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The award-winning styles at NAHA (North American Hairstyling Awards), most popular photos on industry sites like, and the yearly collections released by industry giants like Goldwell reveal a side of hairdressing that is rarely seen on the streets. Strong geometric cuts, wild disconnection, bold colors and gravity-defying shapes may impress other stylists, but what do they have to do with real girl trends? Is there any connection between avant garde hairstyles and real world cuts and colors? Absolutely, but you may need a little guidance to see the link. Click the notes to learn more. –– Laura Martin

Look at individual elements. Editorial looks tend to combine a lot of different elements to create a strong effect, but if you pull those elements apart you’ll get a good idea of upcoming trends. For example, the look on the left showcases geometric lines, an asymmetric bang, copper, park brown and platinum blond, all of which are trending for fall.

Imagine less extreme versions. The look in the top right is pretty extreme, but it’s a version of combining loose soft texture with a stronger line. In real life this combination occurs in loose layers paired with a thick bang or a crisp bob with soft layers around the face.

Look at placement or color, not both. You may not want to add splatters of turquoise or emerald to your strands, but the dappled placement of color in the image on the bottom right would look really pretty with subtler shades as well. The warm brown and bright icy blonde that act as a backdrop are seasonal trends, as are the vibrant peacock accent shades.


Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter @LarMarStyle


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