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What’s Trending In Afro Hair Right Now?

by akesha / last updated September 28, 2020

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Celebrating the versatility of textured hair is more alive than ever thanks to the ongoing conversations on race and the gradual diversification of UK hairdressing. And what better way to continue and elevate that conversation by asking textured hair experts what’s trending in Afro hair for Autumn 2020 and beyond.

Copper feel
“My predictions for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021 will be a lot of pastel colours for textured hair,” says Rick Roberts HJ’s Afro Hairdresser of the Year 2019 and Wahl education and artistic team member. He predicts a move from reds towards the coppery blondes and strawberry coppers along with soft pink hues. “These colours really work to lift up a lot of texture,” adds Rick. Lifting Afro hair can be a delicate affair so make sure you give a thorough consultation with your client to explain the process of pre-lightening textured hair.

Short and sweet
“Short natural pixie styles and short textured curly fringes are here to stay too,” points out Rick. Lorraine Dublin, co-owner of My Hair Bar agrees. She says: “The biggest upcoming hair trends are short hair cuts on natural hair to add texture and depth.”

Lofty heights
The culture of 1990s US hip-hop is often still referenced with braids and weaves but high tops have been, for the most part, left in the decade. Barbers will be pleased to know the style is set to make a reappearance, according Rick. “High-tops with colour and patterns are coming back in a big way,” he says. “A lot of clients are wearing their hair short on the back and sides with longer length and texture on the top. It’s a great look, versatile and very low maintenance,” agrees Lorraine.

Au natural
With lockdown stopping people coming into salon for a number of months, many clients had the chance to get to know their natural hair better than ever before. They got to see how it behaved when they couldn’t get to the salon and Matt Surplice, owner of Spring Salon and Authentic Beauty Concept advocate thinks embracing natural texture continue in 2021 and beyond. “It’s important for clients to discover more about their own hair and learn what works and how to get the most from their newfound curls,” he explains. This is where the crucial advice and care that you can offer in the salon will come in.

Balayage buzz
Balayage is often depicted on models with straight to wavy hair. Don’t forget curled and coiled hair is great for accentuating texture by playing with light and colour placement. Lorraine believes this will be a huge trend especially for mid-length curls and when a client wants to get a bespoke look. Plus, “we’re seeing a shift to more natural tones that compliment natural hair colours and skin tones,” says Matt.

Experimentation is key
The pandemic has made many clients want to experiment with their hair and try new styles and shades. Colour-wise, while clients are moving away from vivid shades, some are experimenting with fun semi-permanent options under the watchful eye of their hairdresser. “Lots of warm and vibrant hair colours using semi-permanent dyes that are able to be changed frequently is on the rise,” says Lorraine.

This article originally appeared in the September issue of Hairdressers Journal. 

Image credit: Rick Roberts

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