Top hairdressers reveal the ‘second wave haircuts’ you should be getting now to be prepared

It’s for this exact reason that we’ve enlisted the advice of some of the industry’s top hairdressers to brief us on ‘second wave haircuts’ – the salon snip you should opt for in anticipation of another lockdown because there’s no way we’re contending with wild lockdown hair again.

As Paul Watts, JOICO European Colour Design Team Member and Owner of Paul Watts Hairdressing, explains: “Haircuts post-lockdown and dare I say it, potentially to help you through another lockdown, are a big talking point. In salon right now the vibe is high and clients are loving being back in the chair, feeling and looking good.”

We’re all about positivity here at but we’re also practical – and that’s exactly why we aren’t ignoring whisperings of a second wave of Coronavirus or local lockdown.

Along with a mad dash to stock up on toilet roll and hand sanitiser (and comprehend WTF ‘furlough’ meant), if lockdown taught us anything, it was to be prepared for anything.

The two main haircuts Paul is offering his clients to help with maintenance – and prepare for a second lockdown – are ‘long with invisible layers’ and the achingly cool ‘French Bob’.

“These two styles are super cool and have the possibility to grow out beautifully,” he said.

If you have long hair, Paul says you still want something in there to keep it fresh. Enter: invisible layers – a strategically placed section on the top of your head cut in a diamond shape. “These layers are disconnected from the length so add a soft layer which blends in seamlessly,” said Paul.

If you have shorter hair – or fancy trying it out – Paul says the French Bob is classic, short, sharp and super cool. “Having this cut will give you the time for your hair to grow out and look great while it does,” he adds.

Elle Clancy at Larry King’s Notting Hill is also a staunch fan of a short cut blunt bob and advises getting the front cut all one length with no fringe to take out any maintenance. “Avoid layers to keep it looking modern and cooler – this is great as when it grows out, the bluntness from the bottom isn’t too heavy and won’t sit triangular. It will grow out flatter and soft through the ends,” she said.

If you do have a fringe, Elle suggests a ‘Debbie Harry Mullet’, which is a super cool and grungy look.

“We go for a heavy fringe here and I normally cut it with a razor to make it really shaggy and undone,” she explains. “This is quite similar to the bob as when it grows out it will be quite soft; it’s not a very structured cut so it’ll go the distance.” Elle explains that this style uses the natural texture of the hair – so it’s great for people to style at home.

In terms of adding a bit of colour to the hair, Sophia Hilton, founder of Not Another Salon, suggests switching to balayage. “This way, the colour grow-out will still look beautiful, rather than a harsh root.”

Fingers crossed we won’t need to plump for a second wave haircut but to fail to prepare is to prepare to fail.

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