The Best Haircuts for Summer of 2018
Summer is upon us, and that’s always synonymous with rushing to the salon for a fresh summer cut. Good news: You’re going to be obsessed with the summer haircuts of 2018. This year’s styles are all about ease, which couldn’t be more ideal. When you’re going from beach to barbecue or pool to wedding, you don’t have a second of summer sun to spare. With these laidback summer looks, you’ll look trendy but natural. Embrace the short summer cut with tousled pixies or go long and add fringe. From modern angular cuts to curly bangs, there’s a warm-weather style for every texture and length. Get your appointment on the calendar—summer is here, and you need to look and feel your best.
Modern, angular styles that are slightly longer on one side or subtly longer in the front than the back are in. To pull it off without looking like you had an at-home haircut fail, be sure the ends are blunt and keep the length at a bob or lob that doesn’t pass the collarbone.
Curly bangs were once a haircut faux pas, but with shaggy styles coming into play in 2018, girls with any hair texture can get in on the fringy fun. From full bangs to a few wispy strands or center-parted curtain fringe, curly girls can rock any bangs style—as long as it’s cut by a professional stylist, not in your own bathroom.
Pixies don’t have to be smooth and tame. Choppy looks with mini layers and piecey textures are in. Don’t worry—the spiky pixies of the ’90s are not back. These textured pixies are more natural and easy, like you just ran your fingers through your hair. You might need some pomade to be sure your tousled style stays put.
Blunt, One-length Bob
Layers can overwhelm a short haircut, so we couldn’t be happier that blunt, one-length bobs are in. This ultra-mod look is fresh when worn sleek and straight and boho when worn wavy. Use a nourishing hair oil for smooth and shiny locks or a wave spray for beachy locks.
If done incorrectly, baby bangs can evoke images of the toddler who got ahold of Mama’s scissors when she wasn’t looking. If done properly by a professional stylish, mini fringe will look cool-girl edgy. Bonus: Micro fringe requires little to no styling, and it will still be on point with all the other bangs trends as it grows out.
The Laidback Farrah Fawcett
Swoopy curtain fringe of the 70s is back, but rest assured with much less volume. Smooth strands and center-parted wingy bangs look retro but not dated. Long bangs are easy to grow out without touchups, so this is a low-risk style to try for the season that will transition seamlessly into the next.
There’s a misconception that curly hair should be really short or really long to work, but with popular medium-length styles like the lob and center-parted, stacked looks, there’s no awkward in-between. To rock a medium-length style with super thick curls, your stylist may need to do some thinning or shearing to get rid of some bulk.
Long, grown-out pixies are in. Layered, tousled looks are especially trendy, so let it get long enough on top to add layers for dimension and texture. Stay short in the back for styling ease and to keep your neck cool, but play with pomades to add texture up top.
Not quite as intense as straight-across blunt bangs but not quite as out of the way as curtain bangs, wispy bangs fall in a relaxed middle space. These laidback, noncommittal bangs don’t require much, if any, styling, depending on your hair texture. If you’re unsure about thick, pronounced bangs, try this easy fringe.
This year’s haircuts and styles are all about going natural. Embracing your natural texture, whether coily, kinky, curly, wavy, or board straight, is the mantra of hair in 2018. Not only will you feel confident in your own skin and the hair you were blessed with, you’ll save tons of money on salon visits, products, and tools.
Keeping in line with 2018’s obsession with laidback texture and bangs, the wavy shag is the new lob of the haircut world (i.e. the of-the-moment obsession that isn’t going anywhere soon). Like the laidback Farrah Fawcett but even more low-maintenance, the wavy shag doesn’t have a straight-from-the-salon vibe on purpose. Long bangs are easy to grow out, and you can rock your natural texture.
Buzzed and Super Short Cuts
Tapered, super short cuts are trendy right now, and summer is the ideal season for a shaved style, not only because of the obvious cooled-off benefit but because you won’t waste a moment inside styling your hair. Structured styles are going to be the most popular, with modern touches like sharp lines.