After spending lockdown dutifully looking after our locks, applying weekly masques and minimising heat, many of us have healthier hair than ever before. Now, it’s time to enjoy the fruits of our labour and flaunt those flawless tresses.
Bored of the same-same styles you’ve been rocking for the last year? As lockdown lifts, we’re going all out with our looks, making up for a year of living in a bun and trackies.
If you’re ready to mix things up and sprinkle some spice into your lockdown lifting looks, these trending hairstyles are exactly what you need.
1. The high, slick bun
Loved by the supermodel Bella Hadid, the new-age slicked bun is defined by its sharp middle parting. Ideal for those days when your hair is looking a little limp or greasy, this low maintenance style takes any look from a 7 to a straight 10.
While mastering a high slick bun and a sharp parting may sound like an impossible task, it’s easier than you think!
Step 1: Divide and conquer
Step 2: Scrape and twist
Use the Ouai Pomade to slick any hairs back, then twist the style into place. Wrap the hair around using a circular motion to form a neat bun. For some extra pizazz, leave a little bit of hair out at the end, just like Mia has.
2. Mermaid Hair
Created using the best-selling Beauty Works x Molly Mae Waver, this showstopping style is a signature of the Love Island star.
With an innovative, triple-barelled design, this heat styling tool creates perfect mermaid hair for a unique look. Thanks to the luxe ceramic coating, the waver creates sleek styles without ever leaving frizz. Packaged in a gorgeous pink carry case with a matching comb and clips, this pretty tool wouldn't look out of place in Elle Wood's boudoir.
Step 1: Section hair
Split the top and bottom halves of your hair into two sections. Deal with the bottom section first, using the styler on small sections of hair. When applying heat to these sections, move from top to bottom as slowly as you need to.
Step 2: Brush it through
Using the adorable no static brush that comes in the kit, brush your locks through for a more natural look.
Step 3: Polish it off
Add a touch of the Ouai Hair Oil to the finished style to add shine and definition to your look. Expect pure goddess vibes.
3. Flipped ends
This ‘90s style has come back with a vengeance this season, seen on the likes of Rihanna, Kylie and Kendall. Although this anti-gravity style looks super dramatic, it's surprisingly easy to create. All you'll need for this trending hairstyle is two styling products and a trusty pair of straighteners!
Step 1: Smooth things over
Start by smoothing Olaplex No.6 through your tresses. This helps your hair to style more smoothly for a flawless finish.
Step 2: Flip it
Then, use your favourite straightener to curl the ends. We love the ghd original styler, it’s a cult classic with 4.8 stars out of over 1000 reviews. It really doesn’t get better than that.
Step 3: Set it
You’ll need some serious hairspray to hold this style in place. We recommend the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray; you’ll probably recognise the iconic gold bottle, often held in the hand of a hairdresser. Thanks to an advanced formula, the hairspray provides strong hold without leaving the hair feeling crunchy, which is why it’s stayed a firm fan-favourite.