Let’s talk about the hottest summer hair trends of 2021!
Cause let’s face it… summer is just around the corner, and we’ve spent most of the spring locked away. But what better time than now to get a trendy new haircut or fun summer hair color?
I mean… how amazing would it be to show up at work with a new, ultra-trendy summer hairstyle? It’s like telling the world that you refuse to let the unfortunate events in life hold you down.
So get ready to walk out of the apocalypse like BAM.
Here is the ultimate list of summer hair trends for 2021. I have a feeling you won’t be disappointed…
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# 1: The Undone Updo
Messy updos are always a summer favorite; they keep your hair up, but also give off a tousled beachy vibe. It’s one of my favorite summer hair trends of all time.
The best part is that they aren’t hard to do on yourself. Since this style is supposed to look undone, there’s not a lot you can mess up.
This tutorial by MakeupWearables Hairstyles shows you how to do a 3-minute messy low bun hairstyle. It’s perfect.
#2: Glossy Waves
Beach waves are another staple of the typical summer hair trends. I mean, what looks more like summer than a “I just stepped off the beach, but my hair looks perfect anyways” look.
However, this year, we’re taking it to the next level. Waves are still fashionable, but in 2021, we’re going for a more glam, polished, and glossy look.
#3: Sun-kissed Golden Bronde
Is it better to be a brunette or a blonde? Why not a little of both?
Bronde hair color combines the best of both worlds into one ultra-trendy summer hair color. This modern hair color technique fuses blonde and brunette colors into each other with color melting, balayage, and/or highlights.
It gives off the perfect sun-kissed look while adding tons of dimension to your hair. It’s one of my favorite summer hair trends this year.
#4: Ponytail Braids
Likewise, this is a great time to combine ponytails and braids into one fashionable look.
Ponytail braids are simple to do and are the perfect way to protect your hair this summer. You can even add in some braiding hair for a luscious jumbo braid and/or different colors.
Nae. Simone has a very easy-to-follow tutorial that shows you how to create this look on yourself.
#5: The “Rachel” Haircut
This year, the 90s are starting to make their rounds back into fashion, as you’ll notice with a few styles on this list.
And you know we can’t talk about 90s hair without bringing up Jennifer Aniston’s ultra-iconic layered hairstyle… also known as “the Rachel.” To be completely honest, this haircut never really went out of style; it’s a fun, flattering haircut that people have held on to over the years.
But with celebs like Bella Hadid and Selena Gomez rockin’ this haircut in modern times, it’s officially cool again.
Furthermore, popular hair educators have been sharing tutorials for this haircut, meaning the hair industry is expecting a surge in requests for this style.
Get it while it’s hot!
#6: Short Cropped Pixie Cut
I feel like this look may have stemmed from the fact that most people couldn’t cut their hair for several weeks in 2021. Plus, short women’s cuts have been going strong for a few years now.
Nonetheless, short pixie cuts are one of the hottest summer hair trends out there right now.
The main difference is that in the past few years, it’s been trendier to have a longer top, with a disconnected haircut. This year, it’s go short or go home.
#7: Two-Tone Hair Color
I’m pretty excited about this one, as I’m a HUGE fan of contrast with hair color. And what better way to show contrast than a panel of light blonde hair that sits on top of a panel of dark brown?
It’s so fun because, ultimately, the hair should appear to be platinum blonde. However, as the head moves around in different directions, glimpses of the darker color shine through.
Like “the Rachel,” this style was popular in the late 90s/early 2000s, but it’s now making its way back to the hair scene, thanks to the lovely Dua Lipa.
#8: Baby Bobs
You didn’t think we’d kick off the roaring ’20’s without a flapper-inspired hair trend, did you?
I mean… bobs never really go out of style… but different variations do come and go.
Longer, textured bobs have been reigning over the past few years… but this year, it’s all about the ultra-short baby bob. You can even jazz it up with some waves for extra movement and texture.
#9: Pandemic Bangs
Okay, let’s be honest. During the quarantine, many of us took our frustrations out on our hair, right? #PandemicBangs even became a trending hashtag in 2020.
I mean… what easier way to kill boredom and get a whole new look than to chop your bangs?
I’m just saying… I have a strong feeling that we’ll be seeing a lot shorter, more blunt bangs this summer.
#10: Embellished Hair
Last year was all about the pearl hair clips. This year it’s all about the embellishment.
90’s hairstyles are becoming more popular in 2021, and with that comes the “Rachel” haircut, made popular by Jennifer Aniston in the ’90s. Celebrities like Bella Hadid and Selena Gomez have been making this style popular in recent times.
Bangs are definitely in style for 2020, as many people took it upon themselves to cut their own bangs during quarantine season. In addition to that, the curtain bangs are still going strong.
Two-tone (90’s style) hair colors are a stylish choice for 2021, made popular by pop star, Dua Lipa. “Bronde” is another hair color making its rounds in 2021.
Summer’s almost here, and we’re almost ready to get back to the real world. Even though we’ve been locked up for days, that doesn’t mean we can’t emerge with a pretty new hairstyle, right?
With this ultimate guide to summer hair trends, I’m confident you’ll be able to find the perfect new look!
Until next time,
►►► YOUR TURN: What do you think about these fun summer hair trends? Are you going to try any of them this year? Is there another trend that’s even more spectacular? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below! 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼