Curly hair is finally getting the recognition it deserves. With more brands formulating game-changing products to help curly girls embrace rather than change their hair pattern, and stylists like Charlotte Mensah and Jennie Roberts divulging their curly hair expertise, curly hair trends are bigger than ever.
When it comes to haircuts, shoulder-length curly hair takes the top spot, says L’Oréal, with a 350% increase in Google searches since salons reopened. But much shorter, cropped styles are making waves on Instagram and Pinterest, too, as are classic bobs and up-dos with a nostalgic twist.
From the curly shag to the curly pixie, click through to discover the coolest curly hair trends to have on your radar for 2020, according to some of London’s top hair experts.
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The Graduated Bob
“If your curls are soft with a fine density and need a little extra support, a graduated bob will do just that,” says Jennie Roberts, curly hair expert at Lockonego for Redken and Pureology. The difference between a blunt bob and the graduated version is that the latter has stacked layers at the back, which get longer towards the crown. There is also a lot more length in the front. “The graduation at the nape helps to support and redistribute the weight for a fuller haircut,” adds Jennie. To achieve bouncy, voluminous curls for every layer, try Redken Curvaceous High Foam Lightweight Cleanser, £17, which cleanses from root to tip without weighing hair down.
The Curly Shag
The curly shag is a heavily layered statement haircut, says Charlotte Mensah, award-winning hairstylist and director of Hair Lounge. “It’s a choppy, textured look which is fresh for AW20 and is a lot of fun.”
Paul Edmonds, hairstylist and founder of Paul Edmonds London, agrees. “The shag particularly suits curly hair as it releases the curl and achieves a Saint Laurent-inspired look. It’s very French cool girl vibes, much like the short and more relaxed bob we’re seeing a lot of at the moment.”
Charlotte says the look can be achieved with softer layers (without compromising on volume) for a classic finish. She recommends applying a couple of drops of Manketti Hair Oil, £48, and Manketti Pomade (launching later this month) after washing, then simply letting curls air-dry.
The Curly Pixie Crop
This short haircut is cropped into layers for a low-maintenance look, says Charlotte. “The style allows you to give your curls a break from too much heat, colour, weave, braids or extensions. It’s super cute and classic and is great if you want to embrace soft, natural curls or want to give your hair a breather.”
Charlotte pinpoints Halle Berry as inspiration. Her advice? Just go for it. “This look has the wow factor for those with longer hair who want to take the plunge and go short. To create a tousled curly pixie effect, use Manketti Hair Oil, £48, and Hair Finishing Mist, £38, to de-frizz and define your curls.”
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The Loose, Curly Cut
“A great method for a loose, curly cut is single curl selection which should be done on dry hair only,” says Jennie. So what’s the process? Your chosen hairstylist will expertly cut each individual curl to build shape gradually. “This is done curl by curl and purely by eye,” says Jennie, “so make sure you and your stylist have agreed a final shape before you start.” If you’re not too keen on going short, take inspiration from musician Sonia Stein and her shoulder-length curls.
The ’90s Ponytail
Chunky highlights and butterfly clips reigned supreme this summer but we’re not done with ’90s hair trends just yet. “The ’90s are definitely back,” says Paul, “and I’ve been seeing a lot of loosely tied up hair where the natural curls are left out around the face, creating a cool yet very feminine look.”
This easy up-do created by Charlotte requires just a hair tie and a spritz of finishing mist. Tip your head forward so that you can easily scoop your hair into a high ponytail. Secure with a band, then use a fine-toothed comb to unpick a couple of face-framing strands around the face.
The Modern Perm
Salons all over the globe are getting on board with the return of the perm but the 2020 version has a relaxed twist which makes it a little less maintenance. “The new perm isn’t as big as back in the ’80s, but the curls are more controlled and manageable,” says Paul. “It’s definitely an exciting time for curly hair.” Look to Refinery29’s fashion editor, Georgia Murray, and opt for a curtain fringe to pull the look together.
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“One of the biggest micro trends when it comes to colour right now is chunks of brighter or lighter colour, often on underneath sections, so that it can be displayed or hidden depending on the look you want that day,” says Paul. Make like Redken ambassador Leysa Carrillo and opt for a buttery blonde or autumn-inspired copper tones to take you into the next season.
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“Afro textured hair is three-dimensional and self-supporting, offering people a multitude of shapes to choose from,” says Jennie, who has been cutting a lot of shapes in a freehand manner recently. “This allows me to control, contour and angle tight, tapered looks or voluminous, cloudlike, unapologetic shapes,” just like this style.
If you’re doing a wash and go, Jennie suggests shingling (applying leave-in conditioner such as Redken One United, £19.50, from root to tip, then following with a curl creme or gel on each individual curl) and twisting to create and enhance definition. “This is a great way to dress out and style curls,” adds Jennie.Credit: Original article published here.