It’s all about the Grace Jones-inspired cut this autumn

Asymmetric hair is back – and it's looking fierce!

It seems as though everyone is feeling super nostalgic at the moment. First, the Netflix Original series The Get Down caught our attention with its amazing 1970s hairstyles and now, the fashion crowd is set to bring back ’80s hair (yes, really).

But you can forget about large perms and side ponytails, this unexpected hair trend is far more fierce because it’s inspired by the iconic Grace Jones. Interested? We thought that might get your attention. So, scroll down to see how you can rock this season’s hottest black hair trend!

How to work the Grace Jones-inspired haircut

Short Grace Jones inspired hair
Keep it short and sweet. Patricia Viera’s AW16 show. Credit:

Keep it short

We fell in love with this short ‘do at Patricia Viera’s autumn/winter 2016 show during São Paulo Fashion Week – mainly it’s because a hybrid haircut that’s a cross between a high top fade and a mohawk.

Feel like this could be the retro style you’ve always dreamed of having? Then when you get to the salon, we suggest asking your stylist for a short cut on top and at the back, with a subtle burst fade on the sides. It may be a lowkey cut, but this look really packs a punch in the style department.

Editor’s tip: Don’t forget to keep your afro hair looking lush by ensuring it’s moisturised with the LOC, LOCO or LCO method (liquid, oil and cream).

We love the Dove Advanced Hair Series Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatmentand the TIGI S-Factor Papaya Leave-In Moisture Spray as it’ll not only fully hydrate your ‘fro, but will also leave it smelling like papaya!

Maxmara '80s-inspired hair resort 2017
Boxy and beautiful. MaxMara resort 2017 collection. Credit: Courtesy of MaxMara

Beautiful and boxy

This edgy, high top fade is the epitome of fabulousness! Geometric high top fades were traditionally favoured by men, but Grace Jones changed all that and proved women can rock this look just as well (if not better!). And now, MaxMara’s resort 2017 collection has challenged this idea yet again, with this beautiful ‘fro!

It’s big, it’s bold, and it’s totally on-trend with this season’s clean-lined aesthetics – this cut will definitely take you to new hair heights. Just a little heads up: not only is this sculptural and boxy ‘do not for the faint-hearted, but you’ll have to remember to book regular shape-ups – because maintaining the sharp lines of this look is key.

'80s high top hair on a black model Michalsky SS17
The sky is the limit (sort of)! Michael Michalsky SS17. Credit:

The sky is the limit (sort of)!

Okay, so we admit that we kind of exaggerated with this one, but the core message is: you can grow a high top, well, as high as you want! In fact, opting for height or longer lengths are an easy way to instantly tap into the trend, without worrying about the ‘harshness’ of an ultra-short crop.

Still need more proof? Just take a leaf out of Michael Michalsky’s spring/ summer 2017 show. Its short sides helped to give the impression that the top is taller than it actually is, making it an ideal look for those who aren’t scared of heights.

Modern day ’80s hair-heroes from Instagram


Tall high top fade '80s hair
Angular inspiration. Credit:

When we were scrolling through our Insta feeds, it’s no surprise that @ronyca’s hair caught our attention. We love the angular shape of her high top because it’s such an easy way to celebrate her natural hair texture! Just remember to use an afro comb to help create the fullness and height that this retro look calls for. Credit: @ronyca

Two women with Grace Jones-inspired hair
Two can play that (’80s hair) game. Credit:

African street style photographer Unam Ntantala captured these two ladies during fashion week – and we can certainly see why. Their haircuts look totally fierce (especially when stood side-by-side!). Credit: @unamntantala





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