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The SS19 Hair Trends To Know About

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06 December 2018
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If you want the fast-forward on hair trends for SS19, look backstage at fashion month. Runways at New York, London, Milan and Paris are the ultimate platform for setting the future hair mood. And the vibe for spring/summer ’19? A more raw, stripped-back styling that plays on natural textures.
“I think overdone-ness is overdone. Think anti-statement hair and less is more,” says Adam Reed for L’Oréal Professionnel

Adam Reed Founding Partner & Director, Percy & Reed, London

These are five things that spotted backstage at SS19. Here’s how to get a-head of next season’s trends, now. 
Back view of two women with blonde and brown wavy hair

1. Texture Tonic

As seen at: Alberta Ferretti, Alexa Chung, Escada, Roksanda

The word ‘texture’ was on repeat backstage amongst styling squads. Lead stylists were all for switching out heated tools to focus more on product prep-work to play on individual texture. Just like make-up artists, hands were used to apply products to models’ hair to dry in and massage in for more of an organic feel. 
“It’s all in the setting and sculpting with your hands,” says Alex Brownsell, lead hairstylist for L’Oréal Professionnel at Alexa Chung’s SS19 debut catwalk. “We’re varying freestyle techniques, like weaving hair through fingers as you’re drying, to achieve that effortless cool-girl texture.” The online destination for everything hair, powered by L'Oréal

2. Nineties Nuances

As seen at: Burberry, Roberta Einer, Christopher Kane

Raw, stripped-back styling usually references one decade in particular: the 90s. Whether it was unfussy, relaxed chignons at Burberry or boyish ponytails at Christopher Kane, the minimalist 90s was undoubtedly the muse decade. 
“We’ve gone with an understated and beautiful knot that has a very 90s feel. For a worn-in feel, we’re doing everything with hands to maximise textures.”

Adam Reed Founding Partner & Director, Percy & Reed, London

3. Just Add Accessories

As seen at: Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Versace

Whether it’s low-key dancer-inspired bands at Dior, or exaggerated leather headbands at Prada, accessories defined a whole lot of hair looks for SS19. Accessories for spring weren’t so much statement or shouty, but about enhancing the overall hair silhouette.
“Every girl at the show this season has some kind of headband, so the hair is designed to support this, but it’s actually very beautiful in itself,” says Guido Palau, Redken Global Creative Director at Dior. “There are no lumps or bumps, so it creates a beautifully simple silhouette.”

Guido Palau Redken Global Creative Director

To stay in keeping with the SS19 mood, try out a headband in a neutral tone. 

The Kit List

Redken Fashion Work 12 | Redken Forceful 23 | L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.ART Fix Anti-Frizz

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4. Split Personality Hair

As seen at: Calvin Klein, Christopher Kane, Markus Lupfer, Palmer Harding

If you can’t decide on wet or dry hair, do both. Dual texture hair – wet-look on top with textured lengths – was the coolest way to do wet-look hair for SS19. There was another reverse approach, too. Think just-stepped-out-of-the-sea ends, as seen backstage at Markus Lupfer and Calvin Klein.
“I’ve done a half-wet look at Calvin Klein. Raf was inspired by walking into the water, when the bottom half of your hair gets wet. I don’t want it to look drenched, I want it to look more ‘spritzed.’”

Guido Palau Redken Global Creative Director

The key takeaway for your styling: don’t give your hair too much ‘finish’. It’s better if your half-wet hair makes it look like you’ve actually spent a day lazing at the beach.

The Kit List

L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.ART Wet Domination Shower Shine | L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.ART Wet Domination Extreme Splash | Redken Shine Flash 02

2 models in colourful clothes with styled hair

5. Braidy Bunch

As seen at: Erdem, Longchamp, Bora Aksu

Forget hippy, festival plaits. Braids weren’t seen in their typical ethereal form for SS19. This season, braid have been reinvented with a bit of guts. At Longchamp, Guido Palau mixed up the uniformity of the line-up by adding braids to some of the models to “give them character”.
Lead hairstylist for L’Oréal Professionnel at Erdem, Anthony Turner styled a strict braided look, that started below the ears and joined into one, tight braid down to the very ends: “This is a modern version of Victorian hair - but in a very minimal way. From the centre part through to braid, it’s strict and uptight.” The online destination for everything hair, powered by L'Oréal

For braids with a more lived-in feel, try out the low, twin braids at Bora Aksu, created by Tina Outen, lead hairstylist for L’Oréal Professionnel. The braids were looped and given feathered ends for a “weathered look”. 

The Kit List

Redken Braid Aid 03 | L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.ART Constructor | L’Oréal Professionnel Infinium Pure Strong Hold Hairspray

“I think overdone-ness is overdone. Think anti-statement hair and less is more,” says Adam Reed for L’Oréal Professionnel

Adam Reed Founding Partner & Director, Percy & Reed, London

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