Why Having a Lob is Like Having a Mocktail
We needed the inside scoop on the upcoming hair trends for 2017, so who better to seek expert tips from than world-renowned hair stylist, Kevin Murphy. In his own words, Kevin shares with us what to expect for the upcoming season, what upcoming trend best suits each face shape, and why rocking the shoulder-sweeping lob is a thing of the past in 2017.
What we have right now is the year of the lob. What's happened is girls who opted for a bob haircut have let it grow mid-length, and girls who've always worn their hair longer have safely cut their hair mid-length, so everybody has ended up with the same thing. In 2017 you're going to see a lot more distinct, bold cuts. Not everybody can work a lob, and the concept is a little tired — I see it as chickening out, It's like having a mocktail.
Next year, we're seeing a much smaller silhouette with hair. Clothing has changed so much; necklines have gotten higher, waistlines have gotten higher, and long romantic curls don't really go with today's fashion anymore. Hair needs to be geometric; it's all about the cut and the fringe, and instead of having bigger hair, having something closer to the head, creating a smaller silhouette.
Makeup is also a lot bigger this season, so pairing that with big hair makes you almost too big of a person. You need to pull it back somewhere, and this season, it's with hair.
In 2017 we're going shorter. We've exhausted the long hair, and we've had the bra-length style for a very long time. The brave move this year is to cut your hair. I'm also seeing shorter and shorter fringes, they're fresh now, they make long hair look cool; it's a great way to add a shape and change your look while keeping your length.
Next year's cuts are more layered, rather than cut straight across. There's a bit of a '70s influence, and a lot of shortness and curl around the front of the hair, which we haven't had in a long time. It's party hair, it's aspirational.