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2020 Hair Color Trends: The Prettiest Hues To Try This Year

That box dye under your sink is finally gonna get some love.
PHOTO: (left) instagram/sarahzstylz; (right) instagram/yotshair

If you're like me, you've spent the last two weeks convincing yourself you need a new hair color (or bangs. For, real though, should I get bangs?). And if you reaaaallly can't wait until you can see a professional colorist (they're professionals for a reason, people!), you might as well have some direction before you f*ck it all to hell and buy some box dye. Lucky for you, I've spent a dumb amount of time combing through Instagram to find the prettiest hair color trends of 2020 for the ultimate inspiration. So buckle in, take notes, and start prepping for your new look, ahead. Just promise me you'll read up on coloring your hair at home before you DIY anything (tip: Anything more than two shades darker or one shade lighter requires a pro), k?

  1. Dark Honey-Blonde Hair for 2020

    This creamy, honey-blonde hue is probably my favorite hair color trend for 2020. It's stunning against any skin tone, it's wearable for every season ('sup summer), and it's actually easy to maintain. Excuse me while I pin this to my inspo board.

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  2. This Glossy-Brown Hair Color Trend

    Juuuust a tad lighter than black, this super-rich brown hair color is all about shine and dimension. Rather than recreating this 2020 trend with box dye, try experimenting with an at-home gloss to pump up your shine.

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  3. Golden Highlights for 2020

    Okay, before you get attached to this 2020 hair color trend, know that you'll 100 percent need to see a professional colorist to try it. Golden, super-blended highlights and lowlights are the key to recreating this color, and it's so pretty it's beyond worth the wait.

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  4. The Silver-Blonde Hair Trend

    If you're not down to go completely silver in 2020, don't worry—this shade of blonde with silver undertones is going to be super popular in the coming months. It's the perfect shade to dip your toe into the ice-queen realm. Just be sure to use a purple shampoo when you wash to keep your color bright.

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  5. Lilac Hair for 2020

    Even though it might feel like everyone and their mom has dyed their hair a lilac color, this hair color trend isn't going anywhere in 2020. So, if you haven't hopped on the bandwagon just yet, there's still time to try the super pretty purple hue. Be sure to do a weekly mask to neutralize any brassy tones.

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  6. Caramel Highlights for 2020

    Stay on the hair color trend and combine a chocolate brown color base with caramel highlights for a look that's equal parts low-key and very pretty. Keep your new highlights looking glossy with a shine spray.

  7. Demi Lovato's Dip-Dye Ends for 2020

    Think of these dip-dye ends as the cooler version of the ones you tried to create in your kitchen using Kool-Aid. It's the perfect way to add some bright color to your look without having to dye your entire head. Style it like Demi does here and bump the ends with a curling wand to give your hair a cute shape.

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  8. This Chocolate-Brown Hair Color Trend

    Okay, so, duh, brown hair is going to be a trend in 2020, but give it some depth by going for a deep, rich, chocolate brown shade like this one. If you're able to wait until you can see a hairstylist, have them add in lighter brown highlights and full-body waves to keep the color from falling flat.

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  9. The Rich-Red Hair Color Trend

    You're going to see vibrant red hair literally everywhere in 2020. And for a good reason! This rich color looks amazing on anyone with warm undertones since it warms up your skin without washing you out. Lather up with a sulfate-free shampoo to keep your red color looking vivid.

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  10. Shadow Roots for 2020

    If you already let your roots grow out a little bit longer than you should between dye jobs (hey, no judgment—coloring is expensive), you might want to try out this shadow roots hair color trend. Basically, it's when you dye your roots a darker color than the rest of your hair to create a "shadow" contrast. I'd suggest waiting for a professional if you want to recreate this one.

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