Let’s dive deep into the spring/ summer 2021 hairstyle trends from the runways, lookbooks, and videos that made this fashion month the first of its kind.
If we need to summarize the spring 2021 hair trends, we’d say they were easy-going. There was a lot of flow and movement to the hair, with softly tousled tresses and natural curls showing up on many of the runways and in many of the lookbooks. Even the wet looks and the updos had an undone quality to them, instead of the sleek drama of the previous seasons.
When it came to the summer 2021 hair colors, most models kept things natural, but we also saw some DIY hair dyeing opportunities with bleached hair and unusual colors. So, let’s dive in and go one by one over the spring/ summer 2021 hair trends!
Spring/ Summer 2021 Hair Color Trends
Let’s start with the spring 2021 hair colors! Whether you choose to celebrate your natural hair color this season or to get wild with some hair dye, you’ve got a lot of runway colors to get inspired by.
Red hair always turns heads, so naturally, we noticed all the fiery beauties that turned red into one of the key spring 2021 hair colors!
The Swedish model Sabina Karlsson wowed us the most with her curly red tresses on runways like Christian Siriano, Jacquemus, and Michael Kors. Supermodel Sara Grace Wallerstedt has been making red hair chic season after season, and this time around, we spotted her bright orange locks at Celine, Chanel, and Christian Dior.
#2. Strawberry Blondes
The strawberry blonde tresses of Eliza Kallmann stood out to us, in particular. This season, she walked for Balmain and Hermès. Levi Achthoven also made a case for strawberry blonde hair at Hermès, as well as at Miu Miu.
#3. Bleach Blonde
There is something dramatic but also kind of grunge about bleached blonde hair. It brings to mind the bad girls of the ‘90s, like Courtney Love and young Drew Barrymore. On the runways, it definitely felt edgy and fun.
We especially loved Soo Joo Park’s bleached look at Anna Sui. Maike Inga continued to represent with a bleached pixie at Etro, Isabel Marant, Hugo Boss, and many other runways. Vilma Sjöberg also exemplified the beauty of ultra-light blonde hair at Louis Vuitton, Max Mara, and quite a few other runways.
#4. Black Hair
Black is a natural hair color all over the world, so seeing it on the runways is often also a sign of diversity.
Ajok Madel made close-cropped black-colored hair look chic at Hermès and Hugo Boss, while He Cong showed how striking black hair can be when damp at Versace. As far dyed black hair goes, Steinberg kept her hair look raven-dark for Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Dior.
#5. Chocolate Brown
This is another universal color that’ll never lose its appeal. There were so many models with rich, chocolate brown hair on the runways that it’d be impossible to go through them all.
Every fashion show had a few beauties with deep brown hair, like Mika Schneider at Louis Vuitton, Chloé and nearly a dozen more shoes, or Miriam Sanchez at Isabel Marant, Acne, and Ferragamo.
#6. Unusual Colors
Bright and unusual spring 2021 hair colors had a particularly DIY feel this season, which surely will resonate with those of us experimenting with dye at home.
A lot of shades leaned towards a faded pastel, like the light blue hair on Sophia Hyldtoft and Florence Hutchings at Valentino. The Charlotte Knowles lookbook featured a model with hair dyed neon green, while many of the models rocked vivid-colored spikes in the Christian Cowan x Little Nas X collaboration.
Spring/ Summer 2021 Hairstyle Trends
From partings to updos to cuts, the spring 2021 hairstyle trends give a ton of options and inspiration!
#7. Middle Parts
Middle parts ruled the spring 2021 hair trends with ease! The face-elongating, symmetrical parting technique remains the go-to for hairstylists, and we’re certain that we common folks won’t stray from it either.
We loved the natural flow of middle parts at Salvatore Ferragamo. While the parting was sleek for some models, for many others, it was a little curved, which helped to soften the look.
In the Raf Simons show, middle-parted, loose hair was styled in an eerie, ‘70s style, with the kind of volume that’s achieved when one brushes out wavy hair.
There were plenty more runways featuring middle-parts, sometimes as the only parting of choice and other times interspersed with side-parts and no-parts. Those included Louis Vuitton, Maison Margiela, and Dolce & Gabbana.
#8. Side Parts
Middle parts may have taken most of our attention, but there were also some looks with side parts that stood out to us.
At Balmain, for example, while many of the models had their hair in a center part, quite a few had deep and slightly unusual side parts combined with tousled hair. What made these side parts unique was that they were quite deep, but the hair was pulled slightly forward to slightly cover the face. Likewise, at Ports 1961, Guido Palau styled side parts to create the illusion of a side-bang that obscured the forehead.
We also love the combination of low, loose ponytails, with a crisp side part and a few loose tendrils at Chanel. If you want a sleek example of a side part, Hugo Boss delivered. The label is known for keeping things neat and crisp, which meant neatly brushed-back, side-parted hair.
#9. Natural Curls
We loved seeing Indya Moore and Shelby Hayes rocking their naturally curly hair on the Jason Wu runways! Their lovely, voluminous curls matched well with the flowy florals of the collection. Florals and curls were also a lovely match at Rodarte, where literal flowers were tucked into the luscious curls of model Fernanda Oliveira.
Finally, at Jacquemus, naturally curly hair was mostly styled to look a little tousled (or perhaps it was just the wind blowing in the wheat field), with the one exception being the red-headed Sabina Karlsson, whose curls stayed in place.
Many more models rocked their natural curls at Chloé, Dolce & Gabbana, and A.P.C.
#10. Softly Tousled
Even if you’re not naturally curly, keeping your hair au naturel will still work! Even a brush doesn’t need to ruin your hair’s naturally tousled mojo.
This kind of messy yet side-parted look was a nice accompaniment to the cozy and lived-in yet also playful Molly Goddard collection. Tousled hair also felt fitting at Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, where the soft, tousled hair had movement and flow, much like the patchworked clothes that made up the collection.
There were lots of other examples of naturally tousled and not overly styled hair at Anna Sui, Jason Wu, and Paco Rabanne.
#11. Wet Hair
While wet hair is hard to work into real life, it’s a runway staple. It helps to keep the hair out of the face and to better showcase the clothes, but it also has the potential to look rawer and more lived-in than a typical ponytail or slicked-back look. You can adopt the look for yourself with the help of some shiny styling gel, or just appreciate it from afar!
The chic, casual Chloé show featured a wet but tousled look. For some models, straight side or middle parts added some contrast.
At Acne Studios, it was all about letting natural hair texture look a little moist. The hair was slicked back away from the face but was otherwise allowed to fall down the back in damp-looking waves.
Hairstylists also opted to create wet-looking hair at Sportmax, Givenchy, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Versace.
#12. Old-School Marcel Wave
We saw just a little bit of the 1920s in the spring/ summer 2021 hair trends in the form of tightly gelled Marcel waves, looking either totally classy or with a bit of a twist. These days, this hairstyle is too much work for day-to-day, but it’s perfect for when you want to get creative!
We got a modern and slightly eccentric take on this style at Dries Van Noten. The precise waves were decorated with clumps of bobby pins that added a unique texture and color contrast to the look.
At Valentino, the gorgeous Zinzi Fauci had her hair styled into tight Marcel waves, while Alina Bolotina sported a slightly more voluminous take on the retro look. Finally, at both Giorgio Armani and Lanvin, the hair was saturated with product to look damp and then pulled back, with a front strand styled into the flat waves.
#13. Buns, Knots, and Rolls
Updos didn’t have the magical intricacy of the previous seasons. Instead, they were soft and romantic, some with pristine glamour and others with tousled softness.
Starting with the ultra-casual, there were flattering yet comfy topknots at Jacquemus, which we think will be a perfect way of keeping hair off our shoulders during the hot summer.
The look at Christian Dior was a little more uniform, but it also had an undone quality. Most of the models had their hair styled into low buns, with middle parts at the front and some loose, face-framing strands. Colorful scarves were added to tie everything together!
On the cleaner side of things, there were the retro-inspired low-slung rolls at Fendi that had the same glamour as a clean, low-slung bun. At Christian Siriano, we also saw a clean look with hair styled into free-form, low buns.
#14. Protective Styles for Natural Hair
In addition to simply rocking big, natural curls, many models of color also kept their hair in protective styles like braids, cornrows, and twists.
In the Veronica Beard lookbook, Ange-Marie Moutambou took our breath away with her ultra-long braids. Models Ngozi and Karla Koncurat both rocked softly textured twists at Prada, making a great kiss for this lovely take on natural hair.
Representing cornrows, there was the stunning Maty Fall, who rocked hers at Etro, Jacquemus, and Fendi.
#15. Pristine Bob Haircuts
There was something extra-crisp about the bobs from the spring 2021 hair trends. They had a mod flare, so they felt edgy yet classy.
We saw a few models with bobs at Hugo Boss that were styled to look extra sleek, brushed behind the ears with a crisp side-part.
At Tod’s, the bluntness of Malaika Holmen’s bob haircut really stood out in contrast to the curly texture of her hair! There were a few other models with fun bobs, some styled with middle parts and others with bangs.
Lastly, at Undercover, the bob haircuts were actually styled over wigs, with an angular, sculptural volume and sharp, diagonal lines. Instead of the wearable bob, it was a futuristic, escapist bob reserved for high fashion.
#16. Dramatic Bangs
There’s this cliché idea that women cut their hair into bangs during times of crisis. Well, the spring/ summer 2021 hairstyle trends are certainly contributing since we spotted all different kinds of different bangs on the runways.
While a few models sported Marcel waves, most models at Valentino had their fringe chopped into short bangs, with some models rocking a sleeker straight-across look and others with a more razored or asymmetrical look.
At Prada, blunt curtain bangs generated a ton of excitement and attention, especially because they could be worked into both long and short haircuts. They framed the face in a striking way that we think will be adapted more softly off of the runways.
#17. Pixie Cuts
Choppy, short, and flirty – pixie cuts are a ton of fun! They had an undone charm as part of the summer 2021 hair trends, so they felt like the kind of look one could possibly give themselves with a pair of kitchen scissors.
Maike Inga’s choppy pixie is a runway staple, of course. This season, the bangs were extra-choppy, and she got to display them at Coperni, Ports 1961, Hugo Boss, and many others.
Also, at Coperni, the newly brunette Edie Campbell actually opened the show, also rocking a pixie with a choppy fringe. We spotted more models with fun pixie cuts at Prada, Proenza Schouler, and many more.
Photos via Vogue, Livingly