The Biggest 2018 Hair Trend Might Surprise You

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We recently sat down with top celebrity hairstylists who gave us the inside scoop on the haircuts that are going to be everywhere in 2018. The pros dished out their predictions with ease: curtain fringe ranks high in the bang game, the mid-length cut is the new long, and down-to-the-floor extensions are here to stay. Which leads us to our next question: How will these trendy new lengths be styled?
Turns out, there's a lot to unpack — and it's way more interesting than you might assume. (We all already know enough about beach waves and sleek strands, so don't expect those ahead.) Instead, the raddest new trends all seem to revolve around adorning the hair with cool accessories. Surprising? After mastering the art of DGAF hair over several years, we'd say yes.
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We've rounded up the hair trends that are going to help you walk into 2018 feeling inspired, refreshed, and very polished. And no matter you hair type or aesthetic — there's something ahead for you.
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Add A Ribbon

Post-holiday hack: Why toss your leftover wrapping ribbons? Give them a second life as a festive (yet chic) hair accessory. The best part is that you can work them into your 'do in tons of ways.
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A ribbon with a velvet finish adds a formal, on-trend touch to any style or texture.
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As seen topping the work of celebrity stylist John D, bright red and canary yellow ribbons dress up a loose pony.
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Thin, silky ribbon makes any braided look pop.
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The easiest option? Add a thin ribbon to the tail of your fishtail braid.
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Jewelry-Inspired Adornments

One of our favorite iterations of the minimalist hair accessory movement has been popping up on protective styles like locs and braids a lot — and it's really easy to DIY, too. Behold: A snug copper wrap or filigree tube is easy to attach and adds major interest to your go-to look.
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Like we mentioned, it's actually really easy to DIY with a pair of cone-headed pliers and some thin, moldable wire. Just bend the wire into a spiral shape around your braids, twists, or locs. (Say it with us: Get in, we're going to Michael's.)
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Low Pony Toppers

During spring/summer 2018 Paris Fashion Week, we saw sleek, nape-of-the-neck-placed ponytails hit runways like Chanel. Add some fabric and you're ready to take it to the street in style.
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Hairstylist Christian Wood added a gold clip to this look for a trendy juxtaposition of shiny and matte textures.
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Further proof that a low pony always works: Seen here on Asia Jackson, an effortless low pony with some face-framing tendrils left untucked is both polished and fun — then just add your accessory of choice.
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Statement Barrettes

As celebrity hairstylist Kristin Ess captioned this photo, adding a big barrette delivers a, "90’s meets SJP season 1 hair dream come true." We're on board.
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Or you can add an ornate, smaller barrette closer to your face, like the angelic Gigi Hadid did here.
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Ess also recently showed the (newly chopped) hair of Lauren Conrad from the back with a half-up style held together with a moon and stars-embossed velvet clip.
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Braids-&-Beads

We've said it once and we'll say it again: beaded braids are having a major moment in the spotlight right now. There are tons of looks to copy, but if you want to take it to the next level, let Kelela be your guide and cop this standout look.
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For some, less is more: This minimal look is flattering and easy to achieve.
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Or, for a more-is-more approach, channel celebrity hairstylist Roger Medina. This work was inspired by Rick James, Erykah Badu, and Solange.
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No, you're not seeing double: Yara Shahidi just sported this accessory trend, too.
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Put A Pin In It

Hair pins are another old-is-new hair trend we're jumping on in the new year. The queen of hair accessories, Jen Atkin, shows that you can pop a few pearl pins into a French twist-inspired ponytail for a fresh take. Oui oui!
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But pins needn't be topped with fancy pearls if that's not your style. In fact, two layered bobby pins on one side of your hairline looks just as cool in an "I just threw this together" kind of way.
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Jen Atkin x Chloe and Isabel have a sprawling array of minimalist chic metal accessories to be worked into intricate braids and topknots, but we're especially partial to the jeweled pins that can add delicate sparkle in a snap.
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You can also marry old school '90s trends with a more futuristic vibe by lightly crimping your hair and holding a half-up with a textured silver hair pin.
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