Summer Hair Trends 2021

This is the decade you need to embrace this summer…

Summer 2021 will see the return of 70s hair – mullets, bangs, and layered shags will become the go-to styles but with some modern updates!

The latest incarnation of the mullet has been dubbed wolf hair. It works on pretty much every hair type and it gives a lot of movement and texture. If you have thick hair, this style will work because it comprises lots of layers, which can texturize thick hair. For those with fine hair, the addition of layers adds volume to the hair. The style can even be adapted to work with curly hair! In terms of length, it can be adapted to suit any length from the collar bone and beyond. To style it, a salt spray is a must-have. Available at the Pastels Salon eStore, Techni Art L’Oréal hair spray is a texturizing salt spray that gives your hair that on-trend beachy effect, without the rough touch and would be a great choice for this style. For those with curly hair, a curl crème such as L’Oréal Techni Art Siren Waves or Redken Curvaceous Ringlet can help style while keeping frizz at bay. This low-maintenance look is edgy, cool, and current and a great choice for those who live in Dubai and will be here during the summer months when it is hottest and you want an easy, unfussy, on-point style that requires minimal effort.

Forget platinum blondes, this season it’s the return of golden, honey hues and thanks to Netflix faves such as Queen’s Gambit and Bridgerton, strawberry blonde is also enjoying the spotlight, with style setters such as Gigi Hadid embracing the shade.

Seen on Kaia Gerber recently and a legacy of the lockdown, curtain bangs offer a range of styling options and can be pinned back easily, making it a perfect transitional style. The other take on the fringe this summer are mod bangs. As seen on Rihanna, these are typically heavier and thicker but styled across the forehead to sit right above the lashes.

Of course, if you really want to be on point this season, you can mix and match all of these elements to create a modern-day Farrah Fawcett, the ultimate 70s hair inspo – just add the iconic red swimsuit to nail the look completely!

The 5 Trends that prove 2020 impacted our hair!

2020 is a year best forgotten but its legacy has left an indelible mark across all areas of life – from our love of comfort dressing to the embrace of makeup-free (or the appearance of) skin, it’s hardly surprising the hair industry has also been impacted. Here are 5 looks that are set to dominate 2021, all of which can be attributed to the happenings of 2020.

The Mullet-inspired Shag: Pioneered by Miley Cyrus, the mullet is the modern iteration of the shaggy style that has been growing in popularity. This anomaly of a cut is characterized by layers, rather than length. Not for the faint of heart, but if done right, it can look amazing on virtually any hair texture and with or without bangs and the cropped layers give your hair instant texture and cool-factor.

60s- style bangs: Straight across bangs or eyelash-grazing fringe a la 60’s icons Brigette Bardot and Jane Birkin, this soft style offers a perfectly graceful grow-out phase, and when paired with soft layers around the face, it will draw attention directly to the eyes – ideal when you are wearing a mask!

Undone Bob: This year, low maintenance is high on the agenda, ensuring bobs will be everywhere, with the look interpreted to channel your personal style. Stick straight and glossy, beach babe waves or a French-girl grunge vibe, anything goes.

Experimental Colour: While balayage has become to go-to, for those wanting to push the boundaries of colour, now is your chance! Unexpected, bold shades such as pink or neon green (think Billie Eilish) look incredibly striking peeking out between naturally coloured strands. A word of wisdom for colour virgins, pink highlights are one of the easiest shades to channel this trend as the colour compliments many skin tones and will look flattering as it fades.

Hair Health: Perhaps it was because 2020 was the first time stress-induced hair loss became prevalent for some people or perhaps it was because salon visits were skipped due to lockdown, but whichever reason, 2021 clutch of best-selling products will be focused on hair health and unsurprisingly Olaplex tops this list. It is, however, important to remember that your should focus not just on your hair but your scalp too. Giving your scalp a little TLC can help prevent dryness, flaking, and can even promote shinier hair.


6 Hair Trends You Will See Everywhere This AW!

2020 has been a unique – to say the least – year but as September rolls on and the Autumn trends are reigning supreme in stores, perhaps it’s time to embrace the season’s newest hair trends to update your style.

Colour Trends:

  1.  Shadow root: Lived-in, more natural looking hair is definitely one of the most popular trends this year as a whole  and this low-maintenance hair look is a perfect option for blondes. The secret to achieving this look is that it’s blended well.
  2. Warm highlights: Highlights are a brilliant way to add depth and dimension to your look. This year, warm shades  such as champagne, caramel and honey tones, will be popular. 
  3. Reflective red: Muted red tones are super trendy and highlights and colour slashes can be used to give the hair a subtle but effective pop of red that provides the hair with a multi-dimensional, interesting look.

The go-to cuts:

  1. THE MODERN SHAG: Inspired by ’70s iconic styles such as Farrah Fawcett’s feathered hair and Joan Jett’s rock’n’roll style, the strength in the shape comes from keeping the ends blunt and exterior strong.
  2. THE SOLID BANGED BOB: As seen on model Aylah Peterson at Saint Laurent, this style has statement and presence and is defined by keeping the strands all one length, which gives it a glass hair finish. Think Uma Thurman in Pulp Ficton and you’re on the right track! 
  3. BIG BLOW DRY GLAMOUR: As proven by Lanvin’sAW 2020/2021 fashion show, but the 2020 version is cooler and edgier. To recreate the look, apply a volumising spray to dry hair and blow dry with a round bristle brush. Take a large tong and separate the hair in large sections, then set around the tong as if you were putting rollers in, making sure that you leave the ends out.
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