Lockdown encouraged everyone to embrace their natural hair textures and inner beauty however as we begin to venture outside once again – It’s time for a new hairstyle and new look.

Naturally the seasonal routine will be different due to social distancing with haircuts that consider a lot more than just aesthetics but a unanimous prediction among hair stylists is that the bob is probably the biggest cut trend of the season. British Hair Expert in the Gulf, Carly Williams explains. “The leading hair trend right now is ‘a lob’ also known as a long bob, which is flattering for most face shapes…. if you’re over 50, a short pixie cut on natural white hair can make you look years younger whilst staying classy.” 

So many women aren’t as concerned about having longer hair to style so now is the time to try something different. Experts say that the best styles of the season require minimal maintenance so you don’t have to worry about frequent appointments or professional upkeep for your hair to look fresh. 

Nevertheless, we still need to be camera ready for those last-minute virtual meetings, so don’t worry, the top knots are not going anywhere for now as they still work for most hair types. Also a few hair accessories such as headbands, sparkly slides or a scrunchie can go a long way.  

“My three favorite summer styles are a headscarf which is timeless and can be styled with your hair up or down, it also covers roots and can get you through the days when you don’t want to wash your hair…. the second is waves using curling tongs which can be done in a few minutes or rollers for a nice bouncy blowout without doing a lot.” Adds Williams. 

As for color, the remainder of 2020 is all about finding a shade much closer to your natural hair color or uplifting your natural strands with a color refresh. If you do want to opt for color, trends for this year include red tones for darker skin tones and more honey tones for olive skin tones. If you have a paler skin tone, a vibrant red or an ice white blonde would be ideal. 

Hair stylists predict that instead of harsh dyes and damaging chemicals, the focus for many women will be on conditioning and strengthening strands that have suffered neglect during quarantine not to mention the harsh GCC humidity and heat. This may mean more gloss treatments and an increase in hair supplements. 

“Some of the greatest challenges women face on a daily basis in this region is hair loss, hair thinning and dry scalp which is why it’s important to take supplements such as biotin, collagen and calcium. There is also some research that proves that a vitamin D deficiency can cause hair loss, so I advise my clients to take a vitamin D supplement with meals along with fatty foods such as avocado, eggs, salmon, nuts, chia seeds and cheese…. These foods and supplements will help but be sure to go the doctors and get blood tests done for further advice,” concludes Williams.

By Hermoine Macura-Noble
The first Australian English speaking News Anchor in the Middle East. She is also the Author of Faces of the Middle East  and Founder of US-based 501c3 charity – The House of Rest which helps to ease the suffering of victims of war. For more from our Contributing Editor, you can follow her on Instagram, here.

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