A woman’s hair is her crowning glory. Aside from improving her overall appearance, a gorgeous set of locks can give her a confidence boost to help her achieve great things. For this reason and more, it is important that you take the time to take care of your hair and glam it up a little bit on occasion.
Although no single hairstyle can serve this purpose for every woman in the world, trying out the trendiest hair colors is an excellent way to start. From faded pastel to more natural-looking blondes and greys, your hair color can double as a fashion statement as well as fuel for elevated self-esteem.
Here are 10 of the trendiest hair color styles in 2021 that professional hairstylists found to be popular among their clientele:
1. Nude Blonde
A combination of warm and ash blonde, the nude blonde is a great choice for people who want a more natural hue for their hair. It is a hair color that you would absolutely love to have, especially amidst cold and cloudy weather. Without constant exposure to UV rays, this type of hair color can retain its warm honey hue throughout the season.
2. Faded Pastel
Pastel is all the rage in 2021. In fact, different variations of this type of hair color have emerged in this year alone, with the faded pastel reigning supreme.
Characterized by a wash of color instead of a saturated pastel hue, the faded pastel casts just the right amount of limelight to its wearer. This is a perfect choice for people who want to shed their cocoon gradually and come out as a more confident version of themselves.
3. The Mallen Streak
Inspired by a hair condition called “poliosis” where a section of natural white or grey strands grows amidst dark colored hair, the Mallen streak has gained popularity among women of all ages because of its fabulous aesthetic.
A section of the hair is bleached to achieve this bold, light-hued stripe. The rest is then colored (or maintained, for brunettes) with a dark hue for a beautiful contrasting appearance. The streak is usually placed along the front portion of the hair where it effectively frames and emphasizes the wearer’s face.
4. Texture Paint
In this modern age, more and more women have started to embrace their individuality and acknowledge their natural beauty. This is the very reason why free-hand highlighting was able to make a significant comeback in 2021.
Instead of using the traditional highlighting technique with the use of foils, salons are diverting to this textured painting technique to enhance the aesthetics of natural curls by emphasizing its shadows and coils.
5. Coral Copper
From bright red to the subtler pastel highlights, scarlet hair colors remain a popular choice for women in 2021. In fact, coppery tones have been developed to be more “summer-friendly” as hair stylists start using lighter shades of the vibrant first color of the rainbow on their latest projects.
This shade of red offers room for you to play with styling your hair through highlighting or layering with more colors as it fades.
6. Pastel Balayage
People who aren’t fully committed to sporting a vivid shade have grown in number, which explains why the balayage hair coloring technique has also developed into a global beauty trend.
Pastel balayage is a popular choice for people who want to play around with their hair color but want to retain a certain level of detachment. However, this hairstyle requires a bit more maintenance than others, so it is important to use acid-based shampoo to make its beauty last longer.
7. Amber Slate
While it is true that no single hairstyle is a perfect match for all face types, there is one hair color that can provide a universally flattering effect on all skin tones: the amber slate. This hair color is made out of a unique combination of warm and cool tones. It is the modern, futuristic version of the classic honey blonde, mixing up the warmth of strawberry blonde with the slightly metallic coolness of ice blonde.
8. Shadow Roots
Ever tried having to deal with those darker roots after growing out your previously light-toned hair? Did you know that you can leave it as it is and still look trendy in 2021?
Intentional or not, shadow roots are becoming a popular style among women. To rock this style, you can choose to have your locks colored a deeper tone along the roots or maintain your natural hair color, if you already have dark natural hair. After that, simply have your colorist add a touch of warm highlights to liven up your look and provide contrast with the dark-colored roots.
Shades with a reflective sheen called opal are also becoming famous among stylists and hair color enthusiasts alike. This pearlescent hair color covers a vast variety of hues, ranging from silvery grey to a cool ice blonde.
10. Going Grey
“Going grey” is a trend that began in 2018 and continues through 2021, paving the way for more young women to sport a hair color that you would initially only expect in older individuals. This trend made more women embrace their natural hair color, with some even adding a few finishing touches to make it their own.
Grey hair also comes in different kinds – from a full head of shiny platinum locks to a balayage of ash grey hair and dark shadow roots.
Care for Your Hair
Aside from having a trendy hair color, you can also care for your crowning glory by making sure you choose the right hair salon service to trust in glamming it up. Caring for your hair should be your top priority as you’re more likely to feel confident if you have a healthy set of locks.
Hillary Kozma is the Owner/Managing Director/Creative Director of Kozma & Kozma Salon. Having built the foundation of her skills with an apprenticeship under a direct protege of Vidal Sassoon, Hillary and her husband opened Glow American Salon in Qatar in 2007 before expanding to Dubai as Kozma & Kozma in 2016. Hillary is hailed by the media as a “pioneer in her field” for introducing new talents, concepts, philosophies, and techniques to the Middle East.