You have to stop asking random people what you should do with your hair. They don’t know – they don’t even care! Those who do know and care, however, are actual hairdressers. And so we turned to some of the very best to share with us which of the 2021 spring haircut trends they most recommend for your big comeback. If you want nothing more than a trim, we've also covered hair colour. May the final spin you do in the salon chair be as smug as possible.
While owners of long hair tend to be extremely attached to it, there is one spring haircut that signals a fresh start like no other: the bob. “I think it’s so important to have a carefree style that you can leave to air dry, particularly with summer around the corner,” says George Northwood. And, as “the signature George Northwood bob isn’t too precise or polished, the style has longevity and grows out particularly well,” he adds. But what if you want to make a bit of an effort? “I am loving a flat iron wave at the moment, particularly on bobs,” George reveals. “In the salon, we have affectionately coined this style the FLOB. It’s the opposite of big and bouncy waves, like no-makeup makeup, but for hair. It’s as though you’ve just rolled out of bed with perfect waves, which is perfect for post-lockdown life.” And we have to agree.
Miley Cyrus may look magnificent with a mullet, but they’re not for everyone. For Luke Hersheson, the shag is an excellent substitute. “It’s less severe than a mullet as it’s done with invisible layers,” he explains. Then there’s the fact that a shag cut at Hershesons will also encompass what Luke dubs an “Air Dry Hair Cut”. This “is a fresh technique that comes with one simple promise: to bring out the best hair in everyone using no more than two products,” he continues. “Lockdown taught us that women want to have amazing hair without needing to spend hours styling it or relying on salon blow dries.” Right you are, Luke.
Generally speaking, having stellar cheekbones and not flaunting them is wasteful. As lockdown eases and your social calendar overflows, however, it becomes somewhat of a criminal offence. There are finally people in your immediate vicinity to impress, after all. For Christel Barron-Hough, founder of STIL salon, a curtain fringe in particular is an excellent way to “frame and define the face”. Who knows, it could potentially unearth cheekbones that were previously invisible. Or, failing that, provide an additional layer of anonymity when wearing a face mask. It’s also “a low maintenance option because it looks good even when it starts to grow out,” Christel adds.
If you're not willing to mess with your signature cut, Andreas Wild, senior stylist at Larry King, suggests colour. He believes that “everyone will just be keen to do something different after being locked indoors for so long” once hairdressers reopen. When it comes to hair colour, though, one person’s fun experiment can be another’s sizeable mistake. For Andreas, “pushing the boundaries of [your] own colour” is a good way of experimenting with minimal risk. “A brunette could add some lighter bits around the front or a redhead could add some gorgeous ginger pieces to really give that textured colour effect,” he says. Or you could just throw caution to the wind and get this dip dye number.