Women everywhere are searching the depths of their homes to find that crimping iron they discarded two decades ago. You can probably find a slew of these hot tools at the local thrift store after its mass exodus from homes across the country. Get ready to search because, by the will of Kim Kardashian and Instagram influencers, crimping is back, baby!
Don't get stuck on the super tight crimping that was characteristic of the '80s and poorly mimicked in the 2000s. This new take is especially effective on long, dark hair as the deep waves give the hair a naturally silky texture while retaining volume. Paired with natural makeup and low-risk fashion, the deep-crimped look emphasizes all your best features on a casual night out.
Mainstream celebrities, social media stars, and the general public have embraced short hair over the past few years, particularly with the “lob,” a long, textured bob. Coming off the heels of the mid-2010s "mermaid hair" craze, 2021 is ramping up the bob look even further by shearing the ends at the chin and layering up the look to make it more voluminous.
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. In fact, chin-length bob is arguably more in style than the lob; at least, it looks a lot more modern. Just make sure your stylist doesn't cross your layers from "summer chic" over into "I need to speak to the manager" territory.
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 professional perm (We don't recommend the at-home method... Trust us). Since longer hair can be such a pain, a perm might be the better option considering how long it’d take to put it all into curlers.
A perm can still work for short-hair gals but using curlers could be the more practical and affordable option because they don't take nearly as long to put in compared to women whose hair reaches their waists. For a less intense process, wet your hair, do some pin curls, let them set overnight, and do a little tousling in the morning for a similarly wild 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 that trendy blunt cut you had to have but realized it didn't fit your face shape. Second, the messy look has a certain je ne sais quoi.
Blunt bangs are pretty straightforward, but wispy and side-swept ones usually take a little finagling to look right. To get unruly fringe to lay properly, be sure to blow-dry them in the direction you want with a round brush to give them some volume. Add a little hairspray to lock them in place and you're good to go.
Messy, Curly Bob
Messy curly bobs are so in right now. They're the same length as the sleek bob, but it's got this unkempt factor that elevates it above even the aforementioned textured bob. Plus, it's a pretty dang-good excuse to rock bedhead throughout the day. Just flip, spray, tousle, and you're set!
Of course, not everyone has naturally curly, or even wavy, hair. That's when you reach for the curlers or beg your stylist for a perm that's less "poodle" than it is "Anya Taylor-Joy in The Queen's Gambit." However, you should always be cautious about accruing excessive heat and chemical damage.
Deep Side Part
Has the "middle" part ever gone out of style? Not really, but the deep side part is going to make a huge comeback. While we admit that the middle part is easier to manage, the deep side part has this put-together look that can't be denied. Plus, it's inarguably chic.
We do not care at all what Gen Z has to say about this subject because look at these gorgeous women rocking the side part! They're really going to tell us that Zendaya looks out of style here? Yeah, whatever. If Zendaya OKs it, then it's automatically trendy. Sorry, we don't make the rules!
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 jump into why and how this style is so successful, and you probably already know the first reason and that's because Kim Kardashian did was she does best at the 2019 Met Gala and broke the internet with her iconic "wet look."
Second, 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? Third, it doesn't require any heating tools, and that means you damage your hair less than heat would. 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 look is all about low maintenance that can work out for literally anyone. Also, you use a lot less product in the morning.
Essentially, what we're saying is that it pays for itself. And if you're worried about your face shape getting in the way, make sure that you allow your stylist to cut according to your unique frame rather than flat-out copying a picture of Emma Watson.
Love your texture no matter what texture you have; embrace it because it's in style. Put down those heating tools and give your hair a bit of a break. If you need a curling iron to touch up a few pieces, then go for it, but this year is all about air-dried and natural living.
This isn't to say that all products are off-limits, we merely recommend straying away from harsh chemical treatments or hot tools for the time being. A healthy spritz of sea-salt texturizing spray and some volumizing mousse will work wonders for your hair without sacrificing the integrity of your locks for the sake of aesthetics.
Mullets aren’t solely for back-country hillbillies as it's becoming a worldwide 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.
Think David Bowie or Miley Cyrus (after her Hannah Montana days, obviously). The rednecks of the world would no doubt shy away from this interpretation of their beloved style and that makes us want to visit the salon ASAP to lop off our locks.
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!