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20 ~*Pretty*~ Hair Color Ideas You'll Want To Try ASAP

A change in season calls for a hair makeover.
Pretty Hair Color Ideas To Try In 2021
PHOTO: (LEFT TO RIGHT) Instagram/lucyhale, Instagram/maneaddicts

The only thing getting me through life right now? The fact that pretty hair color trends are already popping up on my Instagram feed. Like, I’m talking warm honey blondes, face-framing highlights, and rich browns that are pretty enough to start experimenting with now. So if you need another sign that it's time to retire that boring, blah color, let it be this: This season's biggest shades are officially here and you’re gonna want to get in on these looks before your friends do. Keep scrolling for 20 next-level hair color ideas—seen on the heads of some of your favorite celebs (hiii, Gigi Hadid and Dua Lipa)—that’ll have you in a salon chair (or scavenging for box dye) by the end of this sentence.

  1. Dip-Dyed End

    Guess what? Blunt, dip-dyed ends are making a return in 2021—only this time, it's all about bright and unexpected color contrast (read: not that 2000s-era ombré you're used to seeing). Case in point: This effortlessly cool combination of red hair and neon blue ends, which you're about to see all over your feed.

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  2. Chocolate Brown Hair

    Thinking about going lighter this summer? This rich, chocolate-y brown hair color is here to convince you otherwise. This hue is made extra pretty with slightly darker ends and plenty of shine. Psst: Hair glosses are a great way to maintain this color at home.

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  3. Money Piece Highlights

    Yup, those bright, face-framing highlights you keep seeing all over your IG feed are here to stay. The coolest thing about this hair color trend is that it's fully customizable—play around with temporary sprays and dyes until you find a color combo that fits your vibe.

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  4. Violet Hair

    TBH, if the last year has taught us anything about hair color trends, it's that anything and everything goes (especially if you're bored AF at home). So if you're tired of the same old blondes and browns, try out a brighter shade like this electric violet. The best part? It'll fade into a pretty wash of lilac as it grows out.

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  5. Dark Honey Hair

    A tad darker and richer than traditional honey blondes, this shade is the perfect way to transition into a warmer color for spring. Also, like, can we talk about how cute this color looks when styled into a middle part and soft waves like Lucy Hale's?

  6. Inky Black Hair

    There isn’t a hair color that Dua Lipa can’t pull off (and her constantly changing look is proof), but one of my personal faves is this rich, shiny-AF black. Like, sure, dark hues are usually associated with colder months, but the dimension and shine throughout this color make it a year-round staple.

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  7. Blue Hair

    Soft, barely-there pastels are a thing of the past, y’all. This spring, try out a bright, vibrant hue with tons of shade variation. Exhibit A: This blue hair masterpiece, which combines the prettiest blend of cyan and periwinkle. Just make sure you have a color-safe shampoo on hand for your new hair color, alright? 

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  8. Shadow Roots

    TBH, my favorite thing about the shadow root trend for spring is that it’s sooo easy to grow out. Unlike allover blonde highlights, this Sofia Richie–approved hair color blends fairly seamlessly with your roots (aka you don’t have to spend nearly as much time at the salon).

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  9. Red-Brown Hair

    The coolest way to touch up your brown hair this spring? A shiny red gloss—Kendall Jenner style. It’s the perfect combination of subtle and fun (like, not everyone will automatically notice it), and it’s so easy to enhance if you decide you love it (and why wouldn’t you?!).

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  10. Baby-Blonde Hair

    Good luck looking at Lucy Boynton’s baby-blonde hair color and not ordering some bleach online (wait, but don’t though). Perfect for anyone who’s over that warm, golden shade of blonde that was everywhere in 2020, this trend is as white-blonde as it gets (without, you know, going totally platinum).

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  11. Bronde Hair

    Not quite brown, not quite blonde, Gigi Hadid’s golden “bronde” hair color is a genius way to ease into the spring season. A few soft, natural-looking highlights and lowlights will brighten up your faded color that’s been living under a hood all winter.

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  12. Classic Brown Hair

    Sometimes, you just can’t beat a classic hair color, which is probs why Emily Ratajkowski has kept her signature brown hue for so long. If you aren’t up for experimenting with something bold this spring, you’ll love this smooth, easy-to-wear color that looks as “effortless” as good hair can be.

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  13. Pale Lilac Hair

    Okay, fine, I know I said soft pastels are about to be replaced by brighter hair colors this spring, but Dove Cameron’s pale lilac is definitely the exception. Lemme just say my hairstylist had to talk me down from DIYing this color in my bathroom sink.

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  14. Contrasted Hair

    Yup, Dua Lipa’s hair colors are so strong she made the list twice. Just like Billie Eilish’s green hue, this hair color trend is basically the anti-ombré. Think: Super-intense contrasts at your roots that really stand out. This color is definitely on the riskier-to-achieve side, so make sure you go to a professional.

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  15. Buttery Blonde Hair

    The current trend climate? Less of the icy-blonde hues and more of the warmer, buttery-blonde shades you’re starting to see on your feeds. With golden highlights like these, you’ll get a color that looks much more natural than the cooler, icier tones (even if it’s not).

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  16. Coppery Red Hair

    Make your red hair even warmer this season with a bright, coppery wash. As with all hair colors, it's important to keep your skin tone in mind when deciding on your copper shade. But with so many variations (rosy copper, golden copper, rusty copper, etc.), you’ll definitely find a version of the vibrant hue that works for you—just ask your colorist first.

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  17. Brown With Blonde Highlights

    Don’t feel like bleaching your whole head? Try lightening your look by adding some highlighted accents throughout your darker hues. To get this look, have your stylist add some subtle brightened strips around your face and toward the ends of your hair to play up your natural texture. Note: To get the most natural effect, have your colorist choose highlights only a few shades lighter than—and in the same color family as—your base.

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  18. Bubblegum Pink Hair

    This bubblegum pink is a super-pretty option for spring (which, btw, will fade into the perfect rose-gold shade as it grows out). If you’re a bit hesitant to dye your hair pink, start with a semi-permanent option (like a tinted hairspray) to test things out.

  19. Dark Roots

    Yup, dark roots are back in fashion, regardless of what all your instincts are telling you. Not only does the dark-light combo allow for a more seamless grow-out phase, but it also gives you more time between color sessions. Don’t want to wait until your roots naturally show? Have your colorist shadow the root at your next highlight appointment to give it that lived-in look.

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  20. Deep Brown Hair

    For deep brown and black shades, ask your stylist to add very minimal highlights just around your face for a touch of subtle dimension in your dark hair. If you’re not into highlights, add a slightly lighter gloss all over your hair to make your color look shiny and defined, not dull and flat.

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