When you think back on hair in 2019, it was all about feminine touches. French-girl bangs, pastel hair and pearl barrettes dominated the runways and littered our Instagram feeds. Looking ahead to 2020, daring colour, bold shapes and naturally flattering cuts are on the come up. We spoke to Canadian pros to get the intel on the hair trends to leave behind in the last decade, and the ones quickly gaining steam.

Cool It Down

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“Pink and coral tones will continue to be very popular” says Rodrigo Araneda, Matrix hair ambassador and hairstylist (see Ashlee Simpson’s fall look), but high-intensity silver and lilac hair is making a swift exit.“These two pastel tones were overdone in 2019 and while pretty, they are hard on the hair and maintenance is extreme,” says Toronto and NYC-based hairstylist Jason Lee. So if you’re still stuck on icy tones, consider a cool blonde shade with a natural brow, à la Lady Gaga.

Back to the ’00s

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Who can forget Kelly Clarkson’s 2003 debut album cover moment? Chunky streaks of blonde and red peppered through her chestnut hair had us all running to the salon (or truthfully, our bathroom sinks) to replicate the look. Get ready for a modern spin on it. “Dua Lipa recently showed off the most amazing blonde colour blocking with a bold brunette tone peeking through the underneath of her haircut. This is where hair colour is going,” says Lee.  “The pendulum always swings back and it seems that it could be going back to chunkier highlights.” Bye-bye balayage.

The New Shag

“The shag haircut is THE trend for long hair,” raves Arenada, while reminiscing over Jennifer Beals‘ iconic 1983 Flashdance look. “With curls and more volume on top, next year is all about the fringe.” Marilisa, hairstylist and artistic director for Marc Anthony Hair, agrees. “You can add a ton of layering, a little bit of texture, and it almost has this tousled, slept-in look. I really do love a good fringe,” she says. Trendsetters, wear your shag with pride. “The haircut is definitely having its moment,” says Lee. 

Au Naturel

Working with what you’ve got is a priority for 2020. We are in an era of loving your natural texture and loving your individuality,” says Lee.  “Instead of overworking hair and trying to fit into someone else’s category, embrace your curls and texture,” he says. Using products that accentuate your texture also means shaving time off your routine without sacrificing your vanity. “You’re using less product, you’re working with cuts that work with your natural hair, so the onus becomes on us to find ways to cut your natural hair to make it look its best” says Marilisa.

The Trendsetter

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“Every year there’s a hot new haircut and 2019 was all about the blunt short French bob,” says Lee of the Amélie style. “But the new cut is Charlize Theron’s chic modern ‘bowl cut’,” he adds. The handiwork of Adir Abergel and revealed in September, the cut is for the truly gutsy who want to face 2020 with a cool girl, futuristic edge.