The Top Hair Trends of 2021, According to Celeb Stylist Chris Appleton


Leave it to Jennifer Lopez to start the year with 2021’s most aspirational hair. ICYMI, the singer performed in Times Square on New Year’s Eve with her signature blonde mane in top shape, thanks to hairstylist Chris Appleton. Appleton, the mastermind behind Lopez’s viral Super Bowl look, was inspired by J.Lo’s head-banging choreography. “We went for a bang, kind of shag look. There’s a little bit of a rock and roll vibe, so we wanted to kind of emphasize that on the hair, so when Jen shakes her hair, you can see it all moving,” Appleton explains. “The Color Wow Dream Coat for Curly Hair really helped me get some texture in the hair and then just curling the hair, leaving the ends out and then a blast of texturizing spray really did the job of giving this lived in, sexy rock and roll vibe.” Ahead, Appleton breaks down the biggest hair trends of 2021.

Take a page out of J.Lo’s book and try an effortless shag haircut. Next time you visit your stylist, Appleton suggests asking for “a lot of layers” that can add dimension and depth to your cut. This will help create that “rocker chic vibe” that Lopez wore on stage.

If there’s one thing quarantine taught our beauty routines, it’s that less is always more. Ditch the styling tools and “embrace your natural curls and texture.” Curls create a great foundation for pretty updos that can be achieved with some clips and bobby pins.

2021 is the year to make the big chop! Dare to go short with a classic bob that hits just below the chin. To keep the look modern, Appleton recommends making the hair “shiny and full of bounce.” Get extra volume by blow drying hair with a round brush, combing towards to the face.

Curtain bangs are all the rage right now—and for good reason. The popular 70’s hairstyle got a 2021 update that looks great on everyone, thanks to its “face-framing” style. The best part? This type of fringe is low maintenance and grows out pretty seamlessly.

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