New season, new style.

By Erin Lukas
Nov 12, 2020 @ 5:53 pm
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We may have just entered a new decade, but this winter's biggest hair trends are a major throwback.

The '70s and '90s are alive and well based on the haircuts we're seeing all over Instagram. Take Sandra Oh's curly shag with bangs and Selena Gomez's take on The Rachel, for example. Both looks are resurrected from your youth, but with a few tweaks, they suddenly feel fresh again.

To get a complete breakdown of the haircuts that are trending for winter 2021, we turned Sally Hershberger, celebrity hairstylist and founder of Sally Hershberger Salons as well as fellow celeb stylist Ryan Trygstad, who is also the co-founder of Mark Ryan Salon.

Thanks to their tips, you'll be set for your next hair appointment, no matter what length or mood you're going into winter 2021 with.

Ahead, the five haircuts that are going to be huge this winter.

1. The Bob

With so many of us dealing with a few extra inches, it's not surprising that people are continuing to chop it all off whenever they return to the salon. While the blunt bob will continue to be a popular cut going into 2021, Hershberger says a layered, textured version like Kaia Gerber's bob is a cool, effortless update for winter.

"The texture makes it look polished, but not in a classic beachy way," she says. "I love to style bobs with a texture spray or paste, especially my 24K Superiority Complex Texturizing Paste. Applying a small amount on dry hair, raking through layers and twisting ends defines layers for a cool, piece-y look."

Kaia Gerber

The model leaned into the grungy vibe of her layered bob and embraced one of quarantine's breakout hair trends when she dyed her hair pastel pink this summer.

Laura Harrier

Harrier demonstrates how gorgeous a bob looks on curly hair with her shoulder-grazing cut.

Gabrielle Union

The actress' go-to stylist Larry Sims took her kinky twists to the next level by crafting them into this asymmetrical blunt bob.

2. Invisible Layers

For anyone who's into their long, quarantine hair, invisible layers will add movement to your new length and clean up any scraggly ends. This cutting technique can be done across all textures, but the sole purpose is to remove weight from the hair.

"Opting for long, choppy layers add movement and texture when you are on the journey of growing out your hair," says Trygstad. "This cut leaves the layers more soft and wispy, and is a great little change to the long, haircut-free COVID-hair!"

Suki Waterhouse

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Waterhouse's layers may almost be invisible to the eye, but their placement gives her hair an effortless, lived-in look.

Emily Ratajkowski

The secret to EmRata's perfectly tousled hair? Yup, you guessed it: invisible layers.


A subcategory of invisible layers, lived-in long layers add movement to extremely long hair so it doesn't lay flat and limp. "Lived-in layers are put into the hair to create lift and texture without over layering the entire haircut," Trygstad shares. "Another term in the salon we use is 'cheating layers.' It's a great technique to add fullness in the crown of any haircut!" Take Ciara's waist-length waves, for example.

3. The Shag

The beauty of the '70s shag is that the heavily layered cut plays well with or without bangs and it works for virtually every hair type and length — not to mention all of the styling possibilities. "Whether you allow it to air dry to your hair's natural texture or heat-style it, a well-done layered shag can emphasize facial features for an overall cool girl look," says Hershberger.

Sandra Oh

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Oh went full-on '70s by adding wispy bangs to her curly shag. For extra shape and definition, prep damp hair with a curl-enhancing mousse like Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Creme.

Alexa Chung

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For wavy hair like Alexa Chung's subtle bends, add volume with a body-enhancing mousse to bring out your shag's layers. "Using mousse, like my 24K Supreme Body Volumizing Mousse, is an important step to take to give hair shape," says Hershberger. "I like that it provides such great texture and gives the look some guts."

Camila Cabello

The singer ditched her '60s-inspired curtain bangs and long hair for another retro style: a shaggy lob with soft, textured bangs.

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4. The Modern Rachel

Yes, the infamous cut Jennifer Aniston debuted on Friends in the '90s is back. This look is comprised of classic face-framing layers that cup the face. "After years of beach waves, this straight look is a refreshing sleek take on Aniston‘s famous face-framing cut," says Trygstad.

Jennifer Aniston

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While Aniston may have ditched the flippy lob she had in the '90s, she's stuck with variations of her signature face-framing laters throughout the years. For extra shine, Trygstad recommends running Shu Uemura Ultimate Reset Duo Serum through damp or dry hair. "It adds shine and manageability for a beautiful blow-dry," he says.

Selena Gomez

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Selena Gomez's 2020 version of The Rachel was, in fact, inspired by Aniston's Friends character. The singer's stylist, Marissa Marino, confirmed that the style was a homage on Instagram, with a little Goldie Hawn thrown in for good measure.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

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The model's take on The Rachel combines two big hair trends: choppy face-framing layers and the bob. Her deep side part and tousled texture make the look feel current.

5. '70s Bangs

"Bangs are definitely having a comeback, and a really heavy fringe with a '70s vibe is very in for the winter – and all year around," says Hershberger. "Bangs require a little extra maintenance, so apply product and blow dry if time permits."

Daisy Edgar-Jones

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Next to the chain wore by Paul Mescal, the internet wouldn't shut up about Daisy Edgar-Jones' bangs when Normal People dropped on Hulu. The actress' soft, textured bangs are slightly tapered on the sides so they don't lie too flat or heavy on the face.

Priyanka Chopra

While some celebs experimented with pastel hair colors, Chopra decided to get bangs. Her wispy fringe and loose waves look straight out of the '70s.

Jennifer Lopez

Lopez channels Farrah Fawcett with her full feathered bangs by celebrity hairstylist Chris Appleton.