It may have been hard to stay motivated and progressing when so much of 2020 just constituted getting through it for so many people in different places around the world. 2021 is looking a little brighter, and UK hair legend, as well as TONI&GUY international artistic director and head of education, Cos Sakkas, is here to help you plan ahead, with four relevant resolutions to get you through this year.

Cos has a unique perspective from London, which has seen salons struggle through an extended lockdown, and his advice carries across the pond to generally encourage the industry as we all come out of difficult times.

“We all need something to strive towards – whether it’s a promotion in the salon or the start of a new project,” he said. “Now we can start to see a light at the end of the tunnel, it’s the perfect opportunity to sit and really plan what you want to do with your time. Don’t put your goals or ambitions on hold, but do everything you can to make them possible.”

Here are some goals you should focus on in 2021.

Look at the positive

We’re living in a world where anything and everything is changing,” Cos said. “The news and social media is full of negativity and panic – but from a negative there is always a positive.”

“When our Academy was forced to close, it was a shock, but we looked at the positives and it kick started our digital learning which we had already been planning. While others were lamenting not being able to educate, we rolled out sessions and workshops to our TONI&GUY family around the world. And actually felt more connected than ever. So never accept the situation, always look at what is possible,” he shared. 

Focus on mental health

“2020 really taught us how important out mental health is. While many were stuck inside by themselves away from family or friends, it’s essential we put our mental health on a par with our physical health,” Cos said. “Make sure you go for your daily walk, take time away from screens and pick up the phone to talk to friends you’ve not spoken to for a while. Talking about anything but the current situation will really lift your mood. Continue looking after your mental health through 2021.”

Get off social media

It’s easy to fall down the rabbit hole and spend hours scrolling through social media, so use your time wisely,” Cos said. “Follow ten new people very week that will stretch your imagination and inspire you – from authors to designers, artists to models and musicians. Look outside of hairdressing for new ideas and inspiration.”

Keep up to date with trends

Make sure you can offer your clients something bespoke, something modern and something that makes them look and feel fantastic if they’re after a brand new look. Check out our new CONNECTED collection on social media, look at London Fashion Week, models and campaigns to see the shapes, textures and colours that are on trend,” Cos said.

Good luck making 2021 the best it can be!