New Year, New Hue: 2020 Hair Colour Trends

We hate to break it to you, but 2020 might be the year you need to say “bye bye balayage”. Whilst this trend will always be a flattering, safer option, many predictions for this year’s hair colours are about being bold and stepping out of your comfort zone. From hairdressing personalities, to celebrity hairstylists and beauty editors, these are their collective forecasts about the tones of 2020.

Colour Contrast

A trend headed by the celebs, colour contrast is a daring yet fun way to add a pop of colour into your hair. Stars such as Charli XCX and Demi Lovato have been rocking pink dip-dyed ends, whilst teen sensation Billie Eilish flipped this craze by dying her roots neon green. NZ singer Benee has also exhibited her own twist, by colouring the front section of her hair blue. It’s a bold step, but there’s no better time to try out this trend during festie season! (Tip: if you’re not up for a permanent change, try wash-out colours to test the waters with).

Charli XCX (Photo credit: Pinterest)
Billie Eilish (Photo credit: Instagram)
Benee (Photo credit: Fashion Journal)


Lived-In Colour

An easily maintainable trend we’ll be seeing this year is lived-in colour (AKA a relaxed, low-maintenance of colour, similar to the classic balayage).  This colour should seamlessly blend with your natural colour, resulting in less upkeep. A win / win!

Margot Robbie (Photo credit: Refinery29)

Blonde VS Brunette

Related to the colour contrast trend, another style which looks to grow in popularity is the blonde vs brunette colour pairing. As showcased by Dua Lipa, this look involves creating block colours with blonde and brunette tones. Do it like Dua by going blonde on top and brunette beneath, or try your own combo. Note that this style will take a lot up upkeep, such as regular visits to the salon for root touch-ups and toning, plus ensuring you take care of the health of your hair.

Dua Lipa (Photo credit: HJI)

Copper Tones

Copper… not exactly a breakthrough colour trend, but it’s a trend that’s seen a lot of growth. This colour has a vast number of shades, which compliment different skin tones. Celebs such as Madelaine Petsch, Isla Fischer, Emma Stone and Blake Lively have all dabbled in the realm of copper locks and the payoff is beautiful.

Emma Stone (Photo credit: E! News)
Madelaine Petsch (Photo credit: Eilte Daily)

Cool It

Some hairstylists are predicting cooler shades will be on the cards for many in 2020 with ashy, pearly undertones looking to replace warmer tones. This means cool chocolate brunettes and silvery blondes – even platinum blonde may be shown the door, with ashy blonde taking reign in 2020.

Kate Upton (Photo credit: Redbook)
Taylor Swift (Photo credit: Redbook)


Tempted to switch up your colour? Book in at our Academy Salon! Call 09 308 0670 or visit us at 8 Canada Street.

If you’re interested in hairdressing as a career, check out our NZQA recognised hairdressing programmes! We’re enrolling now for NZ Certificate in Hairdressing – Salon Support (Level 3) starting 28th January and 25th February. Already gained the level 3 qualification? Take a look at our Level 4 Emerging Stylist programme, starting 25th February.