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New Hair Review: Trends and Tools for 2020

Whether you love your tresses or wish you could trade them with someone else, there’s a lot that you can do for them at this particular moment in time. Here’s our rundown on everything happening in the hair universe.

HAIR & SCALP HEALTH

OrangeTwist is proudly offering HydraFacial Keravive, a scalp treatment that works on the hair follicles for optimal hair and scalp health. The first step, much like a HydraFacial, exfoliates and hydrates and gets rid of gunky build-up from dead skin, products, oils and pollutants with a unique vacuuming process. This cleaning is well beyond what you get with a shampoo—even a “clarifying” one. Next comes a blend of growth factors and proteins, then nourishing serums and scalp stimulation. This can be done in as quickly as a half-hour, and there’s no re-washing or styling of hair required afterward (in fact, we suggest you leave it in for maximum benefits). It works as a complement to other hair solutions, such as Rogaine. You’ll go home with the Keravive Peptide Complex Spray to continue the magic.

There is also a whole new crop of products available for home use. Sisley Revitalizing Fortifying Serum for the Scalp promises better hair growth and soothing for itchy, dry scalp. A less-pricey alternative comes from The Ordinary with its Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density.

TOOLS & PRODUCTS

If you’re on social media, you’ve likely heard of the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer, a modern take on the brush-and-blow we came to embrace in the early 1980s. Beauty reviewers are having a collective freakout over the tool, which delivers salon-style blowout results at home in a fraction of the time. There’s also its pricier cousin, the Dyson Airwrap, which gives the option of curling, waving and smoothing hair, all with a minimal-heat setting.

The hair-care industry has rumbled about the effectiveness of the shampoo-rinse-conditioner-rinse cycle for quite some time now, and we’re starting to see disruptive alternatives. For curly, coiled and coarse hair, Carol’s Daughter Wash Day Delight Love at First Wash Water-to-Foam Shampoo is sulfate-free and uses micellar water to attract and lift away dirt gently. And we’re super excited about the Waterless line, which can clean, condition and style hair without a drop of water. Our eco-minded friends will also appreciate the new popularity of shampoo bars, which don’t come in plastic containers and are more sustainably made.

When you’re ready to style, Prose Beauty Curl Cream can coax waves and curls into their ultimate form; Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Oil is a repair kit in a bottle that has a dreamy fragrance you’ll love, even if your hair is in perfect shape.

STYLE TRENDS

People will forever be coloring their hair, but the spectrum is an ever-changing mood. This year, subtle streaks of pastels and greys are replacing the brighter hues of yore (except for chartreuse-haired Billie Eilish), and look for “twilighting,” which involves balayage and babylights for a more natural kind of dimensional highlight that evokes the last rays of the sinking sun. Oscar-winners Laura Dern, Reneé Zellweger and Brad Pitt all showed up at the awards ceremony with a honeyed blond ‘do.

For cuts, at this year’s award shows, we saw a resurgence of classic, queenly styles (looking at you, Lizzo) and sleek bobs, as well as lots of natural hair—big shout out to Hair Love creators, who won an Academy Award for best animated short film, which celebrates and normalizes Black hair.

Bangs, when present, are going to be long and strong. We also think that, after walking the Grammy’s red carpet sporting her signature swinging sleek ponytail, we’ll be seeing a lot more of those in everyday life.

Looks like lots of folks are picking aside, as well—a side part, that is—as illuminated by Kristen Wiig, Lucy Boynton and Charlize Theron at the Academy Awards. We’re also hailing the insouciant hair hack by Ms. Theron, who casually dropped a $15K Tiffany diamond bracelet along her part for the SAG Awards because, she said, “I didn’t have time to do my roots.”

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