The 3 Biggest Hair Trends From NYFW SS 2021


As with most events this year, New York Fashion Week looked vastly different from seasons past, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  In order to adhere to New York’s coronavirus restrictions, designers were forced to get creative in how they showcased their Spring / Summer 2021 collections. For many, this meant opting out of the traditional runway show format in favor of digital presentations and shows via the “Runway 360” online platform. Against all odds, some big names still held in-person shows outside, with socially distanced audiences of less than 50 people.

Even with all of the changes this season, we’re happy to report that the fashion week hair looks did not disappoint. From the romantic floral-adorned hair at Rodarte to the punk-inspired spiky hairstyles at Christian Cowan, this season’s presentations served up some major hair inspiration for the year ahead.

Here, see the biggest trends we spotted on the virtual runways during NYFW.

Bold Florals

Hairstylist Rachel Lee proved that florals for springtime can in fact be groundbreaking with this dreamy look that she created for Rodarte’s presentation. She decorated each model’s hair with delicate arrangements and showstopping headpieces that were made from real flowers created by L.A. florist Joseph Free. Lee created each look using GHD tools.

For Chromat’s fashion film, JOY RUN, hairstylists Ursula Stephens and Gabrielle Jeanne brought some major flower power to the show’s hair styling. According to Chromat’s instagram, the hair for the show was inspired by  beloved transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson. To create the celebratory floral crowns that were woven into the models’ hair, Stephens collaborated with the floral company, Fleurotica.

Chic Chignons

For Markarian’s virtual presentation, hairstylist Sacha Harford kept the strands super sleek. Using Mizani products, she gave all the models slicked-back, almost wet-looking hair that was pulled into a low chignon bun on the nape of the neck.

At Badgley Mischka’s presentation, the hair was modern yet timeless. Hairstylist Mideyah Parker kept the models’ hair snatched back into a low, tight updo. She used all Creme of Nature products to create each look.

Statement Hair

For Christian Cowan’s fashion film and campaign, hairstylist Evanie Frausto channeled ‘70s punk with spiky hairdos in electric shades of pink, green, and turquoise. To create these looks, he used Bumble and Bumble products.

Retro-inspired hair made an appearance during Alice + Olivia’s virtual presentation. Hairstylist Mideyah Parker created blonde, wet-looking finger waves that referenced the 1920s using Dyson Hair tools.

What was your favorite hair trend from NYFW? Let us know in the comments below!

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Camille Nzengung

Camille Nzengung is a Features Editor at The Tease, where she covers all things hair. You can find her writing about the best hair products, the coolest hair trends, and all the exciting new hair launches.


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