Running with our grown-out fringes.
If Instagram is anything to go by, we're not letting a small thing like having nowhere to go stop us from taking pride in our appearance and pleasure in the process of getting ready. If anything, our hair and makeup has been thrown into sharper focus, since our mates on FaceTime can't see what we're wearing from the chest down anyway.
While we abandon our monthly leg wax, the hair on our heads have taken centre stage as lockdown fatigue has spurred many of us on to play with our options and perfect new styles.
One trend that we've noticed cropping up more and more over the past few weeks, is tendrils. They were the surprise smash hit of the award season red carpet earlier this year (J-Lo, Margot Robbie, Dua Lipa and Emily Ratajkowski all sported them) and they've taken off big time on our Instagram feed.
GLAMOUR's columnist and the A-lister's go-to hairstylist, Jen Atkin pegged tendrils as the trend to go stratospheric earlier this year. "Tendrils are absolutely back," she said. "I think they’re flirty, sexy and frame women’s faces nicely." Incidentally, she was one of the first to resurrect them for the red carpet (she took care of Em Rata's awards style), so we asked her what's behind their return.
Nostalgia plays in. The past is a good place to look for inspiration. "The 90s play a huge role in that, especially with the tendril pieces in the front," says Jen. Movies like She’s All That and Pretty Woman are circling back round and we want to give it our 2020 spin.
Then there's the fact that our fringes have grown out during lockdown which plays directly into this style. If your normal fringe is too long, you can slip most of it back into a ponytail or bun, but just pull out a couple of smaller pieces.
As for how to make it look modern, "you can either go a little heavier with them like I did in Emily’s look by grabbing larger pieces right at the part, or you can be more playful and grab random pieces right above the ear and further up the hairline," says Jen. In general though, she reckons less is more. "I love when hair looks effortless, natural and somewhat undone."
Here's how to get the look in 6 simple steps...
1. Prep damp hair with OUAI wave spray and blowdry on a medium speed and heat.
2. Using a 1 1/2” barrel curling iron, wrap sections of hair around in alternating directions, pulling on them while they’re hot for a looser effect.
3. Apply OUAI Dry Texture Foam throughout and Tancho Stick on roots.
4. Pick out tendril pieces in the front and create two ponytails close in proximity, one above another and secure with a hair tie or bungee.
5. Take both ponies and wrap into a messy French twist, secure with French hair pins.
6. Accessorise! Snap clips are really making a comeback. I’m seeing so many of them on the gram and girls getting so creative using them to add a little glitz to their look.
6 ways to style your tendrils...
Everything is kept loose, from the relaxed ponytail to the casually waved tendrils at the front. Use your fingers along the front strands to create texture and separation.
YouTube Jess Gamble left her natural curls to do the talking. With pieces kept loose at the front of her face and around her ears.
Scatter snap clips, embellished bobbi pins and barrettes through hair.
Off duty braids are paired with high fashion earrings to make this look feel modern.
Add another dimension to a slick snatched ponytail by pulling a couple of pieces loose at the front.
Tendrils play really well into a more relaxed style – the trick to make it look like they've fallen loose naturally – I woke up like this bed hair, but with a bit more gloss.
'This article originally appeared on GLAMOUR UK'