This year has certainly been an interesting one, to say the least. If you are anxiously anticipating the start of a new year and hoping for a fresh beginning, you are most definitely not alone. As you look toward the new year, it can be fun to also take a look at the beauty trends that are predicted to be popular. Hairstyles in particular are a really great option to freshen up your style. Let’s take a peek at the top 5 hair trends for 2021.

Go Natural

The first hair trend topping the list is a welcome one, thanks to its lower maintenance appeal. Harper’s Bazaar predicts that more natural cuts and styles are going to be rather popular in 2021. This particular trend jives well with the fact that more of us are staying at home and are searching for ways to look and feel polished without spending hours getting ready in the morning. If you’re contemplating a new ‘do for the new year, take a look at Jessica Chastain’s gorgeous hair color for some inspiration. According to TheThings, she embraces her natural hair color, even though she used to dislike it. On the other side of the spectrum are Lucy Liu’s (pictured in the feature photo) luxuriously long locks, which she doesn’t color or bleach. Both of these women are simply stunning with their natural hair color.

The Bob

You would be rather hard-pressed to find another hairstyle that features as many variations and options as the bob. The bob haircut is an easy choice because you can switch it up and make it your own in so many different ways. Choose from a textured, layered bob or go with a blunt cut to really make a bold statement as you step into the new year. Elle’s Australian publication features a dozen ideas to help you break out of a 2020 hairstyle rut with the help of the bob, including one inspired by hairstyles of the 1990s. Good things generally tend to come back in style, so use this as an excuse to binge on some classic Friends episodes and get inspired by Jennifer Aniston’s quintessential 90s bob!

Sharp Parts

Shaking up your style doesn’t have to mean getting a dramatic cut or letting your hair return to its natural color. You can keep your hairstyle on-trend heading in 2021 by simply creating a distinct part. Harper’s Bazaar states that parts down the center of the head are popping up in some of the fashion shows for 2021, and their prediction is that side parts are going to be big in the coming year. Center parts can feel a little severe, so to bring in a slightly softer look, try experimenting with your part placement. It might help if you start slow and try out a few side placements until you achieve part perfection. Jane Fonda, for example, has been known to rock a side part that’s just right. She even combines it with a bob haircut that features plenty of gorgeous curls, as highlighted by Prevention.


Yes, bangs can be a little scary. You may hear the word and have sudden flashbacks to a childhood haircut that your mom adored but you really didn’t love. In 2021 though, bangs are all about incorporating your personal style and preferences. For example, Southern Living predicts that more than one type of bang is going to be big in 2021. This is great news for those of us who just can’t quite seem to pull off the blunt bangs of years past! As with parting your hair, bangs offer up a chance for you to play around with what suits you and your morning routine. Curtain bangs will give you a slightly vintage feel with a modern twist. Or incorporate the natural curl of your hair with a cut that allows your bangs to do their own thing.

Hair Accessories

One of the easiest ways to stay on-trend with your hair is to simply add an accessory or two to your style. Hair accessories are making a huge comeback as of late and it seems that they are here to stay well into the coming year. If you’re not used to adding clips or other accessories to your hair regularly, it can be a little intimidating to know where to start. Fortunately, several subtle yet stylish options exist to help you ease into this trend. Plus, you can go for a combination of both function and style, as with this headband from Banana Republic. It features a chic animal print and will keep your hair in place on a breezy day. Similarly, Madewell’s hair clips will bring in a hint of metallic glam to your style while handily pinning back those new bangs when you’re working out.

All About the Hair

When it comes to keeping your hair on-trend in 2021, you have some wonderful options. You can choose a dramatic new cut or you can simply add a metallic accessory to switch things up a bit for the year ahead. Either way, you can’t go wrong with these top 5 hair trends!

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