Round-up: SS17 Hair Trends

Another season of fashion weeks have been and gone in a flurry of blurred catwalk Instagram posts, weather-inappropriate outfits and lots of great hair. We’re not ones to be dictated by trends - but show season is a great excuse to assess the current (and future) mood of things when it comes to hair and beauty. Our creative director Sky Cripps-Jackson sets off on her travels around this time, working backstage creating hair looks for shows in London, New York, Paris and Milan.

Since she’s been back and has had a well-deserved rest, we’ve joint forces and shared our thoughts on the hair mood of Spring/Summer 2017. It seemed that hair shimmied further to the forefront this season, making a statement in its own right and not being overshadowed by the clothes. From chin-skimming bobs to hacked-in fringes, we’re here along with Sky’s insider knowledge to tell you all you need to know about hair circa SS17.

Rochas SS17 by Kevin Tachman
Rochas SS17 by Kevin Tachman
Rodarte SS17 by Dazed, CR Fashion Book
Rodarte SS17 by Dazed, CR Fashion Book

Fringe Affairs

Far from neat and one-length, fringes on the whole went off the rails for SS17 - we’re talking chopped in, curled up and tonged in every direction. Harking back to Angelina Jolie in Girl, Interrupted, there was a certain rip-up-the-rulebook attitude when it came to fringes. At Rochas, the doll-like fringes were clipped in and purposefully rolled and set in opposite directions, somewhere in between a rebellious bedhead and your 80-year old nan after a trip under the hooded hair dryer.

Rodarte revelled in brow-skimming, uneven lengths and things got even more scissor-happy at Gucci where one fringe was completely lopped off on a sideways angle. Perhaps not one for the faint-hearted.

With everyone seemingly taking the chop, it’s easy to forget the beauty and simplicity a poker-straight, one-length fringe offers. Enter JW Anderson and his short, razor-sharp fringe. Like a breath of fresh air, this modern yet timeless style is one we’ll never grow bored of.

Gucci SS17 by Yannis Vlamos
Gucci SS17 by Yannis Vlamos

Sky says

“Fringes have always had a presence on and off the runway. My favourite variations were seen at the likes of Gucci and Rochas with an almost Victorian porcelain doll finish. To recreate this look, get a very small tong on 2-3 sections in imperfect directions. Spritz with hairspray - I like O&M’s Original Queenie - and mould with your fingers and a hair dryer, alternating between hot and cold.

Versus Versace also gave a cooler, choppier variation of a grown-out fringe with a dry textured finish. Spritz through O&M’s Surf Bomb Sea Salt Spray and work in with your fingers. For more texture, add some dry shampoo (try Organic Colour Systems’ natural, no-clumping dry shampoo) and rub it with a towel for extra static-ness.”

Image: Jeremy Scott
Image: Jeremy Scott
Prada SS17 for D-Journal
Prada SS17 for D-Journal

Graphic Shapes + Electric Bobs

Forget anything shoulder-skimming or so-so, bobs this season came with exclamation marks and warning signs. At Prada, seven of the models who turned up to walk (some with waist-length hair) had their hair taken chin length, in a blunt bob that flicked behind the ears in Margot Tenenbaum fashion. Apparently the models were so keen to embrace the ‘Prada girl’ look that they were more than happy to sacrifice their grown out tresses. Continuing from the importance of the buzzcut last season (think Ruth Bell walking for Gucci), this daredevil attitude carried on and pushed the haircut into equal limelight with the clothes.

Jeremy Scott’s pageboy wigs with a slick of electric blue eyeshadow were the epitome of retro appeal. We’ve mused on our love of the pudding bowl cut before and Scott did the style justice - gently curling inwards and looking smooth and glossy.

Sky says

“It’s all in the length and colour of the bob. Moschino referenced a more classic 50’s glamour achieved with a small tong and plenty of hairspray, lightly brushed out for shape and hold. Jeremy Scott had an almost trashy pageboy with acid wash colours (just when you thought natural had nudged it’s way back in) and Prada spoke to a sophisticated, effortless beauty. Either way, they all had blunt edges and seamless layering, if any. Speak to your stylist to ensure you manage expectations on how you would like to look and your daily hair routine.

Something that may be helpful for people a little more nervous about taking the waist to chin plunge, is that for many of those girls who’s hair got chopped off, it can totally make their career and help them stand out in an ocean of long natural hair. It can be really empowering just going for a complete restyle.”

Alexander McQueen by Kim Weston Arnold
Alexander McQueen by Kim Weston Arnold

Slicked Back

When it all gets too fussy, sometimes a gel-heavy slicked back look is all that’s needed to make things feel current and simplistic. Designers such as Alexander McQueen used this minimalist look to contrast the flounce and flourish of the clothes and accessories. The model’s hair was wet-look and combed back and to the sides to create a style that completely exposed the face.

Christopher Kane opted for equally as flat, slicked back hair. Side parted and with a few gelled-down, separated baby hairs, this again made way for a collection heavy on embellishment, ruffles and lace.

Givenchy by Dazed
Givenchy by Dazed

Sky says

“This was a popular look seen at the likes of Missoni, Kenzo, Givenchy, McQueen, Christopher Kane and Sportmax. Off-duty yoga mat, high-fashion hairstyles have been seen around for a while but this season saw a resurgence of hair gelled-back off the face. Whether it’s parted in the centre, worn low to the side or sitting naturally in the middle, anything goes. To achieve this kind of style, apply gel or a styling product such as Organic Colour System’s Control Shine to slightly damp hair. Take the hair in sections and pat the product on the roots, combing immediately. Then spritz with hairspray and dry on a medium heat at low speed. That way it will help the product to set and still retain the wetness.”

Tommy Hilfiger by Lillie Eiger
Tommy Hilfiger by Lillie Eiger

Natural Texture + Glossy Condition

We know that fashion season wouldn’t be fashion season without an abundance of natural texture, loose waves and girl next-door hair. Well, things were no different this time around - however the focus on condition (think healthiness, bounce and gloss) was unavoidable. Tommy Hilfiger’s girls had an all-American vibe and the diversity of models meant that hair went from Hollywood waves to afro curls and Scandi ice whites in one fail swoop. We approve.

Nevertheless, this was about hair that’s cared for and well looked after - arguably the most universally sought-after style and reminiscent of Liv Tyler’s 90’s ‘do. Condition is our number one priority at Glasshouse so it’s great to spot this on almost every catwalk this season.

Sky says

“From Marni to Vera Wang, this kind of look is covered time and time again. Whatever way you look at it, it’s about the subtleties of the finish. Wind blown pieces across the face is super sultry and adds an element of mystery. However when you’re sat in front of the computer it can just be plain impractical…

To me, what differed this season is that hair was even more lush and conditioned. Generally speaking, it was more polished - natural hair followed suit and the importance of hair being in optimal condition was ever-present. Make sure your hair is in tip top condition by starting with the base - use a great sulphate-free shampoo like Organic Colour Systems’ Power Build and do one of their once weekly treatments. Try and avoid heated tools and dry shampoo never goes amiss in creating airy, natural texture.”

So, there you have it - SS17 hair in a bitesize nutshell, with a few DIY tips along the way. Whether you decide to chop into that fringe or keep things smooth and natural, next season has a hairdo for everyone.

Words: Lucy Vincent and Sky Cripps-Jackson
Cover image: JW Anderson

Share this:

More From The Journal

  1. Work with us at Glasshouse Salon

    Fancy being a part of our close-knit Glasshouse team? We are looking for a talented Hair Stylist and a Salon Assistant to come onboard.

    More +
  2. Astrology with Daliah: Capricorn

    As we ease into a new decade, we turn to Daliah Roth, The Highgate Astrologer, for a closer look at the ambitious, organised and practical Capricorn.

    More +
  3. The Glasshouse Guide to a Conscious Christmas

    From zero waste wrapping to dropping the turkey from your Christmas dinner, here’s the Glasshouse guide to making your festive season more eco-friendly.

    More +
  4. A Sustainable Department Store, Edition No. 2

    Everything you need to know about Edition No. 2 of A Sustainable Department Store, plus some top tips on how you can shop more sustainably this Christmas from our independent makers.

    More +
  5. Astrology with Daliah Roth: Sagittarius

    As we being to approach the final month of the year, we turn to Daliah Roth, The Highgate Astrologer, to tell us more about the free-spirited nature that defines Sagittarius.

    More +
  6. Sustainable Sleep Rituals

    ​From ethically sourced loungewear to low waste makeup removal, we speak to some eco-conscious bloggers about all the ways you can practice good sleep hygiene without harming the planet.

    More +
  7. Masterclass: Air-drying Curls

    Winter has definitely arrived and with it brings a shift in the way we care for our hair. On balmier days we welcome air drying our curly hair, but in the depths of winter this is less appealing. With the help of Glasshouse Salon stylist Tori’s expert advise, we’ve got some tips for achieving a frizz-free curly style throughout the colder months.

    More +
  8. Astrology with Daliah Roth: Scorpio

    As our mornings and evenings get darker and the clocks turn back this weekend, we are entering the beginning of Scorpio season and have once again enlisted the help of Daliah Roth, The Highgate Astrologer, to tell us all about this illusive and intriguing sign.

    More +
  9. Gender Neutral Prices

    As we launch a new gender neutral price list that makes hair cuts and colour the same for both men and women, we’re take a look at some of the other industries affected by the so called ‘pink tax’ and why many women end up paying more than men for the same products.

    More +
  10. Astrology with Daliah Roth: Libra

    ​Autumn is officially here and with it comes the beginning of Libra season. Balanced, social and often romantic, Daliah Roth of The Highgate Astrologer helps us delve deeper into the qualities of this sign.

    More +
  11. Hair Trend: Slicked Back

    From Molly Goddard to Roland Mouret, we spotted the slicked back look all over the SS20 catwalks. Though the style may seem more high fashion than everyday, hair that’s swept of the face is surprisingly flattering and easy to achieve. With help from our Senior Stylist Mel, we’ve put together some tips on the bold yet sophisticated trend.

    More +
  12. Plastic-Free Periods

    ​As more and more alternative period products become available, we chat to four real women to hear their experiences transitioning from conventional feminine care to more sustainable and healthy options.

    More +
  13. The Glasshouse Guide to Beauty Recycling

    The rules around recycling can be difficult to decipher most of the time, but recycling our beauty products seems to be an even more confusing area. In celebration of Zero Waste Week, we’ve put together the definitive guide to reusing, recycling, and refilling our bathroom waste.

    More +
  14. Astrology with Daliah Roth: Virgo

    As the summer starts winding down, we’re entering into Virgo season. Practical and humble, we find out more about Virgo’s traits as we continue our Astrology series with Daliah Roth, The Highgate Astrologer.

    More +
  15. Beauty Trend: Orange

    Bold and zesty, orange makeup is having a moment this summer. Whether you’re up for experimenting or are a little more reserved, we’ve got some tips on how to wear the shade in a way that suits you with the help of our in-house makeup artist Emily.

    More +
  16. Amber Rowan by Thea Lovstad

    Despite diversity being more visible than ever, we still wrap a lot of our identity up in our hair. Model and actress Amber Rowan has suffered from alopecia from the age of 15, sharing her journey and the stories of others on her platform, Hair Free Life. We spent a morning with Amber and photographer Thea Lovstad, leaving feeling inspired by what she has to say and her unique beauty.

    More +
Load more posts