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[wash out hair color]2021 hair color trends: all the inspiration for a fresh hue | Woman & Home

  The new hair color trends of 2021 are fresh, creative, and, at times, unexpected. Looking to refresh your color or completely overhaul your look? The woman&home beauty team has grilled some of the hair industry’s top colorists and stylists to bring you a comprehensive guide to the best hair color trends 2021 has to offer.?

  After a bit of a hiatus from our hairdressers (let’s not go there, folks), 2021 is truly the year to experiment with a whole new shade or simply refresh your signature color—whether you’re a short hairstyles woman or prefer the versatility of medium length hairstyles. Because you don’t need to be a hair expert or top colorist to know that leaving the salon with freshly dyed and blow-dried hair is a feeling like no other.

  Whether you fancy copper hair, pastel hues, or want to ease yourself into embracing your natural gray, these are the hair color trends to note now.?If you’re questioning which new shade will suit you, take a look at our handy guide—what color should I dye my hair? You might also want to take a look at our guide to at-home hair dye if you’re attempting a new look at home.?

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  If last year saw you embracing your mature strands like never before, you were actually on to something. “Gray blending is going to be a movement in hair—in fact, it’s the new balayage hair,” Zo? Irwin, legendary colorist, and Wella Professionals Color Trend Expert told woman&home.?

  ”I’ve seen a massive number of women wanting their hairdressers to work with their regrowth, and gray blending uses techniques to work with gray hair, rather than cover it.

  ”Babylights and balayage can both be used to blend gray into an overall look and give it a more natural result. There are also products I use, like Wella Professionals Illumina Color, that gives a sheer result, taking the edge off the gray without hiding it totally.”

  Zo? Irwin adds that statement gray is another big trend this year, with women everywhere including Andie MacDowell and Isabel Marant embracing their natural hue.?

  ”It’s all about using your gray hair as a statement,” she continues. “This doesn’t mean that you don’t go to the hairdressers—gray hair can take on all sorts of tones that you don’t want it to and colorists are experts in making sure it’s as impactful and beautiful as possible.”

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  Not only are warm red tones seriously uplifting, but they work at just about any time of year, meaning your hair will see a smooth and seamless transition into the Fall months.

  ”We are going to see the return to a very softened?red?tone, an auburn color that’s more like a?renaissance?red,” Zo? Irwin tells us.?”It’s a softened, much more golden tone and not hyper-pigmented.?A lot of models are embracing it, as well as the fashion crowd.?

  ”This works really well with the seasonal tones and feels like something fresh and uplifting. When the copper and?red?tones become more golden-based, it makes them extremely flattering for many skin tones, so it’s a very wearable shade.”?

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  Blonde balayage will always be super popular, so it’s no surprise that our next trend is a variation on the classic painting technique. “Within balayage, the trend now is the double-hued or triple-hued blonde, where different toners are used to create multi-tonal blonde adding light, warmth, and gloss to the hair after lightening,” Zo? Irwin confirms. ?

  ”A big change is that clients may have far more of their natural roots than they would have seen before. This has led to a desire to work with their natural base more, with balayage becoming more requested than the traditional ‘to the root’ highlighting with foils method. Clients are requesting an ‘undone blonde’ and a youthful, cool vibrancy to the face.”

  She continues, “Honey and butter blondes are a huge trend for summer. Strawberry blonde and warmer tones also work really well in this method of creating double or triple hued blondes, and become far more requested as they appeal when used as a color wash on lightened pieces.”

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  We’d go out on a limb and say that copper tones will always be in fashion, especially when it comes to our hair, but it’s definitely true of 2021 hair trends. “Burgundy was big for 2020, but for summer 2021 it’s all about grown-out copper tones that are low maintenance, glossy and vibrant,” says Francesca Dixon, Creative Director at Hari’s Salon.

  “The overall look is a lot softer than traditional copper and elevated by the option to choose from warm pops of pink, peach, or yellow tones which give the result of a sunset-esque finish. This is a simple yet effective way to change your color that we’ll also see in blondes too, with beautiful strawberry tones coming through.”

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  An exciting new trend is the money piece—those “light at the front” color styles that you’re seeing everywhere. But, you don’t need to be as young as Billie Eilish or Dua Lipa to get in on this trendy style for the avoidance of doubt.

  ”As ’90s trends become more mainstream, clients are looking for the front hairlines in balayage to become much lighter and prominent, which gives a balayage a more modern feel,” Zoé Irwin explains. “Referred to in LA and New York as money-piece highlights, they give an instant update to a blonde.”?

  Although they are seen a lot in blonde hair, money piece highlights work on just about every hair color. “These bespoke techniques are important because they cannot be emulated at home; this is about craft and placement and the skill and eye of a trained hairdresser,” Zo? adds.?

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  Another hair trend we’re expecting to see a lot of is the single streak. A pop of color or bleached strand is enough to elevate an all-over color. It’s a low-maintenance look too, that can work with a multitude of shades.

  Francesca Dixon advises, “This is a simple yet effective way to change your color, that we’ll also see in blondes too, with beautiful strawberry tones coming through.”

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  Who doesn’t love nostalgia when it comes to hair and beauty? ’60s style reigns supreme decade after decade, and 2021 is set to see a resurgence of the ’60s golden blonde look. Team baby golden highlights with relaxed waves for the ultimate beachy style. This works on long hairstyles, medium hairstyles and short hairstyles equally well.?

  ”Everyone is looking for minimal, low-maintenance colour so it’s all about highlighting techniques that will blend beautifully and last,” said Francesca Dixon.

  ”The ’60s golden blonde style is a great example, as it can be recreated with lots of baby lights that are closer to one share throughout the whole hair to give the illusion of an all-over HD color—but will last longer with very subtle regrowth.”

  With all of these incredible 2021 hair color trends, you’re spoilt for choice for hair makeover ideas. We predict you’ll be calling your hairdresser in 3… 2…