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Trendy Matte Hairstyles

Matte Hairstyles
Argentine model Candela Novembre knows how to express the style of her time. Here she wears her hair in the popular matte style
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It used to be an unwritten law that hair had to be shiny. This is no longer the case. Women are discovering the special beauty of matte hair. We show you the new matte hairstyles for your inspiration. The style is casual, natural, and maybe a bit messy but always cool

  • Along with many other 'rules', the old rules about hair go out by the window. No longer must hair be long and carefully groomed, and it does not have to be shiny any more either. Change is the very nature of fashion. Modern women like to wear shorter hair, do not spend a lot of time on elaborate hairdos, and are about to embrace matte hair as an expression of their style.

    Argentine model Candela Novembre (see the photo above) shows the appeal of matte hair. She styled her hair into a lob (lob is short for long bob) with a hint at beach waves. Her thick medium-blonde hair shows no shine.

  • The Advantages of Wearing Matte Hair

    Matte hairdos are supposed to give the impression of casual nonchalance. You hair should look natural as if you had paid no attention to it at all or at the most, twirled, braided or put it up as an afterthought. This fits right into the current undone hairstyle trend. The lacking lustre in the hair puts all emphasis on the complexion. Extravagant makeup such as smokey eyes and expressive lipstick provide eye-catching contrast with the plain hair styling.

  • How to Style Matte Hair

    Matte hair still needs shape and structure, which can be easily produced using suitable hair products:


  • Creating matte hair using matte paste: 

    Matte paste is the perfect solution if you want only part of your hair to look matte. You can use the paste to define strands of your hair without making your hair feel sticky. The paste also helps to create straight and short hairstyles with matte hair.

    Styling: Distribute a small amount of paste between your fingers and work the paste through your hair or individual strands of hair.


  • Creating matte hair using volumising powder:

    Use volumising powder to create the matte style and increase the hair volume at the same time. The hair will look matte and it will be very manageable for the creation of wild curls or updos.

    Styling: Distribute the volumising powder near the roots and/or through the ends of your hair using the tips of your fingers. You don’t have to brush out the volumising powder.


  • Creating matte hair using dry shampoo:
    Dry shampoo also creates volume and a matte appearance. It can be easily sprayed into your hair as alternative to a regular shampoo. This comes in handy when there is little time for hair care.

    Styling: Spray short blasts of dry shampoo into your hair and allow it to work in your hair for two to three minutes. Then use your fingers or a towel to massage the dry shampoo through you hair. Finally brush the dry shampoo out of your hair and style it.

  • We hope the hairdos for matte hair in our gallery inspire your hairstyle choices.

  • Gallery: Stars Wearing Matte-Looking Hair

    Matte Hair: Riley Keough

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    Side-Swept Matte Hair

    Actress Riley Keough parts her hair on one side and sweeps it to the side opposite the parting. Her hair is matte close to the roots while the rest of the hair shimmers lightly. Her makeup shows the same contrast with a matte foundation and shimmering red lipstick

    Matte Hair: Rose Byrne

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    The Matte Hair Updo

    Actress Rose Byrne created a casual updo for this particularly trendy style. She shows how feminine and enticing even the simplest updo can be

    Matte Hair: Elizabeth Olsen

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    Braided Matte Hair

    Matte hair also works well with braids, which are always practical and pretty. Elizabeth Olsen styled her side-swept braid casually and allowed a few strands of hair to escape the braid

    Natalie Cantell

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    Two-Tone Matte Hair

    The two-tone style is here to stay. Model Natalie Cantell shows how interesting this style looks with matte hair. The matte hair emphasises her glowing complexion

    Matte Hair: Chloë Sevigny

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    Matte Short Hair

    Actress Chloë Sevigny wears her hair short without much styling. The matte looking hair creates an even more natural style. Makeup tip: Use a bright lipstick colour to create an eye-catching accent