Join Us in Reliving the Best (and Worst) Hair Moments of 2020

Let's review 2020's great hair days and say goodbye to the hair nays.

There’s no doubt about it, 2020 was one of the strangest and toughest years we’ve seen in awhile. With quarantine and social-distancing taking over the standard of everyday life, we inevitably saw a lot of changes in self-care, hair care, and fashion trends. As the year is rapidly coming to a close, we’re taking the time to reflect on the best and worst hair moments of 2020. There were trends we can’t wait to take into 2021, and then a few other trends we hope we can leave behind, for good. Check out our top six best and worst moments.

Top 3 Hair Yays

1. The House of Representatives Passed the CROWN Act

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The CROWN Act is one step closer to becoming law. Photo credit: Arianna Sharfman

By far our favorite hair moment of 2020 was back in September when the House of Representatives passed the CROWN Act and sent it along to the Senate. The CROWN Act campaign is led by the CROWN Coalition, founded by Dove, to create a law that prohibits race-related hair discrimination. Having this bill passed by the House of Representatives gets us one step closer to making hair discrimination illegal in all 50 states!

2. Everyone Focused on Hair Care

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Let’s hear it for air-drying or heat-styling!

As many people stayed at home and social distancing for most of the year, the desire to style hair pretty much disappeared. That being said, many took advantage of this time away from the public eye to give their strands a much-needed reset. Instead of going all-in with hot tools and over-styling, hair care and air-drying became the new fad.

Some of our favorite products to use were hair oils, leave-in conditioners, and masks. Everyone had plenty of time to let nourishing ingredients soak in their hair, and it shows! Here are some of our faves from 2020:

Hair oil for frizzy hair: Nexxus Clean & Pure Nourishing Detox 5-in-1 Invisible Hair Oil

Oil-based leave-in for natural hair: SheaMoisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Leave-In Treatment

Hair mask for dry strands: Bed Head by TIGI Recovery Treatment Mask

Hair mask for natural hair: Dove Amplified Textures Moisture Spa Recovery Mask

3. Hair Accessories Took Center Stage

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We love a good blinged-out sassy hair clip. Photo credit: Craig Alexander

One of our favorite hair moments of 2020 was seeing all of the amazing and bold hair accessories. From blinged-out hair clips to bold headbands and industrial-inspired chains and rings, this was definitely the year of the statement hair accessory. This is a trend we can’t wait to continue in 2021.

Top 3 Hair Nays:

1. Many *Attempted* Cutting Bangs at Home

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beautiful young woman cutting her own bangs isolated on white background

Practicing social distancing became an issue when everyone got the itch for a major hairstyle change. Many attempted the twist and cut technique that went viral on social media to create a fashionable bang style. Unfortunately, many fell victim to having no idea what they were doing and ended up with some pretty uneven and cringe-worthy bangs. We hope by now these fails are on their way to growing out!

2. At-Home Bleaching

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Many failed at re-creating this popular E-girl hair trend. Photo credit: @sydneydlcruz

Along with attempting haircuts at home, bleaching to achieve the ultimate E-Girl look, like the one above, became a trend. Sadly, not everyone fully understood the potential risks of bleaching alone. For those who left the bleach on for too long, breakage and extreme damage were inevitable—and many of these fails were caught on video! Lesson learned: leave this to the pros!

For those who bleached their hair at home or a salon, we highly recommend a hair mask for colored strands. Our fave this year was Nexxus Color Assure Long Lasting Vibrancy Deep Moisture Masque.

3. Scalp Popping

By far one of the most disturbing hair trends that blew up on TikTok was scalp popping. Scalp popping involves pulling on a section of hair hard and fast, thus allowing you to “pop” your scalp and relieve tension and headaches. While this technique sounds satisfying, it really shouldn’t be attempted as it can cause you to tear skin tissue and even lose chunks of hair!

Thanks for joining us as we relived the best and worst hair moments of 2020. While getting through this year is truly something to be proud of, we must admit we are happy to ring in 2021!

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