A makeover is always a great mood enhancer! So, stop stalling and start scrolling, as we’ve compiled your go-to guide to the hottest hair trends to test during the final months of 2021.
From buns to bangs and the most in-demand colours, here are the hair looks you’ll be coveting from September to December. Repeat after us, ‘New hair, new you!
1. Natural Curls
After years of struggling with straighteners, curly-haired girls are having their time in the sun. And with results this big and beautiful, we’re 100% here for it! Embracing natural texture and achieving maximum curl with minimum frizz does take a little work though.
To make sure you’re getting the most bounce for your pound, invest in a good haircut, always blow-dry hair with a diffuser, and treat thirsty tresses to a nourishing hair oil once a week.
2. Curtain bangs
Want to switch up your look without sacrificing those lush lengths? Make like the cool kids and give universally flattering curtain bangs a go! Still filling our Insta feeds in 2021, this celeb-endorsed face-framing fringe delivers serious impact with minimal maintenance. A game changer for lazy girls, it’s been worn to perfection by Selena, Hilary, JLo and co.
3. Red hot colour
From strawberry to copper, vibrant cherry to auburn, when it comes to hair colour trends, we wouldn’t be caught dead not rocking red. Pro-tip: If you’re pairing your red-hot-locks with retro waves (also a major ‘21 trend!), make sure you have a protective, shiny enhancing hair oil before heat styling.
4. Headbands and scarves
With video calls here to stay and a Gossip Girl reboot in the works, hair accessories are hot property. Practical and chic, hairbands and silk scarves are the perfect way to mask greasy or grown-out roots. Places to go and people to see? Add a bit of bling and a bold lip and you’re IRL or Zoom party ready!
5. 90s double buns
We won’t-stop-can’t-stop drawing style inspo from the ‘90s, and the decade’s ubiquitous double buns are the perfect way to Spice Up Your Life. For a smooth, frizz-free finish like our ultimate girl crush Hailey, blow dry hair straight, then prevent pesky flyaways by finishing with a few drops of hair oil.
6. Chunky highlights
Another MAJOR 2021 hair colour trend giving us serious ‘90s vibes is chunky, face-framing highlights. For an eye-catching style update, say goodbye to subtle streaks and ultra-fine foils, and embrace swathes of contrasting colour. Whether you make like Kylie and stick to complementary caramel tones, or experiment with clashing pink, green or platinum, the choice is clear: go bold or go home.
7. Undone waves
Don’t worry, babe. Beach waves will still be in high rotation, but the emphasis will be on ultra-undone, slept-in styles – and the longer the better. To achieve loose, messy waves use a straightening iron (don’t forget the heat protectant), or braid hair when wet for hassle-free movement and texture.