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30 Women's Hairstyles to Ditch This Year

Perms

What's the deal with poodle perms? The tightly, wrapped ringlets look unbecoming (we're reminded of a Chia Pet) and can cause damage to your hair. After a poodle perm, your hair is weaker, dull, and dried out.

It’s no longer 1985, which means it’s officially time to say goodbye to perms. They’re never a good idea so avoid them at all costs.

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"The Rachel"

“The Rachel” was one of the most iconic haircuts of the 90s, and a few celebs attempted to bring it back this year. Unfortunately, this cut represents the worst trends in 90s hair. Let’s stick to chokers and denim jackets next year.

Because this Friends-inspired haircut is no longer trendy, it’s time to ditch it and find another TV character to inspire our new beauty and hair trends.

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Crimped Hair

Crimped hair didn't even look good in the '90s. No adult should be caught dead in this trend that cropped up during the same decade as butterfly pins. Not to mention, crimping irons can damage your hair quite a bit. 

Heat can majorly damage your hair—so if you’re going to put heat on it, let it be the heat of a hairdryer, straighter, or curler—not a crimper.

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Slicked-Back Bobs

Bobs and lobs were the two biggest haircuts last year, and we love them….mostly! The only problem is the slicked-back bob. This style tends to look dated, greasy, and uptight. Let your bob roam free next year!

Keeping your bob loose and unruly will majorly update your look. It’s the playful version of the slicked-back bob.

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Dark Roots

Instead of trying to cover roots up, more women started embracing them. This style is low-maintenance, but it has the major downside of making you look like you’re too lazy to hit the salon. Roots will never be attractive, period. 

If you’re needing to hide your dark roots but don’t have time to go to the salon for a full dye, try using a root powder to keep your roots in check.

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Frizzy Waves

Waves have had a big year, which we love! The accompanying frizzy trend, however, has got to go! There’s nothing wrong with low-maintenance hair, but some curl cream and argan oil can be a simple solution this coming year!

Once you calm down the frizz, you can embrace your new and improved hair. It will be softer, sleeker, and easier to manage.

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Modern Bouffants

Modern twists on the classic bouffant style look absolutely amazing, no doubt. But the time and effort it takes to achieve such a look just aren’t worth the work. Make this the year of hassle-free hair!

The bouffant really is a more formal hairdo. It’s best to leave it to the professionals.

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Voluminous Buns

A bun is a great “bad hair day” style, but one of the biggest bun trends from last year is far from chic. Some people have taken the bun a little further by adding a ridiculous amount of volume, which makes it look like they have a small animal on their head.

As we say goodbye to volumized buns, we say hello to pretty, delicate ballet buns. These are smaller buns that are worn near the nape of the neck.

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Super Long Locks

There's a point that you have to cut your hair. Long hair is heavy and difficult to keep clean. Plus, there's a certain point where it goes from looking beautiful to reminding people of the crazy cat lady. 

Try a shorter, bouncier haircut instead. Not only will your hair feel healthier, but it will also look healthier.

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Top Knots

Women who pile their hair on top of their heads know that hair doesn’t actually contribute to their height, right? Perhaps not. This style can make you feel a little taller, but the trade-off of looking like you’re from Whoville isn’t worth it. 

Instead of wearing your hair in a tight top knot, try pulling your hair back into a loose, low ponytail. It will cause less stress on your hair.

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High Ponytails

Along the worst ponytails are the high, top ponytails. First, we don't really get how it doesn't just hang in your face. Second, it doesn't look good on many people. Finally, it pulls your hair pretty tight which could cause damage. 

That being said, it’s time to let your hair down—literally. Don’t let that high ponytail damage your hair.

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Tight Braids

This entry is on the list because it's just bad for your hair! Even if it looks good, tight braids can lead to breakage and thinning. If you want to braid your hair, it's best to go with a loose braid.

Loose three-strand braids, french braids, fishtail braids, and waterfall braids are all trendy alternatives to tight braids.

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Repetitive Ponytails

We don't hate ponytails. The issue is when you wear the same slick, pulled back ponytail every day. It's convenient, sure, but it can lead to serious damage. It pulls at your hair and can hurt the hair follicle. Over time, you may notice thinning and split ends. 

Don’t get us wrong, ponytails are fine every now and then, but try to wear your hair down the majority of the time. It’s so much better for your locks.

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Neon Streaks

If you wanted a bold pop of color without dyeing your whole head, you probably went for neon streaks. While this style looks right at home at Lollapalooza, it doesn’t work out quite as well in the real world. 

So, just don’t. If you’re a fan of bold hues, reinvent your wardrobe, not your hairstyle. Keep your hair neutral for your own sake—and for the sake of others.

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Half Up, Half Down

The half bun became a popular look for fashion bloggers. Of course, it looks fine on those with thick, voluminous hair. Unfortunately, if you have thin, stringy hair, this style is a disaster waiting to happen. 

Just know that this hairstyle was merely a trend, not an iconic hairstyle to mimic for years to come.

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Pink-Copper Hues

Bright pink copper hair has popped up on our Instagram feeds a couple times, but this color choice tends to look like rose gold’s ugly stepsister. If rose gold is classy and sophisticated, pink copper is tasteless and tacky. Stick with the former this year!

We still aren’t even sure why this was a trendy hairstyle in the first place. Stick with a more traditional hair color this year—you’ll thank us later.

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Asymmetrical Haircuts

Asymmetrical haircuts once looked good -- once. They no longer look that great because they look like the stylist attacked your hair with scissors and you lost badly. 

Instead of getting an asymmetrical haircut and looking like a ‘90s punk rocker, only allow your stylist to cut your hair bluntly or into layers.

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Micro-Bangs

Super-short bangs made a comeback this year, but we hope this trend will fall out of favor this year. It’s not a particularly flattering look for most people, so don't be afraid to give it a hard pass. But you don't have to go with crazy-long bangs either, though. It's all about striking a good balance. 

Let your go-to stylist help you find the perfect length. They’ll make sure your bangs are neither too short nor too long.

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Buzz Cuts

Buzz cuts may feel cool and wonderful in the summer, but they will leave your head freezing in the winter! Cut the fuss and stick with a look that works year round. 

Unless you’re one of the very few women who can pull off this buzzed haircut, play it safe and try a short pixie cut first.

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Eye-Skimming Bangs

We’re not really sure how eye-skimming bangs made their way back into mainstream culture, but it’s time for them to go! Everyone knows how uncomfortable it is to have the tips of your bangs getting in your eyes. Plus, you can’t show off your killer brows!

If you want to try longer bangs, experiment with curtain bangs. They typically part down the middle and are swept over both sides of your face.

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Wet Hair

The wet hair trend had a big moment last year, but more and more, people are starting to realize that it looks more sloppy than chic. Let’s make a deal: choose whatever hairstyle you want as long as it’s dry, okay?

The time you’ll save by styling your hair without water or hair products will change your life.

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Rainbow Hues

Over the last few years, many celebrities have dyed their hair an unusual color. While we understand that shades of blonde, brown, and red can get boring, definitely think before committing to a bold new hue. 

You may love the look of Kylie Jenner, Katy Perry, or Bella Thorne's locks, but looking to the rainbow for inspiration isn't always the best option.

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Glittery Hair

Why was this ever a trend? Glitter in your hair looks childish and makes us think about children who got into the art supplies. Not to mention, the glue required to make the glitter stick is nearly impossible to get out. 

If you’re wanting to add a little sparkle, invest in a pack of studded barrettes. Between pearls, rhinestones, and tortoiseshell, there are numerous hair accessory options.

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Pompadours

We love a good pompadour. In fact, it's a great way to make your hair look more voluminous. That being said, let's stop with this oversized pompadour look. They phased out for a reason, and there's absolutely no reason to bring them back. It just doesn't look good on anyone. 

Flatter, more subdued hairstyles are becoming trendy. They’re way more flattering and feasible.

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Space Buns

Khloe Kardashian popularized space buns, and they did look kind of cute in her Instagram post. Yet, in real life, space buns tend to look immature. So, please don’t try rocking this style to your next business meeting. 

They’re not professional and definitely should not be worn on a regular basis. They’re only acceptable for themed parties and events.

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Bowl Cuts

Somehow bowl cuts came back, and we're honestly baffled by it. Bowl cuts didn't look good when they first popped up, but women decided that it was worth bringing back. It only gets worse if you pair it with super short bangs. 

Our advice to you is this—just don’t. Bowl cuts will never be a good idea. Choose a haircut that is universally flattering.

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Long in the Front, Short in the Back

Thanks to internet memes, this will forever be known as the “I want to speak to a manager” haircut. But even if you ignore its bad reputation, this style doesn’t look fresh or modern at all. 

It’s a super outdated cut that should be left in the early 2000s. If you want to rock a pixie cut, make sure your bangs are shorter than your cut.

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Undershaves

At one time, the undershave looked cool and punk rock. But at this point, so many stars, celebrities, and everyday people have sported it that it’s begun to lose its edge. 

There are plenty of other bold hairstyles to try before majorly transforming your hair. Don’t shave any part of your head without talking to a stylist first.

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Mullets

Past, present, or future--there is never a good year to be rocking a mullet.

That being said, avoid them at all costs. And if a family member or friend even mentions the possibility of the mullet, set them straight immediately.

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Dyed Greys

There’s nothing wrong with going grey, but dyeing your hair that color just seems like a waste. Be patient and mother nature will do the work for you. 

An alternative to the dyed grey trend is to dye your hair a light, blond hue. It’s fresh, fun, and way easier to maintain.

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