Do you Know About the New The AW21 Hair Tribes?

by charlottegw / last updated September 29, 2021

While new hair trends and techniques emerge for the AW21, one hairdresser has a theory that the tribes we belong to simply update and reform. Intrigued? So were we, so we found out more…

HOB Academy head of technical, Warren Boodaghian, says we all belong to a tribe thanks to our lifestyle, likes, dislikes, values and beliefs – and that tribe depends on the hair style and colour we wear and lifestyle we live.

“We are all part of a tribe – from the clothes we buy, to the politics we believe in. Being part of a tribe is important, especially at the moment, as we identify with other kindred spirits who listen to the same music, are interested in the same issues and share the same style choices.  Even if we’re isolating or away from friends and family, we can all feel like we belong to a tribe through other aspects of our lives.

“And whichever tribe they belong to depends on the hairstyle, hair colour and product we should be offering our clients. Identify their tribe and they will repay you with their loyalty.”

The AW21 Hair Tribes

The Activist
The Activist is aware of the planet and the environment around her. Her lifestyle involves research, because she already embraces organic, fair trade and eco-conscious choices but she strives for more knowledge. Her life needs balance and she needs time to check in on her own wellbeing. She is looking for hair that has minimal upkeep, with earthy, soft and muted tones. Think Gwyneth Paltrow, Clare Danes and Emma Watson.

aw hair tribes


The Right Here, Right Now
Whatever the season, this client is a follower. She evolves her look to follow whatever is on trend. Social media and influencers are her trend setters and there’s no delay, she wants everything instantly. As long as hair is multi-tonal and bespoke to her, she’s happy. Give it a luminous finish and she’ll be posting images all day! Think Kim Kardashian, Little Mix and any Reality TV star.

aw 21 hair tribes right here right now


The Traditionalist
This quietly confidence client is timeless, disciplined and respects those around her. She’s not necessarily fashion forward, but she does believe in quality and heritage. She knows who she is and her taste will never date. Her hair should be premium, simplistic and rich in tone and texture. Think Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Blake Lively.

aw21 hair tribe the traditionalist


The Prima
She is her own leading lady – she always wants the best, whatever it’s going to cost her. She looks for inspiration in many ways, but is a sucker for fashion and lifestyle magazines. She knows what she wants and being unique is top of the list. She’s looking for tailor-made hair with a nod to the future, and craves multi-dimensional, precision styling. Think Victoria Beckham, Stella McCartney and Kylie.

the prima hair tribe


The Saviour
No is not an option for this client – she has no boundaries and will always say it how it is. She uses her voice, beliefs and views to inspire and nurture those around her, but depending on her mood depends on what she wants her identity to be at the time. Her style is daring and she’s looking for her hair to be impactful. It’s sharp, it’s her signature and changes from season to season. Think Michelle Visage, Lady Gaga and Naomi Campbell.

the saviour hair tribe


The Rebel
She’s effortlessly cool and knows what she wants. Everything around her moulds her signature style and whatever her age, she’s always ready for the party! Her hair colour needs to be expressive, vivid and as bold as her personality. Make it individual and effortless. Think Miley Cyrus, Kate Moss and Pink.

the rebel aw21

Ready to start decoding your client’s hair needs by their tribe type? Give it a whirl today!

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