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The Invisible Haircut Is Taking Over London Salons & It’s So Easy To Style

From the 'bottleneck bob' to the 'butterfly' haircut, countless effortless yet Instagram-worthy hairstyles are making their way into London salons this spring. And as the weather warms up, one trend in particular is going to dominate social media feeds everywhere — though you might not notice it at first.

From Fitzrovia to Brixton, a handful of the city's most innovative salons are practising the 'invisible haircut'. Ordinarily, when you book in for a switch-up, you can expect your stylist to snip off any dead ends and maybe factor in a couple of layers. The invisible haircut is a lot more subtle and focuses on the underside of your hair, making any style you choose (whether a bob, a lob or something longer)easier to style day to day.

If you're an R29 regular, you'll know I'm a sucker for a jaw-grazing haircut. But my thick lengths mean it often dries in an odd triangle shape. Earlier this month I booked into Hershesons, where hairstylist Grace used a pair of thinning scissors underneath the majority of my hair. Thinning scissors aren't a new tool but seeing as we're all after more modern, softer hair trends right now (think: the European bob, '70s drapes and mid-length styles), they're the key to a style that sits perfectly without undergoing a drastic change — hence the 'invisible'.

I'm not the only one to be obsessed with this virtually undetectable yet game-changing haircut. When Refinery29's health and living editor, Sadhbh O'Sullivan, visited Myla & Davis in south London recently, her stylist didn't touch the ends of her hair. Instead, they enlisted a pair of thinning scissors to take away the majority of the heaviness in her hair, which enhanced her natural wave and took the chore out of styling.