The hottest hair trends for 2017

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Now 2017 is well underway there is no better time to embrace a new look, so we spoke to Anya Dellicompagni and Michelle Thompson from the award-winning Francesco Group Creative Team to get the lowdown on the key trends for your tresses.

Bouffant curls

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A trend that we will see becoming popular in 2017 is big and curly hair…the bigger and curlier the better! Whether it be natural curls or curls created using tongs, team your curls with a “hair flip” to create a deep side parting with a lift or take it further and add in some layers with a grown out length fringe to give a shaggy, easy wear hairstyle. If you’re not blessed with natural bouffant curls. Ensure the tong or wand has a small diameter, so you get a proper curl rather than a wave.

Wondrous waves

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Subtle waves are another cool hair trend for 2017. This is a flat wave that gives the hair a natural texture without too much volume. Using an iron, take big sections of the hair and pinch in different directions to create a flat S shape, then once applied through the hair, use your fingers and brush through to diffuse the texture.

Sleek and shiny

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For those that love a straight mane, sleek styles remain popular for 2017. For a statement going out look, use a strong gel to slick back all the hair off the face or slick one side behind the ear. This look works best when it looks super shiny, so once the gel is dried.

Keep it natural

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More women with Afro hair are embracing their natural curl and ditching chemical relaxers. But throughout the cold months, wet damp weather and the dry heat in our homes can dry hair out very easily. Take this time to opt for “protective styling” using hair extensions.

Protective styling generally requires minimal upkeep, minimal heat, giving you the opportunity to moisturise whilst keeping the ends tucked away and protected. Celebrities such as Thando Thabethe and Nomzamo Mbatha are great examples of protective styling, with their Faux locs.

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If protective styling isn't for you then another growing trend is the TWA... the Teeny Weeny Afro, as seen on songstress Nandi Madida. Just remember this hair type requires moisture, so co-washing (rinsing hair with conditioner) in between washes will help refresh and hydrate the hair throughout winter months.

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