Tendy is, as you may have guessed, a cheeky nickname for a tendril. Tendrils, when it comes to hair, are the face-framing pieces on either side of your head—they average at chin height but can be shorter or longer. Wearing tendrils is a timeless way to add an air of elegance to any look. The hair trend has become even more popular as many people have curtain bangs and layers that lend themselves to tumbling tendrils. Stars like Hailey Bieber, Gigi Hadid, Dua Lipa, Ashley Graham and Lori Harvey are blazing the tendy trend trail.
The tendy trend
Tendrils often come in pairs, perfectly framing the face, but recently, we’ve been seeing some tendrils go solo. “The tendy hair trend is when you have one piece of hair strip on the side from your face-framing layers instead of leaving out two,” says professional hairstylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago Raven Hurtado. She describes this as a statement look that is also really elegant.
Celebrity Hairstylist and co-founder of The Beachwaver Co. Sarah Potempa thinks the tendy is trending since it’s reminiscent of “early 2000s inspired looks, many of which have made a comeback” recently. Additionally, “this style is an easy way to add interest and movement to a look by framing the face in an asymmetric way.”
Styling a tendy
To achieve the tendy look, Hurtado recommends putting your hair up in the desired style and then sectioning out a piece from your part. Then, use a styling cream or serum to sculpt the tendy to your liking. me the face as opposed to hiding it. “The great thing about the tendy trend is that it works on all hair types and textures because it can truly be tailored to each individual person.”
When styling the tendril, you can choose your own adventure. “You can do a thin, chunky, straight, or wavy tendy to elevate your look,” says Potempa. She recommends using a product like the Coast Pro Flat Iron ($105). It’s “great for styling face-framing tendrils because the floating plates allow you to manipulate the hair not only straight but also wavy or curly.”