Ahead of the curve with 2020 colour trends

A new year and a new decade is on the horizon! Hair colour will be big news again next year, without a doubt – but which colours will reign supreme?

We had some of the top colourists in the country predict which trends are set to blow up next year.

Tom Smith – Billie Currie

“I never thought I’d see the day where two tone (dark underneath and blonde on top) colour made a comeback, but who better to lead the way than the stunning Dua Lipa! We’ve seen texture colour from balayage and hair-painting increasing in contrast for the last few years, where colourists and clients alike are understanding the importance of ‘light and shade’ to give depth and movement to the hair. It’s not unreasonable to imagine this very high contrast colour placement is the natural progression of these trends, but I imagine this will filter into salons and on clients in a softer, more wearable way.

If you want to try this out, I’d recommend starting with two colours that aren’t too polarising, and use a strong sectioning pattern to achieve contrast. You could also keep a brighter tone but place it only around the front hairline rather than the entire top section – a more exaggerated version of how natural hair is generally lighter around the face. All trends are cyclical, and we may be seeing this one again whether we like it or not!”

Neil Barton – Neil Barton Hair

“Coming into 2020 I definitely think muted pastel tones will become popular again. Think softer tones that fade beautifully like peaches, lilacs and dusky like pinks, perfect for the transition from winter to spring. I also think colour contrasting will be huge for 2020, the perfect style for clients looking to be a bit more experimental with their colour.

Vibrant shades will also remain popular, including bright berry hues like Cranberry that isn’t too dramatic but is a great twist on a dark red, and provides the hair with a gorgeous shine.”

Jordanna Cobella – Cobella London

“2020 is all about placement. Adding dimension has never been as popular as it is now – be it rich warm or cool tones, it’s all about creating the reflections of lightness and shadow to create dimension and the illusion of thickness. Soft accents of tones are going to stick around too as the latest colour products makes it easier than ever to create. Watch out for terracotta tones, pink blush beige and ginger beer tonal accents.”

Chris Williams – RUSH Hair

“Subtle, natural colours will be the big trend for Spring/Summer. With balayage blonde still being a favourite, the technique will transition slightly, with clients opting for the latest technique, “Twisted Balayage.” This new technique is a much softer take on the original, and is created using a freehand colour technique and technical placement.”