Lead hairstylist at Rita Hazan, Juan Carlos Maciques, is the wiz behind red carpet looks for celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Chrissy Teigen and Michelle Williams. He shares his forecast for what’s trending in 2017, and what’s definitely o-u-t.
What’s the most popular hairstyle trend we’re seeing for men?
Hair now is all about embracing your natural texture. Easier said than done mind you. You should be confident and balance it with a sense of style. You should also bear in mind that this doesn’t mean leaving it to its own devices and allowing it to be frizzy or unkempt. It should look healthy. For men, the naturalness means allowing the growth pattern to take charge. Forward and in its natural texture. Whether straight, curly, or wavy, and whether long or short. Think modern day Caesar or an updated 70s shag.
And for women?
For women its equally about embracing natural texture. For summer however, there’s a strong trend, which has been dominant for several seasons past, for half wet/half dry hair. Sleek at top and dry from the nape down. It can be slicked back or parted to one side and it can be gelled for a more wet approach or sprayed down for a more held in look, without as much sheen. For the fall months, it’s more about a dry, natural texture. Eased and relaxed in feeling. Think effortless, flowing hair. I also feel there will be a trend towards straighter hair as waving the becomes more and more mainstream.
Facial hair – in or out?
OUT!! it’s more a NY hipster trend now then an actual fashion trend. Unless, of course, you’ve adopted it as your classic now and it suits your style. Then there are no rules. Remember that what looks most fashionable is what you’re most comfortable in.
Out is looking like you’ve tried too hard, unless of course it’s who you are. That’s where lines get blurred. Style is ultimately about who you are as a person and what feels good to you. If trends are something you follow, then chances are you will look good doing so. If not, you will seem uncomfortable and not yourself. Saying that, out is staid hair. We want hair to move and be free. Even if portions are contrived, the rest needs to appear effortless.
What are a few of your favorite go-to styling products?
Love my L’Oréal Elnett normal strength hair spray. Adore a mousse, a salt spray for texture, and a volumizing spray for body and hold. Love me a hydrating lotion, nourishing oil, or leave in for dehydrated hair.