Your tried-and-true ‘do may have carried you through 2020 in style, but 2021 is calling for a mane makeover. There are plenty of hair trends to choose from, so you’ll be able to embrace the popular mantra, new year, new me. Whether you’re flirting with the idea of a new hair color, trendy cut, or chic hairstyle, the sky’s the limit when it comes to hair trends. We have a few (okay, more than a few) stylish options up our sleeve that can add some pizzazz to your beauty look. Leave your 2020 ‘do behind and browse through the 25 best 2021 hair trends.
#1: SILVER PURPLE HAIR
Hybrid hair color, shades that blend two hues into one, has made quite the name for itself in the beauty world, and silver purple hair is no exception. It’s bold, chic, and combines notes of purple with shimmery silver tints. Learn more about the purple silver hair trend and how to get it for yourself in our article, Silver Purple Hair Is The Perfect Hybrid Hue.
2020 saw its share of pixie haircuts, and you can expect the trend to continue all through 2021. Short hair is seriously in, as evidenced by more ladies swapping their long locks for shorter, manageable ‘dos. Here are The Best Pixie Cut Hairstyles and Haircuts For 2020.
#3: ROSE BROWN HAIR
Brunette hair tends to have the reputation of being a basic hue, but it doesn’t have to be boring. There are various ways to spice up your mane—via a warm or cool-toned touch—and rosy brown hair has become a popular pick. It’s a low-maintenance option that adds dimension to brown manes—though blondes and redheads can totally rock the color as well, just with a little more upkeep. Visit our article, How to Get a Rose Brown Hair Color, for more information.
#4: HAIR CLIPS
Sometimes, a hair accessory is all you need to switch things up in the mane department. Barrettes, in particular, serve as a nostalgic staple that adds a chic accent to your hairstyles. You can choose to crisscross them or wear them on the side of your head. Wear your hair down with just a few strands clipped back, or pair them with your favorite updos. Click through to our article, How To Wear a Barrette, for inspiration.
#5: SIDE-SWEPT BANGS
If bang hairstyles are your forte, then you’ll be happy to learn that side-swept bangs are seriously trendy for 2021. This style provides movement and works to highlight your features. It looks especially flattering on those with bigger foreheads since it shifts the focus to your eyes.
#6: CURTAIN BANGS
Speaking of bangs, curtain bangs will continue to reign supreme in 2021. This look is all about framing your face, thanks to their long sides and wispy ends. Gain the know-how to bring this style to life from our article, Hairstyle Trend Alert: Curtain Bangs.
#7: SHAG HAIRCUTS
In case you’ve missed it, shag haircuts are back and better than ever. They’re a fantastic way to add edge to your look and pay homage to the rock n’ rollers of the ’70s. One of our favorite shaggy hairstyles is none other than a shag haircut with bangs. It features multiple layers and flow-y bangs to embody the cool-girl aesthetic.
#8: SMOKED MARSHMALLOW
Lived-in hair color comes with the benefit of minimal upkeep, which complements a minimalist lifestyle perfectly. If you have naturally dark hair and are curious about going blonde, smoked marshmallow hair may be the trend for you. This rooted blonde color features brunette roots that gradually transition to platinum blonde ends using lowlights and highlights to create a seamless, dimensional look.
#9: BLUNT BOB
Like we mentioned, short hair is a mood for 2021. A blunt bob is another popular cut, but it isn’t a look for the faint-hearted. This bold cut requires quite a bit of maintenance to keep its sleek, straight-across edges intact. Here are 26 Gorgeous Blunt Cut Bob Hairstyles to choose from.
#10: TEXTURED BOB
No rule says that you can’t flaunt a bob with textured strands. Adding texture into the mix is a chic way to steer away from the traditional look. It also highlights natural textures and can be pulled together in a matter of minutes. All you need is a touch of hair mousse, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse, to rock the trend like a pro. Apply a dime-sized amount of curl mousse evenly through your damp strands, scrunch, and go.
#11: SIDE-PART ASYMMETRICAL BOB
A side-parted asymmetrical bob is a cool pick if you’re looking to score an eye-catching short style. It features a deep side part that allows you to play with length and texture to give your mane an edgy twist. Not to mention, it also earns major style points since it can transition from day to night effortlessly.
#12: LOB WITH CHOPPY LAYERS
Bob styles don’t corner the market on stylish haircuts. If you want to play with length without going too short, a lob with choppy layers may be the answer. This style welcomes texture into the equation, which is a smart option for those with thin or fine hair.
#13: TWO-TONE HAIR
With so many gorgeous hair color trends to try, deciding on one color can take some time. Luckily, two-tone hair is en vogue. This trend is all about being customizable to suit your needs. So, if you want to rock colored roots, a money piece, colored ends, or any other multi-colored styles you can dream up, go for it. Head on over to our article, How To Get a Two-Toned Hair Color, for inspiration.
#14: MILK CHOCOLATE SWIRL HAIR
Sweet strands are always on-trend, and milk chocolate hair has been leading the pack. This hair color adds luminous shine to dark brown locks, delivering a warm and vibrant finish. To get the look, ask your colorist to add hints of gold and light brown to your dark hair.
If you’re skilled in the art of at-home hair coloring, you can also grab the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Light Brown and the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Light Golden Brown to start a DIY session.
#15: MOCHA HAIR
Coffee-inspired hues have become a top pick in the hair color world, and mocha hair is the latest trend to join the family. This gorgeous shade has a rich brunette base with a mix of highlights and lowlights that add dimension to your strands. It’s a neutral shade, so this hair color will make a flattering choice for all skin tones. Check out our article, How To Get a Mocha Hair Color, to hop on the trend.
#16: MUSHROOM BROWN HAIR
Cool-toned hair colors are a trendy option that can shake up your mane with multi-dimensional allure. The most sought-after cool color is none other than mushroom brown hair. This shade features a subtle mix of brown and gray that creates an ashy hue similar to your favorite fungi. Click through to our article, How To Rock The Mushroom Brown Hair Color Trend for the 4-1-1.
#17: BOUFFANT STYLES
If you have a swanky occasion on your agenda, a bouffant hairstyle is a solid choice. This retro-inspired ‘do hits all the right notes. Start by creating a horizontal part in the center of your head, making sure that the top half is significantly smaller than the back. Clip the bottom half out of the way. Tease the underside of the top layer, smooth the hair back, and secure with bobby pins. Comb through and mist with hairspray.
#18: HAIR EXTENSIONS
While short hair is undoubtedly a huge hair trend for 2021, so are long, luscious locks. If you’re partial to both looks, you may want to consider hopping on the hair extensions bandwagon. You can have short hair by day and mermaid hair by night. It’s a win-win.
#19: LACE FRONT WIG
Protective styles are a smart way to keep your natural strands stylishly tucked away while still allowing you to rock a gorgeous look. The lace front wig is one that has been getting major attention in the beauty world because it allows you to experiment with any hair color, cut, style, or texture. Read our article, How To Install a Lace Front Wig, to get started on transforming your mane.
#20: FULANI BRAIDS
Braids are a classic staple that continues to stand the test of time. There are various ways you can make this woven masterpiece your own, and Fulani braids are one of our favorites. It’s a detailed look that consists of a cornrow braid in the center of your head along with single cornrows along each side of your head. The style features additional braids woven throughout your mane and adorned with beads and gold clips. Take your braid game to the next level with our article, 11 Trendy Fulani Braid Hairstyles For 2020.
While you have natural hairstyles on the brain, it’s only right that we put the afro on your radar as well. It’s a minimalist style that allows you to play with your natural texture without the fuss. To style, start by washing your strands with a moisturizing hair-care duo, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner. Once complete, let your strands air-dry. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
If you want to rock a new hair color trend but would much rather keep things on the subtle side, twilighting fits the bill. This trend offers the best of both worlds, combining babylights and ombré highlights to give your mane a touch of flair. It’s a fashionable way to rock a dimensional look without being too dramatic. Click through to our article, Twilighting Is Set To Be One of 2020s Biggest Hair Color Trends, for the full scoop.
#23: PEARL ACCESSORIES
Hair accessories have come a long way, and pearl-embellished clips, especially, are causing quite the stir. Pearls offer a sophisticated and chic touch that will make your ‘do Pinterest-worthy with extra personality. You can fasten the clips into your hair when wearing any number of styles, from braids to the aforementioned afro.
#24: TWIST OUT
There’s no better way to score a gorgeous, wavy texture than with heatless waves. If you’re working with natural hair, the twist out is a playful protective style that can get the job done. It’s all about installing twists throughout your hair and leaving them to sit overnight. Once you unravel them in the morning, you’ll have a wavy pattern to show off. Visit our article, How To Do a Twist Out On Natural Hair, for a step-by-step tutorial.
#25: PASTEL HAIR
We’re calling it: Pastel hair is here to stay. We’ve seen this trend come to life via our social media feeds, and the look continues to gain traction in the beauty world. It’s even inspired an array of related hair color trends such as mermaid hair and unicorn hair, proving there are plenty of ways to rock a multi-toned mane. Check out our article, The Best Pastel Hair Colors For Every Skin Tone, to see what all the hype is about.
Now that you’re familiar with the best 2021 hair trends, it’s time to shift your focus to makeup. Head on over to our article on the Best Eye Makeup and Eye Shadow Trends to find ways to complement your new look.