Trend Forecast: Spring/Summer 2020

Mar 17, 2020 12:43:00 PM | Hair Trends

Spring is a time for fresh beginnings, and nothing refreshes your look quite like a new hairstyle. The Spring/Summer 2020 runways were filled with hair inspiration to give us a glimpse at the biggest hair trends that are about to be all over your Insta feeds. If we go by what was spotted on the runways, retro '70s styles will reign supreme, braided pigtails are all grown up, and out-of-the-ordinary pearl and crystal embellishments will add a pretty touch to any look.





70’s inspired

The spirit of the 70’s was all over the catwalks yet again this Spring. From textured, shaggy waves, simple centre parts, and afros, think 1970’s era with a modern touch.

The runways at Celine, Albert Ferretti, and Saint Laurent all embraced the 70’s style, delivering plenty of hair inspiration to start off the Spring season.


At Chanel, stylist Sam McKnight was overheard saying: "We are inspired by the ladies of the 1970s who had heavy gorgeous hair like curtains. It's done in a natural way, it's brushable, it’s heavy, it moves, and it's luxurious." Long live 70’s style.



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Let’s be honest: braids aren’t a trend, they’re a constant, but that doesn’t mean it’s same old- same old for Spring 2020 braids. This Spring we’ll see braids in a variety of styles that recall older trends in a new way.


Braided pigtails were spotted on the runway paired with sophisticated suits for a look that was refreshingly cool, and easy to copy off the runway. Who would have guessed that a crisp middle part, and tight double braids that started just behind the ears, a la “Wednesday Adams”, would be a runway hit?


Braided face framing tendrils are going to bring the 90’s back in a new unique way. Other looks we’ll see: skinny braids hidden amongst the rest of your hair, boho braids (always popular), and tight and pristine low braids for a prim and proper look.



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This trend was spotted in Winter 2020, on Chloe Coleman and Michelle Williams at the 2020 Sag Awards and in Lucy Boynton’s pearl-studded part at the Oscars, and it’s definitely going to carry into Spring.


Shiny waves, braids and buns, styles of all sorts were heavily embellished with hair combs, clips, pearls, crystals, beads, gems, bows, flowers… you name it, it was spotted on Spring/Summer runways.


Soft, romantic waves and curls were adorned with crystals for a beautiful finish on the Bibhu Mohapatra runway. At Marc Jacobs, top knots were finished with a handful of eye-catching hair clips, and at Afffair: barrettes and clips moved from accent category to statement territory.


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Fashion Shades

It seems Billie Eillish has had an impact. Celebrity hairstylist, Clayton Hawkins says, "neon green, orange and highlighter yellow are going to be everywhere…” This Spring be prepared to see pretty much all of your favorite influencers playing around with bright hues of colour in their hair.


If you’ve been thinking of taking the plunge and trying some fashion hair colours, now’s the time! Neon red was a striking colour on Yuan Bing Bing, who walked the runway for Roland Mouret, Ermanno Scervino, and House of Holland.


If a full head of colour is a little much, just a touch of colour is on trend too, as indicated by the dip dye ends spotted on Demi Lovato, or the faded streaks in the buns of models at Rebecca Minkoff. A pop of chemical-free colour can be added with Great Lengths for a damage-free, short-term commitment to this Spring trend.



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Last but not least…

"Extensions will be trending!" says Edward Tricomi, well-known global stylist. Extensions are indeed a growing worldwide trend that doesn’t seem to be slowing down. By 2023, the global hair extension and wig market is expected to exceed $10 billion in revenue.

We’ve already seen sneak peeks of this trend with the Kardashians making a solid case for Rapunzel-length hair during Paris Fashion Week at the start of the month. Kim Kardashian showed off dramatic mid-thigh length ponytail extensions, and Kylie Jenner sported a braid longer than she is tall. While Kylie’s look may be a little on the extreme side, we think ultra-long ponytails are set to be trending this Spring Season.


The versatility of extensions makes them an extremely popular option for adding length, volume or colour, to help achieve all the styles set to be trending from Spring into Summer.



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