Women everywhere are searching the depths of their homes to find that crimping iron; it’s back, baby! Especially effective on long, dark hair, deep waves give the hair a silky texture while retaining volume. Paired with natural makeup and low-risk fashion, the deep-crimped look emphasizes all the best features of a casual night out.
The past few years have embraced short hair, particularly with the “lob,” a long, textured bob. 2021 is ramping up the bob look even further by shearing the ends at the chin and retaining voluminous layers. An adaptation from French street fashion, the layered bob with a subtle flat-iron flip at the ends is a total upgrade from the lifeless lobs of years past.
Tell all of your curly-haired friends that curls are back with a vengeance. For those that don't naturally have bouncy, flouncy hair like this, you can get the look using a curler or a perm. Since longer hair can be such a pain, a perm might be a better option considering how long it’d take to put it all into curlers.
For shorter hair, grab yourself some curlers and do a little tousling in the morning for the same look.
We love side-swept bangs for a couple of reasons. First of all, it gives you something to do with your bangs as you grow out blunt bangs. Second, the messy look has a certain je ne sais quoi. To get them to lay properly, just be sure to blow-dry them in the direction you want. A little hairspray should tame unruly bangs.
Messy, Curly Bob
Deep Side Part
Love it or hate it, the wet look is here to stay. This year, stylists are pairing it with deep side parts with a smooth back. To modernize it, the ends are left dry.
Let's talk about why this style is good. First, wet hair is incredibly easy to accomplish. All you have to do is smooth your hair back after a shower. Add a little hairspray or gel and voila! What could be easier than that? Second, it doesn't require any heating tools, and that means you damage your hair less. It’s a great way to give your locks a bit of a break after using heating tools all week.
Cropped Pixie Cuts
Pixies are totally back! Whether you choose to chop it off or do a little "sneaky sneaky" and pin your hair back, pixies are all the rage. This pixie is all about low maintenance that can work out for literally anyone. Also, you use less product in the morning. What we're saying is that it pays for itself.
Mullets aren’t solely a hillbilly phenomenon. Indie chicks and various fashion subcultures are reinventing the mullet to range from carefully angled cuts and wildly colorful roots. Experiment with different lengths, bangs, and layers to make the mullet as “party” or “business” as you desire.
This year is going to be a more diverse year. We can only go up, right? That means that it's time to rock what the good lord gave you! Natural hair is here to stay, and we're excited to see it all over the place. It doesn't matter what texture you have. Wear it proudly, long or short. Natural hair is beautiful.
A little longer than the bob haircut, the lob is cut just at the shoulders. While anyone can rock this cut, it’s especially trendy for those with curly hair! Typically, you’d get a cut while your hair is straight, but cut a little longer than shoulder-length. This way, when your curls return, they’ll shrink up to the ideal lob-length.
Bed Head Waves
What’s so great about bed-head hair is that it looks different on everyone. If you don’t wake up with celebrity-level messy waves, you can fake it! With the help of a curling iron and your favorite bottle of hairspray, you can get the tousled bed-head waves of your dreams.
If you feel like your hair has zero volume, switch your part. Not only will this give your hair a little height, but it will also change your look! Your locks will fall evenly down the sides of your face, which is flattering on the majority of face shapes. If you need inspo, look at all the celebs rocking this iconic ‘70s hairstyle.
‘70s-Inspired Curtain Bangs
The ‘70s-inspired curtain bangs have made a comeback. They’re low-maintenance and increasingly popular. And I don’t think they’re going anywhere anytime soon! The center-parted bangs will frame your face and emphasize your facial features. This style works for curly, wavy, or straight locks and is flattering on bangs that are long or short.
Tousled updos are an easy way to glam up your look. And because they should look effortless, they don’t have to be perfect. Curls, wisps, and braids can go every which way and still look posh. The best part is that an updo will conceal and disguise oily hair if you don’t have time to squeeze in a wash!
Braids are traveling upwards as women everywhere require their hair out of their face in order to concentrate at home. The wrap-around and milkmaid braid is both practical for work and professional for online meetings. Plus, it’s just one step past a normal braid just with a few more bobby pins, so it doesn’t take up any more time than it needs to!
Triangle-cuts are typically avoided like the plague, but 2021 is the year reinventing what’s right and wrong in fashion. Raw beauty calls for embracing what you’ve got, and the textured angles of the curly triangle cut falls into that category. Fluffy ends and a flat top give the style its “triangle” shape, as seen rocked by celebs Kelly Rowland and Zendaya.
Blunt Chin-Length Bob
This year, it’s all about the blunt bob. This versatile and customizable cut is perfect for hair of any type and texture. The short hairstyle is cut into a straight line that emphasizes and flatters the face! It’s also quick and easy to style, which is perfect for the girl on-the-go.
Red-carpet glamour is achievable with merely a hot tool and hairspray to create the iconic glossy waves of A-list celebrities. Begin with your hair slightly damp, take a small section from the front, use a flat iron--starting at eye-level-- to rotate 180° towards the face and slowly glide down the section and through to the ends. Work in small sections all the way around the head and brush gently once every section is curled. Secure with hairspray and bam! You’re practically a celebrity.
'60s Flip Lob
In the 1960s, women like Jackie Kennedy, Marlo Thomas, and Jane Fonda wore the iconic flip hairstyle. Nearly half a century later and the ‘60s flip is trendy again. Although women now focus less on the volume of their roots, they still put major emphasis on the ends of their hair. With the help of a straightener or a hair dryer and round brush, this hairstyle can be your new go-to.
2020 was all over the messy bun, but 2021 is bringing back the classic sleek bun. Styled with a middle part and secured with a bobby pin, the low bun is an easy and achievable hairstyle for work, school, and even red carpets! Pulling it into a shiny topknot can elevate the look even more, just give it a little tease and you’ll rock the streets as much as any celebrity.
The Old Hollywood look, with all of its history and mystique, takes the glossy-wave style to a whole new level. Instead of reverting to the past, modern stylists pair the motifs of structured waves with bold makeup and flashy clothes for a look dripping with Marilyn Monroe glamour.
Oversized Hair Accessories
Celebrities have brought back hair accessories in a much bigger way. Oversized bobbi pins, scrunchies, barrettes, clips, and long ribbons are being sold at the majority of retail stores for women of all ages to rock. Plus, retro colors, pearls, and velvet appliqué add a touch of femininity to any of these modern statement accessories.
The lived-in look is back! Even though blunt edges are sticking around for now, we’re trending toward textured styles with movement and unique shape. To liven up your long locks, add some layers. This textured look will give your hair a much-needed boost. You can even add texture spray to your lengthy layers to give your hair more shape and body.
While slicked-back ponytails never seem to go out of style, its athletically inclined cousin is the reality of ponytails for 2021. With repeated lockdowns and WFH, the population’s collective itch to remain active and productive is possible with the practical and cute sporty high ponytail. Reminiscent of the ‘80s, this look creates an air of positivity and efficiency that the slicked-back version wishes it could recreate.
Curly Shag Cut
Textured hair is having a moment, which is why the curly shag cut is the newest trend. This hairstyle is layered in a way that accentuates natural hair. The shorter, more rebellious layers pull everything forward. The shag cut works best for curly-haired girls, especially if they have the right styling tools and techniques!