Crimped hair didn't even look good in the '90s, so what makes us think it'll work out for us now? No adult should be caught dead in this trend when it cropped up during the same decade as butterfly pins. We'll allow teenagers to dominate the crimping-iron market once they figure out that they can style their hair with hot tools, but that's it. 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. We all know that whenever you use heat, some sort of heat protection spray should be used beforehand. There are some modernized hairstyles that implement crimping in a way that isn't utterly horrific, like Kim Kardashian's stylist. But for us normies, lets stick to our curling irons for now.
Waves have had a big year, which we love! The bigger, the better, right? Unfortunately, the trend is accompanied by one that's not quite as pleasing to look at... frizz. The frizzy trend has got to go! Isn't there an entire market of anti-frizz spray and similar products to avoid this disastrous look? 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. Going frizz-free is easier said than done, and curly-hair girls everywhere are probably rolling their eyes at us. Even those with pin-straight hair deal with frizz during those uncomfortably humid summers. A combination of sulfate-free shampoo, hair moistuizer, and oil infused cream can make your curls bouncy without the baby hairs floundering around.
Remember when the red carpet was dominated with the same Kardashian-chic top knots? Oh, wait, that's still happening today! Originality really is dead. 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 when the trade-off looks like you’re a citizen from Whoville, is it really worth it?
And let's not forget how painful these tight hairstyles can be. Some are so uncomfortable that they trigger terrible headaches! Instead of wearing your hair in a tight top knot, try pulling your hair back into a loose, low ponytail, especially if you're prone to migranes. It will cause less stress on your hair and keep your hair out of your face for the day.
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 classy and sophisticated this year! Not to mention the terrible shadow roots that clash with the color.
We still aren’t even sure why this was a trendy hairstyle in the first place. No shade against those who love pink, but there are so many types and colors of dye that complement various skin tones. Even better, stick with a more traditional hair color this year—you’ll thank us later.
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. Having the cats is A-okay; the more cats, the better! But when there's a ton of cats and you have crazy hair, that's when things gets weird.
Try a shorter, bouncier haircut instead. Not only will your hair feel healthier, but it will also look healthier. But like getting rid of frizz, just chopping of years worth of growth isn't as simple as it sounds. When you take care of your hair for so long, it becomes a sort of crutch for your personality. The emotional attachment is difficult to break, but there's a reason why people love to chop some bangs after a break up. Change is liberating!
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. There's some wiggle room if you have a natural dye coloring your hair, but if you head is a disco ball and some dark brown roots are growing in, that needs to be addressed ASAP, whether with some bleach or scissors.
Okay, scissors might be a little dramatic, but that shows how serious we are about this. 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. Even powder makeup can serve as a quick fix for a picture or trip outside for the day.
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! Anything that uses an ungodly amoung of hairspray, more bobby pins than should be legal, and teasing your hair on the verge of permanent damage can never be considered "hassle free."
The bouffant really is a more formal hairdo, so it’s best to leave it to the professionals. If you have the time for it, go ahead, but in the name of all things holy, keep it modern and subdued. When the fake bump on the back of your head resembles a swollen basketball, no matter how "well" it's done, you're not going to be taken seriously.
“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. Everyone regretted it and continues to regret it. We can acknowledge that something's iconic but not bring it back, like belly button rings. Can't we stick to chokers and denim jackets this year?
If you're desparate for some layers, ask you hair stylist what the best cut for your face shape and dye for your skin tone. Taking inspiration from celebrities or fictional characters is fine, great even! Unfortunately, the concept "one size fits all" is an egregious lie. 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.
Refer back to our comments on the bouffant and keep those in mind. Don't get us wrong, 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 honestly doesn't look that good on anyone.
Flatter, more subdued hairstyles are becoming trendy, including the chic bob. They’re way more flattering, feasible, and fun.You know it's a good style when it can be described with alliteration. English lesson aside, taller hairstyles might give you some height, but it draws attention away from your face, which usually gives an undesirable effect and can even be overwhelming to the eye. Leave the towering bouffants and pompadours for the red carpet.
Along the worst ponytails are the high, top ponytails. First, we don't really get how it doesn't just hang in your face. Why not just cut some bangs? Second, it doesn't look good on many people for the same reasons as the bouffant and pompadour phenomena. Finally, it pulls your hair pretty tight which could cause damage. Hair loss is already a natural consequence of aging; better to avoid exacerbating things while you're young!
That being said, it’s time to let your hair down—literally. Don’t let that high ponytail damage your hair, obstruct your vision, or distract people from your beautiful, shining face. The eyes are the window to the soul, but high ponytails are the shutters blocking entry. Not a perfect metaphor, but you get the point.
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 only time it makes sense is at the pool. Or the beach. Or the lake. You know, water-related activities.
The time you’ll save by styling your hair without water or heavy hair products will change your life. The occassional bad hair day will crop up and you'll show up to work with a dripping messy bun. It happens. But the intentional slicking of strands to make you look like you just finished showering in the girls locker room after varsity volleyball practice isn't a "look."
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. We're not criticizing those with natural curls because that's an entirely different matter. They were born with it so they can rock it well.
Remember that it’s not 1985 anymore (thank goodness), which means it’s officially time to say goodbye to perms. They’re not a good idea so avoid them at all costs, no matter what those "hair experts" on Facebook say about the top trends of the season. Your hair will be so damaged afterward, and for what? Some mediocre curls that don't fit your face shape? Too bad you can't return it...
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 looks like the countermovement to the "business in the front, party in the back" mantra for the infamous country-boy mullet. Neither party is very successful, to say the least.
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 the rest of the cut. They can be super cute and flattering, especially for those with heart shaped and round faces. Plus, the "bangs" on this asymmetrical cut isn't practical at all for busy mornings. The layers have to be cut just right and styled with expensive products to look "right."
This entry is on the list because it's just bad for your hair! Even if it looks good, super tight braids can lead to breakage and thinning if you don't have a specific hair type to support the close-knit weaving. If you want to braid your hair and it's pretty thin, it's best to go with a loose braid. Loose braids are quick and generally more simple than the ones you see on Instagram or wrapped around the heads of celebrities.
Loose three-strand braids, french braids, fishtail braids, and waterfall braids are all trendy alternatives to tight braids. We've already been over how tight hairstyles can cause headaches and breakage, but we want to reiterate just how much long-term damage can occur from improper hairstyles. Always do the proper research before attempting hairstyles that are out of the ordinary. When in doubt, go to the stylist and get their expertise on the situation.
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. How many times do we have to say this? It pulls at your hair and can hurt the hair follicle and, over time, you may notice thinning, breakage, 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. It'll prevent the annoying breakage that forces you to spend more money on repairing hair products, extentsion, oil, and even wigs. Your personality shouldn't be tied directly to one hairstyle or you'll be a static character from cartoons come to life.
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. We love originality and pops of color, but there's a time and place for everything. If your industry is makeup, hair, artistic pursuit, et cetera, then do what you want. But for the rest of us, the privilege of multicolored hair isn't available.
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 your wallet. Not only is it expensive, but the upkeep is nearly constant. Think of your roots and you'll decide that a full head of rainbow color just isn't worth the blood, sweat, or inevitable tears.
Half Up, Half Down
The half bun became a popular look for fashion bloggers and most other social media natives. Of course, it looks fine on those with a thick, voluminous hair type. Unfortunately, when you have thin, stringy hair, this style is a disaster waiting to happen. Not only will it expose the thin spots around the hairline and around the crown, but it's so overdone in the media that it's almost a non-hairstyle at this point.
Just know that this hairstyle was merely a trend, not an iconic hairstyle to mimic for years to come. It's already been mimicked 200 times over. It rarely looks good without a ton of product to make it textured, shiny, anti-frizz, curly but not too curly, voluminous... need we go on? Rolling out of bed and plopping half of your hair up in a bun doesn't do the trick.
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. With the rise of middle parts into mainstream trends thanks to Gen Z, symmetry is reigning supreme. Everyone says that symmetrical faces look more beautiful, so why did we think asymmetrical hair would work out?
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. Focusing on the face is a new standard for beauty, working in tandem with fashion trends like dressing in monochrome colors. Draw attention to the eyes with mascara and eyeshadow, tame your hair with some spray, and you're good to go.
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. When bangs are close to grazing your widow's peak, stop and think about what you're doing. Honestly ask yourself if you look like a trendy model or a kid who found the scissors again... We think you know the answer.
Buzz cuts may feel cool and wonderful in the summer, but they will leave your head freezing in the winter! You'll cover it up with a beanie all season, so what's even the point? Cut the fuss and stick with a look that works year round. Otherwise, you'll have a hard time forgiving yourself.
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. "Go big or go home" can be motivational to those who're scared of making a change, but life is all about balance, right? So don't take it too far by chopping two feet of growth in one go. That experience can be way more traumatizing than you may expect.
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. Soon you'll get friends telling you, "I didn't know you had a hamster!"
As we say goodbye to volumized buns chock-full of bobby pins and hairspray, we say hello to pretty, delicate ballet buns. These are smaller buns that are worn near the nape of the neck and don't distract from the rest of your meticulously planned-out outfit. Style with some light texturizing spray and some cute wispy bangs for a chic, modern look.
We’re not really sure how eye-skimming bangs made their way back into mainstream culture, but it’s time for them to go! How is that comfortable, or even safe? 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! Brows frame the face to (you guessed it) draw attention to your eyes and make you appear more beautiful.
Hiding your eyebrows defeats their purpose if your bangs aren't flattering enough to take up the job of the 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. Talk about good framing! And don't get us started on choppy, uneven bangs like Zendaya's in this picture. What about that is chic?
Past, present, or future--there is never a good year to be rocking a mullet. So-called modern mullets are just repurposed '70s shag cuts with a slight mullet twist. That's not a true country mullet, which proves that the OG mullet isn't worthy of coming back in it's purest form (if we can call such a cursed haircut "pure").
That being said, you obviously should avoid them at all costs. And if a family member or friend even mentions the possibility of getting the mullet or recommending one, set them straight immediately. It's not their fault that they were caught in the grasp of curiosity, but they're still responsible for the damage their blasphemous words can cause.
Bobs and lobs were the two biggest haircuts last year, and we love them… mostly! Pretty much our only qualm is with the slicked-back bob. This style tends to look dated, greasy, and uptight. Plus, it calls us back to the "wet look" trend that Kim K. unfortunately made mainstream fasthion. 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, takes significantly less time to style, and is on trend for the upcoming seasons. Middle parts and texturized looks are at the top of the haircut leaderboards, which are perfeclty achievable with the right bob. Do some quick research on what kind of short cut will complement your face shape, and you're set!
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. Like we've said time and time again, do your research or suffer the consequences. Mis-matched hair colors that don't meld with your skin tone, root color, hair cut, or makeup preferences is a recipe for a trip back to the salon to fix the mess you've made.
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. Celebrities have access to the best stylists in the world and usually opt for temporary wigs instead of actually dyeing their locks. They don't wanna risk the damage and they have the funds to avoid it. Unfortunately, that's not a common reality.
Remember the monstrosity that was the "glitter beards" trend that took over social media around Christmas time a few years back? Why is the combination of glitter and hair ever a trend? Glitter in your hair looks childish and makes us think about kids 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. Gold accessories are perfect for summer, and neutral pearls for the colder months. If you're still intrigued by glitter, get some sparkly eyeshadow. Be careful! If you drop a pack of glitter on the floor, that stuff ain't ever going away.
Khloe Kardashian and Miley Cyrus popularized space buns (most likely inspired by afro puffs), and they did look kind of cute in their Instagram posts and on tour, but the look doesn't quite fit their hair types. Also, in real life, space buns tend to look immature on thin hair or unmaintained hair. So, please don’t try rocking this style to your next business meeting unless you know what you're doing.
They’re usually not professional and definitely should not be worn on a regular basis. They’re only acceptable for themed parties and events if you're dressed like an alien or Princess Leia from Star Wars. All we're saying is to check your privilege. If you don't have the hair to rock it, better not try to cop it.
Somehow bowl cuts came back, and we're honestly baffled by it. Just like mullets, bowl cuts didn't look good when they first popped up, but someone decided that it was worth bringing back. It only gets worse if you pair it with super short bangs, and you already know what we think about those...
Our advice to you is this—just don’t. Bowl cuts will never be a good idea. Choose a haircut that is universally flattering. They've been the butt of jokes for years — decades, even. This isn't an underdog moment that finally gets it's time in the spotlight. Sorry, not sorry, but there's not one face shape that can maintain this hairstyle past the one-time photoshoot.
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. Rihanna and Miley Cyrus made the style a wildfire phenomenon, but think about how painful that growing-out process will be. The "awkward stage" is very real and shouldn't be challenged because it can always get worse.
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 (obviously) unless you want to suffer a terrible Britney 2007 moment. But Britney actually didn't look that bad. Us? Better to not tempt fate...
There’s nothing wrong with going grey. In fact, we have plenty of advice and encouragement to offer for those wanting to make the transition as smooth as possible. But dyeing your hair that color just seems like a waste. What's the point? Be patient and mother nature will do the work for you. So many colors to choose from... and you picked grey? Uhm, okay?
An alternative to the dyed grey trend is to dye your hair a light blonde hue. It’s fresh, fun, and way easier to maintain. Also, time spent out in the sun will naturally lighten your locks, so upkeep will primarily focus on the roots. Needless to say, the going-grey trend among Millennials was a weirdly distasteful fad that most of us probably scoff at now.