Balayage and the return of the ‘80s

Story by Wendy Bates

Spring 2020

“What goes around comes back around all the time in fashion”

It’s time for our fabulous selves to say, “Oh hey new hair.” It’s a new year (and new decade) and that brings a whole host of new hairstyles and hair trends just waiting to be experimented with.

The ’70s and ’80s ARE BACK … curtain bangs are hot right now especially complemented by a high pony or messy bun. Also back are the scrunchie, braids and ’80s hair combs, just to name a few. I wish I would have kept all of my hair accessories growing up! What goes around comes back around all the time in fashion.

Going strong in the trend of colour is the lived-in balayage look. Balayage, also known as hair painting, creates a soft natural highlight. It may cost a bit more initially, but the low-maintenance colour placement lasts longer than your traditional highlight.

Blondes are loving the rooty look. The nice thing about this is we can do a natural shadow root or a fashion colour to change things up a bit. Billie Eilish is setting a trend of a strong fashion colour at the root.

Another top trend in hair is bright bold colours; not for everyone, but people today are rocking the fashion colours, whether it be pink, green, blue, orange or yellow. Some are creating pops of colour in the hair with foils or colouring their roots a fashion colour, melting it into a full colour or dipping their ends.

Trends are what you make them. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your clothes, hair and makeup and have fun with it. Your hair is your accessory, so rock your looks, ladies.


Wendy Bates, The Hair Lounge