Whether you are bored with your hairstyle and want to switch things up for 2020, or you’re a stylist looking for inspiration, you are in the right place!
As we rang in the new year (and decade), it presented an opportunity to try new hairstyles. Every year there is a new set of styles and cuts that become trendy. This does not mean that they haven’t been seen before. In most cases, these styles never really went out of style. Every now and then, certain hairstyles hit their peak and start popping up everywhere—Instagram, red carpets, and the streets.
We have researched some of the trendiest hairstyles of 2020 to bring you amazing inspiration. The mix of hairstyles to follow is edgy, stylish, and easy to maintain. Whether you are looking for a burst of color, choppy layers, or something closer to a precision cut, you should read on. We have something for you.
Whether it’s long, short, thick, wavy, or straight, prepare to learn more about current trends and to find something that suits your hair type. Let’s end 2020 by taking the plunge and trying something new.
The Key Hair Trends of 2020
As we enter the final months of 2020, we are taking a look back at some of the top trending hairstyles. The year may be coming to an end, but that does not mean you can’t make the most of the trendiest styles right now. With the new season right around the corner, now is the perfect time to try out something new. If you have always wanted to try out a pop of color, or make a bold move with your look, now is the time.
This year has seen the return of many vintage and retro hairstyles with a modern twist. In that mix, we have seen a lot of color explosions with vibrant streaks. Bangs have also made a huge impact this year. The on-trend fringes are so varied that there is one to suit every hair type and face shape. The top trends of this year have been all about the return of past-loved looks and low-maintenance styles. The key looks of this year have been styles that almost everyone can achieve and maintain at home.
The top hairstyle trends of 2020 have included:
- Sleek Styles
- Messy Up-dos
- Fringes Galore
- The Blunt Bob
- The Shag
Whether you have long, short, sleek, or wavy hair, there is a style waiting for you. We will cover some of the top hairstyle trends of 2020 that can offer a permanent hairstyle change, or a simple refresh and update, to your current look. 2020 has been jam-packed with iconic throwbacks, strong references from the ‘60s and ‘70s, daring short cuts, and classics that have been updated with a 2020 twist. This has been the year for everyone! It is your year to shine. Let’s take a look at what 2020 brought us, and you may just find your new look.
Choppy Layers Hair Style
The face-framing style of choppy layers was made famous by Jennifer Aniston in Friends. As we entered a new decade, we all fell in love with ‘The Rachel’ once again. The great thing about choppy layers is that you don’t have to stick to shoulder-length hair like Rachel because choppy layers work perfectly with shorter cuts like bobs, too.
If you want to recreate this look for yourself, ask your stylist to give you some choppy layers to update your look. By adding in layers, it will give your style a new edge. You may even want to be daring and style in some choppy bangs, too! As this style has been on-trend throughout 2020, we are sure it will follow us well into 2021, presenting the perfect opportunity to try out something new as we enter the last few months of the year.
Color It Red
In 2020, we have seen the return of vibrant colors. However, red hair has made it to the top spot! Every year, red hair seems to be bang on trend, and this year is no different. It seems this exciting new decade is about getting the right tone of red. This year, we have been seeing more romantic, vibrant reds hitting the runways and spilling out onto the streets. At the same time, we’ve noticed red hairstyles with threads of gold and copper, giving a ripple of different tones.
If you want to give your look a quick update, coloring your hair is a great option. Why not give red a try? Consider rippling some different tones in there, or keeping it a block, vibrant red. Coloring your hair red is so versatile, allowing for many different ways to shake up your style.
Block Bangs Hair Style
While bangs have never really gone out of style, they have made a 2020 comeback in a big way. Almost every style of fringe has made its return but in a more updated style. This year, bangs have been long, short, chunky, and thin. Regardless of hair type or length, there is a trendy fringe out there for you to try this year!
In addition to short styles of bangs, slightly longer, block bangs have been growing popular throughout the year. Block bangs make a bold statement to your look by framing the face perfectly. They will draw attention to the nose and cheekbones. So when you consider trying out a new style of bangs, you should think about what best suits you. Ask your hairstylist what fringe will not overwhelm your face. You should go for a style of fringe that will highlight and draw attention to your favorite features.
If you have a smaller face, keep reading to see what bangs will be best suited for you.
Curtain Bangs Hair Style
As an alternative to block bangs, curtain bangs have also made the top trending spot this year. In fact, curtain bangs have been the most popular style of fringe this year! In the ‘70s, bangs that swept down both sides of the face were huge. And this decade has seen them make a comeback bigger than ever before. This textured style of fringe has hit the catwalk, as well as entering the high streets and celebrity magazines. Everywhere we turn, curtain bangs seem to be making an appearance.
Instead of opting for a full-on block bang, you can give yourself a swept look that completely transforms your style and face. Curtain bangs are a great option if you are not a fan of shorter bangs, but still want to enjoy the look of them for yourself.
Before you decide which style of bangs to have, remember that they draw attention to the features wherever they stop. If your bangs end just above your eyebrow, then this is where people’s attention will go. You want to choose a style of fringe that will show off your positive features. Curtain bangs particularly suit anyone with long foreheads. They also pair perfectly with longer hairstyles and beach waves.
If you are searching for a low-maintenance fringe style, this may be a good option. Curtain bangs are a relatively safe option for anyone who is flirting with the idea, but remains unsure if they should take the leap.
Curtain bangs are perfect for anyone who is wanting to grow out their bangs. You can easily grow out this style without your hair looking out of place. If you are not sure that bangs are right for you, a curtain-bang style is perfect. If you get them and regret it, then do not panic—your fringe will soon grow out and can be turned into layers!
You may remember a few years back when streaks became popular. Many people have opted for thick streaks of bleach blonde to contrast warmer hair colors. It was also popular for people to add in lighter colors, depending on their natural hair color. It was also trendy to have lots of thin streaks running throughout the hair to add in some ripples of different tones. Over time, thick streaks faded away.
However, in 2020, streaks have made a comeback, and this time they have been given an update. Since the beginning of the new decade, we have seen a lot of vibrant streaks popping up. Adding a few streaks, or a single one, into your hairstyle will give you an updated look from lime green to pastel pink. Adding streaks of color is extremely versatile. Whether you want to add in two thick streaks at the front, or a few throughout the hair, it is up to you! Why not get creative and give yourself a quick pop of color?
Add Some Texture
If you don’t want to completely restyle your hair, but would rather update your current look, adding texture may be for you. Texture can be added into any haircut, including:
- Plain Bobs
- Short Pixie Cuts
- Mid-length Hair
- Wavy Hair
As you can see, adding texture is adaptable and can work for practically everyone. Next time you visit your hairstylist, why not ask them to add in some texture for extra volume? It will completely transform your look.
Micro Bangs Hair Style
Remember when we promised to introduce you to a fringe style for smaller faces? This one’s for you!
2020 has truly been the year for fringes—with them making a return in more ways than you could ever have imagined. Micro bangs were popular back in 2018, and just two, short years later, here they are, ready to hit the top spot once again. If you did not try this style out back then, now it would be a great time to be brave and take the plunge.
Micro bangs are also known as baby bangs because they are all about being delicate. Where curtain bangs are all about creating thickness and volume, micro bangs do the exact opposite. This style of fringe works perfectly for anyone with fine hair. That’s because micro bangs are best suited for those who want to achieve a thinner look.
These lightly cut bangs will sit just above the eyebrow and work perfectly for anyone with a smaller face. Micro bangs will not overwhelm your small face. It is a great choice if you have never tried bangs. Before asking your hairstylist to cut in some micro bangs, make sure you are ready for a change. There is no way to hide micro bangs by pushing them to the side, or disguising them into your style. Micro bangs are short, so you would have no option other than letting them grow out! But be brave, be bold, and take the jump! You may have just found your new look.
The Modern Shag
This fun blast from the past has made a big impact in 2020, and for the time being, it looks like it is here to stay. The modern shag has been transformed from what it used to be in the ‘80s. These days the newly updated shag hairstyle is loaded with choppy layers to create extra volume and piecey bangs around the face. 2020 has been huge for adding extra layers and bangs, so no wonder this style has increased in popularity! This cut combines two of the most popular styles of 2020 into one, fun style.
The new, unrecognizable shag is a fun, textured take on the original and is simply beautiful on almost anyone. The modern shag looks gorgeous on all face shapes and almost any length of hair. This effortless hairstyle is simply one for everyone! The multi-layers make this style bang on-trend.
If you are looking for an easily-glammed, new style that is predicted to follow us well into 2021, this one could be your next look.
Deep Side Part Hair Style
If you do not want to have a complete transformation this year, simply changing your part can do wonders for your look. By moving your center part to the side, you have created a non-permanent style in minutes. And you don’t even need a trip to your hairstylist to do it either—win-win!
A deep side part is brilliant for anyone wanting to switch up their look without anything too drastic. To achieve this look, all you need a fine-toothed comb and a few minutes in front of the mirror.
In 2020, we have said bye-bye to the perfectly sleek ponytail. The new year has brought in this effortlessly chic style. To create this purposefully messy updo, simply follow these steps:
- Brush your hair into a standard ponytail
- Optional: secure it with a few pins
- Pull a few hair strands loose
- Run your fingers through the strands and style them around your face
- Continue to loosen a few strands at a time, adding more as you think you need to
And there you have it, your brand-new look!
The Blunt Bob
Summer 2020 re-introduced us to the blunt bob. 2020 has seen a lot of shorter, rebellious cuts. The classic bob has never gone out of style, and year after year, it comes back reinvented. This time it is back, but hitting the jawline with precision cutting.
This iconic cut is showing no sign of slowing down and is set to be a hit next year, too. So, if you are looking for an on-trend hairstyle that will last many seasons and is easy to keep updated at home, a blunt bob is an excellent choice!
With this style hitting the streets, why not rock it for yourself? Before you jump straight into a bob cut, if you are starting with longer hair it is best to transition slowly into this style. Unless you are feeling particularly daring that is!
Crimped Waves Hair Style
If you remember this style from years ago, you know it was a big hit back in the ‘90s. We saw a lot of these crimped waves on teenage girls. It seemed like almost everyone had a crimping iron at home!
But during 2020, we have seen even more crimped hairstyles popping up all over the place. Big style icons have been seen wearing crimped waves on the red carpets, runways, and style magazines, so it is no wonder it has made its way back into trend.
If you usually wear a side parting, then moving your parting into the center of your hair can completely switch up your look. This easy style can give your current hairstyle a fresh update, ready to see out 2020. Center partings look great on pretty much all haircuts, but look particularly stunning on long, wavy hair.
Partings are a simple way to restyle your hair, but also giving you the freedom to keep changing your look whenever you want.
If you are looking for a breathtaking style that is extremely easy to achieve at home, then give this style a go. The slicked-back look works perfectly with absolutely any hair length:
- Pixie Cut
- Longer Hair
Whether you have long or short hair, this gelled look is great for any straight hairstyle. Slicking back your hair conveys confidence, as your hair is kept off the face. It may be a bold choice for some, but it is a simple and effective way to transform your look for that big event!
To create this stunning look for yourself at home, simply:
- Push your hair back
- Mist your hair with water
- Run through a high-shine product
- Give your hair a deep side parting
- While parting, push the hair back
- Complete with hairspray to hold in place
The top knot seems to be everywhere at the moment. For an easy look that is quick to do on the run, this style is your go-to. If you ever find yourself in a rush, just style your hair into a quick top knot and get going.
This style is so versatile that you can keep it sleek by pulling your hair back, or keep it messy by twisting some hair strands down around your face.
The top knot is almost always on-trend because it’s low maintenance and simple to achieve for people with busy lifestyles. It keeps your hair up and out of the way for almost any activity. Whether you are lounging on the beach, relaxing at home, or have an important meeting to attend, this look is for every occasion. The top knot even offers a quick refresh to any style if you need to switch up your look in seconds!
Last but not least, is the pixie cut. This style has got to be one of the most versatile trending cuts out there right now. These days, everyone who has a pixie cut is unique. If you are considering a pixie cut, here are some of the styles to choose from:
- The Classic Pixie
- Choppy Pixie
- Pixie Wedge
- Feathered Pixie
- Two-Tone Pixie
- And so many more!
As you can see, the options for a pixie cut are almost limitless. Pixie cuts these days have a modern twist and are often being paired up with long side bangs or a shorter side-swept fringe. Whether you want your pixie cut to be sleek, feathered, textured, or layered, your stylist can help you decide which one would best suit your face shape.
On-Trend Hairstyles for Short to Medium Hair
If you have had short hair throughout 2020, then you will already know just how on-trend your style has been. Shorter hair itself has been super popular this year and it is showing no sign of disappearing anytime soon. Those shorter cuts seem to be growing even more popular as the year continues, so if you are wanting a style that will carry you through into next year, a short cut is the way to go!
There have been many super short and mid-length hairstyles popping up throughout this year. Here are some of the best trending hairstyles for you:
Whether you have chosen the classic bob cut or the blunt bob, every type of bob is versatile. With a bob cut, it is easy to achieve a sophisticated look by customizing it for your face shape. Your stylist will cut your bob to the length that compliments your face.
You can also get experimental with a bob cut by adding in some texture, layers, choppy layers, or by keeping it sleek and chic!
Why not accentuate your natural look by adding in some texture and volume? Most haircuts are full of glamour when they are styled in a way that draws attention to the natural style. Whether your hair is naturally curly, wavy, or coily, embrace it and use it to recreate a new look.
The Modern Shag
The shag has made its return this year. Texture and volume styles have been right on trend in 2020, so this modern twist on the classic style has fit right in. The modern shag is just like the classic ‘80s version, but loaded with extra choppy layers.
This fun style is perfect when it is paired with piecey bangs to frame the face. If you are in love with two of the most popular trends of this year–bangs and layers–then this look is for you. The modern shag has combined the two into one, epic style.
The great thing about the modern shag is that it looks fantastic on every face shape, so this is truly one style fits all. If you are looking for an effortless style, try the modern shag.
Add a Fringe
As you have read, fringes have been huge this year. Curtain fringes have made a particularly big impact. Why not add some bangs to your bob or mid-length haircut to give it a vintage vibe? Since retro hairstyles have been gaining popularity this year, this would give you an extra trendy edge.
Warmer Hair Colors
Cool tones have pretty much been abandoned this year, with those warmer colors hitting the top spot. Tones of reds have been the trendiest of all colors. From auburn and mahogany to vibrant reds, all shades of red have been popping up in 2020. However, romantic reds have been the most popular of them all!
If you are looking for an on-trend color to take you into autumn, why not try adding some red hues, or ripple in some copper and gold, too?
If you don’t want to change up your hairstyle too much, simply add in some hair accessories to create a new look. Accessories such as hair clips, slides, and headbands have been a big hit this year.
Trending Hairstyles for Long Hair
Out of the hairstyles that are trending now, you’ll find that many are stylish options for those with longer, luscious locks. Whether you wear braids, curls, or beach waves, the looks you can create with long hair are limitless.
For longer hair, there is a hairstyle to suit every face shape. Whether you are growing your hair out, or looking for some inspiration to switch up your current look, keep reading to discover some on-trend hairstyles.
If you want to recreate your look without sacrificing any length of your hair, then adding in some layers could be what you are looking for. A layered hairstyle suits both thick and thin hair types, as they add volume to any style.
When you ask your stylist to add in some layers, they will cut your hair into different lengths to create extra volume. Your stylist will take into consideration your face shape so that the layers will compliment you in the best way.
If you are lucky enough to have a long mane of hair, bangs will pair up gorgeously with your long locks. By cutting in a fringe, you will reinvent your look completely while framing your face perfectly. Adding a fringe to your hairstyle is a simple and risk-free way of making a change to your current style. If you are not sure about which style of bangs to go for, ask your stylist to recommend what will suit you best. If you do not want to jump straight into an edgy style, then a longer fringe may be a good place to start.
Curtain bangs have been particularly on-trend this year as they blend in wonderfully with thick hair. If your hair is quite fine, you may find that piecey bangs could be more your thing. Although, if you are feeling extra daring, then you could try out an edgy, choppy fringe instead.
The long bob is commonly known as the ‘lob’ by hairstylists. This style of haircut offers a sophisticated look that is easy to maintain. The long bob suits every face shape because it can be adjusted for everyone. The ends of the hair stop several inches below the chin, meaning anyone who gets a long bob has it adjusted for their face. So, there is no risk of making your face appear more square.
If you want to keep your long bob in a most on-trend style, then consider keeping your hair straight with an off-center part.
The Long Shag
In 2020, retro hairstyles have made a huge comeback. This ‘70s hairstyle has been trending since the beginning of this year. This iconic haircut has been given a modern twist.
If you are worried about it suiting your face shape, you could ask your stylist to add in a fringe. To balance the volume of this cut perfectly, pair it with long, curtain bangs to draw the eye down.
Natural Long Hair
Every now and then, try wearing your long hair how it is naturally. Natural, long hair looks so effortless and sophisticated. By wearing your hair natural, it will help promote healthy and strong hair.
To keep your hair as healthy as possible, you should not over wash it and use hair care products that keep in moisture to ensure your hair is hydrated. The goal here is to ensure that your long hair is protected and that the ends of your hair are preserved.
If you have been experimenting with color this year, it is important to ensure your hair’s health by restoring it to its state prior to color treatment. Keranique Scalp Revitalizing Shampoo has been scientifically formulated to provide protection. It helps to prevent future damage, repairs split ends, and keeps color-treated hair hydrated, all while preventing any color loss or fading.
Trendy Hairstyles for Protecting Hair Growth
Whether you are trying to grow out your hair, or prevent any damage, the way you wear your hair can make all the difference. Your hair’s health is key to keeping your hair looking luscious.
Some hairstyles can be damaging for your hair, so it is important to take a break occasionally, to restore your hair’s health. This is vital to keeping your hair strong and healthy.
Protective hairstyles help keep your hair out of harm’s way, ensuring its overall health. Here is some inspiration for how to style your hair to keep it healthy:
The top knot is not only bang on trend at the moment, but it is also a fantastic way to keep your hair as strong as possible. A top knot will protect your hair by keeping it up and out of the way.
The simple, sleek ponytail is a gorgeous, chic look that can protect your beautiful locks. To keep your hair in good health while wearing it in a ponytail, consider using some hair care products to help slick it back. However, ensure that any hair care products you purchase contain ingredients that are good for your hair’s overall health.
Side Twist Updo
The side twist updo can be worn anywhere from work, around the house, or to formal events like weddings. To create this elegant yet simple look, follow the tips below:
- Split your hair into two sections, using a side parting
- Take the two sections and twist into the side parting
- You should now have two twists at one side of your head
- Twist these ends together this time
- Complete this hairstyle by twisting the hair into a bun
- Pin into place
Some styles can be damaging to your hair, so if you are worried that your hair may be thinner than normal, it could be a potential sign of problems. If your hair is thinning or you are losing your hair, it could be due to an underlying health issue. As always, you should see your doctor to get to the root cause of your health and hair problems.Some styles can be damaging to your hair, so if you are worried that your hair may be thinner than normal, it could be a potential sign of problems. If your hair is thinning or you are losing your hair, it could be due to an underlying health issue. As always, you should see your doctor to get to the root cause of your health and hair problems.