In 1995, every woman wanted “the Rachel.” This year, some are still asking for it but with a different cut in mind. Some women might no longer envy Jennifer Aniston’s famous layers, but now seek to replicate her swooping bangs.
“With the new episode of ‘Friends,’ Rachel has the bangs, so that’s coming along,” said Brandy Slate, manager of Platinum Salon at 13 N. Tenth St.
Molly Deimeke, a stylist for Yummy at 1013 E. Walnut St., said she is also hearing more requests for bangs.
“A lot of people come in and they say, ‘Oh, I haven’t had bangs since I was in like third grade, and I think I want bangs, but I’m scared,’ “ she said.
For people with reservations about getting bangs, Deimeke said they should consider swooping bangs like Aniston’s, which are less chunky and less solid.
According to Rose Ditter, stylist and owner of Kelani Salon and Spa at 1100 E. Walnut St., the proper name for bangs is fringe.
“If you go to Europe, you don’t want to say the word bangs,” Ditter said. “Fringe is the very international term.”
Besides “fringe,” other hair fashions are slowly popping up around Columbia.
The trends reaching Columbia men and women this year include layering, a lot of texture and darker hair shades.
“It’s not so platinum blond anymore,” Slate said.
“Being right in the Midwest, we’re pretty slow as far as picking up on the new trends,” Slate said. “What they did in California this summer is what we’re doing now. It all comes in flow.”
Deimeke said she has done a lot of darker base colors with caramel or red highlights.
“Everybody’s had blond for so long, they’re getting bored with it,” she said.
Erika Kubsch, Deimeke’s client, said she tries to keep up with the trends in hair fashion. Kubsch, 18, comes to Yummy once a month to get a new cut.
“I just kind of let them do what they want,” Kubsch said.
This time Kubsch decided to keep her blond swooping bangs and dye her short blond hair black.
“I get bored,” she said.
Ditter said she has done several things with color this year, including using a darker color underneath and adding accent colors that can only be seen when the hair is flipped to one side.
“Color is as important as cut and everything else,” she said.
According to Ditter, all lengths of hair are popular for women, as long as the hair has texture. Women with long hair are adding many chunky, wispy layers around the face, while medium-length and short-haired women are piecing and popping their styles, making textured pieces stand out.
Men are also seeing new trends in their hairstyles. The stylists said they were seeing more length and texture for men’s hair this year.
“I hear a lot of the ‘Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’ come out,” Slate said. “A lot of guys are using that because they see the texture and the longer haircuts they’re doing.”
Deimeke said men’s hair has changed from a chunky, hard-gelled look to a softer style.
“The separated style is still popular, but it’s a different technique,” she said. “It’s not looking like you can touch it, and it would crack.”
New styles and colors are not the only trends evolving in hair fashion. Accessories such as big flowers, thin colored headbands and hair ribbons are seen adorning women’s hair this year.
“It’s not just a plain rubber band anymore,” Slate said.
Although the stylists said their younger clientele request most of the trendy styles, Ditter said, “Every age wants to be trendy, but it’s got to fit their lifestyle as well.”
Ditter said almost any style could be adjusted to complement a person.
“Most everybody does their hair so their friends will like it,” she said. “I think that says a lot, too.”
Kubsch said most of her friends have similar long hairstyles with blond highlights. Kubsch said she has a more personal style.
“It’s just my kind of fun,” she said.
These new trends in hair fashion cost no more than the average haircut, but are also easy to maintain. According to Ditter, her clients’ biggest wish is for minimal time styling their hair.
Deimeke said that because the new styles focus on texture, most styles blend and flow well without much effort.
“You can work with the bedhead that you wake up with,” she said.
The stylists also agree that styles go through gradual changes.
“There’s not too many styles, just like clothing, that suddenly changes,” Ditter said. “It kind of evolves.”
For Kubsch, changing her hairstyle is something fun and exciting to do.
“I feel like you change your clothes all the time, why not change your hair?” she said.
Although Kubsch does not know how her hair will look with each new style, she doesn’t get nervous.
“It’s all reversible,” she said.
No one knows how long the current trends in hair fashion will last, but for now, stylists will continue to hear more requests for color, layers and bangs.