstyle. You can go glam with a headband like Nicole Richie’s or casual with a simpler piece. It’s also a great way to keep those sweaty bangs off your face.

Fishtail Braid

Give your braid a new twist and with this style Blake Lively sports with ease. To create this ‘do, divide a ponytail into two sections. “From this point, you will subsection the outside sections as you work,” instruct Dunn and Mattoni. “Take outer subsection and cross it over to the middle. Then do this on the opposite side, overlapping the first subsection in the center.” Keep going until you run out of hair, then secure the look with an elastic.

Retro Ponytail

Because they keep your tresses off your neck, ponytails are the go-to style for hot, sticky days. Unfortunately, they also tend to look unpolished, but adding a little extra oomph along the top gives an ordinary pony old-school charm that works for day or night. The key to Emma Stone’s hairstyle is adding height at the crown, says celebrity stylist Umberto Savone. To get the look, use a small brush to tease a section of hair at the top of your head to create lift. Then gather strands into a ponytail and secure with an elastic band. You can hide the elastic by wrapping a piece of hair around it and tucking ends underneath and secure with bobby pins. Lightly brush over the crown to smooth out any unruly pieces.

Polished Pixie

A slicked-backed style like Emma Watson’s adds instant sophistication to any look. Plus, “it’s a chic way to pull short hair off your face on a hot summer day,” says Savone. It’s also an easy way to give short hair a dressy finish for a formal event, he adds. To create the look, apply an anti-frizz serum to wet hair, comb into a deep side part and blow dry straight (or air dry). Once hair is dry, apply an oil-based serum from root to tip. Comb through to set, and you’re good to go.

Trendy Tousle

By adding edgy texture, a short cut can be made over for summer, says Jahanbigloo. While longer bangs like Evan Rachel Wood’s would normally fall on the forehead, giving them some lift keeps them off the face, making the look ideal for hot days. Before blow drying hair, apply a volumizing mousse to the front pieces. Then use your fingers to pull hair away from your face as you dry it. Once strands are dry, apply pomade to the front pieces, lifting and pulling them upward and to the side of your forehead. And don’t stress about perfecting the style: The less structured the hair is, the more modern it will look.

Full Top Knot

When a summer fete calls for formal attire, a pristine updo, like this one worn by Elizabeth Banks, is a pretty way to pull your hair back. The sleek look is especially ideal for steamy days when humidity can take its toll on loose strands, says Savone. To achieve the style, apply a bit of styling wax to dry hair, slick it back using a brush, and gather it into a ponytail at the top of your crown. Separate hair into three sections, teasing each to create added volume. Twist and wrap sections, one at a time, around the elastic band and secure with bobby pins.

Braided Updo

Elegant and effortless, J. Lo’s ‘do is perfect for a casual afternoon or an evening on the town. Separate hair into two sections, with hair parted in the middle. “Hold hair horizontal to braid so will fold over head without bulging. Pull on outer edges of braid to soften it up and pin ends on the opposite braid’s base. Pull out sections around face to soften the look even more,” says Mattoni.

Soft Sweep

Jessica Alba’s wavy half-up, half-down ‘do has a casual feel that’s equal parts beachy and romantic. If your hair has a natural wave, skip the hot tools and let it air dry or quickly defuse it, says Savone. Or you can create waves by spritzing a sea salt spray onto dry hair and scrunching strands, he notes. To complete the look, twist two small sections of hair on either side of your face and secure them at the back of your head. Leave the ends out and secure with bobby pins.

Half-Up Bun with Curls

Kate Middleton’s mini-knot is a playful way to keep hair off your face on humid days — but still has off a romantic vibe, thanks to the loosely flowing locks. First wrap 1- to 2-inch sections of hair around a curling iron from end to root, so that the bottom of your hair has bounce. Repeat until your entire head is curled. Separate hair into a top and bottom section. Back-comb the top section to create more height and then pull it straight back into a mini-ponytail, leaving some slack at the crown for extra lift. Secure with an elastic band. Divide the ponytail into two sections and wrap each, one at a time, around the elastic band to form the bun. Fasten with bobby pins.

Wispy Roll

For a twist on an ordinary bun, try Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor’s ladylike look. Not only is it polished, there’s no need to use any hot tools to create this style — a major plus for humid nights. Start by applying a styling cream to damp hair and comb hair into a middle part. Take 3-inch sections of hair on either side of your head and loosely twist each from the front of your head to the back. Gather twists, along with the rest of your hair, and create a messy bun, and let air dry. Fasten with bobby pins that match the color of your hair to create a seamless look.

Kate Hudson

Styling short hair is easier said than done. To achieve Kate Hudson’s definition, use a combination of a soft wax and shine serum.

Viola Davis

If you’re in need of a more formal hairstyle, this curly bob is a great option for a short cut.

Michelle Williams

For Michelle Williams’ lovely look, apply a smoothing cream for control and to weigh down frizziness. Create a deep side part and finger-dry. Mix together a soft wax with a shine serum and evenly distribute on the top layer to add shine and control any flyaways, says Boland.

Reese Witherspoon

“This is the ‘lob’ a.k.a. the longer bob. It hits at the shoulders or slightly below,” says Kupelian. So ask for slightly longer layers at the salon to create this bobbed goddess look. To style, first douse roots with a volumizer and blow-dry hair as normal. Then, set in hot rollers, rolling vertically along the length of the roller to ensure soft, sculpted waves. Once set, brush out your hair with a paddle brush without tugging too hard on the ends. Sweep hair to one side for a deep part and spritz with a curl-defining spray. To help define the front wave, pin along the curve in a couple places—one or two will work fine—and tuck the shorter parts behind your ear.

Ginnifer Goodwin

This is a basic bob with choppier, longer layers in the back, giving it an elegant angle in the front. “A bold style with soft features, I would add layers around the ears while staying longer around the crown,” says Kupelian. To style, blow-dry with a round brush, combing the ends under. Smooth the top with a glossing lotion and part your hair above the pupil of one eye. Sweep a 1-inch section of the part behind the ear and fasten with a bobby pin. Apply a small amount of wax to the ends of hair, pulling them slightly forward. The curls look great even when you brush your hair behind your ears.

Katie Holmes

First thing you want to do is give the bangs lift and smooth them out by blow-drying them with a flat boar bristle brush, says Gambrell. Once you’ve done that, blow-dry the rest of your hair, giving the roots as much lift as possible by rough blow-drying your hair in the opposite direction so it doesn’t fall. Once it’s about 50% dry, use a flat boar bristle brush and, starting at the nape and working up towards the crown, smooth 2-inch sections of hair out from root to end. Finish with a shine mist.

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson is rocking this tousled bob. To get her look, make sure you start with a deep part before using a 1-inch curling iron. After curling, run your fingers through the curls to give them more of a tousled effect than a ringlet look.

Kate Walsh

This style lifts lightly at the crown and has some movement, which is perfect for day or night. To get Kate’s sleek look, ask your stylist for medium to long layers and long side bangs. Bevel the ends so they naturally curl under. Wash and add light argan oil to ends. Blow-dry with a large round brush in sections, giving special lift to the roots and crown. Sweep bangs to one side and tuck the other side behind the ear. Secure with a bobby pin and cover with remaining hair, says Kupelian.

Nicole Kidman

“This would be a longer look if we straightened it completely,” says Kupelian. “The length is up to you, but it works best with shoulder-length hair with long, sexy layers.” To get the look yourself, first wash with a shine-enhancing shampoo and conditioner and apply an anti-frizz serum into towel-dried locks. If your hair isn’t curly, add texture with a curl-enhancing beach spray. Dry hair either naturally or with a blow-dryer, section by section. When hair is completely dry, spritz again with a curling agent and go through your entire head with a medium- to large-barreled curling iron. Hold the iron vertically and let the spirals fall straight down. Finish with a mist of extra-hold hairspray and let sit. Separate curls slightly and pull a few to the front of your face. Section the sides back, holding with bobby pins.

Meg Ryan

To get Meg Ryan’s ‘do, first rough-dry your hair. Then, grab random-sized chunks and prep with a light-hold aerosol hairspray. Using a 1-inch curling iron, wrap hair around with fingers for a more disheveled, piecey and intentionally irregular curl pattern—leaving some ends undone and uncurled and alternating the direction of some strands. Finish with a soft wax to define and separate, and use a workable aerosol hairspray for hold and volume, recommends Boland.

Ashlee Simpson

To achieve Ashlee Simpson’s mod ‘do, create a deep side part. Then, use a paddle brush to work with the natural swirl. Finish with a high-sheen pomade to enhance the piecey ends and add shine, says Boland.

THE BUBBLE PONYTAIL

Another one from the elementary school archives! This throwback look became peak chic thanks in part to celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin, who’s been playing around with variants of bubble ponies on everyone from Kendall Jenner to Lily Collins.

SHAVED SIDES

Has Natalie Dormer ever looked cooler? The completely shaved side contrasted with these Old Hollywood waves is *chef’s kiss* perfection. And FYI, while this trend was popular in the twenty-tens, it was also popular in the Edwardian era among men. Huh!

LOCS

Zendaya styled her locs into a soft, partial updo at the 2015 Oscars — a timeless look that paired gorgeously with her gown.

THE RACHEL

Name a more famous haircut, we’ll wait. This gift to the beauty world was popularized by Jennifer Aniston during the early seasons of Friends, cementing itself as legendary in pop culture history.

BEACH WAVES

Nothing says California Cool Girl like Chrissy Teigen’s effortless beach waves —which are a staple on celebs during red carpet season. So what makes this look one of our favorites? The fact that you can do it at home by putting your wet hair in a messy bun and letting it air dry. Easy!

THE MIDDLE-PARTED BANG

Ohhhhh, the middle-parted bang. How we’ve missed you! This look was popular on stars like Hilary Duff in the early aughts, and was often mysteriously paired with super curly hair. Sure, it’s a little dated — but we kinda love it!

THE AFRO

If you’re looking for afro inspo, look no further than Solange. The singer frequently wears her curls picked out—like when she showed up to the amfAR Milano 2012 gala in this white gown looking like an actual goddess.

Rounded Bob

If you’ve been wanting to try the lob (long bob) trend, we’re loving Jenna Dewan Tatum’s sleek ‘do.

Natural Waves

Have naturally wavy hair? Don’t be afraid to rock loose, lovely waves.

Straight Bob

If you have an asymmetrical bob cut, use a straightening iron to get an ultra sleek look.

Long and Straight

Have fine, straight hair? Try Cameron Diaz’s style that you can easily pull off with a simple blowout.

Sleek Ponytail

To get Natalie Portman’s look. start with a deep side part and use an anti-frizz serum to comb back your hair into a ponytail.

Full Waves

If you a good blow out, emulate Kate Upton’s voluminous curls by using a round brush and rollers while blow drying.

Big Waves

Create Priyanka Chopra’s perfect waves by clipping up your hair in layers, and curl with a barrel curing iron.

Shoulder-Length Full Volume

Long styles with graduated layers will help slenderize your face. To get Chrissy Teigen’s look, blow out your hair, and then set it with self-grip hair rollers to create big curls.

Soft Curls

Long, layered curls will help lengthen a round face. A deep side part like Mindy Kaling’s will also give the illusion of a longer face.

Straight and Smooth

Smooth, long locks will give your face symmetry. Achieve Hayden Panettiere’s sleek, straight look with a flat iron.

Voluminous Curls

Shorter styles can help add height. Case in point: Adele’s short yet voluminous bob, which is pure Old Hollywood.

Beachy Waves

For a lengthier look, try loose waves like Isla Fisher, for an easy, everyday hairstyle.

Side-Swept Curls

To get Amy Adams’ look, start with a side part, curl hair with a curling iron, and brush out to add volume.

Soft Waves

Accentuate soft waves with a part straight down the middle.

Top Knot with Bangs

Bangs can help add some angles to a round face—just make sure not to make them too blunt.