Now I know you didn’t click on this link to hear yet another screed about how bad 2020 was and how much we have to look forward to in 2021. You came here for major style inspo and I am here to deliver!

If 2020 taught us anything it’s that when our hair looks good it changes everything. Not unlike like any start to a new year, many of us are on the hunt for new and creative ways to showcase out best selves and express this visually — with much of “who” we are being portrayed in “what” we wear. We spent the majority of last year not loving our hair, doing root touch-ups in the privacy of your own home, and skipping trims, so there is no time like the present to finally experiment with the haircut, color, or style you’ve always dreamed of.

This year’s most popular hairstyles will have us reminiscing on the past. The '70s are back, baby. Think super-layered shags, curtain bangs, and yes, even mullets. Even 00’s chunky highlights are making a reappearance, this time overlaid with pastels or vivid colors.

For anyone not feeling the throwback vibes, low-maintenance cuts like blunt ends with shattered layers are more great options that will stay fresh for months. Paired with subtle dimension in your natural hair color, you won’t need to visit the salon every 4 weeks, and by working with your natural texture your hair will stay healthy long enough that you’ll only need to visit the salon to pick up more shampoo.

With all this extra time in the morning on your home office commute, you have time to invest in the health of your hair — which is kind of the best investment you can make. Using at-home treatments like Olaplex or KEVIN.MURPHY’s RE.STORE strengthen and restore the integrity of your hair so even on your top knot days your hair stays looking and feeling it’s best. (Because yes it can look amazing in a top knot don’t you know?)

The #1 thing I want you to remember when it comes to your hair this year is to have FUN with it! The potential for 2021 is endless and I want you to experience that joy through playing with your hair.

Updated: Jan 4

Needless to say you may not be going to any big holiday bashes this year, although I know you still want your hair to look and feel it’s best best for the celebrations you do have. Since you have enough to worry about this holiday season, I’m going to take this one thing off your plate!

I want to let you in on something a lot of my guests didn’t know: how you prep your hair is just as important as the style. I want to share with you my surefire routine to achieve bouncy holiday hair, and it starts the day BEFORE your shindig. Any kind of half-up or up-style works best on second day hair with the help of dry shampoo. The powdery texture of dry shampoo gives your strands the perfect amount of grip to be able to curl and pin and tuck without anything slipping.

On freshly shampooed hair, apply a heat protectant to prime, moisturize, and protect your hair from heat. Let your hair air dry naturally or blowdry. Then use your favorite hot tool to curl your hair in sections, alternating towards and away from the face (this prevents the curls from falling into one big wave). Repeat until each section is curled. Flip your head upside down and use a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to separate your curls from roots to ends. For added definition and shine, use a small amount of a smoothing oil to run through your strands from mids to ends. Alternatively, if you want a beachy tousled look, finish with a texture spray! It prevents the hair from laying too smooth and extends the life of your style.

You can take this style up a notch with colorful bobby pins in a starburst pattern just above your ear, or use strategically placed tortoiseshell clips to add volume to shorter hair. When in doubt, the quickest way to add interest to your mane is a padded headband with your hair blown out BIG! However you wear your hair: have a safe and happy holiday season from Gold & Braid Salon!