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See The Breakout Hair Trends That Will Pop In 2021

The pandemic has changed everything, from our plans to our fashion. We were all hopeful that 2020 would be full of trips, events, and connections. Yet it was all exchanged for more relaxed plans. Our bikinis and heels have been swapped out for sweatpants and slippers. As it turns out, the pandemic has affected hair trends for next year too. Refinery 29 projects that the hair trends for 2021 will look more youthful, free and fun, leaving signs of precision behind. See below for the looks to watch out for.

While we look ahead to a new year, now is the ideal time for positive manifestation. We’re already working with some strong astrological energy shifts, and if you’re looking for a physical change to go along with them, a fresh cut and color might just fit the bill. 


To help, we’ve rounded up some of the biggest hair trends that pros are predicting for the new year. Whether you’re mulling over bangs (thanks to TikTok) or a softer shag-inspired shape, peek through the gallery to see what’s trending – who knows, you might even manifest your best hair ever in 2021.

Heavy Bangs

While the curtain bang peaked in quarantine, a blunter, slightly heavier style is primed to rise in the new year. Stylists from New York to L.A. are predicting that people may opt to maintain their quarantine grow out, but add a straight-across bang or a transformation that keeps the length at the ends, like this example by stylists Chris Hill out of L.A.’s Nova Arts Salon.

Blunt Chop

If you’re envisioning a new style that practically screams ‘refresh,’ talk to your hairdresser about a razor cut. According to celebrity stylist Sally Hershberger, 2021 will see blunt chops aplenty. Whether a bob or a lob length, Hershberger explains that the cut should be “all one length, and read super blunt.” For visual of the weight and aesthetic, bring this photo of fashion designer Anine Bing and her sharp jawline-skimming bob.

See the rest of the looks here on Refinery 29.

Vanessa Roberson

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