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Haircut trends to take to your salon appointment


A little inspiration for your appointment (Picture: Getty)

Our unruly lockdown hair is out of control.

Now salons are back open, most of us have made it a top priority to schedule an appointment to get our locks back on track. 

After a long year of on-and-off lockdowns and closures, some hair is longer than it’s ever been, so the possibilities are endless when it comes to choosing what style to go for.

Do you brave it and go short? Or do you go for something wildly different to celebrate restrictions lifting?

And don’t forget, you can donate your lockdown hair to charity, too.

We’ve spoken to hair experts and stylists about some of the most sought-after looks at the moment, to give you some inspiration to take to the salon.

A shag cut

Ricky Walters, celebrity hairstylist and director of SALON64, says that lots of people have had time to redesign their look over lockdown and have grown tired of pre-pandemic ‘pretty hair’.

Instead, lockdown life has meant they are now familiar with a more rough and ready approach, following months of low maintenance.  

So the shag cut is a great option.

He tells Metro.co.uk: ‘Gone are the days of one length hair and chunky, pretty layers. After being in lockdown yet again it’s time for the hair revolution. The shag leans upon its 70s heritage to add a level of rock and roll to any tired heads of hair needing a revamp.’

Ricky explains that the shag is a style that’s ‘cut to the collar bone and worn with plenty of shorter layers to give max attitude.’

He adds that it’s a cut that is best worn dishevelled and lived in, adding: ‘Ideally rough dried and then waved with a giant waver or crimper. Better yet, those lucky enough to have already naturally curly or wavy hair, this cut looks great simply scrunched.’

The mane

The Mane is great for curly hair (Picture: Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images)

‘Last year showed a huge trend for the curly bob – a polished graduated bob for those with ringlets and every curly hair. As time and fashion has evolved, this look has progressed to “The Mane,”’ explains Ricky.

He says ‘the mane’ allows curly hair to be bigger and better, while still holding its shape and is made up of ‘shorter scattered layers that retain the length.’

Ricky adds: ‘Best cut freehand without even using a comb it’s a very visual look that commands respect.

‘This look is truly one-of-a-kind for the curly hair community.’

Bangs (but done professionally)

Frame your face (Picture: Kirstin Sinclair/Getty)

Experts seem to think that perfectly-styled fringes and bangs will be sticking around this summer – especially considering some of the DIY jobs people were attempting over lockdown. 

Valerie Maine, from Live True London, says: ‘Bangs are still very much in. With many of our clients attempting to cut their bangs at home during lockdown, we have had many requests to even these out to frame the face perfectly.’

It looks like 70s inspiration is sticking around in the fridge department, too.

‘Waft style fringes are still in and have definitely developed from the 70s boho fashion trend, which we’ve seen at the end of 2020 and now into 2021,’ says Katie Allan, founder of MAYFIVE Hair.

‘We’re seeing many requests for a Farrah Fawcett style waft fringe which can be super versatile as it suits most face shapes as it can be adjusted. You would flick it out more on the sides if you have an oblong face shape – or if the face is rounder keep it more elongated.’ 

Skye Edwards, signature stylist at Gielly Green, says don’t be afraid to hold back with a fringe at your appointment.

She says: ‘If you go for bangs or a fringe then anything goes. Although on longer hair I think we will see a lot of Bardot-type fringes.

‘For shorter hair lots of soft layers making the most of natural movement. For those with curls, going natural with a fringe/bangs is the way to go.’

The timeless bob

A chic bob is always a winner (Picture: Kirstin Sinclair/Getty)

After not having any choice but to let our hair grow out for months, some people will be keen to get all their hair chopped off ASAP.

Ana Gomes, senior stylist at Blush + Blow, says: ‘Many clients have visited the salon with much longer locks as expected and are requesting shorter and easier to manage styles.

‘One length haircuts are a recent trend alongside long bobs – AKA lobs – which allow clients to tie their hair up, whilst it still being short enough to be manageable.’

Skye adds: ‘I think we will see lots of bobs. Different lengths, some shorter, some longer but the emphasis will be on the front being shorter – or the sample length all round but not longer at the front.’

An on-trend mullet

Be brave and reap the rewards (Picture: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic/Getty)

In case you didn’t know, mullets are back.

‘Textured mullets are huge right now and we find many clients ask for this who want to rebel against their longer hair,’ says Vanessa Tate, colour expert and stylist at WhiP.

‘These styles can require more upkeep but the styling is simple, you can add salt spray to create a more undone messy look that looks super chic everyday.’

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