Think modern classics, warm undertones, and punchy hits of color.
Wondering what hair color trends will be big in 2021? Switching up your hair color is a great way to signal new beginnings, and after a year like 2020, we’re welcoming this type of change with open arms. While lockdowns may impact your ability to book your usual color appointment, the good news is you have ample amounts time to dream up your next hair color while you wait. Whether it’s enhancing your natural shade or going for a complete color overhaul, there’s a way to keep it fresh and current in the new year. We spoke with Canadian hair experts to get their top color predictions for 2021. Here’s what they had to say.
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1. All Red Everything
All shades of red hair have been making a huge comeback lately. Case in point: Kylie Jenner’s Ariel moment, which made major waves on Instagram this month – and the survey says it will be one of the biggest hair color trends in 2021. “I think it’s the number one hair color trend we will see next year,” says Jason Lee, expert colorist and owner of Jason Lee Salon in uptown Toronto. “Auburn’s and ginger tones, like cinnamon, will be really popular,” he adds, noting deep red velvet hues, as spotted on Lizzo and Keke Palmer, will also make an appearance.
Victoria Hunter, a color specialist at Toronto’s We Are Hair Studio, agrees. “Copper has slowly been making a comeback and I personally think it should take the stage in 2021,” she says, referencing Anya Taylor-Joy’s striking signature hue as Beth Harmon in The Queen’s Gambit. Keep in mind, that red tends to fade quickly, so consider incorporating an at-home color mask or toning treatment, like Overtone’s Red Color Conditioner (used to create Zendaya’s unforgettable 2019 auburn Emmys look), into your hair routine to extend its life.
2. Lived-in Blonde
Natural-looking, low-maintenance shades of blonde will continue to be in high demand, according to David D’Amours, owner of Privé by David D’Amours in Montreal. “Warm undertones, like sandy golden highlights, make the hair look healthy and shiny,” he says, adding that maintaining color with nourishing products – like the new Kérastase Blond Absolu Cicaextreme line launching in February 2021 – is key to eliminating brassiness and nailing the St.Tropez-esque sunlit effect.
“Whether it be a strong pop of color around the face, or baby lights blending in a previous balayage using softer tones like neutral beige and warm honey, we’re finally moving away from platinum, high-maintenance blondes and focusing on enhancing softer tones that compliment the client’s skin tone and eye color,” says Hunter. “Deeper and darker blondes also feel very 2021,” says Lee. Think Jennifer Lopez and Chrissy Teigen, who both favor this subtle take on golden blonde.
3. Solid Colour
Picture Emily in Paris star Lily Collins’ chocolate brown S-waves and you’ll get this trend. “After a year of feeling frumpy and not getting dressed up, a clean and classic hair color will be very popular,” says Lee. Other celebs that have embraced solid color recently include Meghan Thee Stallion, RiRi, and Dua Lipa, whose chunky highlights practically defined 2020. “What I love about Dua is that she wasn’t afraid to switch back to dark brown,” says D’Amours.
4. Subtle Balayage
“We will continue to see balayage but instead of these big, chunky balayage that we’ve seen throughout 2020, it’ll be more natural; think Alessandra Ambrosio,” says Lee. “While a pop in the front is still so much fun, the idea of that super strong money piece is a trend I think we’ll look back on and cringe at in 20 years.” So how are we updating it? “Tame down that money piece and add subtle, very fine baby lights in the front area to keep things softer and more natural.” And if you, like many others, have rediscovered your original hair color during the lockdown, and want to elevate your natural shade, D’Amours suggests incorporating a warm balayage, like adding hazelnut brown highlights to dark brunette hair, to add a barely-there hint of dimension.
5. Peek-a-Boo Colour Blocking
Ultra-vivid peek-a-boo highlights will be the under-the-radar color trend for 2021, according to Lee. “We’re seeing the under half of the hair being a totally different color than the top, and we’re also seeing blocks of color throughout the hair that is visible when the hair is pulled up,” as spotted on Lourdes Leon in recent Juicy Couture ads. And of course, when we’re talking peek-a-boo color, we have to mention Tik Tok’s most-followed creators, Charli D’Amelio, and her sister, Dixie D’Amelio. “The two social media star sisters have a cool raw fashion sense that really appeals to the youth of today. I think we’re going to see a lot of color blocking in the way that they both have done recently.”
6. Signature Shades
Up-and-coming celebrities are leading the pack when it comes to adopting statement colors that end up becoming major trends. “Some celebrities have the ability to intertwine their hair as part of their status,” says Lee. “One of my favorite male models is Evan Mock and his iconic pink hair is going to inspire so many people.” Blackpink’s Rosé also comes to mind: “Rosé definitely has that star quality. Whether it’s a subtle hue of pink or golden rose, she always keeps her hair as a big part of her personality.”
Keep an eye out for Gossip Girl reboot star Emily Alyn Lind, whose dimensional chunky blonde highlights were done by NYC colorist Nikki Ferrara and have garnered plenty of attention on the ‘gram. “I love that we get our inspiration from social media,” says D’Amours. “It’s accessible, and it’s the best way to visualize yourself with a new color. It’s why people are daring to do something different,” he says. “And I think this is the biggest trend for 2021: It’s to be daring and to try different things.” We’ll toast to that.
Source by fashionmagazine.com