From curtain bangs to the French bob, we’ve been collecting hair inspiration for what feels like an eternity.
Whether you’re a seasoned Pinterest pinner or have hundreds of saved photos on Instagram, so many of us are in the mood for a brand-new hairstyle this spring, which makes perfect sense: well into our third lockdown, this is the longest many of us have gone without a hair appointment, so it’s understandable we’re all pining for change.
Thankfully, the wait is almost over. From 12th April, salons are once again throwing their doors open and the industry’s top experts are predicting tons of game-changing new haircut trends. There’s a style to suit everyone, too, whether you’re after a full-on hair transformation or something subtle.
Ahead, discover the biggest hair movements set to take spring by storm, according to the hair world’s top professionals.
The Italian Bob
All London’s cool girls go to Nick Latham and Sean Nother aka The Hair Bros – the brains behind the city’s effortlessly perfect hairstyles. While the French bob has reigned supreme (think a jawline-grazing cut and lots of volume), the Italian bob is taking over and it’s fast becoming their trademark style.”The Italian bob is a short bob, which comes up slightly shorter around the front, almost to the lip area,” said Nick. Taking the hair shorter here gives the face a youthful lift. Unlike its French counterpart, the Italian bob is a lot less structured and lends an undone sort of glamour. It looks great blow-dried but both Nick and Sean encourage embracing your natural texture with hair mousse or styling cream, and leaving hair to air-dry.
Extra Long Jumbo Braids
You can always count on Charlotte Mensah, award-winning hair artist and founder of Manketti Oil Haircare, to come through with the most show-stopping hair trends. “Extra long jumbo braids will be hot for spring and summer 2021,” she said. “Thick, soft plaits will make sure all eyes are on you. Not only do they take less time to put in and take out, they are also the perfect canvas for showing off fashion accessories like rings, beads and jewels.”
The Heavy Side Fringe
“We’ve had way more questions about side fringes in our Instagram DMs,” said The Hair Bros’ Nick. “Hairstylist Guido Palau created some great side fringes a few months ago, and they were slightly heavier than your average side fringe. Think Jane Birkin in the ’60s.”
If you’re not keen on the maintenance, a chunky cut like this will allow you to flip your hair to one side and fashion a faux side fringe that looks just as chic.
Anita Rice and Stephen Buller, founders of Buller & Rice, are northeast London’s most sought-after trendsetters. “We’re still on the shag,” said Anita, “but there’s so much variation in this haircut. What we’ll see is something between a mullet and a shag haircut,” which we’re calling the ‘shullet’. “It has some really cool, short face-framing layers, with much longer pieces hanging down by the shoulders.”Each layer of hair should be blended well so it doesn’t appear as two haircuts in one. The shullet is actually easier to grow out, too, according to Stephen, and looks great on curly hair.
Fluffed Out Textures
“With so many of us exploring and learning about our natural hair during lockdown, a lot more women will want to let their unique textures thrive in 2021,” said Charlotte, who champions “fluffed out hair, allowed to do its own thing.” She suggests using a rich, moisturising conditioner to smooth and nourish your hair. “It’s a good way to lock in moisture regularly, and use a wide-tooth comb or paddle brush,” she said. “A paddle brush helps untangle knots with ease. I recommend running the brush or wide-tooth comb through damp hair, starting from the ends, working your way up to the roots to undo any snarls with minimum breakage.”
The Ultra Long Shag Cut
“This is a ’70s and 80s throwback,” says Buller & Rice’s Anita, “and is almost inspired by Cher. Her staple was this amazing long, sleek hair with chunks cut out at the sides. It’s a real mixture of ’60s glamour with a cool edge and pieces of hair cut out around the jaw. It’ll allow you to keep your new length, too.”Take inspiration from this style, created by hairstylist April Christina Taylor at Blue Tit.
The Curly Side Fringe
Side fringes are back in a big way and look especially great with curls, according to Charlotte. “The ’80s retro look will be a big hit this spring and through summer. The curly side fringe in particular adds a bit of a twist,” said Charlotte.
The Textured Full Fringe
Never out but never truly in, Buller & Rice’s Anita predicts it might be time for the blunt fringe to make its comeback. The difference? It’ll feature lots of texture so that it doesn’t look too severe. Think accidentally perfect and lived in, like this style created by Buller & Rice stylist, Robert McPhilomey.
The Outgrown ’70s Fringe
“Maintaining a fringe is difficult,” says Buller & Rice’s Stephen, but the outgrown ’70s fringe is so easy. “You can part it or use tongs or a hairdryer to flick it out at the sides,” said Stephen, making it the ultimate style if you’re interested in trying the curtain bangs trend but want to maintain length.
The Curly Bob
You don’t have to have poker-straight hair to rock a bob and the trend is going absolutely nowhere fast. The look is moving away from the blunt cut vibe, though. “Bobs work well across all hair textures,” said Charlotte, who is looking forward to seeing just how fast her clients’ hair has grown in lockdown, with no access to trims. Multiple layers will ensure the look isn’t too heavy and has a little movement.
The Made-To-Order Cut
Personalisation is key to a cut that suits you, said The Hair Bros’ Sean, so find a great hairdresser and let them do their thing.”We ask people to wash their hair the night before or morning of their haircut, and let it air-dry,” said Sean. “Then we dry cut, and that allows us to manipulate the hair. It’s more like art, rather than a robot going through the motions and we can customise the style this way.” It’s also a great route to embracing your natural texture, said Sean. “It might be a scary jump to ditch heat styling, but there’s no harm having a blow-dry at the weekend with a personalised cut like this. It’s so versatile.”
The Page Boy Cut
Tom Warr is head educator at what is arguably London’s most innovative and creative hair salon, Blue Tit. He predicts that the page boy cut will slowly influence hair trends; think the bowl cut but much more chic, with a vintage twist. “This is another evolution of the shag, with the length shorter at the front and longer at the back, but much heavier,” said Tom. “This look doesn’t play on texture and movement. In fact, it’s the opposite. It’s all cut to its heaviest form to show the hair off and give it a silhouette.”
This beautiful style, created by NY and LA hairstylist Brittan White, is what to aim for.
The Super Short Shag
“This has evolved from the mullet and shaggy shape: shorter at the front with more length at the back,” said Blue Tit’s Tom. “Unlike the shag, though, this look moves into more of a solid, heavy finish. It’s also a shorter look than the shag.” While it might not be for the fainthearted, it’s definitely one to try if you’re after a big change and works especially well on curly hair.Credit: Original article published here.