Curtain Bangs, Bubble Braids and 8 Other Hair Looks We Learned from TikTok

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Whenever we need some inspiration in the beauty, fashion or food departments, TikTok is the first place we head. Whether we were trying curtain bangs or learning how to put on a full face of makeup that wouldn’t budge under a mask, the social platform has given us both the inspiration and motivation to try new looks in 2021. So if you’re ready to switch up your hair, look no further than these ten hairstyle trends we’ve learned straight from TikTok.

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1. High Pony

If you ever marveled at Ariana Grande’s signature ponytail, then watch as Audrey Victoria provides an easy tip on how to create your very own (without any extensions). All you’ll need is two hair ties and a bit of patience. The secret? You create two ponytails and bring the bottom one on top for a fuller effect.

2. The “baddie”

Move over VSCO and E-girls, the baddies (defined as a trendsetting, confident gals) are taking over 2021. This ‘90s look is making a comeback for some fun front ponytails using good ole elastics. Grab some rubber bands, a comb and turn up some iconic ‘90s hits while you’re at it.

3. Sock Curls

It’s time to put away your curling iron and try this heatless curling hack instead. Oh, and you’ll need a pair of knee-high socks (no, we’re not kidding). This TikToker wraps sections of her hair around the socks before sleeping overnight with them. The result? Loose curls that have her comment section blowing up. BTW, we recommend trying this hack on damp hair (with water and leave-in conditioner mix) and using a long, stretchy socks to get the most defined look.

4. Low Bun

No hair tie? No problem. Esta Brekelmans has solved your dilemma with a simple hack. It’s all about twisting and tucking your hair into itself. Don’t worry if it takes you a couple of replays before getting it right. After perfecting this low bun, you just might ignore your scrunchies altogether.

5. Curtain Bangs

2020 was the year of the curtain bangs, so it’s no surprise they made their way into 2021. Whether you’re considering making the cut or just aren’t sure how you’d style them, this video is sure to convince you to finally go for it. Grab a rolling brush and hairdryer for maximum volume.

6. ‘70s Layered Cut

We’re taking it back to the 70s and channeling our inner Farrah Fawcet with this TikToker, who took the plunge and recreated this classic look right at home to viral fame. The layering technique takes patience and precision (so don’t go too scissor happy). While the trim is key, it’s the curling iron and rollers combo that really makes the look really pop.

7. Bubble Braids

Bubble braids (also known as banded or plait ponytails) are upgrading your regular pigtails. They are decorated with rubber bands or hair ties to create mini fluffed sections that mimic bubbles. Whether you opt for a high pony, low pigtails or a half-up ‘do, this is a simple style to try out.

8. Space Buns

This look is out of this world (sorry, not sorry). But really, sometimes two buns are better than one, and this style is proof. All hair types can rock this in three quick steps: divide your hair into sections, wrap each section in a bun and pin down any flyaways.

9. ‘60s Flipped Ponytail

The deep side part, the flipped ponytail and the bedazzled accessories give off major ‘60s Hollywood vibes. We’ve already seen celebs like Bella Hadid and Hailey Bieber showing off this look, and now it’s resurfacing on the social platform as a 2021 trend. Get ready to gel down your side part and flip those ends with a flat iron.

10. Jumbo Braids

Whether you’re in search of a new protective style or a cute look for the summer, look no further than jumbo braids. Celebs like Tessa Thompson, Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o have all rocked (and nailed) this look. A comb, gel and your braiding skills will recreate this style right at home. And the amount of braids you add is entirely up to you.

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