These are the biggest hair trends for spring 2021

Natalie Cornish
·2-min read
Photo credit: Charles Worthington
Photo credit: Charles Worthington

From Red Online

Hairdressers may be closed across the UK right now, but that doesn't mean we have to hold back on planning a hair transformation once spring comes around and lockdown hopefully lifts.

While autumn/winter was all about going shorter (our hair was in desperate need of a good trim after the first lockdown), adding a fringe and experimenting with shades of pink and red, spring signals a shift towards lighter, brighter blondes and grown-out fringes.

Charles Worthington Salons' Head of Colour, Katie Hale, shares her hair trend predictions for spring 2021 with Red...

Grown-out fringes

Celebrities such as Alicia Keys, Stacey Dooley, Michelle Keegan and Priyanka Chopra led the charge when it came to winter's biggest trend: the fringe. For spring, Katie thinks we'll be opting for a more relaxed 'grown-out fringe' – as worn by Daisy Edgar-Jones – than a blunt cut.

'Bangs, or a curtain fringe, can suit anyone as it can be modified to suit any face shape!
It brings style to any scraped-back bun and if you're late to a zoom meeting simply just wash your bangs, style and no one will ever know!', she says.

Icy blonde

Photo credit: Charles Worthington
Photo credit: Charles Worthington

We'll want to hit refresh on our colour and feel reinvigorated for spring, Katy predicts. Cool blonde tones, like ashy and pearl blondes, will do just that.

In fact, she says her clients were already requesting 'icy hair for the icy weather' as salons shuttered in line with the latest government restrictions.


With lots of uncertainty around salons staying open, lots of us were after low-maintenance colour for autumn that could withstand a few extra months without professional touch-ups if necessary. That's where 'bronde' came in. A natural-looking blend of brunette and blonde, bronde grows out evenly without obvious roots – and is still a big trend for spring.

Katy explains how it's done: 'We keep your ends lighter but add subtle baby highlights throughout, giving a "sombre" effect to the hair. A root smudge/shadow root toner is applied a few shades darker than the ends to add texture and dimension.'

Celebrating hair in its natural form

Photo credit: Charles Worthington
Photo credit: Charles Worthington

With nowhere to go, our hair straighteners, wands and hair dryers took a bit of a backseat last year as we embraced natural texture and a relaxed approach to styling.

Katy predicts that this will continue for spring as we 'let hair air dry and enhance the beauty of curls, coils and waves'.

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