If you thought that lockdown led the average American to neglect their locks, think again. The Financial Times reports that consumers actually spent billions of dollars on DIY products, with the temporary closure of hairdressers and nail salons spurring amateurs to try their luck at self-styling. Of course, many beauty establishments have now reopened so if you are after a new cut, style, or color, these are just a few trends you may want to try out. They promise to be the look sported by celebrities and stars in Hollywood and beyond.
The Layered Look
Remember Jennifer Aniston’s famous bob in friends, or the layered shoulder-length bobs sported by everyone from newscasters to big film stars? Well, this look has definitely made a comeback, with everyone from Selena Gómez to Rihanna flirting with hair that gently ‘fans’ the face in tousled layers. This look begins with long bangs that ‘frames’ the forehead and continues on to soft, inward-blown layers that reach chin, shoulder, or mid-chest length.
This trend seems to be eternal and indeed, many would say that few styles are quite as flattering as long, messy waves that add volume yet still look natural and effortless. To achieve this look, you can either opt for a perm, or use a curling wand. If you wish to add length, then wavy clip-on extensions can take your style from bob to waist-length in a flash. If you are investing in extensions, opt for those which are heat resistant. This way, you can style them dead straight, wavy, or curly, depending on your mood on a given day. Wear your waves loose or leave a few wavy tendrils, pulling the rest of your hair back in a loose, low ponytail.
If you follow Ashley Graham, Jeffree Star, or Jennifer López, then you’re probably already going ga-ga over Gucci’s XL-sized barrettes. Clips and bejewelled pins are the perfect way to jazz up a simple, slicked-back ponytail or ultra-straight bob. Of course, you don’t have to bling out on expensive brands to get this trend right. The key to emulating the look successfully is to go for clips that are embellished with rhinestones, pearls, or Swarovski crystals.
Billie Eilish has been loving this trend long before it became global, but if you’ve always been into turquoise, baby pink, or soft lavender hair, now may be the time to give it a try. Some are wearing this trend on very sleek, sophisticated styles (such as super-straight short bobs), while others are going for ombre effects, moving from a dark purple or grey at the roots and transforming into gentle pink or apricot from around eyebrow-level onwards. There are so many semi-permanent, shampoo-in products available, making them perfect for those who are experimenting with color for the first time.
Whether you enjoy heading to the salon or you like trying out new colors and cuts on yourself, there are many ways that you can jazz up your look. From wavy clip-ons to semi-permanent color, you can brighten up your day with looks that may be unexpected for you. The good news is that both natural curls and super straight looks are in, so regardless of your natural hair texture, you needn’t tamper too much with what nature gave you to look your very best.