9 Most Popular Hairstyles for Women in 2021
The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to debut a fresh and exciting hairstyle! One of the popular hairstyle trends right now is a simple, laidback style that doesn’t require too much maintenance. The idea is to create an easy look that you can wear comfortably around home, but still look chic when you appear on a video conference call.
Other popular hairstyles for 2021 involve statement-making styles like blunt bobs and many different types of bangs. Curtain bangs have become particularly popular due to their effortless elegance. You can wear them with long hair or short hair and still produce a dazzling look.
Our hair salon has compiled a list of the most popular hairstyles right now, all of which are gaining fast momentum. Which of these fashionable hairstyles would you like to try out?
1. Pixie cut hairstyles
Short hairstyles have ruled recent trends because they are simpler to maintain compared to longer styles. Many women cut their hair shorter for easier grooming during the lockdown. In 2021, shorter hairstyles will step up a notch with full pixie cuts. In the spirit of embracing change, more women are likely to follow suit by wearing bold pixie hairstyles.
Expect to see this popular hairstyle in different lengths and colours, especially during spring. The beauty with pixie cuts is that they always look chic, even if you don’t do too much elaborate styling in the morning. Some popular pixie hairstyles for 2021 include the side-swept style, the ear-length cut, and the swooped pixie.
2. Mermaid hairstyles
While short haircuts became the norm, many women also let their hair grow out. Long, mermaid-length styles will become even more popular in 2021. The new year signifies growth, so more women are looking to embrace the feeling with longer hair.
Growing your hair long isn’t always an easy endeavour, requiring a fair amount of grooming and maintenance. With split ends to deal with, this trend might take a different route for women not interested in growing their hair too long. Weaves and hair extensions will come in handy achieving this look.
3. Wispy, curly bangs
This 70s trend is back in fashion like it never left. After a successful run in 2020, curtain bangs will pave the way for more feminine bangs like curly bangs. This trend proves that bangs are not only suited for straight hair, but it also looks perfectly elegant with some curls.
Curly bangs fit whatever face type you have and even draws attention to your mesmerizing eyes. For the best look, layer the curls carefully. You may also prefer a medium length to keep this hairstyle simple and fresh.
4. Shag cuts
Inspired by curtain bangs, shaggy cuts will also gain popularity in 2021. Expect to see various iterations of this hairstyle. Multi-layered haircuts have always been cool, but this 70s-inspired hairstyle will take over in 2021. It’s a low-maintenance hairstyle that can be styled in different ways, two factors that will influence fashion and beauty trends this year.
5. Sharp bobs
Bobs can never go out of style, and they are going to remain popular hairstyles for 2021. Although bob styles have changed over the years, the blunt-style bobs and a few others will stay highly relevant this year.
Bobs stand out regardless of the styling, whether straight or curly. The motivation for this hairstyle will be its minimal upkeep. Straight bobs can be trickier since they require constant trimming. To tackle this problem, change your blunt bob to a wavy bob with the right flat iron.
6. Full, chunky fringe hairstyles
As mentioned earlier, 70s hairstyles made a popular comeback in 2020, and some of them will make their way into 2021. In recent months, fuller and wider fringe styles have gained popularity. The fuller and wider the fringe, the better. Wider cut fringes expose the cheekbones and show off a well-defined face. This style works well with straight hair of various lengths.
7. Modern mullets
Thanks to Miley Cyrus who brought back the trend in 2020, modern mullets will be popular this year. Social justice movements shaped the past year with women making political statements through their appearance. The mullet is traditionally masculine, often associated with rock and roll culture. With more women subverting gender stereotypes, the mullet will become a symbol of defiance in 2021.
This hairstyle features a face-framing layer in front with added length behind. If you are looking to try this trend, ask your hair stylist to use a razor blade that adds a textured finish.
8. Retro hairstyles
Thanks to the Netflix miniseries, The Queen’s Gambit, retro hairstyles like the popular 60s hair flick will make a return. The lead character, Beth Harmon, wore different variations of this hairstyle throughout the show. It has a distinctly unique shape that conveys feelings of elegance and sophistication.
Originally inspired by the Hollywood icon, Natalie Wood, this popular hairstyle is already a celeb-favourite as seen on stars like Jennifer Lopez and Ariana Grande. Whether you are going for a flicked ponytail or a short version, retro hairstyles work best when incorporating volume and defined curls into your styling.
9. Side parts
This popular hairstyle could take two routes: the deep side part or the 90s side-swept bangs. Either way, this style might be an interesting way to switch up your look, especially if you want to make a bold fashion statement with your new hairstyle.
With the first choice, the deep side part is androgynous and sharp, which could symbolize that you mean business in 2021. With the second choice, side-sweeping bangs will make a triumphant return after its popular run in the 90s. This time, you can expect to see longer bangs than the shorter ones of the past.