A new decade is the ultimate excuse to make a hair colour change, whether you want to do something super subtle or jaw-droppingly dramatic. We turned to Stephanie Brown, Master Colourist at IGK Salon SoHo to find out just what hues will be among 2020’s biggest hair trends, from new takes on blonde to bold blue. Scroll on for the top looks to expect, but be warned: You might just be inspired to book an appointment with your colourist when you’re done.
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Despite the name, this look has nothing to do with Robert Pattinson—but rather, Selena Gomez. “It’s a mix of babylights and ombré highlights,” explains Brown. “They should look very subtle but create a natural, dimensional look. Think a brunette with golden undertones that grows out very nicely.”
2. 2000s Two-Tone
Dua Lipa recently brought back the brunette on the bottom, blonde on top look, famously worn by Christina Aguilera in the early 2000s. “This look gives you lots of dimension and edge,” says Brown. “It’s for the adventurous person who’s not afraid to make a statement.”
3. Orchard Red
Almost a cross between brunette and red, this colour looks a little different in every light. “The neutral brown tones make this colour very wearable, but it still makes you standout,” says Brown. Look to Kendall Jenner’s much-hyped colour change at the end of 2019 at the hands of Cassondra Kaeding for inspo.
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4. Cabernet Red
We already proclaimed our love for this Zendaya-approved hue in our list of the top hair trends of 2020, so consider this a reminder. This shade of muted red is a knockout.
5. Chunkier Highlights
Imagine a “less drastic” version of the overdone highlights from the ‘90s and ‘00s, says Brown. Even better, she says the look “works really well on curlier hair,” as Jennifer Lopez demonstrates here.
6. Buttery Blonde
Roots feel less harsh against warmer undertones than, say, platinum. “I’ve been seeing blondes [like client Kate McKinnon] opting for a rooted look lately,” observes Brown. “It’s lower maintenance than single-process, and the effect is still bright.”
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7. Classic Blue
Don’t be surprised to see Pantone’s colour of the year make its way into the hair world, says Brown. Her expert tip? Use the bold hue to help transition out of platinum, while hair is still growing out. “Classic Blue is on the ashier side so it will help neutralise any gold tones you want to camouflage,” she explains.
8. Rooted Greige
Expect this 2019 trend to stay strong—and evolve. “Adding a little bit of a root to it gives it a little more edge, while still being low-maintenance,” says Brown. She adds that “because it’s a warm neutral with some ashy lighter bits, it works on most skin tones.”
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.
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