Still looking for inspiration for that post-lockdown haircut? Not sure which hairstyle, cut or colour you’ll get? We asked the experts to share their most requested hair trends right now.
It’s been almost three months since that fateful day in April 2021, when salons were officially allowed to safely re-open their doors once again. Since then, bookings have been through the roof but if you’re still yet to get your next appointment in the diary because you’re not sure what to go for, don’t fret.
Maybe you’re torn between going for an almighty trim or sticking to a fairly subtle change. Or, now that your hair is finally back in the hands of the experts, do you opt for a completely drastic change?
To give you some ideas, Stylist spoke with some of the industry’s leading hair stylists and salon owners to bring you the six looks that have been popular this far and that they predict will be asked for throughout summer and beyond. Prepare for some serious inspiration.
Enhancing natural texture
The soft french fringe
Normal People was at the top of most of our lockdown TV binge lists during lockdown 1.0, and it wasn’t only Connell’s chain causing mass hysteria and a gaining a cult following: Marianne’s fringe did too, which is still – almost a year on – being reflected in salon requests. “People want a choppy fringe with shorter disconnected layers that highlight the cheekbones” says King. Easier to style and requiring less maintenance than a full fringe, it’s a win/win situation really.
Contrasting block colour
The trend for clashing tones started to take off pre-lockdown, courtesy of Dua Lipa and her bold blonde fringe, pictured above. Without the guidance of a pro, it was virtually impossible to recreate at home, especially considering how tricky bleach is to get right. But if you’re looking for a bold change at your next appointment, the tone-on-tone trend is one to bear in mind. “It really emphasises the contrast between the highlight and bronze and it’s seriously uplifting,” says Redken ambassador, Harriet Muldoon.
The glossy balayage
Natural free styles
Images: Getty images and BBC images.