The 10 most popular hair styles of 2021, from curtains to mules
The last year has been a pretty strange time for our hair – we either cut it ourselves, or desperately tried hacks to cover up its lack of maintenance, as hairdressers were closed for months. But now that they’re open again (hopefully, for good), it’s time to find out which trends our locks will benefit this year.
The Cosmetify team has published its Hair report 2021, revealing the most sought-after hairstyles over the past 12 months, as well as the styles that have seen the biggest increase in popularity.
Want something new, as the world is opening up again? Try them out for inspiration.
The 5 most popular hairstyles of 2021
1. The mule
Described by the BBC as’the most unlikely return of style‘, the mullet, sported here by Miley Cyrus, is – apparently – back in fashion. It was the most sought-after hairstyle over the past year, according to the report, by more than 15.5 million people.
Waves = a popular response to hair growth during lockdown, giving us a beach vacation vibe when we’re still a few months away from having one of our own.
A beloved style of the tousled skateboarder and boarder community – instead of lying flat on your ears, the hair flies up and out like an airplane wing, hence the name. Forget Redbull, let Harry Styles show you how.
Yes, they’re back (again) – think of Peter Andre in Mysterious Girl. Also known in the United States as “butt cut”.
While most of us are in desperate need of a haircut, there is no effort for some of us to achieve the hair of our dreams. Beloved by influencers and coming in fifth place: extensions … for those looking for that little extra boost.
5 other styles on the rise
In addition to looking at the most popular hairstyles from the past year, researchers looked at research of hair that is growing in popularity.
1. Curtain fringe
This is exactly what you would expect: long bangs parted in the middle to frame your face. The style has seen a huge increase of 1,016% in research.
2. The new pixie
A slightly longer, thicker variation of your standard pixie crop, the report says.
3. Superimposed locks
Massive OTC. And just in time for the Friends reunion. The Rachel anyone?
4. The modern mule
The “modern” mullet – or making a bad hairstyle slightly more palatable – is achieved by shaving the sides, then applying the usual mullet formula.
5. Middle separation
What Gen Z uses to troll Millennials. Choose a side. No, wait, don’t.