Hair experts weigh in on bold, bright and beautiful New Year

THE next 12 months are predicted to be exciting times as hair colour moves towards bold, bright and beautiful tones from rustic reds for brunettes, curl painting techniques and wearable muted mid-brown and blonde shades.

The thinking among a group of three industry specialists, chosen for their expertise by is that the trend follows a year of turmoil that has launched new ideas where style and colour style extremes are welcomed alongside softer, blended contrasts.

International Colour Educator Carolyn Newman is predicting a trend towards “lived in colour”, rustic tones for brunettes and peachy, wearables for blondes.

Image credit: @CarolynNewman


“One of the key colour trends to continue in 2021 will be two-tone and face frame but these will be softer contrasts and can be blended rather than extreme so they enhance skin tone and highlight cheekbones,” said Carolyn Newman. “Think wearable colour with combinations of muted blondes and beige browns.”


The idea of embracing the natural look is very much expected to trend this year with colour blending bespoke balayage from colour through hair texture, and the trend is supported by Wella Professionals Technical Director Robert Eaton: “After a year of turmoil hair trends and new ideas are going to create excitement for our clients,” he said. “We are working with techniques such as grey blending, glossing and conscious colour placement to enhance and accentuate every cut.”

Image credit: @robertjeaton


Next level blonde balayage Image credit: Pinterest


Brunette with coppers and reds image credit: Pinterest


Painted curls image credit: Pinterest


Fun with hairline colour even on shorter lengths is what Fudge Professional Global Colour Ambassador Tracy Hayes has in mind for 2021 along with colour clashes to frame the face.

Image credit: @tracyhayes


“The bolder, the better,” said Tracy Hayes. “We will be looking to a positive future this coming spring and what better way to bounce into it with statement colour to celebrate?”

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