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Australian hairstylist Jaye Edwards reveals the six biggest hair trends for 2021


A hairstylist to some of Australia’s biggest stars has revealed his trend predictions for 2021 – and one is a ’70s statement style few expected to see again.

Jaye Edwards, who is the founder of upscale salon chain Edwards and Co, says a growing number of clients are requesting auburn, rose gold and bronde colour.

Mr Edwards, who operates eight salons across NSW, VIC and Queensland and styles the tresses of top models including Georgia Gibbs, told Daily Mail Australia that ‘shag’ cuts last popular in the 1970s are finally back in fashion, as are curly bangs that frame the face.

'Shag' cuts (pictured) last popular in the 1970s are finally back in fashion, according to top Australian hairstylist Jaye Edwards

‘Shag’ cuts (pictured) last popular in the 1970s are finally back in fashion, according to top Australian hairstylist Jaye Edwards

1. Shag

In a resurrection few saw coming, Mr Edwards says the shag cut is back in a choppy, modern interpretation of the iconic disco-era hairstyle.

Created by barber Paul McGregor, the shag cut is a style that has been layered to various lengths and feathered at the top and sides. 

Layers make the hair full around the crown and thinner around the fringe and sides.

With bangs parted in the middle and cut to curve the cheekbones, Mr Edwards says the cut is soft and effortless, and works with long, lob, and shorter French bob-length haircuts alike. 

Salon owner Jaye Edwards (pictured) believes the the closure of beauty salons at the peak of the pandemic is responsible for the shift towards a more natural look

Salon owner Jaye Edwards (pictured) believes the the closure of beauty salons at the peak of the pandemic is responsible for the shift towards a more natural look

2. Auburn

Natural-looking auburn tones and coppery blondes are making a huge comeback, Mr Edwards says, while more obviously dyed shades have fallen out of favour.

‘Vibrant red has taken the back seat as we work to amplify the natural beauty of red hair by adding soft, warm tones,’ he said.

‘It’s bold, but when paired with lighter undertones it gives a ‘born with it’ rather than ‘from the bottle’ look.’

Natural-looking auburn tones and coppery blondes are making a huge comeback, Mr Edwards says

Natural-looking auburn tones and coppery blondes are making a huge comeback, Mr Edwards says

This autumn Mr Edwards says he is getting more requests for rose gold and warm blonde which help to enhance the skin's natural glow, making you look younger

This autumn Mr Edwards says he is getting more requests for rose gold and warm blonde which help to enhance the skin’s natural glow, making you look younger

3. Pixie

‘Timeless, classic and bold’, Mr Edwards predicts a revival of the ’90s-inspired pixie cut in 2021.

Short, layered bobs which grow out evenly over time are also making a comeback, as women opt for hassle-free styles that require little maintenance.

4. Curly bangs

Curly hair is back in a big way as women embrace their natural waves and turn away from heated styling tools, according to Mr Edwards. 

He previously told Daily Mail Australia the closure of beauty salons at the peak of the pandemic is responsible for the nationwide shift towards a more natural look.

‘I love seeing my clients embracing their natural curls and coils, opting for low maintenance styling,’ Mr Edwards said.

‘It’s great to see everyone moving away from heat styling and learning how to define and manage their natural curls with a more organic approach. 

Women with curly hair should opt for longer bangs as shorter fringes can be frizzy and hard to control without heated tools, Mr Edwards advises.

He is confident this trend will continue well into 2021 and predicts a surge in demand for ‘effortlessly undone colour and styles’. 

'Timeless, classic and bold', Mr Edwards predicts a revival of the '90s-inspired pixie cut in 2021

‘Timeless, classic and bold’, Mr Edwards predicts a revival of the ’90s-inspired pixie cut in 2021

Mr Edwards has seen demand for the easily managed hair colours such as bronde increase since lockdown when everyone – even the most high maintenance Australians – was forced to go back to basics

Mr Edwards has seen demand for the easily managed hair colours such as bronde increase since lockdown when everyone – even the most high maintenance Australians – was forced to go back to basics

5. Bronde

Mr Edwards says if there’s any hair colour that transcends season, it’s bronde, a combination of brown and blonde-toned ombré shades and balayage that is flattering on almost anyone.

He has seen demand for the easily managed colour increase since lockdown when everyone – even the most high maintenance Australians – was forced to go back to basics.

‘I think people are opting for this low maintenance colour due to all the Covid uncertainty,’ he said.

‘Sun-kissed brondes seamlessly blended to enhance natural hair colour will increase your time between salon visits and compliment your skin tone perfectly.’

6. Warm blondes 

After years of platinum shades dominating the salon chair, this autumn Mr Edwards says he is getting more requests for warm blonde which helps to enhance the skin’s natural glow, making you look younger.

‘We’re seeing blondes warming up with the introduction of subtle, warm lowlights, smoothed down with classic, golden blonde highlights,’ he said.

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