With a new year comes the chance to revamp your haircare regime, give your frazzled ends a much-needed detox and maybe even trial a bold new hairstyle or hair colour. If you need some inspo on 2020’s hottest hair trends and treatments, we’ve called on our columnist Jen Atkin to share her haircare hacks and heroes for the coming year.
What are the 3 key hair trends for 2020?
Blunt hair cuts are coming back with a vengeance, and here to stay. Even a blunt long cut is really out there right now, which is unbelievably chic and a total throwback to the 80s and 90s.
Hair accessories are huge, and aren’t going anywhere. Pearl clips, barrettes, bows, head bands, even scrunchies as hair ties are all having a huge moment and people are having more fun than ever with accessories.
Short bobs are also big news. If you have the courage to pull it off, which I strongly encourage, then do it. They’re unbelievably chic and cool, and how fun will it be to look back on pictures of yourself with this bad-ass style that you’ll probably only do once in your life.
What effect does the festive season have on hair?
From all the party-hopping in the cold to more than usual booze and bad (but good) food, our whole bodies might suffer a little bit. It’s just the nature of the holidays – more partying, less self-care. I imagine some of us were so busy going from one thing to the next that dry shampoo will become our best friend fast to cut down on time to get ready. Overall, the hair shouldn’t suffer too much, just be sure to really invest in those treatment masques when you have the time in between all the fun. A little OUAI Hair Oil can keep ends from splitting so it’s always a good idea to look in hydration with a little spritz after the shower. Be mindful of going from hot to cold, hot to cold all the time because that combo can be super drying. Lots of water, sleep when you can, and your favourite hydration treatments will be the way to go.
What is a 6-step hair detox regime?
Sounds simple, but brush your hair. If hair has a ton of tangles, be sure to start from mid-shaft to ends first. If you have a lot of hair, try sectioning to ensure all hair follicles are brushed and for the most part, going in the same direction.
Use two hands to massage the scalp, just for a minute or two. Brushing and massaging help to prepare the hair and scalp for exfoliation.
In the shower, wet hair with warm water. Take a quarter size amount of OUAI Scalp & Body Scrub, it’s the most fun product to use, too. Apply directly on the scalp, don’t forget the back of your head, behind your ears, your hairline, back of your neck – all the spots. Our scalp is like a garden, we need to rake, water, and nourish it so our hair follicles have a healthy environment to grow and thrive.
Using a wide-tooth comb WHILE in the shower, apply the OUAI Treatment Masque from mid to ends, skip the scalp because it can get you greasy quick and by combing the product into the hair, some will naturally get to the roots anyway.. Squeeze excess moisture out of the hair. Leave the Masque in overnight – wear a towel or satin sleeping cap to protect your hair and those precious linens. If you don’t have time or patience (I get it..) to leave in overnight, keep the Masque in for 5 minutes and rinse with cool water.