Kansas City hairstylists predict what hair trends are hot right now

With masks still a staple in everyday life, expression from the shoulders up depends less on our smile and more on hairstyles and hair accessories. Be in the know with these recommended trends from a few local stylists.


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Acrylic Accessories

Kinsey Males, hairstylist at The Hair Parlour (115 W. 18th St., KCMO) and Paisley & Stripe West (846 Illinois St., Lawrence), says she’s confident nineties-style acrylic hair pieces featuring bold color palettes and funky shapes will be this year’s hot hair trend.

“Everyone wants that effortlessly styled look, which clips, claws and pins help create,” Males says. A few of the stylist’s favorite vendors include Prelude & Dawn (preludeanddawn.com), MLE (madebymle.com) and CHUNKS (chunks.shop).

Long Locks and Natural Textures

Usually, summer’s arrival means fresh chops for many—but this year, that might not be the case.

Marc Males, who has been a barber for ten years and is the co-owner at Herringbone (7337 W. 80th St., Overland Park), says that many are embracing the “long hair, don’t care” mentality and letting it grow on its own terms.

“Right now, people seem to still be sticking to their long quarantine looks,” he says of both men and women. “Long hair is in.”Breanna Bell, co-owner at Prestige Hair Studio (3115 W. Sixth St., Lawrence) says “more people are wearing their own textures.” By laying off the hot tools and avoiding treatments and harmful products, she’s found that her clients are fully embracing their natural curls, waves and long length.


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The Shag

After a few-decades slumber, the shag haircut is back.

“The shag had been popular for decades but has returned heavily the last few years,” says Shelby Loos, stylist and shag-cut expert—check it out for yourself on her Instagram, @shelbyloos—at Helm Salon (122 W. Fifth St., KCMO). “The main qualities of a shag include heavy face framing layers and lots of hair pushed for-ward at the top. Think Stevie Nicks or Farrah Fawcett.”

Loos says one of her favorite qualities about a shag is how great and textured it looks pulled back in a clip or a messy bun. “I see this style sticking around for a while.”

Curtain Bangs

A sixties and seventies trend making itself known, curtain bangs are like a non-committal try at regular bangs. Essentially, curtain bangs are a longer version of bangs that are split down the middle and cut to shape the face.

“If you want to dip your toes into a shag without full commitment, think about adding some curtain bangs to your normal trim,” Loos says.

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