Though some may say that fashion is cyclical and that everything comes back around eventually, there's no denying that hairstyles today are vastly different than they were even just a decade ago. From sleek and straight to big and bouncy, today's hottest hairstyles are all about texture, volume, and movement. Here are 5 of the most popular looks, along with the products you'll need to achieve them.
The Sleek and Straight Look
For years, straight hair was all the rage. Women everywhere spent hours blow-drying and flat ironing their locks into submission in an effort to achieve the perfect poker-straight look. Times have changed, however, and sleek and straight is no longer the only style that's considered chic. That said, this look is still incredibly popular for those who prefer a more polished appearance. To achieve it, start by washing your hair with a smoothing shampoo and conditioner. Follow up with a straightening balm or serum, then blow dry your hair straight using a paddle brush. Once your hair is dry, use a flat iron to smooth out any remaining bumps or flyaways. Finish things off by spraying your hair with a heat protectant before you style.
The Big and Bouncy Look
This look is all about big, voluminous curls—think Old Hollywood glamour meets Hollywood Boulevard wild child. To get the look, start by washing your hair with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner. Follow up with a mousse or root lift spray from the roots to the mid-lengths of your hair, then use a diffuser to dry your locks. Once your hair is mostly dry, add in some soft curls using a 1-inch curling wand. Finally, mist your hair with a flexible hold hairspray to keep things in place.
The Movement Look
This style is perfect for those who want something that's both modern and easy to manage. The key here is lots of layers which will help create movement and interest in your hairstyle. To get the look, start by washing your hair with a lightweight shampoo and conditioner to avoid weighing down your locks. Next, use a layer-cutting technique to remove heavy layers from your hair—ask your stylist how much they should take off depending on the length and thickness of your hair. Once your layers have been cut, blow dry your locks using a diffuser to add in natural body and movement. Finish things off by spraying on a light hold hairspray to give your style some extra staying power throughout the day.
The Pixie Cut
This ultra-modern style has been gaining popularity in recent years—and for good reason! Pixie cuts are easy to style and maintain, plus they can really help show off your best features (like high cheekbones or pretty eyes). If you're thinking about making the chop, talk to your stylist about which version of the pixie cut would be best for you—there are many different variations to choose from! And don't forget about products! Even if you have short hair, you'll still need to use at least a little bit of product to help style it into place. A few quick spritzes of texturizing spray or sea salt spray can go a long way towards taming flyaways and adding some extra volume and texture to your 'do.
There you have it! These are 5 of the most popular hairstyles currently trending—plus all of the tips and tricks you'll need to achieve them at home. So go ahead and experiment with different styles until you find one that suits you best! And don't be afraid to ask for help from your stylist—they know better than anyone else what will work well with both your haircut and face shape.