With a new year – and a new decade – on the horizon, you might be thinking it’s time to shake things up, and what better way than a hot new hair color? If you’re looking for #hairspiration, we’ve got the inside scoop from a top colorist on the trends that are on the rise.
“2020 is going to be all about subtle but statement-making color that doesn’t mess around,” says Katie Hale, head of color at Charles Worthington salons. “We’re looking at fresh, fuss-free hues that mean business. It’s time to embrace washes of color that require little maintenance, but still pack a punch.”
While hues vary from natural-looking blondes and browns to statement brights, she says it’s not about adhering strictly to a one-shade-fits-all idea these days. “There are no rules here. It’s about experimenting and unleashing your inner creative. Whether it’s spring, summer, fall, or winter, there is a shade for all seasons.” Here are Hale’s predictions for the color trends that will be big in 2020.
When it comes to blonde hair, it’s all about wearable shades that combine a variety of tones. “Smoky gold combines cool and warm tones together in your color palette, complementing every skin tone and working on both blondes and brunettes,” Hale says.
“Wearable shades like golden blonde and subtle soft highlights make for easy upkeep and are the perfect answer for those who don’t want to go too bold. Alternatively, slightly moodier caramel hues add a multidimensional depth to hair, adding volume and texture, and giving our hair a lift in a subtle but noticeable way.”
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“If you’re looking to go to the dark side, rich mahogany is one answer,” suggests Hale. “Those who want less commitment should choose cinnamon and hazel tones, both a great way to introduce a little color to your locks. When it comes to balayaged brunettes with light blonde ends, opt for warmer richer reflects.”
“Roots are back in,” says Hale, but that doesn’t mean just leaving your hair to grow out so you end up with a thick band of color – they’re part of the salon process. “Get smudged out, blended roots for a natural and easily maintainable look,” she recommends.
“For those of us who are ready to go big or need a color refresh, punchy copper reds and warm gingery hues add vibrancy to our look – especially after winter weather has left our hair looking flat and dull,” says Hale. A glossy auburn shade will breathe life back into lackluster locks.
“Watch out for blue,” Hale says. “Being Pantone’s Color of the Year 2020, this will most definitely make an appearance.” Pantone’s ‘Classic Blue’ isn’t the only option, however. “Whether you’re suited to icy blue hues, statement denim blue, or a glossy blue-black, there is a look for everyone.”