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All New: 10 Modern Hairstyles That Made the Cut

We don’t have robots for servants, we’re not flying around in cars, and the wheel has not been re-invented. I know, I know, “modern” society sounds a bit disappointing doesn’t it? However, we do have machines that make us single cups of coffee, cars running purely electric and the wheel has been perfected over time for many different usages. So, where does that leave our coif in these modern times?

Classic cuts and styles are classic for a reason — they’re timeless. How have these “coif classics” been redefined over time to fit our futuristic, modern selves? One word – TEXTURE. It’s one of my favorite words! Whether it’s being written or spoken, even the word itself has texture. Regardless if we are using a Keratin treatment, color service or a perm, we are creating texture in our look. These modern hairstyles are stunning twists on classic looks by simply including, (you guessed it) texture!

  • Classic Bob With a Swing Fringe

    I love starting off with a classic we are all familiar with. This classic bob has been updated with hidden pops of color that scream texture. Even though the cut is smooth and sleek, the color adds texture and movement.

    Classic Bob Modern Hairstyle with Fringe

    How to Style:

    1. Apply a working styling product evenly to clean, damp hair.
    2. Use a paddle brush to wrap dry your hair moving from left to right. This will allow the hair to lay smoothly, creating light volume with its natural fall.
    3. Taking vertical sections, flat iron your hair forward. This creates a sleek movement, complementing your hair’s natural fall.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is perfect for those of us that have a slender face shape. The swing fringe and short weight line draw attention to areas you would like to highlight — beautiful cheekbones and a defined jawline. While really anyone can rock a bob, I suggest a relaxer or a Keratin treatment first if you have thick, curly hair. You would want to have the bulk collapsed to create such a sleek finish, and who wants to flat iron every morning?!

    Recommended Products:

    If you have curly or rough textured hair, use something strong, like gel mixed with an oil. This will keep the style smooth longer and the oil will smooth out the cuticle during the blow drying process. I love Alphaparf’s Semi di Lino Gel and Moroccan Oil. If you have finer hair, a simple detangler will do the trick. I prefer It’s A 10! It does so many fabulous things all in one.

  • Long Layers

    This long layered style will rock the socks off your long, limp hair! The movement created by the layers give fullness and texture, giving this classic look a truly modern twist.

    Long Layered Hairstyle with Fullness and Texture

    How to Style:

    1. On clean, damp hair apply a volume product at the roots and work your way towards the ends of your hair.
    2. Blow dry your hair with your head flipped over for extra root lift and volume.
    3. Use a large round brush in horizontal sections to help create lift at the crown. When styling the fringe, use the wrap dry technique by brushing hair from left to right, holding the brush vertically.
    4. Spray liberal amounts of dry shampoo through roots and ends for the full and sexy rocker look.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style is great for all face shapes and textures!

    Recommended Products:

    When it comes to volume I use one of two things: Kevin Murphy’s Anti.Gravity or Body.Builder. And, when it is dry shampoo we’re talking about, Kevin Murphy’s Fresh.Hair is the only product I’ll use. One word- AMAZING!

  • The Ombre

    Nothing screams modern classic like ombre! If I were told to close my eyes and say the first thing to describe the most current hair trend, it would be ombre. This is a clear example of how color creates texture all on its own.

    Long Modern Ombre Hairstyle with Waves

    How to Style:

    1. Apply a small amount of oil to clean, damp hair.
    2. Blow dry your hair with a paddle brush.
    3. With a large barrel iron, take vertical sections and start winding the iron away from your face. I always start curling at the root, working my way down the length of the hair. Also, allow the iron to set the hair longer on the roots than the ends. This will allow for the curl to gently open towards the ends so you don’t end up with ringlets!
    4. Shake out with your fingers to break up the uniform curl, unless that’s what you’d rather have. In that case, brush through hair with a paddle brush to lock the set together.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Again, anyone can wear this look. It complements all of us gals!

    Recommended Products:

    I recommend Moroccan Oil for this as well. They have two formulas, regular and light. Now everyone can use the oil they need to polish their locks!

  • The Mohawk

    Another trend that has swept the runways and won us all over is the “punk” movement. Nothing goes better with that new studded handbag than this bad boy! I love how the softly textured top is juxtaposed with the clean, edged lines on the side.

    Modern Mohawk with Soft Textured Top - Modern Hairstyles

    How To Style:

    1. Start with a volumizing product on clean, damp hair.
    2. Wrap dry your hair from left to right with a vent brush to create lift.
    3. With your flat iron, smooth horizontal sections, moving forward towards your face. When you reach the tips of your hair, give it a slight bend back to create that kick.
    4. Apply a finishing wax or pomade for separation and shine.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This cut is ideal for someone who has more of a square face shape. The length concentrated on the top of the head directing up and away elongates the shape of the face. Texture doesn’t really matter as each different type of texture will simply give this look its own character.

    Recommended Products:

    Depending on your hair texture, you would use a gel or volumizer as your working product. Gel for more unruly, thick hair and a mousse/blow foam for fine hair. When it comes to gel I like to use Alphaparf’s Semi di Lino Gel. For the finer haired ladies (like myself), Kevin Murphy’s Body.Builder is the way to go when it comes to a mousse/blow foam. As for wax, use Kevin Murphy’s Night.Rider for a stronger, matte hold or Osmos Shaper for a softer, shinier look.

  • The Pixie

    Strong yet soft, the pixie has always swept me off my feet. The new spin on this model is the disconnection between the shorter sides and the longer top. We no longer want our pixies to lay flat, but to rise to occasion!

    Soft Pixie Modern Hairstyle with Long Top

    How To Style:

    1. Moving from left to right, wrap dry clean, damp hair with a vent brush.
    2. When hair starts to become dry, begin lifting the crown with the vent brush towards the ceiling.
    3. Apply a small amount of wax all over and direct hair to desired side. Then start piecing out sections to enhance movement.

    Recommended Products:

    Osmos Shaper is perfect for this soft, textured look.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Oval face shapes can pull any look off, however they truly are best suited for the modern pixie. Typically medium to fine texture is recommended for this look as well. If you have curly hair, you might want to think about a texture treatment to relax those precious curls before cutting them this short.

  • The Shattered Bob

    The classic bob has so many variations and this one is amazing. Just look at the movement and texture created here. A soft, sweeping fringe really sweetens up this tough, modern classic.

    Shattered Bob Modern Hairstyle with Movement and Texture

     How To Style:

    1. Start with a working product on clean damp hair.
    2. Wrap dry from left to right with a vent brush.
    3. Use a round brush in vertical sections once hair is dry for more contour towards the face.
    4. Piece out the interior with a wax or pomade to create the shattered effect.

     Face Shape and Hair Type:

    I feel like any face shape is complemented by this look. The soft lines diffuse any square or heart shaped faces while the fringe fills out any triangular shapes.

    Recommended Products:

    Osmos Shaper is perfect for this soft, textured look.

  • The Shag

    Short, chunky layers sliding into soft ringlets of length — this look has it all! I feel like this style has so much to offer. One could pull the length up for a “short haircut” effect, or blow out the ends for a long, fuller look. There are two words for this modern haircut — texture and versatility!

    Shag Hairstyle with Short Chunky Layers

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a working product throughout hair.
    2. Wrap dry hair from left to right with a large round brush.
    3. When hair is dry, work vertically around the head towards the face.
    4. Pull your brush through the length and wind the hair around the brush vertically. Allow the hair to cool for a moment, then unwind the brush. Work away from your face on both sides and around the head.
    5. Polish hair with a light pomade.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    A medium to thick density of hair is required for this look. If the hair is too fine in density, it will not have a strong enough length. If you have a curly texture, you might consider a Keratin treatment to collapse the bulk.

    Recommended Products:

    According to the texture of your hair, use a gel with an oil cocktail for rougher textures and a volumizer for finer hair. Osmos Shaper is great as a polish on the ends for separation and shine.

  • The Graduated Bob

    Here is another bob variation that redefines one of the classics. The graduated bob shows off so much texture. Accompanied by a trendy swing fringe, this haircut highlights so many focal points that it will compliment just about anyone!

    Graduated Bob Hairstyle with Texture

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a working product throughout the hair.
    2. Wrap dry hair from left to right with a paddle or vent brush.
    3. If your hair is a rougher texture, then flat iron vertical partings forward.
    4. Apply wax or pomade for separation and shine.

    Face Shape & Hair Texture:

    The graduated bob is better for triangular and oval face shapes. Unfortunately, for those who have square or heart shaped faces, this cut could widen the jawline. Typically the purpose of a graduated bob is to build weight in the back. For this reason I would suggest this cut for ladies with locks that lean towards the medium to finer side.

    Recommended Products:

    When your hair is on the finer side of things, I recommend the Kevin Murphy Anti.Gravity. It’s not just a volumizer, but a styling lotion as well. The Osmos Shaper is perfect for lightweight separation and shine.

  • Super Short Layered Cut

    This short, layered diddy packs a big punch in the texture department! There is so much movement accentuating all of the right features.

    Short Layered Hairstyle with Texture

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a volumizing product from roots to lengths.
    2. Wrap dry the hair from left to right with a large round brush.
    3. As the hair dries, turn the brush vertically and start to style hair forward using vertical sections.
    4. In the crown, use horizontal sections for extra height.
    5. Use a light wax or pomade for separation and shine.

    Face Shape & Hair Texture:

    This style is great for oval, triangular and heart shaped faces. The heavier top balances out narrow foreheads and wide jawlines. Medium to fine densities works best for this style because thick hair can easily turn into the dreaded “mushroom” look.

    Recommended Products: When your hair is on the finer side of things, I recommend Kevin Murphy Anti.Gravity. It’s not just a volumizer, but a styling lotion as well. The Osmos Shaper is perfect for creating lightweight separation and shine.

  • The Natural State

    Last but definitely not least, we have the natural state. These days it is refreshing to see more and more African American women embracing their natural texture. After years of relaxing, weaving and pressing their natural texture into a molded form, it is about time their curl has its day!

    Short Hairstyle with Natural Texture

    How To Style:

    1. Shampoo and condition with your favorite moisturizing set.
    2. Comb conditioner through with a wide tooth comb and rinse.
    3. Scrunch hair dry as wrapping with the “turban” method pulls too much on the curl structure, hindering its bounce.
    4. Apply ample amounts of a curl defining cream and oil cocktail.
    5. Scrunch through product and air dry.

    Recommended Products:

    When it comes to unruly locks, I prefer the Sarya Key line. It is made with a superior quality shea butter. Not only does it weigh down rough cuticles, but it actually “feeds” the hair as well. Their shampoo and conditioner are perfect for the fussiest of locks!

    Face Shape & Hair Texture:

    This is for all African American women. No matter the length of hair or face shape, it feels good to go “au natural”!

    We all want to feel and look as current as our times fly to the future. Armed with new knowledge of modern techniques, you may get in your futuristic hybrid cars and fly to your stylist asking for one of these classic yet modern hairstyles.