The rising stars who need to be on your hair radar

Leona | 08 June 2018

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Are you looking for new style inspiration but at a loss for who, what or where to turn to? Fear not, as we have pulled together some of the hottest new names in the biz in our ones to watch for 2018…

These rising stars are set to make waves this year and, lucky for you, they have fierce and fabulous hairstyles, too! From music protégés to new faces on the modelling circuit, see the names (and manes) who are going to be on everyone’s lips in 2018.

We predict these rising stars will change the mane game in 2018


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The world is calling for London gal Rachel Foxx. Credit: Jeaniq Amihiya

Rachel Foxx


Singer and songwriter from East London, Rachel Foxx is the new name and voice taking the music world by storm.

Her soulful R&B sound has been bubbling for some time, but with her latest EP release entitled Flame, we are expecting huge things from this Hackney babe. We’ve heard it and believe us, it’s the uptempo, feel-good soundtrack you didn’t know you were missing.

What’s her CV like?

Positioned as one to watch by Complex magazine and BBC Music Introducing, Rachel has already managed to have sell-out shows and feature on the likes of Missguided, Fader magazine and Highsnobiety – that’s pretty impressive stuff.

Expect to see plenty of Rachel in 2018 when she not only dominates the airwaves but all our style goals too!

Hair hero for?

After trying everything from platinum blonde tresses and her favourite style, a sleek bun, Rachel Foxx is now embracing her beautiful natural curls. We caught up with Rachel to ask her about her decision to go natural and her response was “I kinda learned to love my natural hair and to be grateful for what I have” – we don’t blame her.

Get to know Rachel Foxx in our Q&A…

Who are your hair heroes and how have they impacted your personal style?

Naomi Campbell, I always loved her long hair and this was my go-to hairstyle in college. I also think SZA’s hair is really cool.

What are your biggest hair hits (fave style)?

I still love when I used to have my waist-length weaves! So fun. But my favourite has to be my centre part gelled back sleek bun… proper classic.

And hair lows (horror stories, mishaps etc)?

Dying/bleaching my hair!!! Eek!! I’ve done it twice (once in school and once a year ago), and both times I’ve cut all my hair off and had to regrow it.

Tell us about your decision to go natural? What inspired you?

I kinda learned to love my natural hair and to be grateful for what I have. I just wanted to look the same as I look when I go to bed as I do when I wake up.

Lastly, what advice would you give a younger you?

Love yourself, you are perfect just the way you are.

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Kali Uchis is set to become your new hair idol. Credit:

Kali Uchis


23-year-old Karly-Marina Loaiza is the Colombian-American singer going by the stage name Kali Uchis. She is often referred to as the new Lady Gaga, since Kali’s flamboyant style resembles that of the hitmaker.

What’s her CV like?

With past collaborations alongside Snoop Dogg and Brit babe Jorja Smith, Kali even supported Lana Del Rey on her North American tour in 2017.

Set to make 2018 her year, Kali has now paved a way for herself to become one of the biggest names in the music industry.

Hair hero for?

Kali’s style is always evolving and we never quite know what she will pull out of the bag next.

From her platinum blonde, early Lady Gaga-style tresses to her more recent sultry brown hue, Kali is the hair hero for anyone who admires colour chameleons and non conformists. Credit: @kaliuchis

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Sigrid is the chart-topping singer we can’t help but love. Credit:



Sigrid is the 21-year-old Norwegian singer and songwriter whose feel-good pop tune Strangers reached the number 1 spot on the UK Official Trending Chart. Honestly, once you hear it you will never be able to get it out of your head — and warning: her dad dancing in the video is contagious, too.

What’s her CV like?

If a number 1 hit song wasn’t enough, Sigrid has also featured on the soundtrack of DC Comics movie Justice League. With only 3 singles under her name, some are already labelling her the new Lorde.

But it doesn’t stop there, as she is also the winner of the BBC’s Sound of 2018. To put that in perspective, previous winners include Sam Smith and Adele.

Hair hero for?

To be frank, Sigrid (as of yet) hasn’t gifted us with a tonne of hairstyles, however, her signature long brown hair is all the hair goals we need right now.

So if you are a lover of effortless and minimal Nordic styles, or need to fill a Haim-shaped hole in your life, Sigrid is your girl. Credit: @thisissigrid

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Jorja won’t let you down when it comes to hair inspo. Credit:

Jorja Smith


Jorja Smith is the English singer whose voice you may have mistaken for Adele — or even Amy Winehouse — on more than one occasion.

What’s her CV like?

From features on Drake’s More Life album (plus supporting him on his UK tour) to her latest song Let Me Down featuring Stormzy, Jorja Smith is everywhere right now. Pretty amazing for a 20-year-old!

Jorja also now joins the likes of Florance and the Machine, Elle Goulding and Adele as the winner of The BRIT Critics’ Choice Award.

With features in every magazine from Vogue, i-D, Dazed, Elle (the list goes on), expect to see and hear more from Jorja throughout 2018.

Hair hero for?

Lovers of protective hairstyles will be drawn to Jorja’s stunning box braid looks, which she styles in chic low buns or ponytails.

But don’t rule her out for colour inspiration, as she is quite the champion of platinum blonde hues, wearing the colour on more than one occasion. Credit: @jorjasmith

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How have we not heard of Selah Marley before now? Credit:

Selah Marley


With Lauryn Hill and Rohan Marley (son of Bob Marley) as her parents, we wonder how 19-year-old Selah Marley has managed to slip under our radar for so long.

What’s her CV like? 

She has already appeared in two of Kanye West’s Yeezy shows, plus has a string of campaigns for Beyoncé’s Ivy Park collection and Calvin Klein under her belt. But that’s not all, as Selah Marley is also a very talented singer with her first single, Breathe, released in summer 2017.

Hair hero for?

Whether she is rocking her hair in a TWA (teeny weeny afro) or box braids, Selah Marley is one to watch for anyone wanting to embrace their natural hair texture or experiment with protective hairstyles. Credit: @selahmarley

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We expect to see plenty of Grace Elizabeth in 2018. Credit:

Grace Elizabeth


A relatively new edition to the Victoria’s Secret squad, Grace Elizabeth is the face of VS sister brand PINK. She is signed to NEXT model management and, with over 400,000 Instagram followers Grace is a social media sensation, too.

What’s her CV like?

Her Victoria’s Secret debut came in 2016, but you may have already spotted her strutting her stuff alongside Kendall Jenner on the Miu Miu runway – not to mention appearances in Vogue, too. She is a busy lady!

Hair hero for?

Keeping her medium-length light brown hair au naturel, Grace is all about that windswept look that all the models are loving lately. But as a VS model, it’s all about big voluminous waves, ofc! Credit: @lovegrace_e

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Editor’s tip: To nail the model look, healthy-looking hair is a must. Which is why we recommend using a wash and care system, like TONI&GUY Smooth Definition Shampoo and Conditioner, to reduce frizz and leave hair feeling smooth and moisturised from root to tip

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Short hair don’t care. Credit:

Julie Adenuga


The sister of Grime MC’s Skepta and JME, Julie Adenuga has been making her presence known on the music scene for many years. After being dubbed ‘the first family of Grime’ Julie Adenuga is stepping out of the shadow of her brothers and making her own mark on the music industry.

What’s her CV like?

After hosting for Rinse FM and Channel AKA, Julie’s big break came in 2017 when it was announced that she would be the new DJ for Apple’s streaming service Beats 1. And since then, Julie has interviewed everyone from Ed Sheeran to John Legend – talk about rubbing shoulders with the stars!

Hair hero for?

Short-haired lovers rejoice as Julie Adenuga totally slays her buzzcut (which also happens to be the It haircut of 2017). Keeping her style short and sweet, Julie’s fuss-free ‘do means she never has a bad hair day. Credit: @julieadenuga

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Samantha Ellsworth is set to be 2018’s curly hair hero. Credit:

Samantha Ellsworth


Step aside B&G Hadid, as 17-year-old Samantha Ellsworth is the newest face on the modelling scene – and she just so happens to be the younger sister to fellow model Danielle Ellsworth. Could this be the new sibling name to know? Only time will tell.

What’s her CV like?

Samantha Ellsworth has already walked for Phillip Lim and Clavin Klein, and if that wasn’t enough for the Florida native, she has been featured in several high fashion magazines, including Vogue Italia no less.

Hair hero for? 

Curly-haired girls, of course! Her mass of gorgeous brown curls are Samantha’s stand out feature (or at least one of them) and she regularly wears her dream-like curls loose for full head-turning effect. Credit: @samantha.ellsworth

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Editor’s tip: Treat your curls to the TIGI Bed Head Calma Sutra Cleansing Conditioner, which is formulated with ingredients that pack a punch. This sulphate-free cleanser works to refresh, detangle and hydrate curly hair – so everything your curls need!

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Okay, we see you Kathryn Newton. Credit:

Kathryn Newton


Unless you have been sleeping through the whole of 2017, you will know that HBO’s Big Little Lies has been one of the biggest TV shows of 2017. Alongside a star-studded cast (including Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman), it’s 20-year-old actress Kathryn Newton that stole our attention.

What’s her CV like?

Big Little Lies may be Kathryn’s stand out role, but 2018 is set to be Kathryn’s year, as it was only recently announced that she would be the female lead in the upcoming Pokémon movie, Detective Pikachu.

Hair hero for?

All things trendy. Need to know what the latest trends are and how to wear them? Apart from turning to All Things Hair (naturally), Kathryn Newton is slaying one trend after another. Berets, baker boy hats, retro curly perms, you name it, she has nailed it. Credit: @kathrynlnewton

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We predict a bright Future for Syd The Kyd. Credit:

Syd Tha Kyd


Known professionally as Syd, the 25-year-old LA-based singer and songwriter is known for her sultry voice and laid-back style – plus she happens to be friends with Solange!

What’s her CV like?

As the lead vocalist of neo-soul band The Internet, Syd has now branched out on her own with her first studio album, Fin, in 2017.

Hair hero for? 

Alternative hairstyles. Ignore the boundaries and make your own rules using Syd as your styling inspiration. With her close-shaved sides, Syd often colours her signature mohawk (or ‘frohawk) an array of bold hues – it’s just an extra quirk for Syd. Credit: @syd





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