_MG_9986 (2)Last year I participated as a model in the LoReal Colour Trophy – a international styling competition for hairdressers across the world. My hairstylist Jason (@jasonbirchhair) and I worked together to create a look that was designed for consumers, to be chic with a fade of colour and an easy-to-wear cut. Jason made it to the Australian finals which meant that our photo was recently featured in the March 2018 issue of Marie Claire Australia.

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Inspired by the beautiful textures and colours printed in the magazine, I decided to round up a few of the hair trends beauty editors are raving over for 2018. This year cuts and colour are focused on the consumer. Stark blondes can be worn in a careless, boho manner when teamed up with an ashy root stretch, and faded rainbow-hued highlights.

“2018 is going to be all about embracing natural, no-fuss textures with fresh, interesting haircuts. It’s going to be the year of the unabashedly un-done and effortlessly stylish. Low maintenance short cuts, easy bangs, and enhanced textures are the name of the game; but we’re seeing long, relaxed styles and middle parts make a comeback, as well.” – Southern Living Magazine

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” There were the radical, double-take–catalyzing model colors and cuts, from Miu Miu’s flight of shocking redheads to Givenchy’s freshly shorn boyish crops.” – Vogue’s take on the Catwalk trends from Paris Fashion Week.

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One of my favourite things about trends is how they tell a story: Like Rothko’s ‘Untitled (Red)’ colours fade into one another, as do cuts, styles, and historical references. The visual mediums explain a nuanced direction of inspiration, funneled by creatives into something new. Hair trends in 2018 have referenced recent design trends – the rise and fall of bright reds and millennial pink, the growth of the online fashion industry spilling over into haute couture with undone effortless chic. Seasonal trends and micro trends place a visual notation on where the world looked at the time of induction, and echo the mood different sectors of society found themselves voicing.

I’ve included a little list of some of the items I have used since to recreate our finalist look at home.

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