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20 Hair Ideas: New and Cutting-Edge Ideas to Try Today

Are you ready to change up your look? There are so many cool trends on the hair scene lately. Don’t feel overwhelmed, sometimes it’s easy to start with a small change to your style, cut or color. You can simply wear a new fringe or part your hair in different direction. You’d be surprised at what a big difference that can make to your overall look! If you’re feeling more daring, try an avant-garde haircut or a fashion-forward hairstyle. Here are 20 inspirational hair ideas that are sure to make you a trend-setter.

#1 Space Ace Style

Written by Tanya Ramirez

If your style is a little more “out there”, then this is the cut for you. It’s a bit of ‘Twiggy meets Spock’ for the futurist in you.

How to Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a light volumizing mousse.
  2. Blow dry hair with a paddle or vent brush for a smooth finish.
  3. Create a deep side parting. Style the left side downward and keep it sleek with a light hold gel or wax.
  4. Fluff and spike a small section in the crown area and along the back for a deconstructed finish.
  5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Davines Defining WONDER WAX to define and polish hair with a light effect and high shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, square or round shaped faces. This style works best on fine hair.

Tip:

Step back in time and style this cut into a decadent, finger-waved look.

#2 Feel the Whoosh

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This hair design is all about dynamic movement. In a wind-swept rush, it races past you in a flash even while you’re standing still.

How to Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a light texturizing lotion.
  2. Blow dry hair with a paddle or vent brush for a controlled finish.
  3. Create a deep side parting. Style the right side straight downward and keep it sleek with a light hold gel or wax.
  4. Take hair at the crown and left side of the head and crimp small sections to create maximum texture. Brush out and backcomb the base for control and volume. Define small sections in the crown and sides by styling in an up-swept fashion.
  5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy TEXTURE.MASTER for massively big hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, round or square shaped faces. This style works best on fine hair.

Tip:

Transform this look into a sleek, wet-look finish.

#3 Power Bob

Written by Tanya Ramirez

With a light asymmetrical touch, this soft, voluminous bob is powerful yet seductively playful.

Power Bob Asymmetrical Hair Look

Style by Peles Salon and Day Spa, Johnstown, PA

How to Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a light volumizing mousse.
  2. Blow dry hair with a paddle or round brush for a controlled finish.
  3. Create a slight, soft zig-zag parting. Take the right (heavy) side and lightly curl outward with a large barrel curling iron.
  4. Lightly rake fingers through hair for a relaxed finish.
  5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy FRESH.HAIR for perfect next-day hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for square, round or oval shaped faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Go wild with this look by taking small sections of hair and twisting from roots to ends. Loosely wrap twists around into small knots and pin to secure.

#4 Pixie Perfect

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This gamine look is sweet and innocent with a touch of mischievous appeal.

Pixie Perfect Cute Sweet Brunette Hair Ideas

Style by Peles Salon and Day Spa, Johnstown, PA

Pixie Perfect Hair Idea Back View

Style by Peles Salon and Day Spa, Johnstown, PA

How to Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a light volumizing mousse.
  2. Blow dry hair with a paddle or vent brush for a controlled finish.
  3. Brush or comb hair down and forward for minimal volume.
  4. Create light separation and definition by raking fingers through hair.
  5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy UNDRESSED to create a loose, undone, natural look.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, square or round shaped faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Accent your style with a small headband, scarf or bow.

#5 Teenage Daydream

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Youth is a time of experimentation. This roughed-up look is a mash-up of an ombré with dip-dyed pastel ends.

Teenage Daydream Cute Waves

Style by Peles Salon and Day Spa, Johnstown, PA

How to Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a light volumizing mousse.
  2. Rough dry hair using a blow dryer on medium heat until it is 80% dry. Scrunch hair to create messy waves.
  3. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try DermOrganic Flex Hold SCULPTING SPRAY for a full-bodied textured style.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, round or heart shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Wrap hair into small buns for a fresh summer look.

#6 Vamp Alert

Written by Tanya Ramirez

If your taste runs a bit on the wicked side, this retro vamp look is for you. A bold, “V” cut fringe is offset by voluminous, glamour waves in this shiny style.

Vamp Alert Long Hair Idea with Unusual Pointy Bangs

Style by Rebecca Ford, The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

How to Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a light volumizing mousse.
  2. Blow dry hair with a paddle or round brush for a controlled finish.
  3. Brush hair forward and section off the fringe area. Cut into a ‘V’ shape for added dramatic appeal.
  4. Create vertical glam waves by taking 2″ sections of hair and curling – beginning from the ends and working upwards – with a large barrel curling iron. Curl hair inward toward the face.
  5. Lightly brush through hair for a relaxed finish.
  6. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy YOUNG.AGAIN treatment oil for smooth, shiny hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, round or square-shaped faces. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Gather hair into a high pony for a bold finish.

#7 Aubergine Elegance

Written by Tanya Ramirez

The delicate interplay of color is enhanced by the shape and definition of the curls in this look.

Aubergine Elegance Hair Idea With Piled High Curls

Style by Cutting Loose Salon, Sarasota, FL

Aubergine Elegance Hair Idea With Piled High Curls Side View

Style by Cutting Loose Salon, Sarasota, FL

How o Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with curl enhancing lotion.
  2. Gather hair from the sides and back and twist up, leaving the ends free. Secure the hair with pins as needed.
  3. Allow hair ends to pile on the crown area. Incorporate into fringe area with light backcombing.
  4. Separate and define curls by raking fingers through hair and tugging at select strands.
  5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try DevaCurl B’LEAVE IN to enhance curl fullness and strength.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, round or square shaped faces. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Slick hair back away from the face and wrap hair into a top knot.

#8 Pixie Swirl

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This sharp, geometric pixie cut gets a feminine edge with a 60’s swirl-top finish.

Pixie Swirl Sweet Hair Ideas

Style by Peles Salon and Day Spa, Johnstown, PA

Pixie Swirl Sweet Hair Ideas Side View

Style by Peles Salon and Day Spa, Johnstown, PA

How to Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a volumizing lotion.
  2. Blow dry hair with a paddle brush for a controlled finish.
  3. Create a side parting and backcomb hair in the crown area.
  4. Style and define crown lengths for a voluminous swirled finish.
  5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy BODY.BUILDER Volumising Mousse to boost hair with flexible fullness and hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, round or square shaped faces. This style works best on medium hair.

Tip:

Wear hair down and sleek for a charming unisex look.

#9 She Wore a Bow

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Fashion hair into a soft bow with cascading curls that fall just like ribbons.

Long Half Updo with Bow Cute Look

Style by Celia Cickavage & Christie Wade , The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

Long Half Updo with Bow Cute Look Back View

Style by Celia Cickavage & Christie Wade , The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

How to Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a light working hairspray.
  2. Lightly curl hair with a large barrel curling iron from mid to ends only.
  3. Gather hair on the left side of the head. Backcomb base and underside then smooth the surface layer gently. Fold back and tuck hair to create the left side of the bow, securing with pins as needed.
  4. Repeat this process on the right side of the head, adding in the fringe area. Backcomb base and underside then smooth the surface layer gently. Fold back and tuck hair to create the right side of the bow, securing with pins as needed.
  5. Create light separation by raking fingers through hair.
  6. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try DermOrganic Fast Drying Shaping Spray for great hold with touchable texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, square or heart shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Gather hair to create a disheveled herringbone braid.

#10 Punk Chic

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Darker hair gets an ultra-violet kick with a strong, color-blocked fringe contrasted by full curls.

Punk Chic Purple Hair Ideas

Style by Giezi Latorre, Tika Spaulding & Lia Hawthorne, The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

How to Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a light working hairspray.
  2. Lightly curl hair with a large barrel curling iron from mid to ends only.
  3. Create light separation of curls by raking fingers through hair.
  4. Keep the fringe sleek and straight.
  5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy SESSION.SPRAY for flexible hold with anti-humidity protection.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for heart, square or round shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Gather hair and create a low, messy bun.

#11 Retro Rolls

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This chocolate hue is perfect for these sweet rolls of vintage goodness.

Retro Rolls Full Brunette Waves Idea

Style by Jacklyn Metrick & Christina Wade, The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

Retro Rolls Full Brunette Waves Idea Back View

Style by Jacklyn Metrick & Christina Wade, The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

How to Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a light working hairspray.
  2. Create a deep side parting.
  3. Lightly curl hair with a large barrel curling iron from mid to ends only.
  4. Take hair from the smaller section on the left and roll upwards toward the crown.
  5. Gather hair on the opposite side and roll upward. Pin hair as needed.
  6. Create light separation through remaining curls by raking fingers through hair.
  7. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy ANTI-GRAVITY volumizer and texturizer for control with oil-free shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, heart or oval shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Gather hair into a ponytail for a cute look.

#12 Post-Modern Twist

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Ruched curls and soft twists balance nicely in this side-swept style.

Post Modern Twist Hair Idea

Style by Peles Salon and Day Spa, Johnstown, PA

Post Modern Twist Hair Idea Side View

Style by Peles Salon and Day Spa, Johnstown, PA

How to Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a light working hairspray.
  2. Create a deep side parting.
  3. Lightly curl hair with a medium barrel curling iron from mid to ends only.
  4. Take hair from the left side and sweep over to the opposite side. Pin as needed.
  5. Create natural diffusion to the curls in the crown area by taking the small strand ends and gently sliding two fingers upward from ends to roots to maintain pattern definition.
  6. Softly style the fringe into a smooth roll upward and away from face.
  7. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy STAYING.ALIVE Leave-In Conditioner for added protection and flexibility.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, oval or heart shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Sweep hair up on both sides for a sweet pompadour style.

#13 Moto Mania

Written by Tanya Ramirez

If you’ve ever fantasized about being part of a 60’s girl biker gang, look here for inspiration. This is an edgy style for an edgy girl.

Moto Mania Red Hair Idea

Style by Amanda Bornoski, The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

Moto Mania Red Hair Idea Back View

Style by Amanda Bornoski, The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

How to Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a volumizing lotion.
  2. Blow dry hair with fingers and smoothing fringe area with a paddle brush for a controlled finish.
  3. Sweep the fringe and crown lengths up and over to exposed the shorter side.
  4. Comb remaining length on the right side straight downward.
  5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy EASY.RIDER for a frizz-free finish.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, round or square shaped faces. This style works best on medium hair.

Tip:

Accent this look with a silk head scarf for an ultra-femme touch.

#14 Dark Beauty

Written by Tanya Ramirez

If you are drawn to darker aesthetics, you’ll love these wicked tendrils that are softly contrasted by sandy blonde streaks.

Dark Beauty Funky Wavy Hair Idea Look with Highlights

Style by Peles Salon and Day Spa, Johnstown, PA

Dark Beauty Funky Wavy Hair Idea Look with Highlights Back View

Style by Peles Salon and Day Spa, Johnstown, PA

How to Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a light texturizing lotion.
  2. Blow dry hair with fingers and smoothing fringe area with a paddle brush for a controlled finish.
  3. Curl the back and sides by wrapping small strands around a medium barrel curling iron.
  4. Keep the fringe area smooth and create a soft, off-center parting.
  5. Rake fingers through hair for light separation. Back comb the back crown area for maximum volume.
  6. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy MOTION.LOTION to enhance curl and control frizz.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, round or heart shaped faces. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Accent hair with a vintage hair comb or brooch.

#15 Beehive Blondie

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Give fine hair a boost with this beehive-inspired crop. Honey colored swirls add the perfect finishing touch.

Beehive Blondie Cute Short Style with a Retro Flair Idea

Style by Acacia Cronic, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Beehive Blondie Cute Short Style with a Retro Flair Idea Side View

Style by Acacia Cronic, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How to Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a light volumizing mousse.
  2. Blow dry hair with a round brush for a controlled finish.
  3. Create a side parting and sweep the fringe off to one side and tuck the right side behind the ear.
  4. Back comb the back crown area for beehive-worthy volume.
  5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try TIGI BedHead HARD HEAD Hairspray for strong hold and subtle shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, round or square shaped faces. This style works best on medium hair.

Tip:

Accent hair with a bejeweled headband.

#16 Floral Delight

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Here is a pretty floral-inspired bun that is perfect for your special day. Gentle twists and braids harmonize to create a gorgeous focal point.

Floral Inspired Updo Hair Idea

Style by Kate Ludwig, Bella Capelli Sanctuario, Westlake, OH

Floral Inspired Updo Side View

Style by Kate Ludwig, Bella Capelli Sanctuario, Westlake, OH

How to Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a light working hairspray.
  2. Create a deep side parting.
  3. Begin on the lighter (left side) by gathering hair and sweeping over to the opposite side. Take hair from the surface layer and begin a sideways braid along the back. Twist strands and braid while tugging at the sides of the braid to keep it from looking too neat.
  4. Wrap braid to create the low side bun. Tug at strands for a soft, messy finish.
  5. Gather the fringe lengths and sweep over. Incorporate the fringe into the bun or tuck and pin as desired.
  6. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try TIGI Bedhead HEADRUSH Shine Spray for a high gloss shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, oval or heart shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Create multiple buns if your hair is long or thick for better control.

#17 Bridal Perfection

Written by Tanya Ramirez

When the day arrives and you need everything to be perfect, this is the ‘do for you. Simple and charming.

Elegant Bridal Scallops Hair Idea

Style by Christine Adkins, Textures Hair Studio, Garden City, NY

Bridal Perfection Hair Idea Back View

Style by Christine Adkins, Textures Hair Studio, Garden City, NY

How to Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a light working hairspray.
  2. Section off the sides from the fringe and back area. Gather the back area into a regular ponytail.  Back comb the base interior of the fringe area and sweep up and away from face. Secure with a pin near the ponytail base.
  3. Take the ponytail and divide into smaller sections. Twist sections and tuck in an upward fashion keeping the style slightly messy but controlled.
  4. Move to the right side and sweep hair back, pin as needed. Divide hair into small strands and loop these strands through the existing design to create a scalloped finish.
  5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Oribe APRES BEACH for touchable waves with beautiful shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, oval or square shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Accent this pretty style with a small tiara or bejeweled barrette.

#18 Raven Rendezvous

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This shoulder-grazing bob haircut is soft and feminine with a flirty fringe and high shine.

Shoulder Grazing Raven Bob with Long Bangs

Style by Michelle Richardson, Kenneth Shuler Schools, Columbia, SC

Shoulder Grazing Raven Bob with Long Bangs Side View

Style by Michelle Richardson, Kenneth Shuler Schools, Columbia, SC

How to Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a light nourishing hair serum.
  2. Smooth hair with a straightening iron. Tuck the ends inward to accent the bob shape.
  3. Keep the fringe smooth with a slight flip up at the ends.
  4. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy YOUNG.AGAIN treatment oil for smooth, shiny hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, oval or square shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Accessorize this look with a beautiful flower.

#19 Modern Mohawk

Written by Tanya Ramirez

If you love big hair, peep this high-volume version of the mohawk with a retro twist.

Modern Mohawk Piled High Look

Style by Katie Bennett & Mona Riemer, The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

Modern Mohawk Piled High Look Back View

Style by Katie Bennett & Mona Riemer, The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

How to Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a texturizing spray.
  2. Create a deep side part and back comb the base interior of the twist.  Roll hair from ends to roots and secure with pins as needed.
  3. Define the twisted roll shape in the fringe area with pins as needed.
  4. Take hair in the lower nape area and tuck upwards into the style.
  5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy TEXTURE.MASTER for massively big hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, oval or square shaped faces. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Accent this look with temporary hair color shadow.

#20 Curves Ahead

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This cut is all about a softly, curved perimeter creating a powerful silhouette.

How to Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a light smoothing lotion.
  2. Blow dry hair with a paddle or vent brush for a smooth finish.
  3. Brush hair downward all along the head. Keep the look sleek with a touch of movement by using a light hold gel or wax.
  4. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try DermOrganic LEAVE-IN treatment made with Argan oil to repair and protect hair with improved shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, square or round shaped faces. This style works best on fine hair.

Tip:

Spike hair up and slick the sides back for a totally different look.

There’s a little something for everyone here. Showcase your style and test a new hairstyle, get a fresh haircut or play with your hair color. The possibilities are endless. Reflect your style with one of these fabulous hair ideas today!