9 Trendy Hairstyles for Women That Are Chic & Flattering

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Nothing lasts forever, especially when it comes to hair styles. What was popular a few years ago is unlikely to be at the forefront of fashion today. This is actually a good thing, as it allows us to test out new and exciting looks year after year. To stay on top of the latest trends, ask your hairstylist about one of these unforgettable creations.

Super Straight and Sleek

If you haven't pulled out your hair straightener in a while, it might be time to make a change. One dramatic (yet simple) style is pin straight and polished. It has been seen on models like Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid. To achieve it, start by asking your hairdresser to blunt cut the ends of your hair and keep layers to a minimum.

According to a Harper's Bazaar article on trends, the key to creating this look successfully is to make sure the hair is healthy. To get the look, start with a heat protectant, then part down the center. Straighten the hair until it is completely straight. Then add on a shine spray. This on trend look is ideal for people with lots of length - and works with both thick and thin hair types.

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Perfectly Undone Braids

Another trend to watch out for is the braid. There are tons of different versions but the hottest one right now is romantic, messy, and undone. Actresses like Emily Ratajkowski and Margot Robbie have rocked this trendy braided style. To create it yourself, focus on keeping things relaxed and unfinished (like in this Messy French Braid tutorial).

Remember, it doesn't have to be perfect. In fact, imperfections will actually make your hair look better! Untucked pieces and looser sections give this style a modern twist. An Elle article calls this a braid update - and recommends applying oil before styling for a glossy finish. Anyone with medium to long length can turn this trend into a reality, whether there are lots of layers or it is an all one length cut.

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Curls, Waves, and Natural Texture

Who says your hair has to be overly styled to look good? One of the most exciting hair trends has a natural finish. The whole idea is to highlight your gorgeous texture (whether there is a bit of a wave, lots of curls, or plenty of volume) by making it appear relaxed but polished. Stars like Kerry Washington and Lupita Nyong'o are just a couple of A-list examples of the natural hair trend.

To try a cool hair trend like this, talk to your hairstylist before you get that next cut. Discuss your natural texture and the products you use. From there, they can come up with a cut that works with or without styling. This laid-back (but totally beautiful) trend works with short, medium, and long lengths.

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Brigitte Bardot Bangs

You may have noticed a ton of celebrities wearing a particular style of bangs. Think of stars like Mandy Moore, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Goldie Hawn. Yes, the Brigitte Bardot bang is back. It is characterized by a wispy, flared style, which gives it a bold yet casual appearance. According to New Beauty, these are best worn with lots of layers.

To get the look, ask your hairstylist for long bangs and layered pieces around the face. The length of the actual bang is up to you, but consider what works for your face shape. Though this can be incorporated into any existing hairstyle (and work with any hair length) it is especially striking on people with short to medium length.

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90s-Inspired Blunt Bob

To give your hair a trendy refresher, think about a mid-length cut. This is without a doubt one of the biggest hair trends of the moment, thanks to celebrities like Rihanna and Selena Gomez. A Fashionista article on the blunt bob explains the difference between this version of the bob and previous versions. Rather than the soft "lob" that has been around for the last several years, this bob haircut is shorter, blunt cut, and has a definite 90s feel to it!

Whether it is worn straight or with lots of curls, the key is to make sure your cut is flawless. Ask for a blunt cut - with or without bangs - that is super sharp. There should be no layers or inverted shapes. This look works well on thick and thin hair types, but if you do have fine hair, consider try adding on a thickening spray (like the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Lemon Sage Thickening Spray) to prevent your style from looking limp or lifeless.

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Ultra Deep Side Part

Few styles are as bold and dramatic as a deep side part. It has been seen all over the red carpet lately because of stars like Beyonce, Jessica Alba, and Scarlett Johansson. While versions of the side part have popped up over the years, this particular style takes it one step further. It instantly gives your hairstyle a chic and sophisticated polish.

Anyone can add a deeper part to their existing haircut, however, it looks incredible when paired with short hair styles. If you are willing to take the plunge, lose some length, and let your bangs do the talking! To find out how to style this quickly and easily, take a look at the InStyle video on flattering deep side parts.

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Popular Hair Color Trends

Hair trends do not begin and end with cuts and styles. Color is another great way to add vibrancy to your look this season. Thankfully, there are different ways to go about it.

Some of the most exciting and popular looks include:

  • Bronde (a combination of both brown and blonde, that gives off an effortless, sun-kissed vibe)
  • Pastel or "ice cream" colored hair (these shades can be incorporated through highlights or full color)
  • Grombe (an ombre effect that incorporates shades of gray)

Choose one and let loose with your style.

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Current Trendy Hair Styles for Older Women

While trends can be a lot of fun to play around with, they aren't ideal for all age groups. For instance, mermaid-inspired hair tends to be worn by a younger crowd. Not to worry. There are plenty of on trend styles for a more mature audience. A couple of examples include:

  • Platinum blonde pixie cut with dark roots. One great idea for people who are a little older is a bold pixie cut. They tend to be easier to style but still have a fun and playful finish. Ask your stylist to add in lots of choppy layers so there is plenty of texture to work with. To keep this totally on trend, consider letting your roots show. According to Schwarzkoph, combining noticeably darker roots with blonde hair creates the ultimate two-toned style.
    Platinum blonde pixie cut
  • Textured and imperfect bob. When it comes to hair, perfection is dull. No wonder Redbook lists the imperfect bob as one of the hottest hair trends of the moment. It has lots of texture, is a little undone, and looks super piecey. This is a great look for any age (but especially more mature women) because it adds sharpness to the face. To get the look, straighten your hair and flip the ends out to create that perfectly imperfect look.
    Textured and imperfect bob

These are just a couple of ideas, but trendy elements can be incorporated into any and all hairstyles. While certain styles may be geared towards a specific audience, they can be modified to work for absolutely everyone. After all, style is ageless.

Men Also Have Trendy Hair Choices

While many hair trends are focused on women, men can also incorporate trendy elements into their style. Whether you have a shaved head, short, medium, or long hair, there are options. It just comes down to selecting the right one for your personality.

According to Men's Hairstyle Trends, some popular looks include:

  • A mid-fade (longer on top with a faded effect down the sides)
  • Slicked back waves (texture is on trend for both guys and girls)
  • The Caesar (a classic cut with short, straight bangs)

If you aren't sure which hair style will look best on you, talk to your stylist. He or she can suggest a look that is both flattering and at the forefront of fashion.

Try Out a Trendy Style

Trends have always been around. Just think back to styles of decades past, like the feathered hair that was worn in the 70s, the massive curls of the 80s, the iconic "Rachel" haircut that Jennifer Aniston made popular in the 90s, and the party-girl looks of the 00's. These days, inspiration comes from many different sources.

It doesn't matter if a fresh style is debuted on the red carpet, posted on Instagram, or is part of the hottest new runway collection. Trend lovers are always desperate to re-create it, and few things are as exciting as a fresh new look. The right cut and style can instantly make you feel more confident, so consider your options and book an appointment with your hairstylist. With one of these trendy hair styles, you will be unstoppable.

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