New Year, New Hair! Celebrity Hairguru Gabriel Samra On Taking Your Look To The Next Level In 2018!

The best part of welcoming a new year is the motivation to shake things up, and that’s especially true when it comes to our hair color and style.

If you feel like you’ve been in limbo with your hairstyle, the new year, new me motto is a great excuse to go for a new look. We got together with the hairstylist, Gabriel Samra whose styled stars like Gisele Bundchen, Gaby Espino, and more to get step-by-step breakdowns of some of this year's trendiest looks and hottest styles of the moment.

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1. Dark Over Dark

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"One of the hottest hair color trends for 2018 is sort of a "reverse" Ombrè where dark roots give way to ends that are just a bit lighter. When done correctly, you won't be able to tell where the darker color ends and the lighter color begins. It’s such a subtle and sexy look that flatters every skin tone," said the hair guru. 

2. Messy Bun

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Step 1: Start by brushing hair carefully to remove any knots and tangles. Use some dry shampoo to texturize. 

Step 2: Next create a high ponytail right on the top towards the back of the head, this doesn’t have to be too neat but try to get it right up to the crown of the head. 

Pro-Tip: If you have really long or thick hair and find it tricky to create a high pony flip your head upside down to make sure you can get you pony high enough.

Step 3: Once you have a high pony divide into two sections and use your fingers to twist the hair around into a bun securing with a bobble pin. You will now have a tight ballerina style twisted bun. We like making things look a little messier so this is the time to start pulling out a few strands around the face and loosening up the bun to add volume.

3. Softly Contrasting Roots

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According to Gabriel Samar, this is the perfect look for those who want a color change to blonde without the high-maintenance blonde hair comes with. What makes this look is the technique, as the blonde color varies depending on skin tone. To get this look, keep roots and baby hairs darker, either your natural color or a soft brown. Make sure to keep natural dark brows as well. This intentional contrast is both pretty and convenient, as it will allow hair to grow out with less maintenance. It’s super important to use the right products to limit damage between the dark to blond hair transition. "I recommend Clairol Professional Kaleidocolors it’s designed specifically for dark hair and will help lighten and tone your strands quickly and safely," said Samar.

4. Messy Ponytail

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Step 1: After hair is blow-dried apply a dry shampoo to the roots to create volume. Tease your hair at the crown.

Step 2: Once you've teased the hair and created the small middle part, it's time to put it in a ponytail. Keep the ponytail in the almost perfect center of the back of your head. Putting it too high will look very cutesy. A low ponytail works but definitely gives it a different vibe. 

Step 3: Now secure in place with elastic. You can leave out a bit of hair to wrap around the base. Wrap it around the band until the band is no longer visible, and then use a bobby pin to clip the ends down. 

Pro-Tip: Tighten ponytail from the bottom part with hair that’s closest to your neck. Tightening it there rather than on top creates instant volume and lifts the ponytail. 

5. Contouring Highlights

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Just when you thought you could only contour your face or body! The term contouring highlights is a coloring technique is specifically used to accentuate or soften facial features. Much like the makeup technique, hair color contouring uses darker bronde tones to add depth to areas that you want to appear softer or more drawn in, and lighter blonde shades to enhance other areas or make them appear brighter. To maintain this look between touch-ups use a color enhancing shampoo and conditioner like Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights, which helps boost color and tones down any brassiness. This style works great for every age, every hair texture, and skin tone. 

6. Undercut Side Braid

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Step 1: After hair is blow-dried start by creating a deep side part from the front hairline all the way back to the nape of the neck and apply a small amount of serum to achieve that sleek, glossy look.

Step 2: French braid the section at the side of the hair. Take the section on the opposite side to your parting and separate into three strands. Two strands need to be held in one hand, and the third strand held in the opposite hand. Create a few rows of a regular braid by taking the strand on the right and crossing it over the center, and then take the strand from the left and cross it over the center. Continue this pattern of crossing strands diagonally over the center strand, but gradually begin incorporating other pieces of hair. Before you cross a strand over to the other side, grab another strand of hair from the loose pieces on the same side and include it in the crossover.

Step 3: Then continue this until you reach the nape of the neck, secure with the clear hair elastic. Finish with a fine layer of hairspray onto the blow-dried section and tease it with fingers to create volume and texture.