Unnatural color is queen this year.

By Taylyn Washington-Harmon
December 21, 2020
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2021 will be a year of renewal—so why not make your debut in January with a fresh new hair color? We asked top hairstylists what colors will be hot for the new year and the best hairstyles to work them into.

Smoky blue

Oliver Adams, Clairol professional and Wella Colorcharm top artist, says smokey hues are in for 2021. "Keep the fun and exotic hair color trend going [from 2021] but to ashier, smoky tones like charcoal and blue," Adams tells Health. This look works best with wavy hair, bringing out subtle dimension and color that doesn't overpower.

Metallic gold

Master hairstylist Frédéric Fekkai is loving metallic gold for 2021, especially fo curly girls and guys. He tells Health the color will warm up the face and make curl definition pop. A little blond, a little red, a little glossy—talk to your stylist about the best shade that works with your skin tone.

Wine red highlights

Wine lovers, rejoice: Full-bodied red is on trend for 2021. Adams is obsessed with "rich sultry reds, such as black cherry and merlot, with burgundy hints." Whether you're a natural redhead or a brunette looking to experiment, "the reds will definitely be bringing sexy back!" says Adams.

Platinum blonde

Fekkai encourages those with short hair to play around with platinum blonde this coming year. This classic cool girl color truly never goes out of style, and it's a fun way to play up any strands of silver hair you might decide you don't want to see. Fun accessories like clips and headbands can spice up the look. For those with longer hair, Adams recommends a mix of babylights and balayage to keep your platinum blonde low-maintenance.

Pastel lavender

Less natural than its platinum blonde counterpart, Fekkai urges anyone who's feeling bold to go with pastel purple. Fresh, feminine, and a little punk, lavender hair has a subtle factor that softens your features and turns heads, especially with a well-crafted pixie.

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