The 5 Natural Hairstyles That Will Dominate 2021

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Considering that the time between Christmas and New Year's Eve is pretty much a blur, I'll go ahead and say this year is basically already over. Congratulations to us for surviving 2020.

But while I'm sure things won't magically get better once the clock strikes midnight on Jan. 1, what do we have are some fresh hairstyles to look forward to trying in 2021. And thanks to quarantine, many of us have already become well versed in the art of crafting our own hair (or at least maintaining the work of our go-to stylist).


So with a fresh new year ahead, and COVID-19 hopefully becoming a thing of the past sooner than later, let's look forward to what styles celebrity hairstylist & Tangle Teezer brand ambassador Takisha Sturdivant-Drew predicts will be trending for us natural girls in 2021.

Bob and Bangs

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Alright, so this first look comes as a surprise to no one. The bob is a tried-and-true style that works across all textures, but the curly side bangs add a bit of a twist. "The '80s retro look will be a big hit as we approach spring and summer," Sturdivant-Drew shares with InStyle.

More Color, More Texture

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"Ladies will be clamoring for color with texture, cut, and style, allowing them to be loud and proud, embracing their authentic selves," the hairstylist proclaims. "We will see some great styles like this on curly, kinky, coily, Afro, spongy, and in-between natural hair textures."

Need a little inspiration? Just take a page from Taraji P. Henson's book. The star has been doing the most this year with her vibrant red hair (just as she should!) created by her go-to stylist Tym Wallace.

Lengthy Braids and Twists

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If you're planning on going the protective style route in 2021, aim to go long. And make sure to keep a few hair accessories on deck for the days when you want to dress up your look even further.

"Next year will be all about elongated braids with beads, feathers, and some colorful hair jewelry," says Sturdivant-Drew. "Large twists, dressed up with scarves and colorful wraps, will also come back in a big way. Creativity has hit its peak when it comes to creating these natural styles and they are just going to get even better."

Oh, and when you're ready to take your hair down, opt for one of Tangle Teezer's detangling brushes to avoid breakage and get rid of any knots.

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Bantu Knots

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For the times when you don't want to do much with your hair, but you still want a look, Bantu knots will always be an excellent style option. Plus, once you take them out, you'll be left with beautiful soft curls.

"Bantu knots are very easy for people to do themselves at home and will increase in popularity as many salons stay shut," the stylist predicts. "People want healthier hair, and this fashionable 90's look is a great way to do that."

Your Own Texture

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Yeah, so this one's not a trend — it's a forever kinda thing. With so many of us exploring and learning about our natural hair during quarantine, it's no wonder a lot more Black women will want to let their unique textures thrive in 2021.

"It's a new look for many in such a positive and healthy way," Sturdivant-Drew exclaims. "Change is always a good thing!"

This is All Natural. From the kinkiest coils to loose waves, we're celebrating natural hair in its many forms by sharing expert tips for styling, maintenance, and haircare.

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