20 Hairstyle Trends 2021: Most Popular Hairstyles For Women

popular hairstyle trends for women

A new season, a whole new world of trending hairstyle ideas. There are plenty of easy ways to reinvent yourself every new season, but nothing beats a new hairstyle if you’re in the mood for an instant transformation. 

Just like hair-color trends, some of the following hairstyles have been “in” at one time or another, and most of them never really went out of style at all.

If you’re thinking about making a little style change, bookmark this page. You’re going to want to show it to your stylist for sure! 

Even if in the end your favorite hairstyle will need to be adapted to your unique hair texture, color, and face shape, you’ll look absolutely gorgeous by choosing one of the following modern hairstyles in 2021. 

Now, go forth and get inspired by some of the most popular hairstyle trends for 2021. Celebrities have already chosen their own style, have you?

Popular Hairstyles For Women in 2021

1. E-girl Hairstyle

Tik Tok just launched at the beginning of this year a new trend: the E-girl hairstyle. Characterized by soft pastel shades or even intense contrast colors, the E-girl style looks just awesome both on long hair or short bobs and pixies.

egirl hairstyle trend

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Photo source: @aestdolls

2. The Blunt Bob Hairstyle

The blunt bob has been super popular for some time now, and it’s easy to see why. Being one of the biggest hairstyle trends for 2021, the bob hairstyle is flattering, easy to maintain and it projects a sense of feminine self-confidence.
The bob hairstyle trend looks likely to carry on in 2021, but I think it’s much better to move away from the sharp angles towards a gentler, more textured take on the style.
Only imagine wearing the classic blunt bob but softened, with a hint of texture at the ends. It’s a subtle detail that adds a more interesting air to a strong hairstyle that isn’t about to disappear from the list of popular hairstyles in 2021.

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3. Natural Texture

As I already mentioned in the Best Fall Hair Colors 2020 article, the natural hair look will be forever trending. 

In a world full of hair extensions, extravagant dye colors and thousands of look changes, a short period of natural look is just welcome. Spend some time rediscovering yourself and let your natural beauty spark.

After such a period, you’ll rock again better than ever with an awesome hairstyle transformation. 

Photo source: @carolinereceveur

4. Beach waves

In 2021 it’s time to take advantage of your hair’s natural wavy texture! Either way, if you’ve got straight locks, hurry up to a hair products shop and get a beach waves hairstyle for your next event. A product that I’ve tested and worked just perfect for my hair was the Moroccanoil texture beach waves mousse.

As it is one of the most elegant hairstyles for 2021, you’ll be a presence to remember with this easy to do and comfy hairstyle!

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5. Modern Shag Hairstyle

2022 is set to be the year of the shag! Why? Because it is one of the most adored medium length hairstyles in 2021!

We are of course referring to the shag, a layered 70s hairstyle with messy bangs and plenty of rock ‘n’ roll attitude. The shag has been enjoying something of a renaissance, with fresh modernized touches.

The modern shag tends to differentiate itself from the classic 70s look by incorporating more texture, which adds life and face-flattering softness to a fun, retro hairstyle.

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6. Braids Hairstyle

We’ve heard it so many times: braids are an easy way to forget about hair styling for months!

Braided hairstyles are the best way to explore your creativity, and they are one of the most popular hairstyles of 2021. There are many interesting hair braiding techniques, and all of them have a single purpose: to make every stunning woman be unique.

Besides that, you can experiment with highlights, natural or curly texture, shapes, etc.

So, are you ready to give it a try? Beyonce already did, and she looks pretty awesome! 🙂

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7. Hair Accessories

A recent Pinterest report indicates that the best hairstyles are the accessorized ones.

Justine Marjan – the hairstylist behind the Kardashians- agrees and thinks that the scrunchies, scarves or headbands will grow even bigger when we talk about the most popular hairstyle trends for 2021. “I think we’ll see more fabric textures,” she predicts. “I love a giant tulle or a soft fluffy chiffon situation.”

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Photo source: @victoria_fox0001

8. ’70s Bangs

Fashion always reinvents itself. This being said, the 70’s are back this year! This popular hairstyle trend highlights your features and give a unique effect to your look.

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9. Pixie Hairstyle

“Shorter than we’ve seen the pixie cut in the past, this look has less movement overall and provides a freshness for the new year.” – Michael Sparks, hairstylist and co-owner of Tabb & Sparks Salon.

2021’s take on pixie cuts are either super short or just a bit longer than normal. This short length hairstyle feels very modern for the new decade. 

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10. Mullet Hairstyle

Another popular hairstyle trend in 2021 is the mullet. Inspired from the 80’s hairstyle trends, mullet is an interesting combo between short and long hair that will add a note of mystery to your look.

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11. Afro Hairstyle

Here’s just a stylish hairstyle trend idea for curly hair lovers: afro hairstyle. This 2021 hairstyle will add volume and effect to your look with just a few professional hair products and a pretty simple technique. Here’s a tutorial about how to get afro curls:

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12. The Classic Ponytail

One of the most popular hairstyles for women in 2021 will be ponytails. Even if you choose to keep your hair low at the nape of your neck, or high with a black hair band around, you’ll look stunning and elegant with both choices.
For more tips about how to get the perfect ponytail, you should watch this video. It will change the way you used to do it since now for sure!

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13. Bubble Ponytail

Nowadays, celebrities, bloggers and influencers consider that ponytails are the hottest hair trend to wear in 2021. Don’t you think the same? 🙂

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Photo source: @bassamconceptsalon

14. Curly Bangs Hairstyle

The curly bangs hairstyle will give you an innocent barbie doll look you’ll adore during the warm season in 2021.

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15. Modern Layered Hairstyle

Layered cuts give a unique volume effect to your hair. Well, if you need a fresh haircut but you feel totally uninspired in this period, I’d recommend you to go for a modern layered cut. It’s one of the best hairstyle trends in 2021 after all. 🙂

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16. Face Framing Tendrils

The face framing tendrils are the most glamorous hairstyle trend in 2021. Even if you choose to wear them combined with a ponytail hairstyle or a glittery headband, you’ll rock. Little tip: gel or hairspray your face framing tendrils so they’ll be pointy enough to complete your cat-eye or voluminous lips.

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17. The Queen’s Gambit Hairstyle

By far, it is the most adored Netflix series in the latest months, and Elizabeth Harmon is for sure a presence to remember. Not for her beauty, but mostly for her charm. Part of this charm I’m talking about is her perfect hairstyle.

If she was featured with a short bob with bangs as a child, as a grown-up lady, she appeared in the series with a red, mid bob, impeccably cut. Would you give it a try? 🙂

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18. Bouffant Hairstyle

If you’ve got thin hair, it can be hard work trying to give it some volume and keep it looking good after you leave the house each morning. The good news is that there are some tips to keep it the way you want.

It only depends on the length (not longer than your shoulders level), on the hair products you’re using and on the habits you have regarding your hair care routine. Good luck with maintaining the perfect voluminous hair style in 2021! 🙂

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19. Euphoria Hair

If your hair isn’t covered in pearls or some kind of shimmery baubles in 2021, chances are you’re not very updated with the latest hair trends.

Whether decorating larger hair accessories or dotting the hair delicately all on their own, hair jewelries are a lovely touch and we’re happy to list them as the cutest hairstyle trends in 2021.

Pinned pearls dotted through the hair lend a very romantic touch to glamorous retro hairstyles. Just be sure to remove all your hair glitz carefully (don’t toss them away or let them go down the drain).

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Photo source: @bassamconceptsalon

Photo source: @bassamconceptsalon

20. Pastel Hair

If you’re bored of your hair color and don’t know what to choose for your next hair appointment, we’ve got some good news: 2021 is here with some awesome, pastel hair color trends. From soft pink to baby blue or lavender purple, your hair will look stunning, no matter what color shade you choose.

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baby blue hair color

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Life isn’t perfect but your hair should be

Now that you have discovered which are the most popular hairstyle trends for women in 2021, it’s the right time to make an instant look change and sparkle. Hairdress to impress, ladies!

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Diana Muresan

Marketing Specialist at Appointfix


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