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Hot trends in Afro hair

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Pastel colours for textured hair, short natural pixie styles, high tops with colour and patterns and balayage are predicted to trend in Afro hairstyles in 2021.

This is according to Akesha Reid’s recent article in HJI, which maintains that there will be a move from reds towards the coppery blondes and strawberry coppers, along with soft pink hues.

In the article, Rick Roberts, HJ’s Afro Hairdresser of the Year 2019 and Wahl education and artistic team member, stated that “short natural pixie styles and short textured curly fringes are here to stay”. Lorraine Dublin, co-owner of My Hair Bar concurred, saying: “The biggest upcoming hair trends are short hair cuts on natural hair to add texture and depth.”

Roberts also predicted that high-tops with colour and patterns are coming back in a big way. “A lot of clients are wearing their hair short on the back and sides, with longer length and texture on the top.”

Matt Surplice, owner of Spring Salon and Authentic Beauty Concept advocate, believes that embracing natural texture will continue in 2021 and beyond. “It’s important for clients to discover more about their own hair and learn what works and how to get the most from their newfound curls.”

The HJI article points out that while the balayage hair technique (where hair color is painted onto strands to create a graduated, more natural-looking highlight effect), is often depicted on models with straight to wavy hair, it is great for accentuating texture by playing with light and colour placement on Afro hair.


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