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December 9, 2021

The Biggest Hair Color Trends Of Winter 2021

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The Top 10 Hair Colors Clients Will Be Requesting This Season

This just in! Our trend radar is showing: Blondes are going darker (and warmer!), “expensive brunette” is in and Megan Fox’s midnight black is on your clients’ mood boards. We’re sharing winter 2021’s biggest hair color trends below, plus key techniques to achieve each look—no matter how complicated—with ease! 

 

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1. Dark Brunette With Zero Dimension

What do Kourt K, Megan Fox and TikTok star Nessa Barrett have in common OTHER than mega successful careers and punk rock twin flames? Dark hair with minimal dimension! Expect a long list of clients requesting this color, but don’t forget this PSA: You must fill the hair properly when transitioning from light to dark. 

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @milesjeffrieshair

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @natalieannehair

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @scottkinghair

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @laurapolko

 

How-To: Blonde ➡️ Dark Brunette transformation!

Blonde To Dark Chocolate Brunette Transformation Formula How To Redken Shades EQ Maggie Johnson @hair_by_maggiej Kimmy Johnson @kimmy.ann.hair
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  • Formula A (lowlights):

    Redken Shades EQ 7N + 6N + 7GB + Redken Shades EQ Processing Solution

  • Formula B (root area):

    Equal parts Shades EQ 5N + 6N + 6NB + Shades EQ Processing Solution

  • Formula C (filler):

    Shades EQ 7G + 8WG + Shades EQ Processing Solution

  • Formula D (ends):

    Shades EQ 5N + 6N + 6NB + Shades EQ Processing Solution

  • Formula E (glaze):

    Shades EQ 7N + 6N + 8GI + Shades EQ Processing Solution

Instagram via @habitsalon

Tap the beaker for the color formulas.

 

Pro Tip: If you DO want subtle dimension on a super dark canvas, try “invisible foiling.” Julie Smith (@thathairmagic) used a combination of babylights in foils and lowlights to achieve a variety of reflective tones. 

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @thathairmagic

 

 

2. Expensive Brunette

It wasn’t long ago that TikTok declared blonde hair “cheugy”—don’t worry, we all know that blondes will be forever cool—BUT we are happy to see brunette getting the credit it deserves. The viral “expensive brunette” trend is the perfect opportunity to upsell brunette services with foil work for bold dimension.

 

Struggling with controlling warmth on darker levels? Read these tips!

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @megumicolor

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @jhair_stylist

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @xo.farhana.balayage

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @chelseahaircutters

 

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How-To: Rich Chocolate Dimension

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  • Formula A (Base)

    Paul Mitchell The Color XG 3N + 4PA + 10-volume developer

  • Formula B (Lowlights)

    The Color XG 4PA + 10-volume developer

  • Formula C (Toner)

    Equal Parts Redken Shades EQ 6T + 7VB + Shades EQ Processing Solution

Instagram via @mikaatbhc

Tap the beaker for the color formulas.

 

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3. Mushroom Brown

Another brunette trend on our radar: Mushroom brown! 🍄 Think neutral, muted tones that range anywhere from dark ash to bronde. Want to try this viral color trend but don’t know where to start? Read this FAST guide to formulating toner for Level 7 and lower

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @bescene

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @guy_tang

 

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4. Muted Beige Blonde

Picture this: Your client comes in requesting one of winter 2021’s color trends, a muted beige blonde. The KEY to achieving this look is neutralizing warm, yellow tones and making sure to avoid going too dark. Maintain soft, balanced blonde tones and take the worry out of the toning process with these fast purple shampoo cheats.

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @jhair_stylist

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @eunicekimhair

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @beeblondor

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @mane_ivy

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @greg_gilmore

 

5. Natural Golden Blonde

Your client called… She’s looking for a golden blonde á la Serena Van Der Woodsen and she’s willing to pay the big bucks for it. Achieving naturally bright, golden tones is no small task. So, get your clients on a blonding schedule to create (and maintain!) their dream hair. But remember warmth should NOT equal brass—and if you’re running into this issue, metals in their hair may be the problem, so read this

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @daniellemarcan

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @rachelwstylist

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @ckaedingcolor

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @fkatwigs

 

How-To: Natural Golden Blonde

Natural Golden Blonde @nillvale_oficiall TRUSS Professional On Curly Hair How To Color Formula
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  • Formula A (lightener)

    TRUSS Professional Air Libre Bleaching Powder + 20-volume developer + TRUSS 8X Powder

  • Formula B (toner)

    TRUSS Color 9.31 + 10.3 + 0.03 + 6-volume developer

Instagram via @nillvale_oficiall

Tap the beaker for the color formulas.

 

6. Smoky, Dimensional Bronde

“My most requested hair color of 2021: [This] Dimensional smoky blonde on Hailey Bieber,” says celeb colorist Cassondra Kaeding (@ckaedingcolor). When venturing into darker blonde and bronde tones, be strategic where you place highs and lows. Ready to try it yourself? Read five tips for formulating the perfect bronde, or check out this step-by-step color breakdown with color formulas

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @ckaedingcolor

 

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Next, Hailey Bieber transitioned the trend ➡️ EVEN DARKER! // Photo Credit: Instagram via @haileybieber

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @bel_pipsqueekinsaigon

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @jeanpierresosa

 

 
 
 
 
 
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7. Muted Red

We’re used to seeing red shades all over our IG feeds throughout fall, but it looks like this color trend is here to stay. Remember: Muddy tones will ruin reds, so read these six tips to avoid this common mistake. If you are approaching a red transformation with balayage, try this technique to add depth and dimension

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @barbieferreira

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @rachel_redd

 

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Ask A BTC Expert: Don’t know how to choose which red is best for your client? Matrix Global Artistic Director Michelle O’Connor (@michelleoconnorbeauty) predicts coppers, wines and violet shades will reign supreme all season long.

 

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8. Copper Tones

Another trend we’re seeing everywhere? Red’s brighter, shinier sister: Copper! Learn how to transition warm tones for fall and winter, and prevent red and copper tones from browning out with these key tips

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @kacysilvahair

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @hairbymickk

 

How-To: Rich Copper Balayage

rich copper balayage transformation toning reds using redken shades eq @kl.hairartist
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  • Formula A (roots to ends)

    equal parts Redken Shades EQ 6CC + 6WG + 6G + Shades EQ Processing Solution

  • Formula B (quick toner)

    Redken Shades EQ 6CC + 6AA + Shades EQ Processing Solution

Instagram via @kl.hairartist

Tap the beaker for the color formulas.

 

Learn how to formulate red & ginger hair color with @shmeggsandbaconn!

 

9. Gray-layage

Say it with us: Embrace the gray! We love to see a client who has been retouching their roots for years transition to all-over gray or silver. That’s why we asked gray transformation expert Jack Martin (@jackmartincolorist) his best tips for transitioning and maintaining gray. Plus, read Jack’s secret to making a toner last five months!

 

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How-To: Foiled Gray Blending

Kelly McCormick @kellymccormickhair Gray Blending Grey Hair SPARKS Redken Foil Foils Foiled Hairline
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  • Formula A (lightener):

    SPARKS Powder Lightener + 13-volume developer

  • Formula B (toner):

    Redken Shades EQ 9T + 8V + Shades EQ Processing Solution

Instagram via @kellymccormickhair

Tap the beaker for the color formulas.

 

10. Apricot Blonde

After years of cool, ashy tones—warm apricot blonde is making a comeback! Our blonde clients want what Kristen Stewart is having (just peep her dreamy color below!). This shade of blonde MAY require a base break AND if you want to pick up the pace, learn how to break the base and tone in one application.

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @majormoonn

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @maggiemh

 

Read Next: BTC’s Winter 2021 Trend Reports

 

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