In this great time of uncertainty and disruption, it’s a bit strange to think about fashion and beauty trends after quarantine.
After all, who cares about being ‘in style’ when the world is focused on a pandemic?
Hairdresers care. And we want you to know that we are canceling all obligations you have (or may not have known you had) to this year’s stylescape.
Normally, it is our job to encourage you to evolve with beauty hits that decend from celebrity rule. Whatever Lady Gaga is doing with makeup, go for it. Taylor Swift got fringe, do it. You want a new color, let’s see what Billie Eilish is up to, etc.
These are trendsetters in the appearance world, and they deserve to be followed. They forge the path for those of us too busy to notice, or too scared to try.
But now we have something greater than a bedazzled celebrity we admire and want to emulate.
A global pandemic: masks are the next fashion statement
We have our own survival. That means we ourselves will choose how we want to look for a while, because we are in great need of self-expression and comfort.
So then, what you can expect to see this year is a lot of throwback hair. When people start creeping out of quarantine, you bet they will go for the curling iron, flat iron, and makeup that has always made them feel beautiful, and the style era won’t matter.
Expect to see outdated college girl looks and former high school styles, plus older ladies with spiked, sprayed hair, and any hairstyle from the TV show Friends. Looks will be overdone and outplayed, but it won’t matter. Think of it as armour; protection from the next bad thing.
Some may embrace their inner-apocalyptic heroes and indulge in dusty cosplay looks or fantastical haircolor and makeup. Dressing like it’s the end of the world has an empowering feel-it makes you fearless.
Grey Hair Growouts
Many ladies who normally covered their greys will embrace their natural color instead. This is liberating- an act of confidence and strength. Facing the world’s mortality will wipe a lot of cosmetic slates clean and, more mature women may decide they prefer to be bare to focus on things they value instead.
Men may see the pandemic as an excuse to save on haircuts
Since most men fantasize about growing out their hair, many will use the pandemic quarantine as a reason to get started. After all, working from home doesn’t require a trimmed neckline. Expect a decrease in future haircuts if quarantine lasts more than three months, passing the awkward in-between phase most men cringe at.
It’s Your Time
However you choose to express yourself this year, know that what you choose is your way of coping with a traumatic experience. It makes you feel strong and in control, and that victory dance is exactly what we want you to feel after conquering a deadly virus. Go ahead, rock that 80’s punk-you are alive to do it.
FROM HOME: Rebecca Schembri is a Published Hair and Makeup Artist and Writer from Reno, Nevada, USA