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5 Chic and Sophisticated 2014 Spring/Summer Hair Trends

Avatar • Apr 18, 2014

[to the tune of R. Kelly Seems Like You’re Ready]

Temperatures are riiiiiiising,

Your hair is probably yearning.

Forrrrrr a change.….

Let me stop there. There’s probably 8,743 different reasons to not cite or quote R. Kelly. But spring is most certainly here and summer is on the way. Temperatures are warming up! At this time of year, many naturals are coming out of their protective styles, and swapping scarves and coats for sunglasses and short sleeves.

Spring offers an opportunity for a fresh start, and what better way to renew your natural hair than with a new cut or style? These 5 trends are very in, and are absolutely perfect for ladies looking to switch it up without making a drastic change (with the exception of one). They’re also great for ladies who rock their natural hair in work environments where bold colors and funky shaved designs might be deemed unprofessional.

Let’s jump right in!

1. The Mid-Length Cut

Formerly known as the “awkward in-between phase” of hair growth, it is now chic and popular for Spring and Summer this year. The mid-length cut is perfect for ladies growing out a bob, or for ladies with longer hair looking to switch it up while still having enough hair to ponytail or bun. Mid length cuts fall between neck and collarbone length, and for most naturals with medium or longer length hair, achieving this shape of cut won’t require too many inches lost. Pair it with a deep side part or mermaid waves to take this mid-length to the next level of chic!

2. Chin to Collarbone Bob

The bob will always and forever be in style. It is classic, iconic, sophisticated, and chic. But for spring and summer, the bob is getting stepped up and the asymmetrical cut is back! In 2014 it’s being called the “Chin to Collarbone Bob”, but the idea is still very Salt n Pepa-esque. This look is perfect for shorter hair of all textures, and even locs.With this cut, the deep side part is definitely the way to go!

3. Deep Side Part

The deep side part is back! But did it ever really go anywhere? I live in a side part (seriously), but it’s nice to know that something I’m doing is very in season. Rock the deep side part with low ponytails, wash and go’s, braidouts, twistouts, bantu knot outs, blowouts, and more. A deep side part can be achieved on any length, texture, or type of hair.

4. Re-Big Chopping

Remember when I said only one of the trends involved a huge change? It’s this one. If you follow natural hair bloggers and business owners on social media, you’ll see the re-chop trend happening in real time. Whether to donate to locks of love, due to a bad dye job, in the mood for a fresh start, or inspired by their favorite celebs, big chops and TWAs are very in for spring and summer. In fact, two of my favorite people on Instagram have already taken the plunge! Saleemah Cartwright, founder of Hydratherma Naturals (@hydratherma on Instagram) and popular vlogger Teaundra (@teaundra_ on Instagram) both chopped their tresses and have gorgeous new cuts!

5. Mermaid Waves

Not a fan of cutting at all? Enter: mermaid waves. This romantic and ethereal look is perfect for the boardroom, the bar, and while out on the town. No cutting or special skills needed for this one. Just start off with stretched hair (blowout, banded, an old flat iron job, etc.) and grab a little moisturizer and styling foam. Transitioners can rock this style too! Mermaid waves can be achieved by making two flat twists or braids around the head (milkmaid style), or with 4–6 big and loose bantu knots. I achieved these mermaid waves while transitioning, on a blowout with large bantu knots. Of course, you can achieve mermaid waves with a styling wand, but why use extra heat? For more of a visual, watch Alicia James break it down on YouTube:

Naptural85 also shows her method with the bigger bantu knots:

Which spring/summer trends are you considering? I’m keeping my side part action, and the mermaid waves may make another appearance!

For more transitioning and natural hair tips from Christina, check out her blog, The Mane Objective. You can also find her on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.

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About Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and living in Los Angeles, Christina is BGLH's resident transitioning expert and product junkie. In addition to loving all things hair, she is a fitness novice and advocate of wearing sandals year-round. For more information on transitioning, natural hair, and her own hair journey, visit maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pictures follow Christina on Instagram @maneobjective.

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SummerBaby
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SummerBaby

I love #2 but don’t have the guts to do it.

Transitionneuse
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Transitionneuse

You don’t have to chop you hair in the back: just pin it and cover it a little!
I will definitly try it ^^
http://www.elletransitionne.com

Afrinaturality
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Afrinaturality

I accidentally thumbed you down when I totally meant to thumb you up! It’s a great style and your tip is right. Imma try it myself! 🙂

Lana
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Lana

Author had me dying talking about not citing R.Kelly. lol. He makes good music but I can’t rock with him after all that nonsense.

PMS
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PMS

What happened with R.Kelly outside of the pedophilia/molestation accusations?

Dananana
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Dananana

…isn’t that enough?

coffeeandfingernails
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Other than that Mrs. Lincoln how was the play?

Really?
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Really?

R Kelly? Really? Way to turn me against the article before I even get a chance to read it.

NubianPrize
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NubianPrize

Sorry, but I can’t get past that molestation stuff either. it’s an abomination to mess with kids.

JAgirl
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JAgirl

love all of these styles…i’ll try the deep side part.

Rosalie
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I’m definitely ready for a change but do not want to color my hair. Still looking for more options but that bob…

Adía
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Adía

I’m surprised there was no mention of coloring trends

candy
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candy

Let’s not make the discussion about a washed up r&b singer.

My hair is a bit shorter than the mid length and I want it to be longer to open up styling options or I want to cut it to be up by the ear like the chin to collarbone afro pic above.

As a 4c I find this length tricky to style because the shorter pieces need a lot of help to do what I want.

Nikki G
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I cut my locs from mid back to the asymmetrical bob and haven’t looked back. I love it!

jessey
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I miss my long hair! Everyone says I look younger since I cut it to a bob so I will take that.

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