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5 of the best FW18 hair trends

From the ponytail 2.0 to the new wet look, the FW18 runways provided plenty of fresh hair inspiration. Here’s how to update your style for the new season. By SHANNON PETER

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Faustine Steinmetz FW18

The great adorned

With the power to elevate even the easiest of styles, hair accessories are a regular runway fixture. Thankfully, they translate just as well into the real world too, on any texture or length. You could go big and use multiple clips and clasps, as seen at Faustine Steinmetz, but “a single pin securing a sleek bun can add glamour to an easy up-do,” advises celebrity hairstylist Larry King. Alternatively, a solitary hair slide will add finesse to a second-day blow-out (and keep overgrown bangs at bay).

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Pony club

The humble ponytail has never been more versatile. Consider the loose, low-slung style seen at Akris your new fancy-not-fussy office go-to, while Halpern’s crimped and backcombed version offers weekend-friendly drama. While the style looks most impressive with long, thick hair, faking fuller hair is more effortless than you might think. “The tighter you tie your hair the more volume you’ll get, because the band pushes hair outwards,” explains hairstylist Adam Reed. Plus, adding waves to straighter strands using GHD’s Curve Soft Curl Tong – gently backcombing sections and misting with a texture spray from underneath the hair – will give the impression of a more voluminous ponytail.

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Halpern FW18

Tied up in knots

Forget ballerina chignons and polished topknots; the bun has adopted a grungier edge for fall. “Buns should be knotted rather than twisted this season,” notes King – see Roksanda and Chanel’s runways for proof. “Part the pony into two sections and literally tie them together into a knot, pin into place and let the ends feather out,” he adds. The style works on all hair textures and lengths, but a mousse will add the required grip and hold to finer hair, while Bumble and Bumble’s Sumotech will help add definition to splayed ends.

Chanel FW18
Fendi FW18

The new wet look

Few hairstyles polarize opinions quite like the wet look, but this season’s update feels instantly more wearable. Rather than grease-sodden strands, take your cue from Dries Van Noten and Fendi, where hair was simply coated in a layer of subtly reflective gloss – a far more practical companion to a silk slip dress. The idea is to make hair look healthy and hydrated, not drenched in product, so avoid crunchy gel and instead look for nourishing oil or cream formulas like R+Co Waterfall Moisture + Shine Lotion, which will add shine without stiffness when combed through dry hair.

Light touches

From Tory Burch to Etro, hair plucked from a pre-Raphaelite painting was high on the beauty agenda this season – think frothy, fluffy halos of hair with light and airy lengths. On straight hair, a salt spray will encourage flyaways and build texture; on curly, wavy or Afro hair, King suggests “pulling a wide-tooth brush through hair to add a soft fluffiness”. The perfect finishing touch? “After gently shaking out the hair, spray a little volumizing mist onto fingers and massage into the roots for a worn-in feel,” recommends Reed.

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