A new year makeover is always a great mood enhancer, and – let’s face it – we could all do with a pick me up after 2020’s s***show! So, stop stalling and start scrolling, as we’ve compiled your go-to guide to 2021’s hottest hair trends. From buns to bangs and the most in-demand colours, here are the hair looks you’ll be coveting from Jan to December. Repeat after us, ‘New year, new ‘do’!
1. Natural Curls
After years of struggling with straighteners, curly-haired girls are having their time in the sun. And with results this big and beautiful, we’re 100% here for it! Embracing natural texture and achieving maximum curl with minimum frizz does take a little work though. To make sure you’re getting the most bounce for your buck, invest in a good haircut, always blow-dry hair with a diffuser, and treat thirsty tresses to a nourishing hair masque once a week.
2. Curtain bangs
Want to switch up your look for the new year without sacrificing those lush lengths? Make like the cool kids and give universally flattering curtain bangs a go! Still filling our Insta feeds in 2021, this celeb-endorsed face-framing fringe delivers serious impact with minimal maintenance. A game changer for lazy girls, it’s been worn to perfection by Selena, Hilary, JLo and co.
3. Red hot colour
A great opening gambit for 2021? Heading straight to the hair salon and demanding Beth Harmon’s flaming hue! From strawberry to copper, vibrant cherry to auburn, when it comes to hair colour trends, we wouldn’t be caught dead not rocking red. Pro-tip: If you’re pairing your red-hot-locks with retro waves (also a major ‘21 trend!), make sure you have a protective, shiny enhancing hair serum before heat styling.
4. Headbands and scarves
With video calls here to stay and a Gossip Girl reboot in the works, hair accessories are hot property. Practical and chic, hairbands and silk scarves are the perfect way to mask greasy or grown-out roots. Places to go and people to see? Add a bit of bling and a bold lip and you’re IRL or Zoom party ready!
5. 90s double buns
We won’t-stop-can’t-stop drawing style inspo from the ‘90s, and the decade’s ubiquitous double buns are the perfect way to Spice Up Your Life. For a smooth, frizz-free finish like our ultimate girl crush Hailey, blow dry hair straight, then prevent pesky flyaways by finishing with a few drops of hair oil.
If you’re not quite ready to give slick the flick – don’t. Smooth strands with deep, precision side parts are another big hair trend rocking the runway. Classic and super sexy, pair yours with a streamlined pony or bun for androgynous appeal, or a choppy bob à la Kaia. Our tip? To keep locks feeling fresh and looking shiny, start by removing product build up and flakes with a detoxifying scalp scrub.
7. Chunky highlights
Another MAJOR 2021 hair colour trend giving us serious ‘90s vibes is chunky, face-framing highlights. For an eye-catching style update, say goodbye to subtle streaks and ultra-fine foils, and embrace swathes of contrasting colour. Whether you make like Kylie and stick to complementary caramel tones, or experiment with clashing pink, green or platinum, the choice is clear: go bold or go home.
8. Undone waves
Don’t worry, babe. Beach waves will still be in high rotation, but the emphasis will be on ultra-undone, slept-in styles – and the longer the better. To achieve loose, messy waves use a straightening iron (don’t forget the heat protectant), or braid hair when wet for hassle-free movement and texture.
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Written by: Pip Jarvis
Edited By: Vidhya