In just a few short weeks, we'll all be saying goodbye to the decade of “mom jeans,” “Instagram brows” and VSCO girls and hello to an array of new, undiscovered trends in 2020. But, thanks to the latest runway shows, we have a tiny inkling of the direction that the beauty world is headed—and we cannot contain our excitement! Check out our predictions for the top hair trends to put on your radar in the New Year.
The Style: Glam Goddess
If there’s anything we can take away from the last few weeks of the decade, it’s that bold glamour is here to stay, at least during the colder months. The easiest way to embrace the trend? Bring on the bling! No longer reserved for holiday soirees and wintertime weddings, decorative hair accessories promise to be the easiest way to glam up any style for the months to come. From pearl hair clips to studded headbands to velvet scrunchies, it's all about luxe textures, rich colors and sparkles this winter.
The Color: Minimal Maintenance, Maximum Impact
This New Year, resolve to stop wasting time and money on high-maintenance color. Instead, stick with low-maintenance shades that only look expensive. With a sense of effortless glamour in the air, we predict a return to deep, single-toned shades with less contrast. Think: dramatic crimson, rich espresso and warm chocolate brown hues.
The Style: Sleek & Chic
As the weather heats up, we predict women everywhere will be bidding adieu to winter’s glitz and glam and sticking with understated yet sophisticated styles. Taking a cue from the slicked-back low ponytails and sleek low buns spotted at the Christopher Kane and Victoria Beckham S/S20 runways shows, low-key, effortless updos promise to add cool sophistication to any springtime look.
The Color: Warm Regards
The temperature won’t be the only thing on the rise during the season —warm tones are expected to make a major return. From flirty caramel colors to playful peach and citrus tones, rich, vibrant shades will experience a spring awakening, a welcome transition from winter’s cooler hues.
The Style: Come Undone
Who has time for constant heat-styling in between pool days, beach trips and getaways to exotic locales? Luckily, natural texture and undone waves are once again expected to gain momentum during the warmer months. Think: A-list stylist Anh Co Tran’s “Nu Wave,” a technique that creates a subtle bend in the hair rather than a full-on beach wave. Craving a more polished look? You’re in luck! Redken global creative director Guido Palau predicts a return to the classic blowout, complete with volume and body, a stark contrast to 2019's ultra-sleek look.
The Color: Here Comes The Sun
What would summer be without an abundance of sun-kissed strands? The only difference? This year, strands will likely feature a “tipped-out” look, aka more brightness at the ends, while still maintaining a “lived-in,” natural-looking finish.
The Style: ‘80s Baby
It’s officially time to bust out the high-hold hairspray and teasing comb! Though the jury is still out on whether or not the iconic perm will make a return, we believe ‘80s hair will be in full force come the autumn months. From lots of natural texture to kinky curls, voluminous, brushed out locks are expected to become a top trend as the year winds down.
The Color: Natural Selection
Once again, low-maintenance color continues to reign supreme as the industry starts to cater to women looking for easy color options. We predict that color will be less contrasted, and women may begin to embrace grays with seamless, more natural-looking blends that require minimal touch-ups.