Political weave, dreadlock-gate and the color we’ll all be dyeing our hair this year
One month in and it’s looking like 2019 is going to be a great year for hair. From the return of the bouffant at Haute Couture week in Paris to Lady Gaga’s periwinkle blue look at the 76th annual Golden Globes—old time classics are reappearing, freshly reworked for a new calendar year. On the other end of the spectrum, you have hair as a means of political commentary: With the arrival of a record-breaking 131 women in Congress, representational hair is finally becoming a thing.
Before January wraps, dive into these—plus more—of the hair moments that have defined 2019 thus far.
We’re calling it: Pastel blue hair is going to be a major trend this year. Thanks to Lady Gaga’s Cinderella-inspired updo at the the 76th annual Golden Globes, trendsetters and little monsters alike still can’t stop talking about dyeing their hair periwinkle. To complete the look, Gaga opted for a fairytale Valentino gown and Tiffany & Co. diamonds worth a cool $5 million.
Avant-garde singer, Kelsey Lu is on our most-promising-hair-to-watch list. Just check out the recently-released video for her hauntingly beautiful song “I’m Not in Love,” and you’ll understand why. Think: floor-sweeping locks in the shape of a serpent, braids entwined with ribbons, and so much more.
Back in December, a video of a black high school wrestler who was forced to cut his dreadlocks at a match went viral. Viewers were outraged by the referee, and a firestorm of racist accusations ensued. Now the teen, called Andrew Johnson, is back in the news. A state civil rights investigation has been opened in his name, and his attorney says that referees are still giving him trouble over his hair.
For decades, American politics has looked predominantly white and male—but that all changed when a record-breaking 131 women were sworn into Congress for 2019. Among them there were many diversity firsts for the (hair) history books: the first Native American women, the first Muslim-American women, and Texas’s first Latina representatives—the list goes on.
The Return of the Bouffant
Was there anything more glorious than the mile-high hair at Chanel’s Spring 2019 Haute Couture show? The decadent look took its cues from 19th century dignitaries and the pompadoured hair of David Bowie’s infamous Blitz Kids in the early ‘80s. Bookmark it for your next bigger–is–better party look.