This article comes from Bustle.
In 2020, people turned to low-maintenance hair colors and cuts during the quarantine. Now that the new year is here, there are plenty of opportunities for switching up your ‘do.
Ready to start adding some gorgeous dye inspo to your Pinterest board? Here are the 15 super-chic hair color trends of 2021:
It feels healthy, sultry, and rich and doesn’t require too much maintenance. This color is best for natural brunettes. The universal rule is to stay within four shades of your natural color. Going any darker than that can look harsh and inky. Use a toner every so often, and incorporate nourishing hair products to help the color last and stay shiny.
As far as highlights go, brown tones will be in for 2021. Warm, rich tones [that are] just a bit lighter than a natural brown base is such a beautiful and healthier way to lighten up your look. It works on brunettes of all shades, as there are so many beautiful shades of brown and dark blonde hair that create dimension.
Many celebs rocked pink hair in 2020, including Kaia Gerber, Julianne Hough, even Ricky Martin, and the shade is looking like it’s here to stay. Baby pink is a huge trend right now. Keep your color fresh by washing your hair less to avoid color fade.
Ironically, gray hair can make you look younger and fresher, though consult your colorist to make sure you go with a shade that doesn’t wash your skin out. It’ll also be on-trend to rock your natural grays.
For a lower-maintenance highlight, the balayage will be returning this year. It requires less upkeep than traditional highlights. Specifically, copper, caramel, cinnamon spice, chocolate brown, golden blonde, pearl blonde, and honey blonde as on-trend shades.
While more natural forms of balayage are trending, platinum gray iterations as a must-try shade this year. This icy platinum look has been worn on celebs like Lady Gaga and [it] is turning heads. If you’re not ready to go platinum, opt for a silver lilac, which softens the shade but still gives the icy chic look of this trend.
This year is all about a coppery-ginger hue, which is perfect on fair and golden skin tones. If you naturally have freckles, then this coloring is especially flattering.
Bronde foliage will be a big 2021 color trend, which is a middle-of-the-road blend of blonde and brunette hues. Mixing highlights and mid-lights creates this multi-dimensional shade of warm sandy and cool beige tones that are perfect for someone who wants to keep a beach vibe year-round.
Reds are definitely one of the biggest color trends of 2021, and there are plenty of variations to pick from. One that’ll be popular this year? A rouge hue is an it-color that’s become popular after actor Anya Taylor Joy rocked it in Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit. It’s a true red, meaning it’s deeper than a copper-red but lighter than auburn.
If you’re looking for something fun and edgy in 2021, bring on the pastels with balayage. Lighter shades like baby pinks and blues are a great way to play with fashion colors without having to do a full bleach on your hair.
Another on-trend blonde shade worth trying? Look to honey blonde. This is an easier color to maintain as warm tones tend to fade less compared to cooler and icy blondes. The warmth in the shade reflects light, which will make the hair appear shinier and healthier. The color is particularly flattering on those with yellow, golden, or dark skin tones.
Another take on red that’s slated to be popular this year: deep red, which is highly customizable. This is a darker, bolder option than the coppery ginger and rouge tones. Wearing curls with your deep red strands is an exciting statement look.
Solid-lites — aka the chunky, boldly-colored highlights that were big in the ’90s — are staying in place this year. It’s up to you how thick and light your dyed pieces are, so you can choose to be more subtle or daring.
These highlights are more natural and less chunky, and blend with the rest of your highlighted or balyaged hair for just a pop of brightness. You can get this look with balayage or weaved foil highlights for a more sophisticated and timeless version of color-blocked highlights that will grow out and last longer.
Cartwright predicts that more lived-in blondes will be trending this year. This look will stay popular because it allows blondes to go longer in between appointments. It’s an ideal pick if you prefer more natural looks and don’t mind your roots showing at the top.
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