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A recent article on Byrdie quotes stylist Harry Josh on his boredom with “a very style-heavy past 10 years, where people rely on products and tools” and his longing for “the return of the haircut.” It does seem that hair has lost a lot in the way of shape. We see long layers and bobs, but little in the way of bold textures, unusual outlines or strong bangs. Why do we shy away from strong shapes? Josh claims “everyone is scared to death of an interesting haircut.” Toward the end of 2015 we saw a slew of statement fringes. Since the new year, a few celebrities have made dramatic transformations, like Zendaya’s shaggy blunt bangs and Stacy Martin’s box bob. Are we entering a new age of bold cuts? Click the notes for my predictions. –– Laura Martin

Bobs aren’t going anywhere, but they’re about to get bolder. I think the wavy lob is starting to look a little tired. This year, expect to see the bob taken short and bolder. Think bangs, blunt ends, and length that hits at or above the jaw.

Layers are coming back. The shag has been predicted to be the style of the year and we’re already seeing more curls, waves, and natural textures. Layers are essential for textures styles. We’re sure to see more of them.

Bangs are banging. As I said above, we start seeing an emergence of bangs at the end of 2015 and I think this trend will continue throughout the year. Bangs are one of the easiest ways to make a haircut stand on its own without a lot of styling.

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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