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Feathered Hair Is In Again: How To Get The Retro Look

Feathered hair is one of the hottest trends in 2021. Read on to discover how to make feathered hair work for you—and what you need to know before committing to a feathered haircut.

In fashion and beauty, what’s old is always new again. A trend that made waves decades ago will often be revisited years later. When it comes to vintage trends popular in 2021, we’re seeing ‘70s fashion make a return in a major way. From bell bottom jeans to bell-sleeved blouses to clog sandals, you can’t walk down the street without seeing a ‘70s-inspired ensemble. ‘70s hair is also making a huge comeback, with feathered hair making its modern return in salons across the country.

Thankfully, the 2021 version of this layered, voluminous style doesn’t require a whole can of hairspray. Today’s feathered hair is really just a fresh take on short layers. Before you head to the salon for a new look, keep reading to learn the ins and outs of getting and styling a feathered haircut. 

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What is feathered hair?

You might have noticed a major trend going around on TikTok this year, showing women getting “the haircut.” The haircut features choppy, feathery layers all around with face-framing pieces and light, airy body. That’s feathered hair. 

There are two ways to think about feathered hair: as a cut and a style. When it comes to the ‘70s cut, inspired by hair icons from the time, feathered hair is all about creating layers all over your head that give your mane natural volume and texture. If you tried long layers in the past and weren’t impressed with your flat roots, it may be time to consider lighter layers that won’t get weighed down.

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Is feathered hair back in style for 2021?

Yes! This effortless-looking, layered hairstyle is one of the biggest hair trends of 2021. 

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What is the difference between layered and feathered hair?

Layers are a huge part of achieving feathered hair, but it’s not the only part. Once you have 

the cut, it’s all about using the right styling techniques to create a truly retro-inspired feathered look. 

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How do you get feathered hair?

‘70s feathered hair was typically worn just past the shoulders. Modernized feathered haircuts can be worn at any length and customized to match your desired level of maintenance. If you want long feathered hair, make sure your stylist is on the same page before they begin snipping away at it. They can still create feathery layers throughout your mane without taking off much length. You can even try feathered hair extensions for a more dramatic take on the trend. 

For ladies who prefer short feathered hair, a feathered cut can add drama to an otherwise understated bob. Opt for short, shaggy layers with curtain bangs or full, straight across bangs for an ultra ‘70s vibe. 



How do you style feathered hair?

Once your layers are in place, the process of achieving a feathered hairstyle can begin. You’re aiming for bouncy, windblown texture and a slight curl away from your face. At your hair appointment, your stylist will likely use a round brush and a concentrator nozzle on a blow dryer to ensure that hair looks big and beautiful. 

When styling feathered hair at home, you may not have the dexterity to hit every angle of your head the way a professional could. Instead, coat your freshly washed and towel-dried mane with a heat protectant like Redken Quick Blowout Heat Protecting Blowdry Spray. If you have fine hair that struggles to maintain volume, you can also prep your hair with a few spritzes of Redken Volume Maximizer Thickening Spray. 

Rough dry your hair (we always like to use the lowest heat setting possible), then add some texture with a product like L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Next Day Hair Dry Finishing Spray to hold disheveled, tousled looks. Aim for height at your crown and the sides of your face.

Once you’ve pumped up the volume, plug in a curling iron or wand and focus on the ends of your layers, giving them each a little flip away from your face. Finish off the style with a few spritzes of hairspray like Matrix Style Link Style Fixer Finishing Hairspray. 


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Is feathered hair high maintenance? 

Your maintenance routine will depend on the feathered haircut you choose. A shorter, choppier cut may require a bit more upkeep than one with more uniformed layers. No matter what feathered haircut you choose, however, you should head to the salon for a trim every six to 10 weeks to keep your layers shaped, and free of split ends. We also recommend using a hair treatment like Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Split Ends Hair Treatment to prevent breakage and split ends between salon appointments. 

Interested in trying feathered hair? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.

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