It’s that time of year again. New year, new you. But where to begin with the latest trends? Fashion week has seen a variety of new trends of accessories such as pearls at Andrew GN. It comes as no surprise that with it being the 20s again, there’s a resurgence of finger waves hitting the catwalks. And featured in Chanel’s No5 Christmas campaign. But what should you be asking your hairdresser for? Not everyone wants to wear pearls in their hair. So, here are some of my favourite trends that won’t be dying down any time soon. The grown-out bangs. Brigitte Bardot, eat your heart out. Middle parted, grown out bangs are happening. The great thing about this particular trend is it really is for everyone. Not only that, it’s low maintenance and low commitment. What could go wrong? Ask your hairdresser for a centre parted, long fringe. Ideally the longest length should sit on your cheek bones for the most flattering effect. The centre can either be cut short enough to fall in to place without being in your eyes, or long enough to push aside comfortably. Yes, it does sound a bit like curtains, and yes, the 90s is making a comeback. The shag. This ties in perfectly with your grown-out fringe. Think 70’s, Farrah Fawcett. The modern shag is all about short layers, shaping through the front and minimum density on the ends. A far cry from the blunt lob we’ve been seeing everywhere. But easily achievable from this. This haircut is suitable for all hair types, and can be very flattering to add volume. For finer hair ask your hairdresser for less layering in the length. This is such a versatile haircut and can be worn on many lengths. Celine’s SS 2020 campaign in Vogue features a very heavy lob, that is on par with a pageboy haircut. The mullet. Yes, you read that. Anyone who knows me, knows I have been a fan of the mullet from a worryingly young age, so I’m slightly bias on this one. The mullet can be viewed as a more drastic version of the shag, taking layers shorter, and the fringe even shorter. It is all about business in the front, and party in the back. Again, another extremely versatile haircut that can be worn on all lengths. The longer the length, the more extreme the hair cut will be. Prada’s latest campaign features what I call a ‘mini mullet’. This is a great example of how this style works on shorter hair. Also consider Olivia Coleman at the Golden Globe Awards, her mini mullet is more or less a super soft pixie cut. So, don’t rule it out just yet. The mullet isn’t just for rednecks. It’s an ideal way to start the journey to a shorter hair cut without sacrificing your length. Although, if you’re bold enough to sport a proper mullet, you are probably bold enough to carry a short hair style. The centre parting. This is the easiest way to change your style without too much of a change. Heck, you can even do it yourself at home. Ask your hairdresser for a middle parting during your consultation, don’t wait until the end when they come to style it. It may seem like an insignificant change, but it will be necessary to evaluate your cut and make sure it is balanced for a centre parting. You may also want to add some shaping through the front, or altering the shape of any previous fringes/framing. The balayage. This is a trend that is not dying out. The balayage is a great go-to colour for those who want minimum maintenance, with maximum effect. As January hits us full force with wintery blues, it’s a great time to brighten up your existing colour. If you’re not sure what to ask your hairdresser for, see my previous post on the difference between balayage, ombre and dip dyes here. The face framing colour. Straight off the back of the balayage, which saw natural sun kissed highlights around the face, we are now combining this with the classic 90s two tone trends. Combined with a centre part for maximum effect, this trend is all about a contrasting colour in the front of the hair. Gerri Halliwell in the Spice Girl’s prime is the perfect example of this. As awful as it may sound, this doesn’t have to be a yellow blonde streak in the hair. Ask your hairdresser for a pop of vibrant colour if you fancy something different. Alternatively, you can ask for something more subtle and not up to the root, so it appears more natural and sun kissed. The stripy highlights. Every client’s worst nightmare is fast becoming a reality again. This 90’s trend is also making a resurgence. It’s popping up all over Instagram to some very mixed opinion. Maybe this isn’t one to ask your hairdresser for in 2020, though. As always, everything is open to interpretation, don’t be afraid to ask your hairdresser for a variation on any one of these styles. They’re not all to everyone’s taste! Let us know what you will and won’t be asking your hairdresser for this year.