Be honest, is your bathroom counter littered with more bobby pins and homemade sock bun inserts than you can shake a stick at? Or, does your scalp ache from an entire winter of hair being wrangled into high-and-tight ponytails?
It’s okay–we all fall into a hairstyle slump throughout the colder months. Thankfully 2017’s spring and summer hairstyle trends dish up the chance for a serious style refresher.
After years of wispy tendrils and shy-girl side-swept bangs, spring 2017’s hottest hair trends are all about fabulous femme empowerment. Feeling tempted for a change? Here’s a rundown of spring and summer 2017’s top hair trends:
1. The Androgynous Pixie Cut
2017 Isn’t the pixie cut’s first time around the block—these unapologetically short styles are known for putting your cheekbones center stage.
But international trendsetter Sascha Breuer explains why this time, the androgynous style packs a political punch, explaining that “androgynous hair is all about breaking traditional notions about beauty and forcing us to reimagine ‘normal’. Whoever said girls can’t rock buzz cuts? Or that platinum blonde hair is too fey for a man? It’s important to recognize that the quietest forms of expression sometimes carry the loudest messages.”
If the pixie’s message of daring to find different definitions of beauty speaks to you, but the idea of chopping off massive length doesn’t sound appealing, know that there are plenty of ways to explore this trend.
Consider starting out by piling hair up into a messily braided crown, slicking back your sides, or, as Breuer suggests, simply buzzing down the sides of your current cut for a mini-makeover with some serious edge.
2. Forward Bangs
Want to emphasize your eyes? This spring, romantic side-swept bangs are finally being pushed aside for a look that’s decidedly more front-and-center.
Short or lash-grazing, blunt-cut, textured, or fashionably choppy, 2017’s bang trend isn’t a one-size-fits-all affair—nor are these your basic baby bangs that can be carved out while hunched over your bathroom counter.
Instead, this season’s affair with bangs begins by working with your stylist to determine exactly what length and shape fringe are best to define your features. (And don’t forget that they’ll require some upkeep every two to three weeks to stay looking fresh.)
3. 70’s Style Shags
If you’ve missed being in touch with your inner Stevie Nicks, it’s time to rejoice since this season’s top power look is a retro shag that can breezily go from festival to beach without requiring so much as a brushing.
Not to be confused with a mullet, the shag is an extremely layered haircut that’s defined by an overload of texture for that messy, modern bed-head look. And, because the shag features layers beyond layers, it’s a perfect summer style for anyone who fights with thick, heavy locks.
Ready to rock one of spring 2017’s hottest hair trends? Look no further than Shades Hair Color Bar & Salon—whether you’re dying to unwind that messy bun after a long winter of being pulled tight and high or desperately searching for the perfect bang trim, our stylist’s skills are on point when it comes to the cutting-edge techniques that are needed to tame your neglected winter locks.