When I think of the winter season, I don’t typically think of “less is more,” you know? I mean, between November to January, my life is all about layered sweaters, festive glitter, and party-level cocktails. Not exactly the minimal life. But surprisingly enough, that’s exactly what you can expect from this year’s winter 2021 hair trends. Of course, it wouldn’t be the holidays without a sparkly accessory here and there, but the overall vibe for winter hairstyles this season is low-key. Think: subtle hair colors and cuts that grow out nicely, easy styles, and lived-in blowouts. See? Less is more this year (and, honestly, we could all use a break right now). Now keep scrolling to find the 13 biggest hair trends to get you all excited to bring on the snowy weather.
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Buns and Bangs for Winter
Bangs. That’s it. That’s the trend. Curtain bangs, choppy bangs, feathered bangs—winter’s the best time of the year to finally try fringe (no forehead sweat and humidity!) and, well, you can always throw on a beanie if you hate ’em (but you won’t). To really put your new bangs on display, pull the rest of your hair back into double buns.
Subtle Winter Hair Color
Chunky highlights in shades close to your natural color is one of the biggest fall hair color trends for 2021, and you’ll be wearing it longgg into winter, too. With this low-maintenance look, you can expect easy upkeep and easy grow-out so you’re not trekking it through the snow every six weeks for a touch-up.
Bouncy Blowouts for Winter
Plug in your hot rollers, everybody, because big, fluffy ’90s curls are back with a capital B. Start by styling damp hair with a blow dryer and a big round hairbrush, then set your hair in large rollers until they cool. Run your fingers through your hair to break up the curls and simultaneously look like a ’90s Herbal Essence model.
’70s Glam Hair Trend
If you’ve also got curtain bangs and face-framing layers, keep that roller set out and try a ’70s glam blow-out by rolling your fringe straight back and away from your face. Don’t have rollers? Curling your hair with a straightener will work, too. Once the curls are set, flip your hair over and shake them out to fluff them.
Headbands and Bangs
I truly can think of no better holiday party hairstyle than this right here. Not unlike a star on top of the tree, a gold statement headband is the perfect finishing touch to this sleek style with bent ends and bangs.
Shaggy Fringe for Winter 2021
Shag haircuts with choppy layers around the face, like the ones shown here, are taking over your FYP rn for good reason. They’re easy, edgy, quick to style—what’s not to love? For piece-y texture, work a wax spray and a little hair oil through your strands.
’90s Layers for Winter
Honestly, I’m not sure ’90s hairstyles ever went out of style because looks like this one are always a good idea. The easiest way to totally transform your current look without taking off a whole lotta length is with a layered haircut. Ask your stylist for some ’90s layers, and they’ll know what to do.
Sandy Gold With Shadow Roots
If you’re a blonde, try going a little darker for winter with shadow roots and a neutral-gold shade. Color like this grows out nicely and will last you until you’re ready to try something new in the spring.
Wavy Bobs for Winter 2021
Layers are a great way to add volume and texture, but they’re not the only way. Use your flat iron to add a slight bend to your blunt bob haircut for a touch more shape.
Side Tendrils for Winter
This winter hair look is—wait for it—bangin’. Add a little romance and drama to your go-to sleek high bun hairstyle with one long, wavy tendril. Instead of wearing pieces along both sides of your face, switch it to the side for 2021.
Side-Slicked Hair Trend
You already know your hair looks sexy pushed back, but this winter, wear your wet hairstyle with a little side part action. Comb it back and to the side, then coat it with a lightweight oil for a slick, shiny finish without the cold you’d get from going outside with wet hair.
Asymmetrical Winter Lob
An asymmetrical haircut or inverted bob will give your usual lob a whole new (dare I say cooler?) feel for winter. A look like this goes perfectly with a dramatic side part, just sayin’.
Statement Clip Trend
Feeling a little overwhelmed with all the curly hairstyles to choose from? Keep it simple this winter. If you want to show off your bouncy curls but also want to add a little something for your NYE hairstyle, a bold barrette and hair parted to the side (are you sensing a theme?) is all you need.
Brooke Shunatona Brooke Shunatona is a contributing writer for Cosmopolitan.com.
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