If you're anything like me on your daily Zoom call, you'll spend more time gawping in horror at your current (in my case, abysmal) hairstyle than you do listening to your boss. With lockdown putting an end to our regular hair appointments, many of us have been left with severe roots, mismatched hair hues, and more split ends than we have overripe bananas.
I am that person. The one who didn't book a hair appointment in time for London's lockdown ending and now I'm seriously envious of anyone who did.
However, according to one A-list hairdresser, I am probably spearheading a trend that grew in lockdown and will continue to dominate this summer. “Feathered ends” (the fancy name for grown-out layers) was, according to hairdressers, the hairstyle of quarantine—and as people head back to salons, they're asking their stylists to maintain the look.
Reminiscent of Jennifer Aniston circa 2006, the look comprises grown-out layers that move fluidly and require little styling; Selena Gomez and Emma Louise Connolly have also been embracing the feathered style.
As Kevin Paul Finnell, director of F&M Hairdressing, explains: “Grown-out layers is something that many clients had been living with in lockdown due to salons closing their doors. However, it’s important to remember that this was once a trend made famous by the incredible Jennifer Anniston.” We're already sold.
Adam Jones at Live True London is a staunch fan of the style because, he says, it suits a wide range of female hairstyles: “On long bobs it will add softness and texture to an otherwise blunt-looking haircut, and on long hair it will add shape, texture, and give the overall look a disheveled beach vibe.
“This style is great as you can use the hair's natural texture,” he continues. “Grown-out, wispy ends can be embraced in this look and really enhance the style. However, to ensure the overall look doesn’t look too messy, you need to up your at-home hair routine with high-quality products so your ‘wispy’ ends aren’t breaking and growing into nothing.”
In fact, Luke Hersheson says this is often how he and his team cut hair at their salon, Hershesons. “Instead of a blocky, chunky finish, we try and create a more fluid and tapered end that lends itself to movement, wave and a feeling of being by the beach,” he says. “It’s much easier to style while getting a great undone movement into the hair.”
He believes this trend is all about letting your hair do its own thing, which we are all for, now that we've become super lazy with our beauty and hairstyling regime.
“Styling your hair in an undone way or with a subtle wave to add movement will lend itself to getting this look far more than a full-on big blowout,” he said. “I often talk about this style as the ‘anti-haircut,’ and in a way, we are perfectly positioned in lockdown to embrace the undone, bed hair, grown-out look. To style, I would use Hersheson's Almost Everything Cream to get a sheen and a separated texture on the hair and dry shampoo to encourage a lived-in texture with a bit of a ‘zhuzh.’”
If you're still rocking the look at home and want to spruce things up until your next hair appointment, or you've had your feathered ends cut in salon and want to maintain the look at home, hairstylist Sally-Kate Duboux has shared her step-by-step guide...
Section your hair into four, giving yourself a center parting and then again horizontally around the back of your head from ear to ear. Braid your hair and secure.
Gently pull at sections of all four braids—you are wanting to create a loose, uneven 3D braid.
Dry your hair overnight by sleeping in the braids for a heat-free at-home hairstyle or alternatively, use your hair dryer to ensure your hair is dry.
Use your GHD Straighteners to quickly run over your braids.
Run your fingers through your hair. This will give you a natural finish to your beachy waves; shifting your parting to the side will also add some natural volume, framing your face further.
To add longevity to this easy style, the next day lightly spritz your hair from midlength to ends with water. This will reactivate the product and, by scrunching or repeating the process, will aid in the health of your scalp's natural oils being restored. If you suffer with greasy roots, add in some dry shampoo. A firm favorite in my kit is IGK Direct Flight.
This story originally appeared on Glamour U.K.
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