Top 10 Biggest Haircut Trends Of 2021

Feb 15, 2021
04:00 P.M.
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Predicted hair trends in 2020 all went down the drain- and we know why. A lot of the quarantine stress saw many of us reach for the box dyes, the scissors, and played hairstylist as salons shut down in the face of the COVD-19 pandemic.


Hopefully, 2021 will be better, seriously, fingers crossed. It has not all been doom and gloom, however, as new hair trends have emerged, and you may have noted some similarities in hairstyles from many celebrities. Hairstylists are now predicting what you will expect to see.

Now, before you purchase that box dye or reach for the scissors again, you may want to consider some of the hottest hairstyle trends of the new year. From mullets to seventies revival, check out the ten biggest haircut trends of 2021. Trust us, your hair will thank you.

The Shag


The shag is back and with a vengeance. That’s right; it’s layers upon layer time. This style, according to top hairstylist Sally Hershberger is not for the faint of heart. In an interview with Allure, the stylist said the shag is not for anyone afraid of layering as it requires tons of layers.

The layers will add to the lived-in nature of the look as it adds texture. Furthermore, Justine Marjan, TRESemmé global stylist, added that the shag is for those comfortable with short layers on the face. It is low maintenance and will suit any texture as well as compliment the head shape.

The Mullet


This famous 80’s hairstyle has returned with a bang and is being spotted everywhere. Coming back with a modern twist and a little more chill, the mullet will leave you flaunting the best of both worlds; business at the front and party at the back as displayed by Miley Cyrus.

The less severe version of the style frames Cyrus’s shorter face with layers at both the front and back. Also spotted is Barbie Ferreira has also been seen rocking the style with soft waves framing her face. For a more textured finish, ensure to ask your stylist to cut with a razor.

The Bob


Easy to pull off with several hair types, the bob leaves many spoilt for choice when determining the length of the style. Flaunted in several ways such as textured, choppy, shoulder length, this style is easy to customize depending on one's personal style.

Despite the high maintenance, the cropped trend has remained trending leaving the length of the style up to one's bravery.The blunt and bouncy version of the bob cut with a deep sweep is predicted to take over the season according to hairstylist Sunnie Brook Jones.

The Modern Shag


With famous celebrities such as Taylor Swift who’ve been rocking the shag, the 70’s has made a comeback. Not for the fainthearted, the shag hearkens back to the mullet with several layers surrounding the face. The style provides more movement and gentler edges.

Defined by the layers as opposed to the length, the modern shag can look flattering with any hair length and texture. Providing a more feminine and versatile spin, the low maintenance style is set to compliment any face shape when executed by a hairstylist correctly.

Big Chop


Hold on to your scissors as the name does suggest shaving your entire head. The look however is for the ladies wishing to leave 2020 behind along with their hair opting for a tapered or pixie cut, such as Taraji P Henson who’s been spotted with a tapered pixie cut.

This liberating hair transformation is suitable to all face shapes but before undergoing the big chop, ensure to consult with your stylist on which pixie cut would be more suitable for you. Spice up things by tapering the hair on the sides, leaving the hair at the top long.

One Length


This trend made rounds with the textured haired girls community after Meghan Thee Stallion posted a video of her hair being washed and straightened by stylist Kellon Deryck and the result was her rocking beautiful long luscious hair at the same length.

With many women using this hair cut as a solution to maintain their hair length, many do not know their hair can be trimmed in the curled state as opposed to being straightened. Keep in mind this might not be the style for you if you often wear your hair in a curly state.



Bringing back the 70’s with curtain bangs, this low commitment hair trend is the answer to the fringe with a chic touch. Easy to maintain as it blends with your hair when growing out, curly to slightly wavy hair will have an easier time styling them into the memorable curtains shape.

This versatile style worn either short or long, straight or curly has an impact on the entire look of the hairstyle. Short bangs are seen as cute and long bangs are viewed as sexy as shown by the Supermodel Gigi Hadid, flaunting her new hairstyle on her Instagram.

Heatless Texture


Got textured hair? Perhaps some braids? Some curls? This one is for you. If lockdown has brought one thing its the fact tha many ladies had to get tim to know their hair without the help of salons. Many took time to get to know their natural curl patterns with great results.

Let your curls take centre stage and down the heat styling tools. If you want that nice textured volume, let your hair dry 90% of the way and spritz in some texturizing spray and throw that baby into a bun. Let it loose once its dry and voila naturally messy waves.

Chunky Highlights


The 90’s are back - well a little softer. This style has been spotted on the heads of stylish celebs like Kylie Jenner. With this style don’t hold back and go chunky. This stunning look will make a bold statement for those wishing to make their mark in the new year.

Like Khelani and Jenner try out some sweet honey highlights. Highlights do not have to be worn in a specific style. Try it out with a bob, with one length, the choices are endless. Be at the forefront of the trend and join the cool girls and frame your face with this gorgeous do.



The style of beach waves which seems to make a comeback every year, topped our list this year by keeping things extra casual coming undone. Giving an aura of elegance while being swept up in a bun or standing on its own, this multi purpose hairstyle takes the cake.

If the laid back waves is not for you, switch things up by opting for a 60’s glam with wavy curtain bangs and extra volume on the top as flaunted by Taraji P Henson on her Instagram page. For a DIY version, ensure to use a heat protectant to prevent hair damage.