The Best Hair Trends to Try in 2021

Beyonce and Kylie Jenner, hair trends
Beyonce via Instagram, Kylie Jenner via Instagram

As we near the end of the year, I’m looking forward to what’s going to be on trend for 2021.

In terms of hair, I think 2021 is going to be an extension of 2020. Why? Well, we’ve all been cooped up in quarantine.

That means that a lot of people spent the year experimenting — whether out of boredom or because they knew no one would see it if they messed up — but no one really got to show it off. Sure, you got those Insta snaps, but you didn’t get to parade your new ‘do around town.

So far, 2021 hair trends are shaping up to be a lot like what we’ve already seen in the second half of 2020. Even still, I’d expect a few twists, like deeper colors and longer bangs.

Vivid Colors

Trendy bright hair hues will definitely stay in demand as we move into 2021. Trendy colors like corals and peaches will probably stay in demand, and red tones will likely still reign supreme. But it’s likely that people will be ready to try newer shades, like deep oranges, into bold burgundy or plum.

Kylie Jenner is already ahead of the curve, revealing a radiant red hair transformation on her Instagram this week. “Ariel who?” she captioned one of her posts showing off the new hue.

Kylie Jenner
Kylie Jenner via Instagram

Burgundy and plum are likely to gain the most in popularity, thanks to their versatility. They look great on pretty much anyone, plus you can apply them to brunette and black hair to add dimension. That means no time-consuming and damaging bleach!

Alternately, a lot of people are jumping back into blue-blacks. It was popular in the ‘90s, and it’s definitely back. It’s a subtle way to get vivid color that’s still considered “acceptable” at jobs that aren’t keen on unnatural tones.

Bright, Metallic Blondes

Alternately, a lot of people are heading the opposite direction. Being in the middle of a pandemic, it’s prime time to experiment.

All-over platinum, chunky blonde highlights, and balayage are all on trend. But don’t expect a lot of yellow-y blondes, because metallics are in. Think shimmery silvers and warm rose gold.

The Money Piece

Similarly, the money piece is back. Essentially, it’s just a bright highlight around the front hairline that frames your face. It’s low maintenance but still edgy, and grows out very softly. Plus, it’s versatile and works with all hair textures.

Beyonce selfie from Instagram
Beyonce via Instagram

It’s also less intimidating for people new to experimenting with hair color. After all, doing all-over color can be shocking to someone who’s new to the vivid color game. It’s also easy enough for those who are wanting to do a little fun DIY hair coloring at home.

This face-framing highlight doesn’t have to be blonde, either. It’s an easy way to add a splash of color without committing to dying all of your hair. I’d expect to see similar color trends mentioned above.

Wispy Bangs

Trends often come back around, and that applies to hair, too. Thanks to everyone being up for a little experimentation this year, bangs are back in a big way.

I don’t expect to see a lot of Bettie Page-esque straight bangs. Instead, curtain bangs and side-swept bangs are all the rage. Both are usually on the longer side with wispy ends, giving them a laid-back, cool-girl vibe. This style is easy on the upkeep, and is flattering for different face types.

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