Had you asked me as a kid in the early ‘90s, I would have sworn the world would look like a sci-fi film by the year 2020: robots, flying cars, sleek silver uniforms. In actuality, 2020 looks a lot like… well, the past. Fashion lovers are wearing larger-than-life blazers reminiscent of the ‘80s, lip gloss is trending like it’s 2005, and the top 2020 haircut trends could be plucked from the flower power era.
Professionals are predicting a return to ‘60s and ‘70s styles in the year ahead, with a few ‘90s references thrown in for good measure (there’s even a variation on your little brother’s bowl cut). “The shag and all of its variants are still rocking and rolling at full force,” Lex Seibel, a hairstylist at Foxtrot in Los Angeles, tells The Zoe Report. “This hair energy isn’t going anywhere — it’s only going to become more of a widely embraced style for a broader group of people.” On one end of the spectrum, you have your long, curly shag: a little softer, a little more feminine. On the other end, you have a shag so severe it’s more of a modified mullet, says Tim Duenas, a Master Stylist at Nine Zero One Salon in Los Angeles. “The great thing about this shape is the androgyny of [it],” he tells TZR.
Looking for something a little more subtle? Just add fringe. “We’ve been seeing a lot of ‘60s-inspired references in beauty, like the hair flip — and [fringe] is the next wave,” Marc Mena, a celebrity hairstylist who works with Mindy Kaling and Ashley Benson, tells TZR. “Think classic Jane Birkin and Brigitte Bardot.” Of course, if retro just isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other styles to choose from, including the ultra-modern jagged bob.