As we head towards London Fashion Week , we look forward with great anticipation gaining insight into the fashion, beauty and hair trends that we will most likely be wearing this autumn/winter. But in the meantime we’ve rounded up some of the top Afro hairstylists and asked them what hair trends they predict will dominate not only the runways, but the salons, streets and red carpets for the duration of 2018.
Michelle Thompson – award-winning hairstylist for The Francesco Group
When it comes to afro hair in 2018 it’s all about adaptation. Bobs will be replaced by Lobs, colour contouring will override bayalage, and midis that were sleek and straight will have more bounce and movement. This is the year of embracing texture, so styles will become less structured and more about sporting natural curl patterns. Think beautifully defined teeny-weeny afros (aka TWAs) and voluminous curls that sit above the shoulder. To preserve and protect the curl, go-to protective styles like Ghana braids and canerows will be a big hit in the summer months.
5ive – award-winning director of Hype Coiffure, Battersea
With 2018 in full swing, you’re probably thinking about a new hairstyle or to refresh your look. So here’s a couple of trends forecasted for this year. I think we’ll see more natural hairstyles as more people explore their own natural hair journey, embracing their curls. Protective styles, like crochet weave and jumbo braids will still be popular, especially when they’re jazzed up with accessories, such as coloured string, and hair jewellery
Charlotte Mensah – British Hairdressing Awards Afro Hairstylist of The Year
I think you will see more revival and retro styles using all types of techniques and method to achieve textured hair, for example setting hair on perm rods and Bantu knot sets.
Lorraine Dublin – co-owner of My Hair Bar, London
This year I foresee the trend for colour continuing to rise. Our customers are more up for being experimental and are requesting brighly coloured highlights such as reds and purples, and also opting for more than one colour at a time. We will also see a rise in these bright, bold colours worn in natural hairstyles like loose Afros and updo puffs.
Charity @ Ebony Hair Services
Braids have never gone out of style for us as black women. They remain a go-to style due to their versatility and utilitarian function as a protective style. However, different braid installations are all the rage.For 2018 demand for crochet braids continue to increase. This has to be expected because crochet braids are so easy and quick to install compared to traditional methods of braid extensions.