5 Breakout Haircut Trends To Watch In 2021

5 Breakout Haircut Trends To Watch In 2021

By Megan Decker, Refinery29

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 colour 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 a fringe (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.

The Heavy Fringe

While the curtain fringe 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 for a transformation that keeps the length at the ends, like this example by stylist 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.

Shag Cut

Celebrity stylist Takisha Sturdivant-Drew says she's predicting more shag-inspired haircuts to trend in the new year. "This retro shaggy style will be all the rage in 2021," she tells us. "At this point, it's a classic shape, which can be personalised based on your curl texture." We're particularly inspired by this shag cut with gorgeous melted golden-blonde colour brought to us by stylist Lindsay De Los Santos.


Many stylists also agree that top-heavy pixie cuts will see a resurgence coming out of tier 4. "This short, close-tapered cut is timelessly sexy, and we'll definitely see more of them in the transition from winter to spring in 2021," Sturdivant-Drew predicts. Better still, a Halle Berry-esque pixie cut — like this one by curl pro Sabrina Ahmed — is like the no-frills jeans and a t-shirt type of haircut: chic and simple (a great vibe to bring into the new year).

Face-Framing Layers

If you're loving your longer hair and don't want to take it up a few inches or add a fringe, Chicago-based stylist and salon owner Alex Brown says to pop in a face frame. "A lot of women have been growing their hair out during quarantine, and are surprised with the amount of growth and how healthy their hair feels," Brown explains. "The subtle face framing is a great way to spice up your long hair and give it some shape." For example, we're loving these long and subtly-layered curls on influencer Tara Marie.

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