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Curtain Bangs Among Most Googled Post-Lockdown Hair Styles

by eleanor / last updated April 22, 2021

As salons reopen up and down the country, clients are taking to Google to search for hair inspiration. New research from Milk + Blush has found that curtain bangs are among some of the most searched for styles post-lockdown.

“Since the return to the salon, my female clients are being very adventurous and loving the idea of change,” notes Neville salon creative director, Jack Merrick-Thirlway. “Lots of long hair is being cut above the shoulder and we are completely changing the client’s look. After a difficult year, clients are all in need of a refreshing change,” he adds.

Ahead are some of the most popular cuts and services clients are requesting as they return to salons…

Curtain Bangs

Curtain bangs have been on the increase for a while, with celebrities such as Gigi Hadid, Ariana Grande and Ciara dipping their toes into the trend.

According to Milk + Blush, over the past week 20 people per hour have been searching for the popular style on Google, looking for inspiration to take to their long-awaited hairdressing appointment.

Guido Palau called the curtain bang trend last year, as seen at Prada’s SS21 show, and the cut is tipped to continue in popularity, with searches up 300% for ‘Ariana Grande curtain bangs’ on Google.

The Mullet

Set to make a huge comeback this year, the mullet is the second most Googled hairstyle, reaching its peak on the 16th April.

With Miley Cyrus, Rihanna and Leigh-Anne Pinnock taking on the trend, clients are looking to embrace the 70s-inspired trend.

“Guys and girls alike are no longer toying with the idea of getting a mullet, they’re doing it in the masses,” says Sophia Hilton, founder of Not Another Salon and INNOluxe ambassador.

Born out of lockdown, we’ve finally started looking at our hair when it’s not styled, checking out our natural texture for the first time, and really enjoying it.

The Bob

The bob still remains massively popular among people in the UK, becoming the third most searched for hairstyle over the last week. “We are seeing a lot of bobs leaving the salon,” says Jennifer Linton, Linton & Mac for L’Oréal Professionnel.

Thomas Hills, director at TH1 Hair also predicted the rise of bobs post-lockdown. “One of the biggest trends to emerge post lockdown will be shorter, more versatile cuts that really encourage a client’s natural texture, with minimum effort required – think effortless shape and movement with a masculine, almost cherubim appeal,” he says.

“I think bobs with fringes will be a big hit post lockdown, as it will be one of the most effective ways for a client to feel they can make a return to the more polished, slicker version of themselves that lockdown may have erased,” he adds.

Hair Extensions

While some clients are looking for the chop, many more are opting for longer hair after enjoying their new found lengths through lockdown.

Over the last seven days, hair extensions have consistently been one of the most popular hairstyle, with their peak popularity occurring on 17th April according to Milk + Blush,  so you can expect many more clients coming in for more volume and length.

The Pixie Cut

The pixie cut is the fifth most sought-after style for those searching for a post-lockdown transformation, according to Milk+Blush.

With Line of Duty’s Vicky McClure flying the flag for the short cut, you can expect clients to follow her lead and take the plunge.


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