Flawless blowouts, voluminous waves and pin-straight hair are just a few of the trends to emerge for Fall/Winter 2018/2019. At the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, we saw everything from low chignons (West World’s Thandie Newton) to beachy waves (This is Us matriarch Mandy Moore) to ample curl with lots of volume (Killing Eve’s Sandra Oh). Take a look at what’s in, and what’s out, for Fall/Winter and decide which looks work best for you.
We all remember the ‘80s, the era of big hair, big shoulders and big money. Let’s just say that they’re back with a vengeance. Well, the big hair anyway—think Linda Evans on Dynasty. Shoulder pads have yet to make a comeback. This look works best on girls with long hair and plenty of it. Customize your blowout with the Elchim 8th Sense Dryer. It’s super-lightweight, which is perfect when you’ve got so much hair that it feels like it takes forever to dry, and it can style all eight types of hair with ease. Big hair? Bring it on.
Alexis Bledel (The Handmaid’s Tale) rocked the red carpet at the Emmys in pin-straight hair tucked behind her ears. So did Angela Bassett (Black Panther) so it’s definitely a trend. Key is a sleek, shiny finish so hair should be in tip-top condition. Look for shampoos and conditioners that nourish and hydrate the hair and oils or serums that impart a mirror-like shine. Oh, and you’ll need a flat iron like the Elchim Nature’s Touch Styler even if your hair is stick-straight to begin with. To prep hair before flat-ironing, apply a thermal protection spray while hair is wet and use a brush like the Elchim Wooden Paddle Brush to gently detangle and smooth the hair.
The Big Bang
Baby bangs (the micro fringe that starts a couple of inches above the eyebrows has been trending all year) are out, which kind of makes sense since they were as polarizing as our politics, but you don’t want bangs so long that they’re in your eyes either. What’s in for Fall/Winter are bangs that take a neutral approach, falling right in the middle of the forehead—think Joan of Arc. Of course, that means that well-groomed brows are a must this season since there’s no hiding them beneath a full fringe.
Empire’s Taraji P. Henson showed up at the Emmys to present an award in a romantic hairstyle that made the most of her natural curl. After using a blow-dryer to diffuse and set the curl, her hairdresser, Tym Wallace, created a messy braid and left a few tendrils around the face. The two-in-one Elchim Cocoon 2001 Diffuser is just what you need to create and set fantastic volume. The first module sets the hairstyle without breaking the hair, while the second module allows for rapid, natural drying on curly hair.
Color Me Mine
Blondes are still having a moment, from dirty blondes with definite roots to bleach blondes with a rock-and-roll aesthetic to sun-kissed surfer girl strands. So if it’s true that blondes have more fun, this is one trend you might want to try on for size.
A little more adventurous? Then the pastel neon craze is right up your alley. We’re talking in-your-face shades of aqua-blue, violet, pink and, not for the faint of heart, yellow. At Moschino, models walked the runway in pop-art neon bobs that were surely wigs, but still. The look is not for everyone, but if you can pull it off, go for it.
Accessories After the Fact
Hair accessories go in and out of fashion, and lucky for us they’re in again, though you might want to rethink the banana clip, which reared its ugly head at Fashion Week. And was that a tiara we saw at Dolce & Gabbana? Perhaps it was a Game of Thrones reference to Team Circe. Instead, opt for a wide leather headband, feather hair slides, rhinestone-studded hair pins, sparkly hair clips (butterflies or bows are trending) or crystal barrettes. And what bride wouldn’t love a hand-wired hair vine comb to grace her boho-inspired updo?