Summer is done and now on to the fall and winter of this most unusual year. What better way to face a new season with bravado and optimism than with a fresh take on your hairstyle? Here are seven hair trends, spotted by the team at Biolage, that are worth a second look.
Hair By: Dilek Onur-Taylor @dilekonurtaylor
In the ‘70s, the shag haircut evoked a rock and roll esthetic—think Joan Jett and Mick Jagger. In the ‘90s, the shag made another appearance, this time rounder and fuller a la Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel haircut. Today, says Biolage Artistic Director Dilek Onur Taylor, the shag has returned in yet another incarnation. “For fall 2020, the shag haircut is longer and leaner,” she explains. “The interior layers are well-blended, while the ends are shattered and textured. Add long curtain bangs or choppy baby bangs to punctuate the haircut.”
To achieve the look, Onur Taylor uses scissors to cut the interior layers and a razor to texturize the face-framing pieces and the bangs. “The shag works for every length—long hair, medium hair and short hair,” adds Onur Taylor. To style a shorter shag, apply a leave-in hairstyling balm to damp hair. Twist vertical sections from brow level downward and air dry. For a polished finish on a long shag, apply a heat-protective formula to damp hair. Wind vertical sections around a large round brush, directing each section away from the face.
Choppy Pixie Cut
If you decide to go for the big chop, a cute pixie cut is always a winner. This season, keep pixie haircuts tousled and choppy, recommends Onur Taylor. “In this time of uncertainty, when everything could close down again without notice, any type of precision haircut will be hard to maintain,” she notes. “A razor-cut pixie with lots of layers will be easier to grow out if you can’t or don’t want to get back to the salon too frequently.” When it comes to styling, pixie haircuts are extremely versatile. You can use a smoothing lotion and a vented brush to achieve a sleek finish, or work in a styling gel or foam mousse and air dry or use a diffuser to create loads of texture.
Cool Girl Bob Haircut with Soft Bends
Hair By: Joey Molloy @goodvibesgreathair
If you’re yearning for something chicer than your security blanket of long hair, run don’t walk to your salon and ask your stylist for a jaw- or collarbone-grazing bob. Then, says Onur Taylor, be sure to wear it loose and tousled for an effortless-looking finish. “I like to do this haircut on dry hair because it enhances the natural texture and embracing your natural texture is modern right now,” she notes. “If you can, apply an air-dry lotion and let the cut dry on its own. If you want a little more polish, apply a styling milk or styling cream and wrap vertical sections around a medium round brush. Alternate the direction of each section, but make sure the face frame sections are directed back. Finish with a volumizing control hair spray to lock in the look.”
You have 12 Zoom meetings scheduled today and even though you’re WFH, you want to look professional. The solution? Master one or two quick upstyles. “I used to do the hair for catalog shoots in Miami and we only had a few minutes to change up a hairstyle for each shot,” says Biolage Artistic Director Michael Albor. “So I learned how to do a few quick little chignons, French twists and high buns.” When you’re doing an easy updo at home, don’t worry about making it “wedding-perfect.” It’s fine to leave out a few loose ends or have some tendrils popping out. The main thing is nailing the proportion. For example, don’t build too much height if you have a longer face shape. If your face is round, you can create the appearance of angles by releasing some loose tendrils of hair.
Decorative Little Hair Barrettes
Those hair clips, hair pins and hair barrettes that have been lying in your drawer for ages? Now’s the time to pull them out and adorn your ‘do! Pop in one large one to make a statement or, suggests Albor, sprinkle a few pins and clips around and through an updo. Then continue going down the creative accessorizing road with headbands, hair bows and yes, even velvet and satin scrunchies!
Mushroom Brown Hair Color
Hair By: Amber Elizabeth @amberestylist
When it comes to hair color, believes Onur Taylor, it’s all about earthy tones. “For fall and winter, I’m seeing creamy and smoky blonde and brunette hair color shades like chai chocolate, smoked cocoa and every shade of mushroom from pale to deep brown. These mushroom hair colors are subtle and sophisticated, and because they require lighteners to achieve the right shades, deep conditioning is a must! In-salon masks that can also be used at home are the best way to keep your hair healthy. I like to turn deep hair conditioners into a spa experience by warming them first in a pot of hot water. It turns a hair mask into a warm, luxurious hair treatment!”
Hair By: Salvatore Riccardi @salvatore_riccardi_hd
Many people filled time during quarantine with new self-care rituals, including hair conditioning and hair treatments. Combined with the fact that people were receiving fewer salon chemical treatments, the result is an overall upgrade in hair health. “People have a new understanding of what it takes to keep hair healthy, shiny and strong,” says Albor, “whether it’s curly hair, grey hair, coarse hair or fine hair. During the early days of quarantine, we sold a ton of home hair care products online, and we’re finding that clients are keeping up with the healthy hair regimens they discovered during lockdowns.”