10 winter hair trends you need to know about

Icy blonde hair is all the rage this winter

Our ‘Autumn hair inspiration’ blog is sooooo October. Now that January’s arrived, it’s nigh time you started thinking about winter hair trends. You don’t want to get left out in the cold, after all. Thankfully, there’s everything you need to know right here on today’s blog.

Without further ado, this season check out these hairstyles to embark upon a ‘new year, new you’ – the perfect time to make a hair change…

1. Sparkly accessories

From embellished hair pins to designer logo hair clips, the sparklier, the better where accessories are concerned. Whether you’re dressing up for a party night or going casual for a chill day, accessories are the ideal accompaniment to any outfit, be it a little black number or jeans and t-shirt.

2. Zig-zag parting

Popular in the past and making a welcome resurgence is the zig-zag part. It’ll take some time to get the parting just right using the sharp end of a comb, but it’s well worth the effort as the end result is drama personified. Complete with a ponytail or other updo and apply a shiny finish to keep it taut.

3. Chin-length bob

Always on-trend, the adoption of bobs by certain famous people have kicked off the craze once again. If you can’t resist the bob’s charm, head to the hairdressing salon to get the chop, reading our ‘Bad salon warning signs’ blog as a signpost first, and invest in a lightweight pomade to keep stray strands in their place.

4. Half-up, half-down hair

Leaving half of your hair loose and styling half in a high updo has been ‘in’ for a couple of years. These days, it’s a softer and easier take on this style such as a simple fringe tied back using an invisible elastic with the rest hanging free. A good smoothing serum could become your new best friend.

5. Icy-blonde colouring

Suited to anyone’s skin tone, whether porcelain white or chestnut brown, make an appointment with your colourist if you’re eager to make icy blonde your next signature look. Cast your mind back to our ‘How to identify, prevent and cure hair damage’ and ‘Be careful of over bleaching’ blogs to avoid a hair dye disaster though.

6. 90s layering

Adding layers to create soft flicks around the face and soft waves throughout the hair is back from the 90s. It’s all about volume and fullness, especially for hair that’s limp and lifeless. If you’re keen for a hair switch up but don’t want to lose any length, this is the style for you.

7. Tapered wolf cut

A combination of the shag and mullet, this season’s version of the modern wolf cut includes tapered ends at the sides and a micro fringe upfront, complemented with wispy layers to create masses of volume.

8. Pixie with fringe

Pixie shapes are everywhere currently as they’re spot on for women who are low on time. Pixies are extremely versatile and make a big fashion statement. Winter’s face-framing option features a messy fringe – striking for all face shapes and all ages.

9. Barely-there fringe

For bangs with a difference, hairdressing clients are asking for a fringe that appears to be barely there. Think soft, wispy and seamless – it’s subtle fringe action that blends flawlessly into the rest of your hair.

10. Celeb inspo à la Jennifer Aniston and Princess Diana

Thanks to a ‘Friends’ reunion, and ‘The Crown’ series and ‘Spencer’ movie, salons the world over are emulating Jennifer Aniston and Princess Diane hair with a contemporary twist. Let’s call it the Rachel 2.0 and Diana 2.0.

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Thicker hair in three easy steps

Dreaming of thicker hair for Christmas?

As we’re in the midst of this year’s seasonal celebrations, we’re trying to look our most beautiful. This includes our hair. Unfortunately, while some people are blessed with enviable, voluminous hair, others are sadly deficient in the hair volume department.

There are many reasons for thinning hair – be it simply what Mother Nature intends, ageing takes its unfortunate toll particularly around the temples and sides of the head, or hair loss caused by misuse of chemicals and negligent hairdressing.

Thankfully, times are a-changing and thinning (and bald) hairstyles are finally being embraced, removing with it any stigma of hair loss. Our ‘Celebrity hair loss champion, Ricki Lake’ and ‘#alopeciaisfashion campaign challenging perceptions of beauty’ blogs cover the all-important topic of thinning (and balding) hair.

While our aforementioned earlier blogs might provide reassurance for those of you struggling with thin hair, you may also be pleased to learn that there are plenty of tips and tricks to give the appearance of thicker hair. Here we present three easy steps to dreamy hair this Yuletide…

1. Get a great haircut as your foundation.

It all begins with a visit to the hairdresser. We mean a good hairdresser! (So, make sure you recognise the ‘Bad salon warning signs’!) With poorly cut hair, its weight will pull it down making it seem lank and lifeless. In comparison, a strong shape, graphic cut, fringe and feathering will combine to create the effect of volume.

The same can be said of well-placed highlights and other colouring techniques. By adding texture and contrast through strategic application of colour, the depth you see presents the illusion of thickness overall.

2. Use clever styling to further enhance your hair’s volume.

There are lots of quick styling hacks to support your quest for thicker hair as well. If you usually have a middle parting, flip it over to the side instead. Centre partings tend to look flatter so you’ll instantly add body by doing so. Another handy styling hack is backcombing. Use a mixed bristle brush (rather than a comb) on the roots at the crown.

Then there’s the way you dry your hair. Don’t blow down on hair from the top of your head. Re-direct your hairdryer underneath the root and upwards. It’s a small drying adjustment but it makes a big difference to the end result.

3. Invest in the right hair products and accessories to maintain body.

Don’t let your efforts go to waste by buying products which negate everything else you’re doing to achieve thick-looking hair. Avoid hair masks and heavy conditioner. As an alternative, opt for shampoo and conditioner advertised as volume boosting with the correct ingredients to do the job.

There’s mousse and similar hair finishing products too. Volumising and plumping mousses create lift and maintain hold straight from the roots without being sticky to touch. And don’t forget filler pieces. Place stealthily in your hair to thicken it out. With the clever products available in the market, no one will be any the wiser that they’re there.

With mention above about hairdressing and dyeing treatments, it’s timely to end with a reminder about the importance of choosing a reputable salon and stylist, and knowing what to do if your hair appointment ends in disaster. For the former, stay clear of bad salons, always insist on the necessary pre-dye tests and follow our step-by-step guide to the hairdressing claims process.

To contact our team in confidence and make a claim against your hairdresser, please email enquiries@hairdressingclaims.co.uk, call 0800 141 3682 from a landline for free, phone 0333 202 6560 from a mobile or complete our online enquiry form.

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Is a hair dye shortage on its way?

Make the most of colourful hair while you can

Product shortages have been a regular feature on news channels these past weeks, caused by Covid and Brexit, and ensuing supply and delivery issues. According to the Mirror, the latest supply shortage warning includes hair dye.

You see, a key chemical used in hair dye and other items such as shampoo, fake tan, make up, fragrance and skincare creams is ethoxydiglycol. In hair dye, the ethoxydiglycol chemical is there to help the colour absorb into hair.

The cost of this key ingredient has apparently spiked from £12.10 to £103 per kg coupled with minimum order quantities being increased by manufacturers from 24kg to 1,000kg. As a result of these pricing and ordering changes, many suppliers are now supposedly out of stock.

The knock-on effect is that consumers can expect to see less hair box dyes on the supermarket and chemist shelves over the coming weeks. It may impact the supply of dyes to hairdressing salons over time too.

On the subject of box dyes, why not take a look at our last blog titled ‘Box hair dye dangers’?

And, keep checking in on our blog for all the essential updates regarding hair products, hairstyle trends, celebrity hair gossip, hair damage stories and popular hairdressing treatments. We’ve got all of your indispensable hair news and inspiration – all in one place.

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Autumn hair inspiration

Find out what’s hot and what’s not this autumn-time

As the days grow shorter, leaves change colour and weather becomes cooler, we’re reminded that autumn is here. Just like the arrival of any new season, you’ll be keen to know about predicted hair trends for the months ahead.

We’ve scoured the internet, so you don’t have to, in order to deliver this handy summary of what’s expected hair-wise during autumn 2021. It seems that glamour, rebellion and experimentation are on the menu…

Buzz cuts

Despite the drop in temperature, buzz cuts are popular right now for those brave enough to go short. It’s a great, low maintenance style, always looks polished and attracts attention. Are you confident enough to adopt this radical hairstyle?

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Bobs in every form

Hairstyles with a definite shape – the bob – are really relevant. All varieties are ‘in’, from different lengths to lots of layers to wash-and-go finishes. However you choose to wear the look, anything goes.

Textures and layers

Picking up on the ‘layers’ point above, choppiness is all the rage with rough layers for natural movement and face-framing layers to enhance your best features, all of which require minimal styling for healthier hair.


This new kid on the block is a combination of the mullet and pixie. It features short, dainty crops in the front with a little extra length at the back. It’s all about being adventurous and trying variations of this theme.

Classic mid length

Think shoulder length hair is boring? Think again – it’s classic for a reason. Feminine, flattering, easy to style and fits into a ponytail, it’s a hit with individuals seeking a still-modern look that can be styled any which way.

Grown-out fringes

Inspired by the 70s, the fringe is versatile and playful which means it’s huge this season. Whether your preference is big bangs, curtain, blunt or choppy, or whether your hair is straight, curly or coily, the fringe is for everyone. It’s a chance to switch up long hair without losing length.

Mirror-like shine

We’ve emerged from the horrors of lockdown demanding a bit of luxury and glamour with our hair. Products fostering strength, versatility and health are flying off the beauty shelves in our quest for ‘happy hair’ with glitz.

Curly shag

Supposedly many salons’ most-requested hairstyle currently, the very wearable curly shag is ideal for any non-straight hair type – be it curly, coily, wavy, kinky, whatever. A slightly different take on the curly shag is the wolf cut which is somewhere between a shag and mullet – a rebellious slant on the 80s version.

50 shades of red

Somewhat déjà vu at this time of year, a whole host of corals and reds, reminiscent of autumnal leaves, continue to inspire us. You may opt for strawberry red, rich auburn or even tones of pink – from rose gold to bright neon – either as a block colour or balayage effect. Why not experiment with your hair colour as the season shifts?

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As always when we mention hair colouring, remember the potential for damage that comes with dyeing your hair. From scalp burns and scalp blisters to hair breakage and hair loss, it’s important to be aware of the hazards before you visit your hairdressing salon.

Our ‘5 top tips for fool-proof hair dyeing’ and ‘The why and how of patch testing’ blogs might prove useful, along with an understanding of how to go about suing a hairdresser in the worst cases.

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Your balayage questions answered

Everything you need to know about the balayage hair colour trend

With the introduction of colouring techniques such as balayage, ombre, dip-dye, two-tone, lowlights and frosting (to name a few!), dyeing your hair is much more interesting than it’s ever been. And perhaps more complicated.

To help you out, we’re tackling one of these hair colour trends – balayage – to answer your burning questions. Let’s go…

1. First things first – what exactly is balayage?

Balayage is the subtlest way of lightening your hair, essentially done by painting new hair colour in soft streaks. The end result is a natural look simulating sun-kissed hair. It’s low maintenance as the colour doesn’t typically start at the roots so that regrowth is less obvious, negating the need for regular root touch-ups.

2. Balayage and ombre – what’s the difference?

Ombre is the transition from light to dark shading. It’s more extreme than balayage and involves the top of your hair being completely dark, the middle in between and the ends completely light. Or vice versa. The overall finish is a greater colour contrast.

3. Will I need foils during colouring?

Whilst balayage is still a highlighting technique, the unique feel you get from free-hand colouring is preferable to that from a line-up of perfectly-placed foils. Via this method, balayage mimics how your hair would naturally get lighter in the sun and appears unkempt rather than structured and regimented. The big appeal of balayage is that it’s bespoke. A colourist will look at your face and place the colour strategically to flatter your features.

4. Talk timings – how long does it take to do balayage and how long does it last?

It’s pretty speedy, taking around 45 minutes to apply, quicker than normal foils. Thankfully, a little balayage goes a long way. You don’t need to visit the salon every 6 weeks as you do with foil highlights. Once every 12-14 weeks to your colourist is sufficient. The exception to this rule is for individuals with grey hair as this demands a root tint first with regrowth touch-up every 4-6 weeks.

Read our ‘Predict your salon timings with this handy guide’ blog for more information on expectations around length of visits.

5. What are the balayage colour options?

Really, there are no limits. You can use whatever colours you want, usually one or two simultaneously. Be creative. If you’re fed up of blonde-hued balayage and desire something a little different, why not consider a blush-pink multi-tone balayage, grey and lilac tone balayage, tiger eye balayage with echoes of bronze, gold and brown, or bronde balayage using an on-trend mix of blonde and brown? Anything goes!

6. Does balayage work best for certain hair types or styles?

In a word, no! Contrary to what you might think, balayage isn’t restricted to young women with mousey brown hair in long, wavy styles. It’s for all colours, all ages, all hair types, all styles, all lengths.

7. Can balayage go wrong?

The same as every dyeing treatment at the hairdressing salon, mistakes are possible. If the product is applied unevenly, there’ll be a mottled effect. Also, too-heavy application loses the softness and contrast.

Balayage tends to be less damaging than conventional colouring techniques which go right to the roots, and use foils and heat to set the colour. Because of this, balayage should avoid over-processing problems. If bleach is used, however, there’s the potential for dry, brittle hair afterwards. Check out our ‘What does over-processed hair look like?’ blog to discover more.

Be sure to go to a hairstylist who knows what they’re doing. Our ‘Bad salon warning signs’ and ‘5 top tips for fool-proof hair dyeing’ blogs provide useful direction.

8. What are my next steps if my hair’s damaged by balayage?

Now this is a subject close to our hearts and something we’ve written about extensively. From our ‘3-step plan to suing your hairdresser’ to ‘A step-by-step guide to the hairdressing claims process’, our blog is a practical source of assistance on the contentious matter of pursuing hair treatment injury claims.

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Lockdown learnings for the hair industry

Hairdressers have survived lockdown

Most sectors were impacted by lockdown in 2020 and 2021. The hair industry was undoubtedly amongst the hardest hit as hairdressers were unable to work for several months at a time.

The lifting of all Covid restrictions in July is the final stage in our government’s coronavirus response, signifying ‘business as usual’ for everyone, salons and mobile hairdressers included.

So, what’s been learnt over the past 17 months? Thankfully, it’s not all doom-and-gloom. Our nation’s 43,000 salons, and 250,000 hair and beauty workers* coped extremely (and surprisingly) well. Here’s how:

Creativity – With so much time spent on furlough, the opportunity was seized to rethink processes and embark upon a refresh exercise. Obviously, all salons were forced to do this to some degree by implementing mandatory safety and hygiene measures. Read our earlier ‘New-normal hairdressing regime’ blog for a reminder.

Of course, many of these cleanliness routines are likely to be here to stay, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but salon owners have applied creativity elsewhere in their businesses by, for example, converting outside areas into extended salon spaces and devising new loyalty schemes. Hairdressing clients are all the better for it.

Embracing technology – Pre-Covid, 70% of salons managed bookings via paper diaries. When Covid hit, a digital revolution happened with one salon software company reporting a 350% uptick in new clients of their electronic booking system. This is not only helping salons become more efficient but also comply with their NHS Track & Trace requirements.

Other technology being used now like never before are digital consultation tools for their ability to provide professional services while maintaining social distancing.

Sidestepping cash payments – Concerns about the risk of banknotes and coins transmitting the virus have led to salons insisting upon card payments, sometimes even upfront to avoid transactions after appointments. As well as introducing another level of security in these troubling times, it’s caused further streamlining of the hairdressing experience which clients have benefited from.

Working in a ‘new normal’ way – How does the term ‘new normal’ apply to hairdressers? Changes have been made to make clients relax and feel safe, ranging from spread-out seating to dividing screens to half-capacity bookings, which is also a topic covered in our ‘New normal hairdressing regime’ blog referenced above. There’s been tightened guidance reducing the gap between patch tests from twelve to six months too. Access our ‘Tighter guidance insisting on more regular patch testing’ blog for more on this subject.

Moving on to how hairdressing clients have reacted:

Undergoing hair revolution – With no choice but to let our hair return to its natural state and not having to do much in the way of styling during lockdown has resulted in a different approach to hair care. From less is more to longer gaps between appointments, discover our revolutionary habits in our ‘Five ways Covid-19 has permanently altered our hair care habits’ and ‘Post-lockdown hair trends’ blogs.

As we all continue to adapt to the ‘new normal’, it’s vitally important that standards don’t slip. When visiting your hair salon, you still need a comprehensive consultation, no matter how it’s undertaken, because virtually is more than sufficient. You still need a patch and strand test before having your hair dyed, which will require a physical visit to the premises for application of dye at least 48 hours prior to your time slot, every six months. You still need to be looked after carefully and professionally during your treatment, even if it might appear challenging due to fewer stylists being available.

Should these essential nurturing duties be neglected, you can suffer harm by your hairdresser. We specialise in hair treatment injury claims and can help you claim compensation for hair damage. Simply get in touch by emailing enquiries@hairdressingclaims.co.uk, calling 0800 141 3682 from a landline for free, phoning 0333 202 6560 from a mobile or completing our online enquiry form.

* Based on 2019 National Hair & Beauty Federation statistics.

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