2021 Hair trend predictions with Daniel Galvin Jr

Daniel Galvin Jr Shares His 2021 Hair Predictions

From curtain bangs to lockdown-proof colour...

New year, new…lockdown? If there’s anything we learned from last year it’s that we’re nothing if not resourceful when it comes to our hair. Whether it was cutting our own hair, transitioning to natural hair for the first time or attempting a DIY hair mask, our forced separation from our hairdressers had many of us re-evaluating our hair routines.

As we start the new year, celebrity colourist Daniel Galvin Jr sat down with us (over the phone of course, because #socialdistancing), to reveal the 5 hair trends he expects to see this year.

Lockdown-Proof Colour

Unsurprising given the current climate, we’ll continue to gravitate towards more low-maintenance colours this year. Galvin explains that he was inspired after the first lockdown to create a colouring technique called ‘progressive colour’, which involves “taking away block colour and giving it more contrast and more movement, weaving the natural colour through the mid-lengths and ends of the hair to stop it looking solid.”

Not only do these types of colours require less upkeep, making them more cost-effective, more importantly they won’t leave you with obvious regrowth if the salons close again.

TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Shampoo

Editor’s tip: For those who colour their hair, colour protecting products like TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Shampoo and Conditioner are a must – especially right now. They’ll help to maintain your colour for longer, keeping your hue looking fresh by preventing fading and dullness.

Curtain Bangs

If, like us, you’ve spent a large proportion of lockdown life scrolling through Instagram and TikTok, then you’ll be familiar with the curtain bangs trend. Add to that the celebrity stamp of approval that these wispy, retro fringes have garnered (Gigi Hadid, J-Lo and Selena Gomez are all fans) and it’s easy to see why so many of us are jumping on this ’70s-inspired trend.

The good news for any curtain bangs fans (us included) is that they’re only set to get bigger in 2021, Galvin says. “They give a soft look to the face and still allow you to tie your hair back, so they’re great if you like to wear your hair up or you have a busy lifestyle.”

Healthy Hair

Maybe it’s because we now have so much more time at home or perhaps it’s a bit of paranoia over missing our usual in-salon treatments, but looking after our hair has never been so ‘in’. “Not over bleaching, being kinder and striving more for healthier hair is definitely more the look that our clients want” Galvin says, “everybody wants to have shiny, healthy hair.”

If one of your new year’s resolutions is to take better care of your hair, start by assessing your current hair condition and then think about what your hair goals are for this year – do you want to grow it? Or finally stick to a proper hair routine? Easy starting points could be reducing (or totally cutting out) using heat on your hair or finding time to do a hair mask once a week. They may seem like small changes, but your hair will thank you for it!

Editor’s tip: Has winter left your hair calling out for some extra nourishment? For hair in need of some TLC, we recommend alternating between your regular conditioner and a more intensive deep conditioner. Daniel recommends the TRESemmé Biotin + Repair 7 Intensive Maskwhich helps to repair 7 different types of damage by restoring broken bonds within the hair.

Antioxidant Hair Care

Woman with natural hair washing her hair in the shower
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Antioxidants have been big in the skincare world for years thanks to their anti-pollution benefits, but in 2021 they’re set to make their way into our hair routines. Galvin advises adding a sprinkle of vitamin C powder (you can find it at health food shops like Holland & Barrett ) to your favourite hair mask. “Vitamin C is a great anti-oxidant which takes pollutants from the environment and product build-up off the hair, making your colour look instantly more shiny.” Brb, trying this on our next wash day.

Warmer Tones

In recent years, cool ashy tones have been the look of choice for blondes but this is changing – and it’s all to do with our mood. Galvin explains that “sometimes brighter really does make you feel lighter”, which is something we could all do with right now, we’re sure you’ll agree.

We can expect to see more “golden, warmer tones and brighter colours” this year, he says, after a rise in requests at his own salon. If the lack of vitamin D has left you feeling paler than usual, warm toned hues like coppers, strawberry blondes and brondes can really help to warm up your complexion. Plus, they flatter most skintones, too.


For more of Daniel Galvin Jr, click below to see what happened when we paired up with his Belgravia salon to offer one keyworker a makeover to remember.

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