“Even the best hairstyles should be changed. Sooner or later, your significant other becomes immune to it, like bacteria to antibiotics.” This phrase echoes the fact that it’s boring to have the same haircut for too long, even if it looks really good on you and you are used to it. Fashion changes every season and even though it’s impossible to always be trendy, sometimes it’s worth listening to the tips of stylists and getting rid of a hairstyle that is not fashionable anymore. These haircuts only make you look old.
We at votreART have collected the main anti-trends in hairstyles and antidoted them with cuts and styles that look trendy and modern. If you try these, you could level-up your cool factor.
1. The V with layers
The layered cut on the left is not trendy anymore. Too many short layers on the front are a bad decision: they make the chin look V-shaped. And this chin doesn’t make anyone look good.
“The ’V’ is my least favorite request,” admitted Jenna Mast, American stylist. “You’re left with a tail that offers very little style, it’s not sexy, and it doesn’t even have enough length to be versatile. Chop it off!”
Better option: A bob or a lob with soft, light layers without a blunt cut. The layers are supposed to make the hair look airy and they shouldn’t look perfect. If you want your long hair to look fresh, choose a cascadeor cut a few short layers of hair near the face and neck. They don’t need to be the same length.
2. Shaved edge
Several seasons ago, hundreds of trendy girls had shaved edges and the bravest ones shaved the entire side of their head, leaving long hair on the other side. “This style only works for rebellious girls that have their own creative style, or girls that are into sports. If a girl looks masculine or has a massive chin (or both), this cut will only make those undesirable features stand out,” American stylist Moulay Yacoubi says. He warns that in order to maintain the right shape for this cut, you will need to visit the salon every 4 weeks, and when you’re tired of it, it will take a lot of time and patience to grow back your hair.
Better option: If you want something bold, you can shave a little hair on the side or the back so that the spot can easily be covered by the rest of the hair. Also, different variations of the pixie cut are still popular today and look great.
3. Reverse mullet
The mullet is a super-popular cut from the 70s and 80s where hair is short in the front and on the sides, but long in the back. In early 2000, the reverse mullet became popular: the back of the head and the top were short and the bangs were long. When Justin Bieber was young, this cut looked really good on him, but very few women look good with it. In order to get the correct cut, you need a really seasoned and professional hairdresser.
“Shorter cuts are easier to manage if you find the perfect style for your face shape,” says stylist Guy Riggio. “And that can take a lot of trial and error.” The problem with the reverse mullet is that it is unbalanced. “The bangs are far too long, and the spiky top would need a can of hairspray for hold,” says Riggio.
Better option: Pixie and Garcon cuts are still trendy among the short cuts. The bravest girls can try the ultrashort buzz cut. But remember that any short cut opens up the face, highlighting the condition of the skin.
4. The flip
The flip was popular 20 years ago. Spending hours every day to style this haircut is a torturous kind of fun. This cut won’t do anything but add age to your face and give you styling trouble. Besides, in order to make hair look voluminous, you need to have really thick, healthy hair. Thin hair looks terrible with this haircut.
Better option: “Don’t take the flip too seriously,” says N.Y.C. stylist Kevin Mancuso. “Instead of the ends flying out like Mary Tyler Moore’s they should barely hint at an upturn.” Also, the shag, or bob, with choppy ends always looks great and very modern. Remember: say “no” to too many short layers and “yes” to the natural and soft look.
5. Long bob
This is not even a haircut. It’s not a bob and, at the same time, not long hair — it’s something in between that has no name. These cuts make even the youngest women look old and boring.
Better option: Talk to your stylist and decide which style you want to get. In order to make the hair look neat, it needs to have a defined shape. If you decide to have long hair, choose one of the modern lobstyles so that the transition from medium to long length looks beautiful and stylish.
6. Contrast highlights
“Light streaks that are very visible on the hair, like the ones Kelly Clarkson had at the beginning of her career are not modern anymore. Modern fashion requires hair to look more natural and realistic and the color transitions should be smoother,” says an NYC colorist.
Better option: In order to get a more natural color, don’t forget about toning. Modern coloring techniques allow us to get a different light color. For example, balayage looks great on cascade cuts, the babylights technique means that only a part of hair is highlighted, and ombre is still popular. You can read more about different coloring techniques here.
7. Short cut with a tail on the back
This cut is sometimes referred to as the “Carol Brady semi-mullet.” Carol Brady is a character from a show called The Brady Bunch that was popular in the early 70s. Different variations of this cut were popular for many years, but now that trend is gone. “One of the coolest things about short hair is revealing the neck — which is a gorgeous part of the human body,” explained John Reyman. “Covering it with a tail is unnecessary!”
Better option: “If you are going short, go all the way,” he suggested. “Make sure the back perimeter is cleaned up. Show off your neck and avoid a tail.” So if you’re going for the bob, go for the bob!
8. 2-tone hair color
“While 2-tone hair color may recall the horrible chunky highlights of the early 2000s, the modern take on this trend is anything but dated: subtle, elegant and stylish,” says Rachel Krause.
Better option: Use one of the modern coloring techniques to make the transition between colors smoother. If you love drawing attention to yourself, go for bright colors.