From ultra-long braids to retro barrettes, these are the biggest hair trends of the moment

Whether it is heavily-embellished hair pieces, a punk revival or the big-barrelled waves of the disco era, the hair trends that emerged from the AW’19 shows were an inspirational force to be reckoned with. Here, we’ve laid out some of the best hair looks to try this season.

Accessories galore
If you thought the retro hair accessory furore had died down, you thought wrong — it isn’t going anywhere. Whether with diamanté barrettes, crocodile clips, headbands, scrunchies or bows, everyone is adorning their hair like it’s the 1980s. For those who are too nervous to go all out, a small, elegant hair grip or two tucked behind the ear is the easiest way to dip your toe in.

L-R Balmain, Chanel, Versace

Braids
Never disappearing from the catwalks completely, you can always count on braids in some form to be perpetually on-trend. This season, it’s all about incredibly neat, slicked back plaits — the longer the better.

L-R Tory Burch, Jil Sander, Prada

Punk-inspired
A homage to the punk era, rebellious, off-kilter locks are the hairstyle of the season. You don’t have to go full mohawk (unless you want to — in which case, embrace Johnny Rotten as much as you wish) the style can be achieved just as easily with temporary hair dyes, backcombing and generous amounts of hairspray or gel. The one rule here is that there are no rules.

L-R Tom Ford, Anna Sui, Max Mara

Knotted
The messy bun has been given an elevated up-do, and now it’s more intricate and elegant than ever before. Whether fastened at the nape of the neck or piled high like a modernised top-knot, the latest iteration should see a sleek, smooth, scraping back of the hair and a rope-like twist incorporated.

Gel
A retro throwback reminiscent of the lacquered finger waves of the 1920s, dramatically gelled hair might just have been the most unexpected trend to emerge from this year’s runways. Gel-saturated hair moulded into faux fringes is an easier approach to the look, while those who are feeling daring should look at Burberry’s face-framing creations for inspiration.

L-R J W Anderson, Burberry, Richard Quinn

The sweeping fringe
A windswept take on hair, this undone look is probably the easiest to master of the lot. While some models trotted down the runway with full, face-covering fringes, we suggest you opt for a softer, more feathery approach for a look that will work off the catwalk.

L-R Both Versace, Mary Katrantzou

Disco waves
Another era revival in both make-up or hair, the disco trend is alive and well in the beauty world. Whether large barrelled waves or can’t-be-tamed frizz, the idea is to go big or go home.

L-R Michael Kors, The Blonds, Sonia Rykel

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