Undone, effortless hair has been a thing for as long as we can remember. Whether it be straight, silky lengths, effortlessly tousled waves or curls and coils with natural-looking bounce and definition, over the past few years, hair trends have been heavily focused on finding ways to make it look like we haven’t spent three hours styling it. The reality, however, is that it takes a whole bunch of heated tools, styling creams and setting sprays to achieve “I woke up like this” hair. But finally, after all of the years we have spent struggling to make our hair look effortless,uncomplicated and heatless hair is finally a thing.
Seriously, we’re seeing it everywhere. From fashion girls to celebs, it seems that the events of the past year have pushed us all to embrace a zero-styling approach to hair. If you don’t want to take our word for it, we’ve got confirmation from the king of undone hair himself (and a Kérastase ambassador), Luke Hersheson. “Over lockdown, we’ve all given ourselves a bit of a break in terms of heat-styling. We’re generally doing less in everything. Less makeup, less hair—we’re dressing down. I think we will see that continue,” he says.
The mantra for spring is that less is best. It’s about putting your straighteners, tongs and wavers to the side and embracing air-drying, diffusing and other low-heat hairstyles. The results are genuinely undone, carefree and relaxed. Hersheson adds, “It’s not like when we used to refer to ‘no-hair hair’ when, actually, there was a lot of work going into it. It’s about investing in a great cut or colour in the salon and then embracing a softer approach without tongs and straighteners. Providing you keep your hair in great condition, it just feels right to start embracing easier styles.”
It’s time to prepare for a world where rough-drying your hair is the done thing and where we rely on leave-in products and conditioning treatments to achieve the minimalist styles we want. Keep scrolling to get all of the inspiration you need from the best heatless hairstyles around.