Dropping my teenage son off at the school gates this morning (it is a rare occasion), I noticed many of the kids were sporting new hairstyles for the New Year. One boy had opted for a perm on top (!?) and many of the girls seem to have been gifted straighteners as they had smooth, sleek locks. There were still a few ‘VSCO’ girls sporting their high ponytails with different coloured scrunchies, will this still be a trend for 2020? I probably shouldn’t have been surprised by their interest in their image having spent much of the holidays with a good friend, whose 15 year old daughter won’t leave the house without full make – up and a blow dry ! With easy access to celebs and fashionistas style via social media, the teen hair and beauty market is big business.
So, what are the best investments for an image conscious teen?
- The Mark Hill range at Boots – good value stylers, straighteners and hair dryers that won’t cost you the earth! The pink and orange electrical hair products will brighten up any dressing table and you can currently get a free Mark Hill holographic travel bag if you purchase 2 or more selected Mark Hill Pick ‘N’ Mix hair styling tools.
- Coloured hair – there seems to have been a trend in recent years for teens / young adults to colour their hair especially the ends with wacky colours especially pinks and blues. While this experimentation is far from the worst way to rebel post exams, having suffered from a bleaching disaster in my teens (too much ‘sun in’ followed by swimming in a chlorinated pool turned my hair green !?!), you want to get it right. Our advice initially would be to try something that can be washed out, in case they don’t like it. The well known brand, L’Oreal, have a whole range of temporary hair make-up’s called Colorista available from Boots. From Blue to purple to pinks, they even differentiate based on your existing hair colour to get the best results and most importantly they wash out. Another short term option is hair chalks – my daughter has been pleased with GirlZone’s hair chalks from Amazon. If your teen is feeling brave and wants something a but more permanent, we recommend consulting a professional. Teen Magazine published an interesting article about the need to bleach hair first to get the best effects and a hairdresser can ensure that limited damage is done to the hair.
- Instyle magazine is predicting ‘the shag’ will be a trend for 2020! If your teen is inspired by Taylor Swift they can get this look relatively easily with a curling wand followed by a light brush through. Of course, the amazing and extortionate Dyson Airwrap would achieve this look but if this is stretching the budget too much, why not take a look at the Lee Stafford styling wand or the excellent but mid price Revlon Pro Collection One Step hair dryer and volumiser.
- Dry Shampoo – if they don’t have time to wash their hair every morning but can’t face the world with greasy locks, dry shampoo is a life saver. Batiste is my favourite and it comes with various scents. Just be sure to brush it through well, otherwise they will look like they are going grey prematurely.
- Tangle teezers hairbrushes – one of the most popular hair brush brands for kids. These brushes come in various designs and for different hair types. Some are small enough to pop in a bag to ensure that your teen looks good all day long. Great selections available from John Lewis, Amazon and Boots.
And we mustn’t forget the boys – check out Men’s hairstyles today’s top hair trends for 2020.