What’s trending in hair colour for 2021?

Blue hair’s forecast to trend in 2021

With spring in the air, there’s a renewed feeling of hope and anticipation of positive change. Lots of changes are afoot in every aspect of our lives currently, with these opportunities presented by the mass rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, reopening of our businesses and gradual easing of lockdown restrictions.

In our personal lives, change is epitomised by experimentation with our hair colour. As there’s not a single person who’s not eager for change in 2021, here we bring you the biggest hair colour predictions for the year. There are trending hair colours catering for individuals keen to make a bold statement as well as those with something more subtle in mind.

Blue – from pastel to denim

Make the January blues a dim-and-distant memory by welcoming blue hues, whether it’s ultra light such as aqua or dark, head-turning cobalt, or anything in between.

There are two important points: (1) Your hair will need to be pre-lightened before silverising. Without this preparatory step, your hair could actually turn out to be green rather than blue. (2) It can take a while to achieve your hair colour goal. Don’t expect perfect results first time round.

Once your hair’s been dyed blue, after care is just as vital to maintain your awesome colouring and minimise fading. Treat yourself to sulphate-free shampoo, use professional-quality conditioner and wash hair in luke warm (not hot) water.

Focus on natural colouring

On the other end of the scale to dramatic blue hair dyeing, people are embracing their natural colouring and using techniques that enhance it. There are a multitude of options for those working with colours that come naturally, ranging from grey blending to curl painting.

With these natural looking styles, you develop a colour palette that’s completely bespoke to you and requires less maintenance because they’re simply embellishing everything that’s already beautiful about your hair.

Two-tone hair

Balayage is going nowhere fast. Instead, it’s being taken to the next level with even more tasteful ways of placing colour throughout the hair coupled closely with carefully placed layering.

For the adventurous amongst us, there are face-framing colour styles too. Think softer, less extreme contrasts which complement your skin tone and highlight your cheekbones. Muted blondes and beige browns are the wearable colour combinations. Or, be braver with Alice band hair in prominent, even clashing, block colours.

Finally, there are full on 90s vibes with one vibrant colour underneath your hair and another on top, ideal for people who enjoy playing around with their hairstyle every now and then.

In keeping with previous articles about colouring, we end with a cautionary note about following the correct procedures as you embark upon your colour switch up. Only begin your colouring treatment if your hair’s in good condition at the outset. Once your hair’s passed this condition check, it’s time to test the dye on a small section of your hair to ascertain any potential reaction.

We hope you’ll never need to know, but it’s worth a handy reminder of what to do if the worst happens – by which we mean hair and scalp damage, and over processed hair falling out. Quickly recap our ‘6 reasons to sue your hairdresser’ and ‘3-step plan to suing your hairdresser’ blogs.

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2021 hair trends for men

What’s hot in men’s hair for 2021?

All of us can recognise and aspire to that ‘good hair day’ feeling. With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic impacting everyone in some way or other, our hair has a more prominent part to play than ever before in our mental wellbeing. And we don’t just mean women either.

We recently showcased the predicted hair trends for women in 2021 but what about the male contingent? Worry not – in today’s blog, we’ve dusted off our crystal ball and looked into the future to talk you through what’s forecasted to be this year’s biggest cut and styling trends for men.

Messy bob
Long, messy hair isn’t the exclusive preserve of rebels and grungers who throw grooming out of the window. With TLC and fancy scissor-work, long locks give the appearance of mid-point between making an effort and not. It comprises shoulder-length hair that’s slightly messed up with layers nicely complimenting your face shape and hair texture.

Buzz cut
The ‘rebellious’ buzz cut can really show off your good looks, but that’s the sticking point – you need to have the features to carry it off. The sad fact of life is that we’re not all blessed with pleasantly proportioned heads. Check your head for any lumps or bumps before you commit as these will be visible.

Short and textured
Ever-popular short, textured cuts look best when the sides are a little shorter than the top with emphasis made on adding texture to the top of your hair. Maybe it’s time to finally embrace that fringe?

70s throwback
Styles from the 70s are being given a modern-day makeover. Straight from the catwalks, cuts from the 70s will be a huge staple in 2021.

Long military style
Inspired by the military, this cut is shaved close to the skin on the sides and back. The hair on top is left longer for movement.

High top fade from the 80s and 90s
The high top fade is here again and it’s all about clean, precise lines with a gradient on the sides. This works particularly well on curly and textured hair.

Long on top
Following on nicely from the high top fade above, with longer hair likely after lockdown, you may be keen to retain some of the growth with cuts designed around your new-found length. It’s a low maintenance style for time-poor individuals.

Side or back slick
Slicked-back styles are dramatic whether your hair is slicked off the face or to the side. It’s timeless and can be modernised when paired with an undercut. Similarly, instead of high shine, use matte products for a more natural finish and added texture.

Disconnected / undercut quiff
Staying with the theme of the undercut for now, these contemporary disconnected cuts really make a statement. Incorporated into many hairstyles, including quiffs, disconnected cuts are both youthful and on trend as the hair at the sides contrasts dramatically from the hair on top; with clipper grade zero separating the side from the top.

Ashy, smoky greys and platinum
The stand-out shades of smoky grey and platinum are a great choice for fashion-conscious males. Subtle ashy grey tones are the perfect alternative as a more subtle finish which compliments any trendy cut.

Bold colours – turquoise and blue to orange and peach
Statement hair colours are guaranteed to get you noticed in a crowd. These can be worn by themselves or combined into a colour melt for an edgier finish. These can be as bright or subtle as you like. Why not dare to be bold in 2021? Fortune is said to favour the brave, after all.

Natural colouring
Conversely, if you prefer a more natural colour, opt for copper brown, golden highlights or bronde (mixture of brunette and blonde) shades which suit all skin tones. Highlights, in particular, are superb for adding depth and dimension.

As always, when we cover hair dyeing, we conclude with a word of warning about following the right procedures, these being 48-hours-prior patch and strand tests. Our earlier advice on home hair dyeing could prove useful. This essential testing step avoids allergic reactions and should be performed both with home dyes and by your hairdresser once salons re-open for business.

Additionally, choose a reputable hairdresser who pays full attention to your needs. An unfortunate consequence of negligent hairdressing by salons and barbers is having your ears snipped by scissors, or your head, neck and ears cut by razors. Read our ‘Bad salon warning signs’ blog for more information on this all-important subject.

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At-home hair colour maintenance

Learn how to maintain your hair colour at home

As we find ourselves in the midst of another national lockdown in our government’s attempt to control the spread of coronavirus, non-essential businesses are once again temporarily closed. This includes hairdressing salons.

Even before the third lockdown was introduced, resulting from previous lockdowns, curtailed travel rules and restrictions imposed during the tier system, the majority of us are having to last longer than normal between hair appointments.

Whilst some individuals have embraced the freedoms afforded by lockdown hair and enjoyed being au naturel for a short time, others have taken matters into their own hands by doing cutting and dyeing themselves. Unsurprisingly, this hasn’t always been with great results.

Currently, there’s uncertainty over the period over which lockdown will be in force and, with it, salon doors remaining firmly shut. That’s why in today’s blog we present helpful hints on how to keep your hair colour fresh at home in order to make your salon-dyed hair stretch further until you can next visit your colourist.

For optimum hair colour maintenance, try…

1. Shampoo and conditioner specially for coloured hair
Let’s begin with the basics – your washing products. It’s worth investing that bit more money to buy colour protecting and lifting shampoos and conditioners which preserve your professional colour. After all, after you’ve spent your hard-earned cash on colour treatment at your hairdresser’s, why not do everything you can to lengthen its impact?

2. Reviewing your hair washing routine
Following on from #1, cut down on the number of times per week you wash your hair. Washing your hair daily should be avoided. Instead, opt for alternate days or even two to three times a week to keep your colour locked in. Dry shampoo is ideal for refreshing your hair on ‘wash-free’ days.

3. Turning down the heat
High temperatures strip away colour by damaging the cuticle. When washing your hair, shampoo with slightly warm water and rinse with cold water after conditioning. When styling your hair, use heat protectant spray and set a lower heat setting onto your hairdryer, straightener or curling tongs.

4. Kits to touch up roots
An increasingly popular option is home root touch-up kits. These kits seamlessly cover grey hair to make waiting for your next appointment infinitely more bearable. Just the job for daytime coverage, these colours wash out when you shampoo and condition your hair. With plenty to choose from, finding the best colour match for your hair shouldn’t be a problem.

5. Hair gloss
Remember hair trickery too. Hair glosses give the illusion of a salon colour treatment due to the shiny finish applied. The same shininess also makes your hair look and feel like it’s been salon-blow-dried as well.

6. Semi-permanent hair dye
Semi-permanent colour allows you to experiment with different hues and shades, and simultaneously use as a buffer in between appointments. Semi-permanent colours are perfect for grey roots and simply rinse away after up to six washes.

7. Permanent hair dye
Last but not least, there’s the heavier-duty solution of permanent hair dye from a box. The results obviously last longer but it’s important to choose the correct colour at the outset. Otherwise, you might be even more desperate to see your colourist to put things right.

For the latter two tips involving hair dye, it’s vital that you perform pre-dye tests first. This step necessitates applying a small amount of dye to a patch and few strands of hair 48 hours before the main event. This is to ensure you don’t experience any allergic reaction which is both painful and distressing. Read our earlier advice on home hair dyeing.

As experts in claims against hairdressers, we conclude with a timely note about occasional mishaps that happen at the hairdresser’s when undergoing colour treatments. Don’t assume that your hairdresser, once salons re-open, will automatically perform the aforementioned patch tests before dyeing your hair. Negligent hairdressing can, and does, happen. The same concept applies to over processing of hair for bleaching treatments. Damage can be anything from hair breakage and bald patches to scalp burns and scalp blisters.

Should this occur and you need our legal services to claim compensation for harm caused through no fault of your own, please get in touch with our friendly team as detailed below.

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Hairdressers and Afro Caribbean hair

Afro Caribbean hair

A recent petition reported on the ITV news website is calling for better education and greater understanding of Afro Caribbean hair amongst hairdressers in the UK.

Afro hair differs widely in both texture and treatment from Caucasian hair. According to the petition, more extensive, hands-on training in how to undertake the full range of hairdressing treatments on Afro hair should form part of the qualification process at NVQ level for hairdressers. Doing so will not only allow hairdressers to cater adequately for black and Asian clients, it will also improve inclusivity in the industry.

In response to the newly launched petition, City and Guilds published a statement to the effect of: “Students of the NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing are taught the theory of cutting, colouring and styling Afro Caribbean hair. However, because of the demographics of the UK, we cannot enforce that people must have cut and styled extremely curly type hair as part of their course.”

It remains to be seen, then, whether the petition will change the future of hair training.

At Hairdressing Claims, we regularly encounter individuals who’ve been hurt by incorrect and careless use of chemicals by hairdressers on their hair. One example is chemical relaxing on Afro hair. If these chemicals are left on for too long, the hair being ‘relaxed’ as well as the scalp can be seriously damaged. This damage could be hair breakage, scalp burns and scalp blisters.

Read our earlier blog titled ‘Everything you did (and didn’t) want to know about keratin treatments’ to learn more on the potential dangers of straightening treatments which are increasingly popular among women with curly hair.

While injuries by hairdressers are relatively rare, they can and do happen. Should you find yourself in this upsetting and painful situation, it’s reassuring to know that expert legal teams such as ours can help you progress a compensation claim against your hairdresser.

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Celebrity hair loss champion, Ricki Lake

Ricki Lake on Instagram

Contrary to popular belief, hair loss is not a phenomenon which only affects men. According to hair experts, 40% of women will experience visible hair loss in their lives too.

Lots of factors can contribute to hair loss, these being hormones, weight changes, age, genetics, medication, stress and negligent hairdressing or over-processing of our hair. Doctors and hair specialists, known as trichologists, are best placed to advise on the root causes, which may be due to underlying medical conditions, as well as recommend treatments for recovery.

Being honest and open on hair loss is a difficult and emotional step to take. This struggle with hair loss is epitomised by the American actress and TV presenter, Ricki Lake, who’s recently confessed about her 30-year-long battle on social media.

In a candid, inspiring Instagram post, Ricki shares a photo of her shaved hair and describes the trauma she’s suffered over a three-decade period. Striking a chord with women (and men) all over the world, Ricki explains how she kept the secret from everyone (including her therapist), tried a multitude of solutions (none of which worked in the long run) and is now finally liberated by exposing the truth.

Hoping to help others in the same situation to unshackle themselves from the “quiet hell” of hair loss, Ricki’s story has already been liked thousands of times on social media as well as prompting hundreds of messages of support from fans. Read more on the Independent’s website.

Amongst the contributory factors documented by Ricki are over-processing of her hair for a previous acting role and over-use of hair extensions in an attempt to hide her hair loss. These are two topical subjects we’ve written about before. Access our ‘Celebrities speak out about hair extension damage’, ‘What does over-processed hair look like?’, ‘Be careful of over-bleaching’ and ‘Katy Perry tells hair damage story on American chat show’ blogs.

If you get hurt by your hairdresser which results in hair loss or other damage to your hair and scalp, get in touch with our legal team to discuss the possibility of launching a compensation claim.

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Christmas hairstyles: ‘how to’ tutorials

Learn how to fashion Christmas-inspired hairstyles

Christmas and New Year celebrations are just around the corner. Whilst there’s unlikely to be any office (or indeed any!) parties this year due to COVID-19 and ongoing restrictions to social gatherings, there’s nothing to stop us all getting into the holiday spirit at home with our nearest and dearest.

To help you prepare for your upcoming festive soirees, we’ve scoured the internet to bring you a selection of fashion-forward You Tubers showing how to create the ultimate Christmas hair (and beard) updos which are perfect for your annual shindigs.

So, grab your styling equipment and accessories, and learn how to take your hairstyle to the next level this Yuletide…

Christmas tree pull-through braid by Babes in Hairland comprising braided hair adorned with pom pom pins as baubles

Christmas tree pull-through braid

Rudolph bun by CaliTeen13 fashioning a reindeer-inspired style using a doughnut tool (bun), moulded pipe cleaners (antlers), googly eyes and pom pom (nose)

Rudolph bun

Christmas wreath plait by Pretty Hairdos complete with sprigs of holly and fir tree leaves, and berry trimmings

Christmas wreath plait

Want to build a snowman like Elsa and Anna in Frozen? Now you can by creating two buns in your hair (body and head), using pins with decorative elements (eyes, nose, buttons and arms), top hat and bright-coloured bobble (scarf), as demonstrated by Trisha Weber

Snowman hair

Candy cane side plait by ChikasChic which is produced in a two-stage process. First, plaiting the hair. Second, embellishing with a red and white stripped ribbon, attached by using a long, thick needle (very carefully!)

Candy cane side plait

Finally, for the male contingent, there’s a tutorial by Baldcafe of the best ornaments for your beard this Christmas – that’s baubles, string lights and bunting complete with earrings

Beard ornaments

Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas and happy New Year with beautiful seasonal hair from the Hairdressing Claims team.

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