Before we admire what’s up and coming, let’s throwback to the hair color trends of 2020. In the blonde camp, it was all about golden, caramel and honeyed hues that radiated richness. The need for low-maintenance styles post-lockdown made balayage the go-to technique – once again. But these freehand highlights weren’t just for blondes, as the rise in brunette balayage proved.
Speaking of brunettes, chocolate brown hair color was one of last autumn’s must-have trends, along with chestnut brown, cool-toned ash brown and red brown hues. (Think mahogany, copper and auburn.) On the bolder side, peacock hair and half and half hair color packed a pigmented punch. But, with quarantines keeping clients out of the salon, requests for natural-looking corrections were high when doors reopened, too.
There were clients who chose to undergo gray coverage services – like a root touch-up – and those who opted to embrace their grays, or book in for a root-to-tip silver. If you’re a colorist, you probably spent much of last year’s in-salon time fixing brassy hair and home dye jobs. But that didn’t stop your creativity from flowing – and you’ll be flexing it once again this year.