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The 5 Biggest Summer 2021 Hair Trends

This article comes from Byrdie.

The 5 Biggest Summer 2021 Hair Trends

This summer will be one for the books for many reasons. With more and more people ready to get back into the swing of things, the warm-weather season is slated to be an exciting time for beauty, especially when it comes to hair.

Here are the five biggest hair trends expected for this Summer:

1. Braids, Braids, and More Braids

Protective styles are popular year-round, but you can expect to see braided styles during the summer. You’ll see more shoulder-length box braids with curls or beads at the bottom. You’ll also see the ends being left undone with box braids.

To extend the life of your braids, there are a few tried-and-true recommendations. If you’re not someone that loves to wear a scarf at night—which is recommended—you’ll want to invest in a silk pillowcase because cotton can dry out your hair. If you’re someone who likes to exercise and you’re sweating a lot on your scalp, you might want to use a sweatband or a bandana. This keeps the hair flat so that when there is some extra moisture, it’s not expanding and causing flyways to come out of your braids.

When it comes to maintaining braids, use a minimal amount of product to avoid build-up. Instead of taming frizz and flyaways with heavy gels, she suggests using a lightweight mousse.

2. Cool Cuts

Want to experiment with cool cuts? You’re not alone. With everyone returning outside and having discovered so many parts of themselves in 2020, expect to see a celebration of new haircuts in the next wave of reopening. This will include many variations of short cuts like mullets, pixies, and bobs.

3. Natural Texture

Summer is the perfect time to forego heat styling and embrace your natural curls. Expect to see less perfect curls. More people are embracing what their hair naturally does instead of fussing so much about strong definition. It’s important to embrace our natural texture and flyaways — it adds to our personalities and individuality.

If you plan to rock your natural texture this summer, there are a few tips to keep in mind. If you’re swimming in chlorine or seawater, it’s still important to make sure you’re keeping your hair healthy while doing that. You want to make sure you’re repairing your hair and not letting chlorine sit in it.

4. Longer Length Shags

Be on the lookout for longer shag cuts this season. It’s a great cut for those who may have incurred breakage in their tops from over-processing with color. It’s also a good way to camouflage breakage in the crown and top area.

If you want to make your shag feel more lived-in, try adding a few wand curls. Worried about your hair not holding a curl all day? Try using a flexible hold spray to keep the curls from dropping too soon. You can spray a small amount on each section before curling or add a bit to the finished style while your hair is flipped upside down. Then, you can throw your hair back to give it that very uncontrived and airy feel.

5. All Things Blonde

Expect to see blonde as the color of the Summer, as we are seeing people get more familiar with the different tonalities blonde color, which has become even more creative with it this year by adding temporary soft semi-permanent hues to them. An example would be rose pink or lilac. You can also never go wrong with traditional ash blondes, but we may also see more violet blondes to switch up the palette.

If you’re experimenting with color (especially blonde), it’s important to care for your hair with the right products. Be sure to use purple shampoo to keep your blonde toned throughout the season.

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