Metal heads: the bangin’ hair trend seen at NYFW

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Wispy, shaggy and unabashedly BIG - the latest hair trend coming of the runways of New York is the ultimate cool girl cut

Let's get one thing straight - if you're the type to covet Victoria's Secret-style barrel waves - stop reading now. Because the latest hair trend to leap off the runways from New York Fashion Week S/S '16 might be heavy on the volume, but it takes its cues from an altogether different source - namely, the glam rock and heavy metals bands of the '70s and '80s. Yes, once the butt end of many a joke and a feature of every late-'70s/early-'80s teens most cringe-worthy photos, the shaggy, textured, fringe-heavy look is making a comeback. For reals.

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Now before you go shaking your head in disbelief, hear us out. 2015's version of the heavy metal 'do is less about teasing combs and frizz, and more focused on razor-cut texture, strong layers and natural-looking body. And fringes, of course - who could forget the bangs?

At Givenchy's S/S'16 show, while most models sported slicked-back, centre-parted 'dos, one model stood out clearly from the pack. Mica Arganaraz's eyelid-skimming fringe and shaggy cut harked back to rocker Frank Zappa's trademark curls, making us long for the ease of a shake-and-wear style. Derek Lam's soft windswept waves were the perfect texture for a face-framing bob à la Whitesnake's David Coverdale and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones - minus the sideburns, mind you.

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For Alexander Wang S/S '16, hair stylist Guido Palau told NYT's The Cut that masculine was the order of the day. "Alex wanted to emphasise the real masculinity of a boy. It wasn't a manicured feeling... There's a toughness to his girls; they're not shrinking violets," he explained. While certainly modern and fuss-free (no curling irons or blow-driers were used), we reckon some of the girls' were channelling the glam rockers vibes of Van Halen and Guns N' Roses. And the payoff can only be described as laidback cool.

The lesson we're taking from New York? It's all about a sharp cut, texture and mega volume. Next time you're looking for a so-now update to your grown-out lob, look no further than the gods of rock and metal for inspiration. You heard it here first.

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