For many women, the New Year marks the beginning of change. New Year resolutions are in full force with many wanting to feel better, do better and look better!

A woman’s hairstyle represents her inner being. It is a way of showing her identity, her strength, her style, her confidence and her heart. If 2017 was a tumultuous year, a new look is a great way to lift your spirits and start afresh. And what better way to boost your confidence than with a new hairstyle. If you really want to up your hair game, try these hairstyles in 2018 to look and feel fabulous.

Stylists from Darling, the No 1 Hair Extension Brand in Africa, share their top hairstyles for 2018:



The Bob

The bob is always on trend. Whether it’s a short cropped polished classic A-line bob (Talia Weave), a super sleek shoulder-length layered bob with a tapered fringe (Nikita Weave) that can be cut into a majestic Cleopatra-inspired style, perfect for a woman that wants to look and feel like an Egyptian goddess. A short and chic symmetrical bob with front lengths that tapers into a j-curl (Kerry H Weave) is perfect for a woman who loves variety because it can be straightened or curled, so you can keep your co-workers guessing about the style you choose to wear every day of the week. Either way, they will be green with envy but will still ask you how you achieved the style.



Afro-centricity isn’t going away any time soon and accessorised braids are a great option for women who want to make a fashionable statement. There are a variety of braids to choose from including Yaki and Hot Water braids that are easy to style and maintain. Adorn your hairstyle with beads and turn heads wherever you go. Brighter colours, such as olive green, royal purple, or pastel sorbet ombrè braids add a funky, fun touch to your look. If you want a multi-dimensional, natural look, go for two-tone, three-tone blends or ombrè braids (Bling Braid, One Million Dollar braid, Superstar collections).

 Bold & Bright yaki braids, royal purple an olive green


Locs and Afros

Stylistas are embracing natural hairstyles (Darling’s Out of Africa collection) which consists of Bantu locs that come in 10, 16 and 22 inches and you can find an extension to suit your individual style. Style them into a high pony tail for a fresh look.

Also trending, are long soft spiral strands (Rough Dread and Soft Dread) that can be worn as faux locs or opened up into a lush natural-looking afro with a tight curl (Vibration Blend which comes in plain, blended and highlighted colours). Try faux mohawks for a fun night out on the town. All these hairstyles are ideal for quick and easy protective styles.


Curls with a natural texture is hot this season.  Choose a style that can be cut and restyled often such as the (Regina Weave). You can achieve two looks with this weave without breaking the bank. The short tight and springy corkscrew layered curls (Joy Weave) is a chic hairstyle for the stylish woman whose hair is always on point!

Voluminous and long

Long wavy hairstyles are still popular. Achieve this look with Darling weaves for fuller, longer and softer curls or try a kinky straight, soft textured and natural-looking style with full body and extra length (Yaki Bulk Weave). These hairstyles are for the woman who wants to look feminine and sophisticated for the office but still glamourous enough for after-work cocktails with the girls.

Senior Brand Manager for Darling, Pearle Peane, says, “Martin Luther King said: ‘Hair is the richest ornament of women’, and at Darling we couldn’t agree more. So, go on, embrace change and fall in love with the new you in 2018!”


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