As clients headed back to the salon, some major damage control was being done to fix the time away – roots and colour touch ups, necessary trims and solutions to home hair mishaps filled the salon appointment book. Now with the country opening up more, clients are looking for transformative, fun and confidence boosting new looks to take them into the work environments and social gatherings they were previously lacking.

From all the way across the pond, legendary and award-winning hairdresser Akin Konizi, who is the HOB academy international creative director, has his own advice on what hair looks you should be offering clients to be totally on trend.

“Lockdown has shown us all just how important our hair is. It’s part of our identity, our lifestyle and our beauty,” Akin said. “Some of us follow trends, while others go for comfort – some love short hair while others wouldn’t dream of cutting their hair, but lockdown has made us all rethink our styling regime. And as life starts to get back to some sense of normality, so does our beauty routines. As we head back to work we want our hair to look good and suit our new working day, while ensuring we look modern and up to date.”

“Seasonal trends may have been put on hold, but we’ll be seeing new emerging trends as we reopen our doors. And I predict clients will fall into two camps – those who have grown their hair and want to keep it long, and others that can’t wait to get a haircut and keep it short,” he continued.

From Akin’s extremely knowledgeable point of view, four new trends are defining this global post-lockdown period beyond the usual, seasonal trends.

“2020 will be the year of the bob. This classic style suits all clients and is perfect for those who might have grown out their shorter styles and want to keep some length. There are no rules when it comes to a bob – it can be worn blunt and sleek or soft and feminine, frame the face or sit on the shoulders,” he said.

Conversely, Akin also believes clients will be embracing long hair, layers and natural texture elevated to look healthy and groomed. He also believes the shag, with face-framing layers, soft fringes and effortless finishes, will be a retro-led trend. Fringes in general could be a theme for 2020.

“Many people tried a home style fringe during lockdown – and will want to keep it,” Akin said. “If a client only wants one new change, give them a fringe as it will shake up their style straight away, can be blunt and strong or soft and skim the eyelashes.”

Which post-lockdown trends are your clients asking for?