New York Fashion Week went virtual this year, but that didn’t stop designers from presenting their latest innovations for next season, complete with some stunning hair looks. From brands like Oribe to Bumble & Bumble, the industry’s best hairstylists kicked off fashion month armed with personal protective equipment and lots of hairspray, ready to make models runway ready—or in this case, camera-ready.
Ahead the best hair trends for Spring 2021.
Cinq à Sept
To compliment the romance and femininity of Cinq à Sept’s collection, Oribe educator Mandee Tauber created effortless tousled waves with a large barrel curling iron. First, she prepped the hair with Oribe’s Mystifying Restyling Spray, then blow dried using a flat brush.
A few inches from the root, Tauber curled 2-inch sections with a 1 1/2 barrel curling iron, making an S-wave pattern. Finishing off the look, she applied Dry Texturizing Spray to tousle the waves Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray to set.
In one of the few live shows of NYFW, Christian Siriano presented his Spring 2021 collection at his home in Connecticut. The hair look was a polished take on messy buns—or as Sebastian Professional artist Anthony Cole calls them, “abstract buns.” To get the abstract look, Cole prepped the hair with Craft Clay before separating it into two ponytails. Twisting the hair in a upwards motion, Cole pinned the bun periodically and used Shaper Fierce hair spray to lock in the hold.
For Christian Cowan’s 70s inspired collection, Bumble and Bumble hair lead Evanie Frausto referred to history. “At face value, you see a lot of 70s punk-glamour, but the foundation is a lot deeper than that,” Frausto said in a release. “We’re living through a historical movement, and people are no longer being silenced. They’re speaking up and being loud—and this hair is speaking the same language. So, there’s nothing subtle—it’s bold and loud and in your face; colorful and glittery with big, spikey moments. The vital part was to make sure each talent had their moment to shine and felt empowered in their own skin.”
Editorial hairstylist Rachel Lee created two looks for Kate and Laura Mulleavy: Romantic soft waves and a chic chignon. “The hair this season was about organic feminine strength,” Lee said in a release. “The wave and texture was created with the idea that softness is powerful. Allowing elements of nature to alter the looks throughout the day; a texture that sun can shine through and move freely with the wind and layers that can become one with florals.”
For Rebecca Minkoff’s Spring 2021 show, the designer requested a “cool, Parisian girl vibe,”—a style regularly served up by celebrity hairstylist Ryan Trygstad at Mark Ryan Salon. “[Rebecca] wanted the hair to feel lived-in, ‘bedroomy’ hair,” Trygstad said in a release. “She called for texture and natural finishes without visible product.” To create texture, Trygstad used 1/4 inch and 1 inch curling irons and a flat iron, before setting the hair with Shu Uemura’s Kaze Wave Mousse and Wata Wave Spray.