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Feathered Hair Is In Again: How To Get The Retro Look

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There are only three lasting things we associate with the 1970s: disco, platform shoes, and feathered hair. In fashion and beauty, what’s old is always new again. That’s certainly the case for feathered hair, which is making its modern return in salons across the country.

Thankfully, the 2018 version of this voluminous ‘do doesn’t require a whole can of hairspray. You don’t even have to pair it with hot pants and roller skates (although you can if you’d like to really get in the spirit of things—we’re not judging). Today’s feathered hair is really just a fresh take on short layers.

Before you ask for it at a salon, keep reading to learn the ins and outs of hair feathering.

What is feathered hair?

There are two ways to think about feathered hair: as a cut and a style. When it comes to the cut, feathered hair is all about creating volume all over your head. If you’ve tried long layers in the past and aren’t so impressed with your flat roots, it may be time to consider lighter layers that won’t get weighed down.

In the ‘70s, bombshells wore feathered hair past their shoulders. If keeping your length is important to you, make sure your stylist is on the same page before he or she begins snipping away at it. For ladies who prefer short hair, a feathered cut can add drama to an otherwise understated bob.

Above all else, keep this in mind: You’re not choosing to recreate a pin-up poster. The feathered cut you get will be utterly modern-feeling and right for 2018. Squash those fears about hair that looks dated right now.

How do you style feathered hair?

Once your layers are in place, the process of styling your feathered hair can begin. You’re aiming for bouncy, windblown texture and a slight curl away from your face. At your hair appointment, your stylist will likely use a round brush and a concentrator nozzle on a blow dryer to ensure that hair looks big and beautiful.

When styling feathered hair at home, you may not have the dexterity to hit every angle of your head the way a professional could. Instead, coat your freshly washed and towel dried mane with a heat protectant like Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer Spray. Rough dry your hair (we always like to use the lowest heat setting possible), then add some texture with a product like L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Wild Stylers Next Day Hair to hold disheveled, tousled looks. Aim for height at your crown and the sides of your face.

Once you’ve pumped up the volume, plug in a curling iron or wand. You’ll want to focus on the ends of your layers, giving them each a little flip away from your face. Finish off the style with a blast of Kérastase Laque Dentelle hairspray for long-lasting wear.

Now that your feathered hairdo is in place, make it your own. Every time you style it, add personal touches that make it feel like your hair—not just a trend.

For a customized feathered haircut, use our salon locator to book an appointment with a professional stylist near you.