We'll be honest: 2020 wasn't exactly a banner year for hair. Salons were shuttered. Red carpet events cancelled. And keeping your hairs pressed and laid was the furthest thing from your mind. But the pandemic wore on. And on. And most of us slowly came to realize that good hair can, at times, help usher in a good mood. Good hair days are a thing for a reason. Which is, after all, why you've likely clicked this link in the first place. Welcome: We are happy to share that 2021 hair forecasts are sunny, with plenty of good hair days on the horizon.
We checked in with all our favorite celebrity hairstylists who have been, in spite of it all, bringing their clients COVID-safe waves, blowouts, cuts and trims. And what do they think the new year holds? Flattering haircuts that can grow out effortlessly, requiring very few in-between touch-ups. Waves that don't fall into any particular category. Hair color that's more natural than not. And of course, as always in the twilight of international turmoil, there's a little whimsy in there too. Retro styles with a costume-y wink. Updos with plenty of pomp and circumstance. And hair color that makes a statement (of caring or not caring—you get to choose). And in the end, that's what the joy of hair is all about: Choice, agency, beauty, and freedom. Ahead, 19 of the most on-trend hairstyles for 2021.