When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in mid-March and those of us who could sequestered ourselves into our homes for a hermetic two-and-a-half months, a couple of (hair) problems presented themselves. First, perfectly platinum, brunette, and auburn manes were all confronted with the same issue: how long is acceptable to allow ones roots to grow out. And where does one even start with haircuts? We began quarantine with bobs, lobs. and blunt bangs—and let's face it, some of us ended lockdown with bangs that we didn't possess prior—only to emerge with hair significantly longer and less, groomed to perfection, shall we say?
But now that hair salons have opened back up in many locations—with colorists and stylists masked and ready to coif—and we can resume our personal care and maintenance practices, habits are changing. No one wants the scarlet letter of letting their close friends and family know that they are venturing to the salon too often in these uncertain times. So, the trends they are a changing.
Senior stylist Dhiran Mistry and senior colorist Maddison Cave at David Mallett Salon in New York City (proverbially) sat down with T&C to spill the beans on what their clients are asking for and what has changed since March 2020. Spoiler alert: you might adopt braids as your go-to Zoom hairstyle.
What kind of cuts are people asking for these days? Is it mostly long or mostly short? Are people growing their hair out?
DM: People seem to have emerged from lockdown on the other end of the awkward hair phase. Most people have grown their hair much longer than they would normally as they haven’t been able to have a haircut, so now they are liking the change and added length—it’s opening up the idea of a different style. And then you have the people who want an extreme change from long to short.
What kind of tweaks should people be making to their cuts so that they are more quarantine friendly?
DM: It's important that hair can be left to its own devices, if it is truly lockdown friendly. But care and maintenance are also necessary to prevent prevent breakage and allow the hair to just be! Lots of leave in conditioning treatments will help! If you have a blunt cut maybe some texture and layers will soften the overall grow out phase.
Depending on the hair type, are layers advisable?
DM: If you are growing your hair out, definitely. Otherwise, the style will become very heavy.
Are people avoiding bangs?
DM: Quarantine isn't going to deter the people who are interested in fringe, regardless. The people that already had bangs, well, they know how to get away with some self-trimming and managing them at home.
What's the workaround for people who are in the in-between phase?
DM: If you can do a bun, great, but not everyone can manage that—especially people who are growing out bobs. Another solution is an accessory like a headband to pull the hair back away from your face. And for people who want to feel more styled, the answer is braids. It's the perfect style for hot and humid weather, but it's also a style without requiring the effort of actually styling it.
What's the most common change people have made to color?
MC: People are taking care of their massive roots! And some were maybe a bit too adventurous with their DIY color ... so there have been some color corrections. I think everyone is a bit nervous we might shut down again so they are looking for something that will grow out as nicely as possible.
Has there been a shift from highlights to single process or vice versa? Are people leaning darker or lighter with their color?
MC: Brunettes that have a lot of grays are still doing their single processes, but if the grays aren’t a huge problem people are looking to incorporate a bit more of their natural color. The idea here is that the outgrowth of the color is softer. It's flexible to less maintenance.
What is the most low maintenance way to color your hair and why?
MC: The most low maintenance way to color hair is to do very subtle and soft highlights at the root. This way, they shift gracefully into the lighter shade down the ends. The key here is to make sure that the highlights aren't too solid so that as your natural color grows it’s easily incorporated into the rest of the color.
Have you seen an uptick in people doing their roots themselves between appointments, and if you have, do you have any advice for that?
MC: People with a lot of grays are definitely doing their hair at home more to limit trips to the salon. My favorite at home color kits are from DPhue. You can purchase from your colorist and they can make sure you have the perfect match. Several of my clients used these during our lockdown and they really had great results, and the color lifted very easily when we highlighted over it.
What can people do to maintain or keep up color between appointments?
MC: If you can do a base touch up yourself to extend the time between appointments that is totally fine, but definitely get some guidance from your colorist. They know your hair and they will be able to help find the best option for you. I would not recommend highlighting your own hair
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