The stars agree: straight hair is hip this spring and will be one of the most important hairstyle trends in 2021.
"There's a sense of power and sophistication that comes with straight hair, whether it's poker straight and parted in the middle - like Lila Moss - or parted side-to-side with a wet-look finish," says hairstylist Syd Hayes of the return of one of the most important hair styling tricks from the 90s. Yes, super straight hair is back - and if Moss's first shoot for UK VOGUE in the June issue isn't enough to convince you, Hailey Bieber is one of many other famous women out there too.
With reference to a number of Spring / Summer 2021 shows - from Emilia Wickstead to the sleek, lacquered sheen at Miu Miu - Hayes says the look will be huge for summer. It helps, of course, that the whole world is still a little '90s and' noughties crazy obsessed with the Y2K aesthetic and Bella Hadid's retro highlights. But while this look is inspired by the days of using the straightener every day, today it comes with a greater sense of sophistication and precision.
In fact, it's an easy way to quickly feel cared for, something we all crave after a long time at home. Hayes says it's a great trend to try out because it can be easily customized to suit individual aesthetics and hair texture. "As long as you have the tools, the rest is up to you," he says. "From Kim Kardashian with her long, flowing locks to Maya Jama on the British red carpet and Anya Taylor-Joy at the Golden Globes, straight hair allows the nuances of each individual's style." The good thing is: everyone can try it out.
For Lila Moss's hair, Hayes used Babyliss' Cordless Super Motor Hair Clipper to ensure the tips were cut bluntly and correctly, then used Maria Nila's fabulous True Soft Argan Oil to create a healthy, shiny look and to achieve an uncrimped finish. The straightening iron is of course the alpha and omega for the smooth look. He used the "Cordless 9000 Hair Straightener" from Babyliss, which has three temperature settings and is equipped with ceramic plates that slide through the hair without creasing. And those with shorter hair who want that peppy, sleek effect? He advises them to try Great Lengths extensions to add length (and body).