The new year signifies novel beginnings, fresh starts, and the perfect excuse to try out the daring new hair colour or haircut you’ve always been thinking of. After all, 2021 brings with it a slew of visionary hair trends for you to experiment.

To help you on your hair transformation journey, we’ve gathered a list of breakout hair trends you’re likely to spot everywhere this year, courtesy of street style stars and runway predictions. New year, new you, right?

Bold Colour

Bold colours have consistently been marked as a top hair trend for years, ever since such striking colours were spotted on the tresses of the fashion-forward crowd. The lockdown imposed by the pandemic have also led to many colouring their own hair, be it out of boredom or desperation due to the closure of hair salons. Spurred by TikTok trends and tutorials, bleached locks with bubblegum pink or mermaid blue hues were spotted nearly everywhere.

This trend is unlikely to die down this year, and it might instead grow bigger, in terms of both crowd and colours. Expect to see icy, silvery tresses or even fire-engine red locks everywhere in 2021.

Accessories everywhere

The world could undoubtedly use some light-hearted joy, and you can inject some of that into your life…with your hair. Let your tresses be your vehicle of expression with strategically-placed pins and fun clips.

Take a leaf out of Dries Van Noten’s Spring 2021 show, where hairstylist Sam McKnight ingeniously used bobby pins to make a fun statement. Seeing how bobby pins often come in individual packs with more than 10 pins, you won’t be shelling out any extra costs. If you’re seeking a less heavy-duty look, you can also opt for embellished barrettes or oversized hair clips.

Face framing layers

Face framing layers are the evolved result of one of 2020’s greatest hair trends – curtain bangs. Whilst curtain bangs require a greater commitment (and bravery that everything will go well), face framing layers are a subtler, less-commitment way to spice up your hair.

This easy-to-achieve money-piece trend will look flattering on most haircuts, but combine it with a balayage dye or a layered lob cut for your best hairstyle yet.

The shorter the better

2020 saw its fair share of short haircuts, and you can expect the trend to continue booming in 2021. Everyone seems to be swapping their long, thick tresses for shorter, breezier cuts – for good reason. Besides being more manageable, shorter ‘dos are also the perfect haircut to escape the heat and humidity on our island.

If you’re willing to go all-out when it comes to chopping your strands, opt for the ever-timeless pixie cut. Whilst rocking a pixie takes guts, they’re also incredibly versatile and look ultra-chic on every possible hair texture.