As we enter the New Year, there’s a renewed energy in the air. It’s refreshing in many ways, including its jump-start on our fashion and beauty choices. And no matter what’s going on outside, there’s one category that always feels necessary to update: hair accessories.
Now that you’ve edited your closet and made the appropriate nips and tucks to suit the new normal of 2021, it’s time to do the same with the hair accessories that will lend a hand in bringing those looks to life—even if only for Zoom calls. From ultra-embellished headbands to a daintier take on a classic ’90s trend, these are the pieces fashion girls already can’t stop wearing. Keep scrolling to check out the new crop of hair accessories you’ll want to add to your collection in 2021.
Oversize scrunchies have been trending for a while, but it’s the cloud-like organza ones that are taking center stage in the New Year. We love the ultra-sheer ones that are all but transparent, but shinier varieties that are a tad more opaque are also topping the list of must-haves this year. I don’t know who needs to hear this, but faux fur isn’t reserved for winter anymore, especially when it comes to one of the coolest, most ’90s-inspired accessories on the scene—furry bucket hats. This one needs little to no explanation because, well, just look at what an impact this kind of cap can have on an outfit. Gone are the days of keeping wide headbands on deck just for athletic activities and facials. Fashion girls have officially promoted the accessory to ensemble component, and we’re not mad about it. Thelma and Louise would be proud to see this trend popping back up. Though the old-school gals used soft scarves to protect their hair while riding top-down on the highway, it looks like the fashion girlies have co-opted the look for purely sartorial purposes. It’s cute, too. It seems like every year some sort of beaded hair accessory makes its way into the running for most popular, and this year, it’s beaded headbands. We love the intricate animal-print detailing, but other themes like the cosmos and rainbow hues are just as cool. From Solange Knowles to Megan Thee Stallion, the girls have been bringing cowgirl chic to the forefront for some time now. We’ve seen similar hats in the past, but these particular wide-brimmed versions are decidedly Western. Yeehaw. There’s nothing like a good headband to really bring an outfit together, and braided ones are so chic. They’re soft and elegant and are the perfect addition, regardless of hair type. We’re into these in a major way. The year 1997 called, and she wants her most beloved hair accessory back. But unfortunately, we’re currently in a torrid entanglement with these teeny-tiny jaw clips that can be arranged at the base of front twists à la Topanga Lawrence or strewn throughout the hair with reckless abandon. The clips just keep getting bigger, don’t they? This year, they’re supersize and adorned with pretty embellishments like rhinestones and pearls. Claw clips have been bubbling since the 2018 runway shows, but the quintessentially ’90s trend has been distilled into a more refined look to fit 2021. Nowadays, you can expect to see more dainty takes on claw clips with delicate details and in pretty golden finishes. Clips will never not be in style, but the volume at which we wear them seems to change with the wind. This year, it looks like we’re wearing all of the clips, all at once. Maybe it’s a result of not being able to sport our beloved accessories IRL, but either way, this is a look we can get behind. Up next, Hairstylists Predict These Will Be the 10 Biggest Hair Trends of 2021