What Hair Color is Trending in 2021?

In the year 2020, natural hair color shades reigned supreme as COVID-19 ravaged the US and many other countries. But in just a few short months, the year 2021 has gifted us a ton of cool, new hair color trends. In this article, we’ll fill you in on the current hair color trends of 2021. 

Pastel Pink Hair 

Pastel pink hair is one of the boldest hair color trends of 2021. Influential celebrities like Demi Lovato and Lana Condor flaunt the dreamy color, encouraging fans to follow suit. 

Try the look: To get pastel pink hair, you’ll need to lighten your hair to a light blonde and then add a pastel pink direct dye on top of your pre-lightened hair. 

Multi-Toned Hair

2021 is all about accessing and showcasing your individuality, and multi-tone hair color is one of the best ways to do it. Celebrity supermodel Bella Hadid showcased multitoned money pieces in January, giving the trend new life.

Try the look: Choose any hair color you want to give your look an edge. A raging red or rich blue shade may be precisely what you need to elevate your wardrobe and overall look. But if you’re feeling adventurous, you don’t have to stop at one color. Take it over the top with variations of reds and oranges or greens and blues. The only limit is your imagination. 

Ombre Hair

Ombre hair is the trend that will never end. Celebrities and everyday people from all walks of life love a good ombre. Some of the biggest stars, like Beyonce, Serena Williams, and even Michelle Obama, rock the look. It’s all in the gradient. 

Try the look: Ombre is one of the most challenging hair color techniques to execute. If you’re not well-versed in the art of coloring hair, we recommend that you leave ombre hair transformations to trained stylists. However, if you’re thinking about DIYing an ombre look, our advice is to go subtle.

Red Hair

This year, red hair continues to be a leading trend. Sarah Hyland and Shakira revealed gorgeous red locks this year, and we are living for it! 

Try the look: If you want to take the plunge and go red, there’s no better time than now. Lighten your hair up with bleach or an alternative lightener, and then apply your chosen red hue over it. 

Put Your Hair’s Health First

Color damage is one of the leading causes of hair damage and breakage, so we have to pay special attention to our hair’s health as we color it. Here are some tips you can use to preserve your hair’s health: 

  • Keep your hair moisturized. Condition your hair well after every wash and apply a daily moisturizing leave-in conditioner to keep your hair from drying out. 
  • Don’t go too light in a single coloring session. The lighter you go in one session, the higher the chances of color damage. 
  • Follow processing instructions. If you’ll be coloring your hair at home, make sure you follow the included hair color instructions to prevent hair color disasters. 

We hope that this article gives you some inspiration for your next big hair color transformation.

Author: Andrea Reyes

Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of NaturallyTextured.com, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement. 

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