The Biggest Hair Trends You Will See In 2021

hair trends to expect for 2021

If you’re hair is in a lull and you’re looking for some inspiration to take it next level – check out these hair trends you will see in 2021.

To quote Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s iconic Fleabag scene: ‘Hair is everything. We wish it wasn’t so we could actually think about something else occasionally. But it is. It’s the difference between a good day and a bad day. We’re meant to think that it’s a symbol of power, that it’s a symbol of fertility. Some people are exploited for it and it pays your fucking bills. Hair is everything”.

Backing it up with another GOAT moment in the entertainment industry was American singer Lizzo who told us the key to overwhelming optimism and infectious joie-de-vie, stems from having our hair and nails immaculately styled. And I quote, ‘Hair toss, check my nails. Baby, how you feeling? Feeling good as hell’.

So with the sheer, awesome feminsit power of Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Lizzo behind me, I think we can well and truly affirm that our hair is incredibly important to our self image as women.

After the year we’ve all had, it’s safe to say that in 2021, self care and looking after yourself has never been more important, it’s good for mental health, the psyche, the body and it leaves your self-esteem feeling like it’s through the roof. 

Here are the biggest hair care and hair styling trends to look out for in 2021.

Scalp Care

Scalp care is vitally important to overall hair health. A healthy scalp is crucial as it allows the follicles to function at their best so your hair can grow healthily and steadily. Now more than ever, scalp care is important because there has been a recent epidemic of hair loss.

Hair care experts aren’t entirely sure what’s leading to hair loss but it can be seasonal, due to geneticissues or even stress related which, considering what the last few years have been like, would be entirely understandable. 

There are a range of scalp care products on the market that strip the scalp of mineral build up and impurities while also promoting hair growth.

With any hair growth product, it’s important to check the ingredient list, topical minoxidil tends to be the gold standard in hair growth as the compound dilates blood vessels to enhance circulation to the scalp.

Talk to your hairdresser or doctor if you’re worried about hair loss, they may recommend a scalp oil, overnight dry shampoo or even medication.

treat your hair to a scalp treatment for luscious locks
Talk to your hairdresser or doctor if you’re worried about hair loss, they may recommend a scalp oil, overnight dry shampoo or even medication.

Affordable At-Home Hair Care

This is the ‘treat yourself’ decade and at home luxury hair care is the perfect way to treat yourself in 2021. Affordable luxury hair care and curl care has revolutionised the hair care game lately, particularly for curly hair girls.

More and more women have been embracing their natural hair over the last few years which has led to an explosion of curl care products hitting the market. 

With pre-poos, specialised shampoos and conditioners, curl defining gels and oils, there are so many to choose from but we personally recommend the Pump Curly Girl Method for healthy, bouncy and frizz free curls. 

Colour Trends

We’re predicting two major colour trends for 2021 and, surprisingly, the two trends could not be more different. Holiday hair is a trend we can expect see a lot of this year, moving away from balayage and bleached blonde hair, this subtle look involves caramel and toffee toned highlights that mimic the sun kissed look that we associate with a beachside vacation.

This is a great way to lighten up your look while also being true to your natural hair colour. On the flipside, there has also been a huge wave of people embracing wildly, experimental colours. Think of Billie Eilish’s clashing neon roots, Dua Lipa’s alice band bleached fringe and the wave of celebrities trying out pastel colours from lilac to bubble gum pink.

There have also been a huge wave of people embracing wildly, experimental colours.

Lived In, Low Maintenance Looks

When it comes to cuts, hairdressers are noticing that clients are embracing more lived in, low maintenance looks. Natural, hidden layers and semi-shag cuts are a major departure from the one-length, blunt cuts, bobs and lobs of recent years but they require much less maintenance and look instantly effortless.

Curly hair girls have been particularly keen to adopt shags and modern mullet looks with curly bangs, it’s rocker chic, it’s got a certain French ‘je ne sais quoi’ about it and we absolutely love it! Head here to see some more hairstyles that are predicted to make their comeback in 2021.

Vintage Vibes

Take me back! Everything old is new again with trends from the 40s to 90s coming back into fashion in a major way. Flippy ends, set hair and 40s waves are predicted to make a comeback this year. This look would be perfect for anyone who watched The Queen’s Gambit and thought ‘sure, this girl’s life is heading in a major downward spiral but damn, her hair looks good.’

The headbands and headscarves that were popular in the 20th century are also back with a vengeance adding an instant element of preppy chic and put-togetherness to any look. They are also a life saver for anyone growing out an ill-advised quarantine fridge. Speaking of bangs, the 60s Mod bangs are back with moody brow brushing bangs accentuated by a few layers taking over from the uber short bangs of the last few years.

Big hair is back with mermaid hair, 70s waves and accentuated crimping, has also come back into style. Mermade Hair tong tools are a great way to get instant volume into your hair with minimal effort. 

vintage hair styles for 2021
Big hair is back with mermaid hair, 70s waves and accentuated crimping, has also come back into style

Embrace all these trends and we all but guarantee endless good hair days in your future. You’ll be glowing, girl – Written by Lucy Bell Bird (@lucybellbird)

Victoria Nash


Victoria is a guest contributor for Bondi Beauty, who writes about a variety of fitness, beauty and health topics. She is a freelance writer who works for a variety of different publications across Australia, as she loves having the flexibility to write for different brands about different subjects.

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