New Year, New You: Top 7 Hair Trends for 2021

The year 2020 canceled hair appointments and left beauty queens in dire need of a new look. Thankfully, 2021 is here to save the day. While masks and other health precautions will still be a big part of our lives, trendsetters are saying “the sky’s the limit” when it comes to beauty. The eye makeup will be more daring and the nail art will be fresh, but the hairstyles will steal the show. It’s time to throw away your DIY salon kits, book an appointment with your favorite stylist, grab your mask, and try the looks 2021 has in store.

Hair professionals worldwide anticipate this year’s looks to possess bold and effortless characteristics that embody the vintage styles we all love while still keeping things new and modern. From bobs and bangs to unique accessories and big, natural curls, there’s nothing this year won’t do. Here is the inside scoop on the top seven hair trends you’ll need to make this year, your year.

1. Textured Layers

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Layers, layers, and more layers. If you have finer hair, this edgy, high-fashion look will leave your tresses looking thick and textured. To achieve this look, your stylist should focus on adding layers from the hair’s midway point to its ends as not to lose volume.

If your locks are on the thicker side, try the ever-so-trendy lob cut. But if you want something more daring, throw in some choppy layers and bangs for the ultimate shag.

2. Hair Accessories

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In 2021, be ready to sport looks that match from head to toe with some trendy hair accessories. You can choose between a few well-placed clips, a basic scrunchie, or maybe some eye-catching hair jewelry that matches your favorite outfit. These stylish add-ons will have you looking put-together and may even hide any DIY mishaps that happened during quarantine.

3. High Updos

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There’s something to be said for the classic ponytail. This year, we’re taking things up a notch and bringing the timeless style to the top. High ponytails take minimal effort to produce, and they create the ultimate modelesque appearance. If your hair is on the shorter side, try a topknot (middle photo).

4. Curls, Volume, and Texture

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It’s time to ditch the flat irons and taming sprays; 2021 is all about texture. From fine and frizzy to coarse and curly, natural textures, volume, and body are all the rage. To go big, invest in texturizing products and volumizing shampoos. Certain hairstyles can also help you achieve this look, like the shag or some textured layers.

5. Trimmed Pixie

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It’s time to start fresh and go all-in by cutting it all off. Pixie cuts are the perfect way to get rid of damaged hair or correct a failed at-home cut. If you can’t see yourself going super short, try a grown-out crop with sweeping layers and side-swept bangs. This longer version of a trimmed pixie still has an edgy feel but is more wearable for those used to lengthy locks.

6. Bangs

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This just in: Bangs are back and better than ever. If you’re rocking kinky curls, try wispy bangs for dimension and even layering. Are you looking for something that frames the face and shows your retro side? Go for a set of curtain bangs. Perhaps you want a look that is a bit more subtle. If that’s the case, opt for fun and flirty baby bangs.

7. Throwback Cuts

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Who doesn’t love a good throwback? In 2021, we’re bringing back styles from some of the best decades. First stop? The early 2000s for a side-swept bang reunion. Next, the feathered and wavy long cut from the ’70s. And finally, for our ’90s kids, the cheekbone bob. Just add in some glossy highlights, and your ageless look is golden.

Don’t Try This At Home…

While online videos claim to grant you these looks in a few easy steps, seeing an experienced cosmetologist or hairstylist is highly encouraged if you want your new cut to come out perfectly. At Genesis, our beauty professionals will help you achieve a look that is right for you, plus teach you all the best ways to style it.

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