It's Official: Stylists Say These Will Be the Best Short Haircuts for 2018
While long, flowing strands used to dominate the A-list, it can't be ignored that more and more of our favourite celebrities have been venturing to the short side and dishing up some serious hair inspo along the way. After all, who needs real length when we can opt for a luxurious set of extensions if we're craving a longer look? Going shorter might be intimidating if you're used to a longer mane, but there's also something undeniably chic about the look, as it immediately highlights striking features and bone structure.
Therefore, it's really no surprise that the majority of Hollywood is shedding layers in favour of short, chic cuts. Versatility! Edginess! Effortless maintenance! Truly, what could be dreamier? That being said, we know, you know, and stylists know that not all short haircuts are cut from the same cloth. So we were curious: What will the trends be for short haircuts in 2018? And further, which celebrities should we look to for the ultimate hair inspiration? We tapped some of the best stylists in the business to give us their two cents on the matter. And obviously, we took notes and found the stunning photos you can screenshot for your stylist. Keep reading for seven of the best haircuts stylists are loving for 2018.
In the eyes of celebrity hairstylist Cervando Maldonado (who caters to such hair-blessed beauties as Reese Witherspoon, Felicity Jones, and Lily Aldridge), Debbie Harry was most definitely onto something back in 1980. Fast-track nearly 40 years later? Maldonado predicts her iconic androgynous bob will be one of the best ways to work short hair in 2018. Topmost requirements: fringe, polished shag, and chin-grazing length. Nina Dobrev epitomises the look.
According to celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan, who regularly works with the Kardashian-Jenner family, Ashley Graham, and Olivia Culpo, pairing bangs with bobs will be a noteworthy short haircut trend for the year of 2018. And for this fresh combo, the sleeker the better. So what are the benefits? According to Marjan, this haircut is completely adaptable depending on your style, features, and face shape.
"For every kind of haircut, there will always be different variations depending on your hair type and face shape. If you are opting for fringe, I suggest blow-drying it forward right out of the shower to avoid any cowlicks in the front." (Ed. note: As someone who just got bangs myself, I can't emphasize how important this step is.)
"To finish, I recommend using the Ghd Air Professional Performance Hairdryer ($199) and the R+Co Round Brush ($85) to direct the hair toward the face, and then finish with the cool setting on the dryer," says Marjan.
If you're contemplating a short haircut for 2018 and have a round face shape like triple threat Dove Cameron (another one of Marjan's stunning muses), a blunt cut that hits around the jawline (per Zendaya, above) may be unflattering. On the other hand, a longer variation grazing the collarbone sans the fringe can be a beautiful alternative. (Kim Kardashian West has been wearing a similar look.)
"For super-blunt cuts, I recommend accentuating the tips of your strands by running a flat iron just over the ends for a polished and refined finish," Marjan explains. For an added dose of shine, she recommends Ouai Hair Oil ($43).
In addition to chin-length bobs (seriously, noticing a theme here?), Matrix celebrity stylist Nick Stenson predicts short cropped textured styles (à la Maria Borges) will be one of the most flattering short haircuts to have on our radar this year.
And according to Stenson, the beauty of Borges's signature haircut is how universally flattering it is for almost every face shape. His must-have tip for styling the chic cut: "build in lots and lots of product." He favors the Matrix Style Link Mineral Airy Builder Dry Texture Foam ($24) to lock in natural curl and maximum hold.
It's official: The haircut triple threat of 2018 seems to involve all the following: cropped, shoulder-and-above length, bangs, and sultry layers that encourage body and movement. When we quizzed her on the biggest haircut trends for 2018, Marjan quickly called to mind Elsa Hosk's fresh, new look, and fellow celebrity stylists seem to agree.
According to celebrity hairstylist Laura Polko, the most popular length for 2018 will fall right around the shoulders and will be worn shiny, straight, and with a little movement at the ends.
Maldonado also agrees on the trend: "I feel since we are seeing so many super-blunt bobs and lobs that are strictly one length, one of the trends this year will be to incorporate face-framing bangs and maybe a subtle hint of layers around the front. This will lend a fresher take for 2018."
If you've been debating a drastic cut (or simply want to take your lob a tad shorter), 2018 may just be your year to shine, According to Marjan, we'll be seeing lots of chin-grazing bobs (like model Jourdan Dunn's shown here) on the red carpet and out on the town.
And while bangs will inarguably be huge for 2018, they're by no means required for a new signature short hair look. To keep the look modern sans fringe, Marjan suggests incorporating all the bend and texture with chin-length strands. Her expert styling suggestion: Reach for a flat iron like Ghd's Platinum Professional Performance Styler, $315, to enhance strands with imperfect waves, and try taking your part a tad off-center. (It's one of those minuscule moves that makes all the difference in the world.)
Finally, if you're looking to embrace your natural texture and curl but don't want to verge quite as short as Borges, Stenson recommends looking to Lupita Nyong'o for the best of-the-moment cut inspiration. While still a relatively close crop, more volume enhances versatility. Especially if you build the volume up (versus out) like Nyong'o