“2019 hair, we promise we’ll do better…”

Daily kale smoothies… boot camp training whatever the weather… not all New Years’ resolutions have to be doom and gloom. At Layered Online, we’re always on the hunt for happier hair, so here’s what we’re faithfully promising to do in 2019…

My hair resolution is…
to whip up a styling frenzy


In 2018, I ditched the ponytail. In 2019, it’s time for me to branch out. Having finally found a hair colour and length that I feel is actually ‘me’, I am resolving to actually learn how to create more styles than the two currently in my repertoire; ‘up’ and ‘down’. So next year, I will attempt to take on teasing, do battle with braids and hopefully emerge more capable of creating discernible hair looks. Pass me the hairpins as I stock up on styling products – I’m going in…
Alison, digital editor

My hair resolution is…
to find the perfect balance


At the beginning of 2018, I resolved that going green would be my mission for the year – not colouring my hair a slimy shade, but rather making a conscious decision to think more about what impact my beauty routine was having on the world around me. Avoiding products which had been tested on animals was an easy move, as many brands are beginning to realise that consumers care about the sacrifices made to get cheap products onto our bathroom shelves. I’ve also been trying to choose salons with an eco slant, and hoping that they have made environmentally sound decisions. My recent visit to Buller and Rice, with its tables made from old yoghurt pots and natural product choices, was a haven of calm that showed how cool it is to be kind. It’s worth visiting the Stoke Newington salon just to meet the resident monster, Cyrill (he’s insta-famous, find his wonderful underbite at @cyrilbbd), but I can guarantee you’ll also be won over by their plant-based haircare.

So, feeling pretty confident about having kept up this year’s resolution, what are my aims for this year? Well, at risk of sounding even more Eat, Pray Love than I already do, I’d like to find some balance when it comes to my hair. I spent 2016 as a peroxide blonde which I loved, but I spent all of 2017 and 2018 trying to repair the damage and losing many inches and most of my colour in the process. I’d like to find the sweet spot where my hair looks cool, but isn’t snapping off every time I brush it. Does this el dorado exist? I don’t quite know yet, but I’m excited to find out…
Anna, staff writer

My hair resolution is…
to have more haircuts


In 2018 I resolved to take control over my dry ends. I did reduce my heat styling quite a bit this year, and now I always let my hair air dry, except my fringe. I was very active for the first few months of the year in trying out lots of different hair masks and taking my much needed me-time. But then came summer and that whole no-more-dry-ends-plan just flew out the window – I guess it’s a lot easier to find the time to soak in a hot bath when it’s cold outside! For 2019, I’m keeping my focus firmly on my ends by aiming to visit the salon for a trim more often. As well as continuing to give my hair some me-time, getting regular cuts will help to open up my ends and keep them looking fresh!
Eva, digital designer

My hair resolution is…
to invest in the perfect products


Last year I vowed to switch up my style by saying goodbye to damaged ends, and saying hello to the shorter side of life by opting for the infamous ‘lob’. With a length I now love, it’s time to turn my attention to getting my haircare routine just right. Working for Layered (and our sister title Creative HEAD magazine) means I’ve curated quite the collection of haircare products – from shampoos to styling products and even hair perfume, you name it, it’s probably in my beauty cabinet somewhere. Whilst this is all well and good for a self-confessed beauty hoarder, when it comes to treating my hair to what it deserves, all is forgotten when I reach for the same old products in my stash. In 2019 I vow to actually listen to my hair and invest in products which cater to its style and condition at the time. Whilst shopping my stash is good for the purse strings, it’s not good for my tired tresses when they are crying out for a clarifying treatment! Let’s see whether me and my locks can learn to communicate a little better…
Kelsey, digital assistant

My hair resolution is…
to achieve style as well as substance


Believe it or not, pre-2018 I used barely any products in my hair – and frequently moaned about how it never looked great. I’d wash and condition, blow-dry and that was it, while at the same time looking at all these pictures of actresses with stunning manes and wondering why mine would never behave. Blame it on the cut, blame it on the water – yet it never occurred to me that it might be what I was doing (or rather not doing) that was making my hair so limp. With such fine hair I’d long abandoned styling products, assuming they were all making my hair greasier and weighed down. But times change, technology moves along, and when I finally started reaching for styling products again I noticed such a difference that I felt like a total fool. Thickening sprays, texturisers, dry shampoos that don’t leave awful white casts – my hair has never looked better.

So, for 2019, I want to keep the momentum going and do more with my hair. I love make-up and accessories, and frequently forget that hair can be yet another tool to express myself. With accessories and colour more on-trend than ever, what exactly am I waiting for? I want to dust off my straighteners, clip in some funky barettes, curl my hair rather than sticking it up in a messy bun. Hell, I might even dip my toe in for some colour! I might have gone about it a little backward, but I’m looking forward to adding some style to my new substance.
Deborah, staff writer

My hair resolution is…
to avoid constant #FringeFails

I bloody love a fringe. I’ve written about my devotion to bangs and for the majority of my life, have sported them. But they have never been easy – I have a ferociously strong cow’s lick, which means my fine-haired fringe naturally parts there, rendering me with seriously less bang for my buck; more of a long, side-swept layer. I used to wash my fringe daily, even if the rest of my hair stayed dry, then blast it flat to try and tame it into straight submission.

It kinda worked. But then I embraced scalp bleach and the texture of my hair changed. And the fringe? Woah Nelly, even more difficult than before. I tried. Twice I had it cut in, and I would promise to treat it right, but every morning I’d hit snooze for just a few precious minutes more, and I’d be too busy to pop into the salon for a trim, and then it would be long enough to tuck behind my ear, and then… well, it wasn’t a fringe any more. It was just more work than I was able to devote to it daily – I have a child already, I don’t need another difficult short thing to ignore my reasonable requests every morning. So I gave up, embraced the side swipe (kidding myself it resembled a Cindy C style sweep over) and just dealt with it.

But in 2019, I’m trying again. I’ve turned my back on scalp bleach (it’s been six months now – do I get a badge or anything??) and so the top few inches of my hair should be back to its regular texture, meaning the fringe should be easier for me to style. I know this will mean me visiting a salon every three weeks for a trim (hello Headmasters! Your free trims are awesome!) and spending five minutes daily washing and blow drying it to do my bidding, but I figure now that I’m no longer 21, it’s bangs or Botox. Now, I have a Klingon forehead, a five-finger span of space above my brows. Can you imagine what my annual Botox bill would be? Nope, let’s try that fringe thing again…
Amanda, editor 

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