90 Best Haircuts and Hairstyles for Women in 2021
Women’s hairstyles are more varied than ever. Whatever your face shape and hair texture, there’s a gorgeous look to suit it. Additionally, there are many hairstyles you can choose from that will match your maintenance level
If modern hairstyles for women in 2021 is what you’re after, this list will be your best friend. It’s full of beautiful, fashionable, and youthful styles that are easily attainable.
Best Women’s Hairstyles to Get in 2021
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1. Long Hair
Long hair comes past shoulders to at least the forearm, if not longer. These wavy and straight hairstyles suit a variety of textures and flatter a variety of hair colors. A center or side part is all the simple style you need to display your long locks.
2. Medium Hair
Medium hair can be worn in a multitude of ways: with or without bangs or with a side bang easily pinned back. A straight medium hairstyle is low-key and casual, but a wavy updo or body with straight bangs is perfectly transitioned to that fancy occasion.
When you’re looking for a short haircut, there are many things to consider: everything from your face shape to hair texture plays a part in that perfect do. Cropped curly pixies best flatter round faces while straight medium to long asymmetrical pixies best flatter oval faces.
4. Straight Hair
Straight hair is perhaps the most easily styled hair type. It’s usually smooth in texture, with minimal frizz, and hangs flat against the head.
5. Wavy Hair
There are many things you can do with wavy hair. From side braids and half updos to romantic loose hairstyles with layers, it’s a coveted hair type by women all over the world. This hair type needs no help with volume and looks its best when at least shoulder-length.
There are many types of curls, whether they’re curly, spiral-shaped, or loose. You can create many fashionable looks depending on how you wear your curls: bohemian, hipster, and romantic are just a few.
7. Thick Hair
While thick hair can be difficult to style, with a little product at your hand, you’ll come to love your hair type. Thick hair is coveted by women everywhere for its fullness and built-in texture. Worn short and straight or long and wavy, there’s no such thing as a bad hairstyle.
Women with thin hair also struggle with styling because the hair is not lush with volume. For pixie cuts, thin hair works in its favor, but to wear hair long and make it come to life, hot tools or product is needed.
9. Afro Hair
In general, afro hair is curly with waves and kinks. The hair is thick and grows straight out from all around the head, resulting in major height. It also tends to be above the shoulders. Women with afro hair tend to flaunt it by letting it go wild, but cornrows or semi-braided styles are popular too.
Whether it’s letting the hair fly free and loose, a simple straight short hairstyle, or two space buns, gorgeous hairstyles for black women are in no short supply.
Asian women tend to have smooth straight hair. It isn’t particularly thick, but it’s not thin either. The most popular way for Asian women to get desired texture is with a perm. Other hairstyles include center parts for straight or curled hair, or a blunt-cut straight bang or a soft side fringe.
As women age, they have a tendency to cut their hair short for ease of maintenance or they feel they can’t pass off long hairstyles anymore. On the contrary, older women can look great with any hairstyle, short or long. Older age is also a great time to experiment with fun hair color instead of sticking with the natural silver or white.
13. Side Bangs
Having side bangs comes in handy when your forehead is large or you simply want a new hairstyle. For thin or fine hair, feathered bangs are the way to go. They pair well with a short layered haircut or long wavy style. Wavy pixies with short layers are adorable as well with side bangs.
14. Curly Bangs
Thick bangs come in many styles – bushy with volume, piecey, and cut unevenly. Straight bangs are easiest to cut and style because of the smoothness, but curly bangs will come around with the right product. Additionally, wearing thick straight bangs with wavy body can create a sophisticated, chic style whereas anything else comes off more relaxed.
15. Wispy Bangs
If your goal is a neat or hipster hairstyle, ask for wispy bangs. The wispy bang look is easier to create when you have thin hair because thick hair doesn’t spread out as easily to create a piecey appearance. Opt for choppy wispy bangs to emphasize a hipster pixie, or long wispy bangs for a sophisticated addition to a shoulder-length cut.
16. Curtain Bangs
When you’re not ready for full-on bangs, curtain bangs are a great option. They can be straight or wavy and feature a part in the middle that the forehead peeks through. The ends can be styled to be straight, feathered, or flipped. Curtain bangs are ideal for any face shape and hair length.
17. Baby Bangs
Super short bangs that stop at least two or three inches above eyebrows are called baby bangs. They are typically blunt or razor cut to feature uneven hairs. Women who want a hipster or edgy haircut typically opt for baby bangs.
18. Blunt Bangs
When you want a sophisticated or dramatic look, blunt bangs are the perfect complement to your hairstyle. Blunt-cut bangs are even all the way across and typically look most dramatic when your hair is thick.
Wear blunt cut bangs with long hair, pulling it back into a low or high ponytail to switch things up. Or, wear these bangs with a short pixie for an edgier vibe.
19. Choppy Bangs
Another popular style of bangs is choppy. The bangs are cut unevenly and can be combined with an angled cut as well to create beautiful texture. If your face is round or oval, choppy bangs have a way of evening out your face shape and flattering it in the best way.
20. Layered Bangs
Oftentimes, women choose layers to help give their thick hair shape and minimize bulk. This technique is also helpful when it comes to bangs. Layering creates a soft look and naturally makes the hair fall to one side or the other.
21. Feathered Bangs
While feathered bangs look similar to layered bangs, what distinguishes feathered bangs are that the stylist trims and focuses on the ends of the hair. This creates movement and an overall lighter or airy appearance.
22. Pixie Cut
When it comes to short hair, pixie cuts take the lead. It’s the perfect style for women who want a low maintenance yet super stylish look. From angled or layered pixies to cropped wavy or straight styles, this cut is easily personalized to fit each woman’s taste.
23. Bob Braids
Don’t settle for wearing your bob haircut straight. Braids, whether it’s a weave or a side accent, style up any bob. Keep the braid small with a bead to close the end, wear it loose to complement a wavy formal style, or protect your natural black hair with a braided bob weave.
24. Long Bob
If it’s been awhile since your long hair has had an update, turn it into a long bob. This haircut is shoulder-length and worn wavy or straight. The hair doesn’t usually feature bangs unless they’re angled and feathered. The most popular way to wear a long bob is with a side part.
25. Medium Bob
Medium bobs stop at the jawline or a little past it. These haircuts look best with a round or oval face. Many times the medium bob is blunt-cut but short layers are another popular style. Wear it with your afro-textured hair to create a rounded shape or with fun colors for a playful look.
26. Short Bob
For oval-faced women, a short bob is best. The shortness of it combined with angles and layers conforms to the face. To distract from a large forehead, side bangs are added and combed across from a deep side part.
27. Curly Bob
To obtain a short hairstyle without losing the thickness of your hair, choose a curly bob. This style shapes and shortens the hair, making it easier to maintain. Whether your curls are loose or kinky, a curly bob will show them off using a side part or angled layers.
28. Wavy Bob
A great way to accentuate your wavy hair is with a bob. Wavy bobs are easily transitioned from daytime to nighttime because of their texture. Parting hair at the center throws off dimension and greatly flatters oval faces. Women with glasses also look super cute with styles like wavy pixies.
29. Straight Bob
If your hair is naturally straight, you’ll achieve a super low maintenance look with a straight bob. On this haircut, the hair lies flat against the head, unless you add layers to create volume and movement. Bangs are a hip addition to the style.
30. Ombre Bob
An ombre bob is one that features one color over another to create a beautiful subtle blend. Used on any hair length, the most common types of ombre are blondes and browns, but any stylist will be happy to show you other creations such as blonde on black or pink on brown.
31. Stacked Bob
The stacked bob is so named because of its long front and short back created by layers. Both thin and thick hair does well with this hairstyle: thin hair gets extra volume and thick hair gets shape. The front of the hairstyle can be left to feature a center part or side bangs.
32. Asymmetrical Bob
To easily and stylishly split up the dimension of your head, choose an asymmetrical bob. This type of bob features one long side and one short side accompanied by a side bang or just a deep side part. Many women wear this type of bob straight for a truly chic and smooth look, but to create a textured look, you can add waves or choppy layers.
33. Angled Bob
When the hair at the back of your head is short and gradually gets longer toward the front, this is called an angled bob. For thin hair, this cut is a good option because of the layers, which thicken up your mane.
If you have an oval face, this style will flatter your angles. Complete with a side bang, a wide forehead will also be disguised. Wear it straight for chicness or wavy for more personality.
34. A-line Bob
An a-line bob is similar to an angled bob in that short layers are at the back of the head with hair gradually getting longer near the front. For round faces, this style elongates the face.
Hair in the front comes just past the chin. If you wear your hair straight, the long hair at the front curves in toward the face, making for a flattering angle.
35. Blonde Bob
Every woman should go blonde at least once in her life. Try the color on a bob of any length to see how you like it! A layered medium haircut with side bangs looks great on oval faces, while a side parted curly bob adds crazy volume. Is your hair naturally black? Blonde weaves last four to six weeks and look great against dark skin.
36. Bob with Bangs
Sometimes having a center parted bob without any fringe can come across too plain. Add character to your bob with bangs! Whether it’s a blunt bang that covers eyebrows, piecey curly bangs that let your forehead peek through, or choppy baby bangs, your bob will look twice as beautiful.
37. Side Part Bob
Women who use side parts in their hairstyle are typically after volume or dimension. If you have a layered side bang, emphasis will be on the fringe whereas a side part on a pixie throws off an oval face’s dimension. To give a curly bob new shape, part hair directly above one eye for a luscious look.
38. Middle Part Bob
With or without bangs, a bob with a middle part is stylish while being low maintenance. On oval faces in particular, a center part creates perfect symmetry.
39. Black Girl Bob
Are you a Black woman tired of your current black hairstyle? Whether you’re embracing your natural locks and want a protective hairstyle or want to experiment with a new color, try a bob! A bob looks great with most face shapes and even cuter with a color other than black, such as pink or blonde.
40. Sock Bun
The sock bun hairstyle might’ve been most popular in the 50s and 60s, but it’s making a comeback for both low and high buns. To pull off the old-fashioned hairdo, use a sock with tight elastic; this will help maintain the perfect look. You can pull loose strands out around the face for framing or slick the style back.
41. Messy Bun
Look around when you’re out and you’ll notice how many women are wearing a messy bun nowadays. For doing chores around the house or even at work, the messy bun is a chic way to wear hair. Wear it slicked back for a neat, put-together appearance or keep it loose for casualness.
42. Ballerina Bun
A ballet bun isn’t just for dancers anymore! This smooth style consists of a ponytail wound up tight at the crown of the head. The trademark of this look is the sleekness so eliminate frizz with hairspray.
43. Space Buns
Here’s a common child’s hairstyle that’s becoming popular on women. Space buns are two smooth buns on either side of the head separated by a center part. Thick or thin hair and with or without braids, it’s a cute hairstyle perfect for adding pep to your step.
44. High Bun
Don’t have time to spend on your hair in the morning? A high bun is easily thrown together in a couple seconds. It’s centered at the crown of the head and sometimes accented with a back braid or front side part.
45. Low Bun
One of the chicest hairstyles for women is the low bun. Whether you braid the hair in one braid first and then wind it up or gather loose hair and twist it into the bun, this look is always in style. Smooth back the hair or pull a couple sections of hair loose for softness.
46. Curly Bun
Show off your curly hair with a high, low or side bun. The style is simple with its center or side part and can be worn with thick curly bangs as well.
47. Side Bun
Want to wear your hair back but still want to show it off? A side bun is worn at either side of the head at the neck level. Comb your hair into a center part and form the bun, or braid from roots down into the bun to add more detail.
48. Top Knot
The top knot is so named because of the knot appearance. It starts out as ponytail but the hair is wound around the elastic in a way that the top knot is high.
Sometimes there are a few hairs sticking out of it, but mostly it’s neat. Hair around the face can be loose for framing or smoothed back.
49. Braided Bun
There are many ways to style a braided bun. Some common looks include a low bun with Dutch braids on top of the head, a high braided bun for black women with cornrows, or a half updo braided bun with the rest of the hair loose and wavy. Braids can be smooth and tight with minimal frizz or loose for a romantic yet casual feel.
If it’s a fancy event you need a gorgeous hairstyle for, choose an updo for guaranteed beauty. Braided mohawks, thick round buns and curly ponytails with bangs are just a few to consider. Updos can be accented with colorful hair ties or faux flowers.
51. French Braid
If the French braid was one of your favorite hairstyles as a child, you’ll be happy to know you can wear it as an adult as well. Easily form two French braids accented with hair cuffs, a French braid headband, and a tucked-in blonde braid are all beautiful ways to sport the favorite look.
52. Dutch Braid
The Dutch braid hairstyle is traditionally seen on women as two braids that start just above temples on each side of the head. They are braided back to the ends and left to hang straight down the back or to be pulled over the shoulder.
To keep the Dutch braid but switch up its look, start it at the center of the crown and braid down using only the top half of the hair. On Black women, the style is traditionally kept as two braids as well, but decorated with beads or hair cuffs.
53. Fishtail Braid
Women who like intricate hairstyles will love the fishtail braid. It’s best if you have short to medium hair because for long hair, the process can be lengthy. It requires two main strands of hair that alternately bring in more hair from either side of the head.
Wear it one of several ways: as a long side braid, a half updo, a ponytail, or even as a pretty detail for a fancier occasion such as a wedding. The key is keeping the braid tight during the process, but once you’re finished, you can either keep the tight look or pull sections loose to thicken it up.
54. Waterfall Braids
Waterfall braids are another intricate hairstyle but quickly pulled together once you have the technique down. This braid starts as a traditional braid but instead of weaving three strands together, you’re taking the third strand and simply dropping it through every cross section to create the “waterfall.”
It can be worn on straight hair, but also looks amazing on wavy hairstyles as well. It’s better to have at least shoulder length hair – any shorter, such as on pixies, and the braid will be difficult to form.
55. Side Braid
There are some hairstyles that are simply a classic and the side braid is one of those. The hair is gathered together, pulled toward one side of the head, and a braid is formed near the base of the neck. Use a traditional braid or fishtail braid to wear the side style. Whether you have a side bang or hair is smoothed back, the result will be beautiful.
56. Box Braids
Box braids get their name from the box shape that forms at the scalp when beginning each braid. The braids are most often seen on Black women as a long hairstyle. All over color, highlights, and ombres are popular ways to personalize the style as is parting hair in the center before forming braids or doing some other style of part.
Box braids last between four and six weeks, easily touched up with a gel to keep hair smooth and frizz-free.
Cornrows are another popular hairstyle seen on Black women. They’re usually chosen for their protectiveness of natural hair and because they come in many styles, from colored to beaded.
Depending on your desired braid length, it can take up to four to six hours to get these. Once they’re in, you can wear them down or pull them up into a cute half updo or ponytail.
58. Fulani Braids
Fulani braids were inspired by the Fulani people of Africa. They are braids with unique patterns and beads and are another protective hairstyle Black women love. Braids are usually thin and always incorporate beads, whether they’re several stacked at the ends of the braid or up top at the scalp.
This style is all about details and can be combined with loose curly hair for a truly dramatic look. They’ll last between four and six weeks before needing to be redone.
59. Jumbo Braids
If your hair is already thick or you just want the appearance of thick hair, ask for jumbo braids. Because the braid(s) is so thick, this style will take less time than other braided hairstyles.
Some women opt for jumbo braids around their head while others choose one jumbo braid for their ponytail accompanied by smaller detailed cornrows. It is best to have shoulder-length hair at minimum to get this style.
60. Triangle Braids
If a trendy patterned hairstyle is what you’re looking for, you’ll love triangle braids. The way the braids start out at the scalp form a triangle shape which can be small or large depending on how much hair you section off.
Wear them as a bob or as a long hairstyle where the top half is pulled up and away from the face. Coloring the ends with contrasting colors or wrapping the braids with gold elastic are other ways to style up your triangle braids.
61. Crown Braid
For those romantic date nights and fancy occasions, a crown braid is a dependable hairstyle. A Dutch or fishtail braid starts out at the base of the neck and winds around to the top of the head, pinned in place with hidden hair clips.
You can either choose to have one braid on either side that winds up around the head or start your braid just on one side for the headband appearance. Keep it tight for a neat, chic look or pull the sections loose for a softer feel.
62. Milkmaid Braids
The milkmaid braid hairstyle, which initially began in Europe, was a popular way for women to keep their hair out of their face while doing their daily chores. Now, the style is seen all over the world.
It involves two low ponytails that are braided and then pinned in place on top of the head. This style works for both thin and thick hair and can be decorated with flowers for a wedding or smoothed for a neat look at the office.
63. Halo Braid
Show the world you’re an angel with the beloved halo braid. For thin hair it’s best to create two small braids and wind them around the head close together, pinning them in place. For thicker hair, you can pull off just one braid that is wound around the head.
Be sure to keep the braid right above the hairline for the halo effect. Dress it up with hair color or special accessories like jeweled barrettes.
64. Ombre Braids
On any hair type and texture, hair color as an ombre is a beautiful choice. Ombre features two colors, normally common shades, that blend into each other for a seamless transition of color.
Combine blonde, blue, or pink with black for an artistic look. Whether you opt for sew-in, crochet, or extensions, ombre will make it beautiful and last until you remove the braids (four to six weeks).
65. Twist Braids
Twist braids are a common hairstyle for Black women. The style is two strands of hair wound around each other down to the ends. Twists can be thick or thin depending on the desired final result. The protective style can last up to ten weeks but many stylists recommend only keeping them in for six.
66. Braided Ponytail
While a traditional ponytail is a classic choice, dressing it up with braids is a surefire way to easily add glow. Braided ponytails can feature as many as six braids that start at the hairline and go back toward the crown or a single thick braid. Bright colors like orange or simple gold beads placed along the braids are beautiful extra details.
67. Long Ponytail
Look in any magazine and you’re bound to see singer Ariana Grande rocking her long ponytail. For natural hair or extensions, this style features waist-length hair pulled into a ponytail at any height on the head. Hair is smoothed back or slightly bumpy for a casual look. The tail is left straight or given waves.
The girl-next-door look has always been a ponytail with bangs. The ponytail can be high or low but is usually a little loose with piecey bangs. Switch it up with thick blunt bangs or feathered fringe.
69. High Ponytail
The high ponytail gives a woman a confident sense of power. Women who want to show off their lengthy locks wear the high ponytail straight or with their natural waves. Wear it so that the ponytail falls right down your back or pull it to the side and over the shoulder.
70. Curly Ponytail
If you’re in need of getting your curly hair out of the way, pull it into a ponytail. Worn high or low, by leaving the curls loose and not braided you can easily show off texture. A half updo allows you to keep your look neat while embracing your hair, and wearing it all pulled up in a loose ponytail gives a softer feel.
71. Messy Ponytail
For the gym and running errands, a messy ponytail is key. Comb your locks into the ponytail with fingers and secure with a thick scrunchie or thin elastic. The way to pull off this style is by avoiding making it look too pretty; this means leave bumps and loose strands to frame the face.
72. Side Ponytail
Throw your look back to the 90s with a side ponytail. It doesn’t matter which side the ponytail is on as long as it is off center. The ponytail can be high or low and long or short, though the style works best with hair that is at least shoulder-length. For both curly and straight hair, the side ponytail is a chic style.
73. Short Ponytail
When you can’t rock the long ponytail, try a cute short ponytail. Hair is combed back and secured at neck level or a little above for the best look. Wear with straight piecey fringe or curly curtain bangs and tendrils for a dressier style.
Pigtails were once considered a child’s hairstyle but are now rocked by adult women as well. The look is distinguished by the two ponytails on either side of the head either up high or down low at the neck. Wear with curtain bangs or comb all the hair back into the pigtails.
75. Half Up Half Down Hairstyle
A half up hairstyle just means the top half of your hair is pulled up while the other half is left down. Wear the top half as braided ponytail or messy bun, leave the bottom straight or wavy.
Dreadlocks are a lengthy process that are formed by not combing your hair and letting it mat. They take at least two months to form depending on your hair texture but might not start to form until as late as six months.
Some women opt to have their dreadlocks professionally started by a stylist. Both Black and Caucasian women wear this style which can be decorated with hair cuffs and worn down or up in a ponytail.
The hairstyles brides wear for their weddings are known for being over the top and gorgeous. This special day deserves luscious curls or waves, a braided crown or a romantic soft chignon. Of course, no wedding hairstyle would be complete without a tiara, rhinestone hair clips, and the veil.
If you’re the bridesmaid in an upcoming wedding, pair your dress with an equally pretty hairdo. Low ponytails with wavy tendrils, wavy half updos, and thick curly side buns are all beautiful options.
79. Weave Hairstyle
Black women opt for weaves when their hair is growing out. They are extensions that are glued in or woven into the natural hair. The most common weave hairstyle is long wavy or straight hair. Done right, hair looks healthy and natural.
80. Ombre Hair
Ombre involves bleaching the hair at ends to paint in color for a blend of two or more colors. Brown or black hair with a light shade of blonde is neutral while brighter colors like purple and pink look beautiful against blonde hair. This technique is seen on all hair types.
Balayage involves painting highlights on the hair to create a subtle change in color from dark to light. The result is sun-kissed locks that look natural. To get a balayage hairstyle, you can expect to pay at least $100. The color will last between three and fourth months.
82. Hair Highlights
Highlights involve bleaching sections of the hair. In some hairstyles, there are only a few highlights added and mostly near the face to brighten it up. For others, an even placing is added.
The most common color of highlight is blonde, especially for dark hair, but rainbow colors can be experimented with as well.
A shaggy hairstyle is easily recognized by its choppy ends and layers that create somewhat messy texture. This type of hairstyle is versatile, suiting both thin and thick hair and even curly hair. To round out the style, choppy curtain bangs can be added.
By shaving the underlayer of hair, this adds an undercut. On long hair, this detail gives the hairstyle a bit of an edge. You can still wear your hair down at work while holding a secret underneath, but pulling it into a ponytail shows it off.
85. Women’s Fade
A fade is when the hair is shaved on one or both sides of the head. The shave can be close to the scalp or just a few centimeters long. A fade is edgy and can be colored or left plain.
Mohawks feature one main strip of hair thick with texture, whether it’s curls or a loose braid, and the sides are smooth to emphasize the middle.
87. Side Part Hairstyle
Simple styles such as the side part work great when you don’t have much time to spend on hair in the morning. The part is centered in the middle of the left or right eyebrow which creates heavy volume.
88. Middle Part Hair
A middle part may look simple but that’s what makes it a classic. It makes an even distribution of hair on both sides and looks great on any face shape.
89. Permed Hair
Permed hair was most popular in the 80s and 90s but is now a go-to for women wanting volume or texture. Perms create gorgeous tight curls that last for six months.
90. Layered Hair
Layered hair is when the hair is separated in three or four sections and cut to different lengths. The benefits are face-framing and feathered sections that billow out. Afro hair can also benefit with resulting shapely style instead of a rounded look.