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9 Fresh New Hair Trends To Try Now That Salons Have Reopened

With hair salons finally back open, it’s safe to say that many of us are in the market for a brand-new cut and colour.

Throughout lockdown we became obsessed with teasylights (ultra natural-looking highlights), the tapered cut (short at the sides and long on top) and the grown-out bob (shoulder-skimming and easy to maintain). But now that salons are officially taking bookings, there is a handful of innovative trends making waves.

From visible layers to the Daisy Edgar-Jones-inspired fringe, click through to discover the Instagrammable styles and shades to have on your radar for your very first hair appointment back at the salon.

Disconnected Layers

Invisible layers reigned supreme in London hair salons for removing dead weight and giving hair a wispy, ethereal quality. But right now there’s a strong return to visible, more obvious layering, says Larry King, hairstylist and Redken UK ambassador. “They will be seen rather than blended in,” he continued. “Think of them as disconnected layers, which are short on top for extra definition and help people keep their dream length.”

Visible layers help enhance natural texture and are especially perfect for curly hair. “If hair is all one length it can be a little triangular or weighted and you won’t get the best out of your curls,” says Larry.

To amplify layers, Larry is a big fan of Redken’s Wind Blown Dry Finishing Spray, £14.25, for dry texture. Team it with Redken Extreme Play Safe, £21.50, on the ends for extra definition.

The Fresh-Faced Fringe

“The new angle on the fringe is key,” says Larry. “The French-inspired fringe (quite long and heavy) has been popular in the past but that has now moved on to a fresher fringe,” he continued. “It’s shorter and has an arch, which blends down and softens on to the cheekbone. It’s a modern fringe.” Think short pieces of hair in the middle, visible brows and soft wisps of hair at the side, like this fringe created by hairstylist Shelley Brook.

If in doubt, take inspiration from Normal People‘s Daisy Edgar-Jones.

Two Tone

Colour contrasting is everywhere, with celebrities and colourists opting for face-framing streaks in an entirely different shade from the rest of their hair. While the trend isn’t going anywhere any time soon, hairstylists such as Cyrell Cook of Hair By Love are taking it to the next level by strategically placing colour throughout the lengths like chunky highlights. Here, Cyrell used Matrix.

According to blonde specialist Harriet Muldoon, the juxtaposition is supposed to be obvious for maximum impact. “Think about when you put on makeup and get the contrast between the highlighter and the bronzer,” she said. To keep your colour as fresh as possible, Harriet suggests opting for a toning shampoo, such as Redken Colour Extend Colour Depositing Shampoo, £18, available for blondes and brunettes in varying tones.

The Micro-Trim

So you’ve got past the awkward stage and your hair is finally the length you’ve always wanted it to be. But thanks to washing, air-drying and heat styling, split ends are inevitable. That’s where the micro-trim comes in. During a micro-trim, stylists will only snip off the bare minimum, making sure to eradicate any fluffy, parched ends. You get to keep your length but hair appears healthier, thicker and much more bouncy, like this satisfyingly blunt cut by Hare & Bone.

The icing on the cake is a clear gloss treatment, which hydrates and imparts shine, making hair appear brand-new.

Technical Toning

Different from a toning shampoo or hair mask, both of which dial down brassy tones in blonde hair (if the pigment is purple) or orange hues in brown hair (if the pigment is blue), a salon toner is much more pigmented. It essentially works to dye hair for a result that appears natural and nuanced, instead of a single, blocky shade. Take inspiration from hairstylist Dré Malczewska, who created these sun-kissed curls using Biolage Colour in Chamomile Gold.

Brunette Balayage

Summer will lead the balayage revival, according to Harriet, but we’ll be after something a little more natural, blended and soft. While you might usually associate balayage with blonde hair, colourists are focusing on brunettes, like this multi-tonal hue by Sloan Styles using Matrix. Much thinner, light brown or caramel-coloured highlights are interwoven between darker strands to create a subtle, sun-kissed lift that makes hair glow. “The trick is to take balayage closer to the root, so that it’s a bit longer lasting,” adds Harriet.

To extend your style, it pays to look after delicate and soft colours with a targeted shampoo. Harriet suggests Pureology Hydrate Shampoo, £19.95. “It’s sulphate-free and won’t strip your colour.”

Smudged-Out Roots

With brunettes opting for balayage, blondes are going for smudged-out roots, says Harriet, which makes growing out blonde hair appear seamless. This also means fewer trips to the salon, so if we find ourselves back under lockdown, any regrowth won’t look as obvious.

Right now, colourists are championing stone blonde: a much softer, wearable take on platinum.

Natural Texture

“Any look that emphasises natural texture, whether that be straight, wavy, curly, coily or kinky, I love,” says hair artist Charlotte Mensah. Larry has also seen many women embrace their natural texture since lockdown, and mentions that layers will enhance definition and shape.
Curly Hair & Straight Fringe

Thanks to lockdown, many of us have laid off the heated styling tools, grabbing our straighteners only occasionally to quickly spruce up our hair before Zoom meetings. But clashing textures, namely curly hair and a smooth fringe, is totally a look, especially thanks to Instagram influencers like Sophia Pathak who have made it a surefire trend.

“The cut is paramount,” says HARI’s creative director, Craig Taylor. “The styling is important as it works best if there is a blend from straight to curly. Finding that degree of blend may involve blow-drying out the fringe and the very top section just beyond the crown. Keeping the hair as relaxed-looking as possible will make this appear modern.”

Hairstylist Patrick Wilson agrees: “I think the length is really important. You want to reference people like Brigitte Bardot or Camila Cabello. The edges should be soft and there shouldn’t be so much of a harsh difference between the soft fringe and the wavy texture in the length.”

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Credit: Original article published here.

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