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The mood-boosting AW20 trends to try for instantly happier hair

2020 has been a unique year, to say the least. But as autumn rolls on, and Coronavirus misery continues, it’s highly likely your beauty regime may have fallen somewhat by the wayside. No wonder we’re all feeling a bit glum. And while it may not have been scientifically proven to do so, the girls of The Gaggler are pretty sure that a great new hairdo can work wonders in lifting your spirits. So we quizzed Pastels Salon’s founder and all-round glamour guru, Ruksher Malik, on which cuts and colours are hot-to-trot as the new season kicks in – all of which will make the spring in your step as bouncy as your Lanvin-inspired autumn blow-dry.



As seen on the catwalk at Alexander McQueen, red hair is major news this season. Created by colourist Josh Wood and dubbed “High-Vis Red,” slashes of vibrant scarlet criss-crossed over slick, side-swept hair with an almost mirror-like shine. Giving a multi-dimensional look that’s ultra-glamorous, this makes it a perfect party season update. But be warned – this is a look that can only be recreated on blonde or bleached hair – “High-Vis Red” will simply dull to a rather less zingy “natural red” on a brunette.

Alexander McQueen’s “Hi-Vis Red” Created by colourist, Josh Wood


Highlights are an instant way to add depth and dimension to your look if you’re fed up of flat colour. This year, warm shades like champagne, caramel and honey tones are topping the trend charts, and look truly fantastic against tanned skin – just the thing for Dubai beach babes.


Lived-in, more natural looking hair is a major look this year – which is pretty lucky for all of us! – and this low-maintenance hair colour technique is the perfect option for blondes needing a colour boost. The secret to nailing the look? Brilliant blending with a seamless transition from root to tip. 

Low maintenance with high allure – shadow roots are great for blondes



The signature look of one of the hottest models of the moment, Aylah Peterson, this style has major statement factor and ‘don’t mess with me’ presence. As seen on the runway of Saint Laurent for AW20, this cut is defined by keeping the strands all one length, giving locks a ‘glass hair’ finish. Think Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction and you’re on the right track! 

Australian model Aylah Peterson’s signature blunt bob at Saint Laurent, AW20


Inspired by iconic styles synonymous with 1970’s icons like Farrah Fawcett’s feathered layers and Joan Jett’s rock’n’roll style, the strength in the shape of the modern shag comes from keeping the ends blunt and the exterior strong.. A knockout peekaboo fringe is key – worn over the eyes, so it can be swept to the side or parted in the centre, this makes the look both versatile and sexy at the same time


As proven by Lanvin’s AW20 show, the big blowout is back – but with edge. To recreate the look, apply a volumising spray to dry hair and blow dry with a round bristle brush. Take a large tong and separate the hair in large sections, then set around the tong as if you were putting rollers in, making sure that you leave the ends out. Brush back from the face, and add a little hair gel to sections of the roots to give it that slightly unkempt look – think 80’s Texas heiress after a night out on the town.

Lanvin’s runway was all about bad girl big hair
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