Spring is officially here, and we’re ready for all of the above: longer days, sunnier afternoons, cocktails on the patio, maybe even an open toed pair of shoes. We’re also ready to welcome warmer weather back with a bang with spring 2021’s top hair color trends...as seen in the wild (otherwise known as Instagram). We’re getting major hair color inspiration by the way these influencers are rocking spring 2021’s top hair color trends, from tweedy blonde hair color to coppery cognac hair color. And if you want to see how you’d look in any of these hair color trends? Spring into action with our virtual hair color try-on tool, which lets you see what you’d look like in any shade. And now, without further ado, to the top spring hair color trends, as seen on Instagram...
1. SPRING HAIR COLOR TREND: ROOTED BLONDE
We’ve been seeing rooted blonde hair color shades making a statement for the past few months, and there are no signs that this hair color trend will be letting up anytime soon. If anything, deeper roots are just getting stronger, for many reasons. First, it’s a relatively low-maintenance way to rock blonde hair color, as you don’t have to doggedly chase your outgrowth at the salon or with at-home hair dye—plus, rooted hair color shades can feel less harsh than a single process look. Leaning into darker roots also adds depth and dimension to blonde hair color. We love the look in a sunny, buttery hair color hue or with smoky, sophisticated blonde hair dye—pair blonde mid-lengths and ends with darker roots by using Radiant Hair Color in Siena Smoky Brown on just your roots.
2. SPRING HAIR COLOR TREND: COOL TONES
So, the weather may be starting to warm up...but one spring/summer hair color trend for brown hair is actually to cool it down. Think ashy undertones rather than warm, smoky hues or brunette hair color with glints of gold. This multi-tonal “cool” trend is big for brunettes this season, but blondes are getting in on it, too, with muted, pearlized tones. The key to getting this look is to use neutral shades of hair dye, such as Radiant Hair Color in Dosolo Medium Neutral Brown—a rich, ashy brunette shade of hair color we love.
3. SPRING HAIR COLOR TREND: TONAL TERRACOTTA
Of course, not all shades are going cool. This spring has also seen a shift toward tonal terracotta hair color, shades of rich earthy cinnamon hair color and coppery apricot hair color. Despite the cooling trend, these warm auburn tones in hair dye are seen as universally flattering for any skin tone, particularly after the end of such a long winter when we could all use an extra boost of vibrancy and glow. To jump on the terracotta train, look for multi-dimensional hair color shades to add depth and dimension, such as Radiant Hair Color in Como Light Amber Golden Brown.
4. SPRING HAIR COLOR TREND: TWILIGHTS
Move over highlights, lowlights, and babylights—spring 2021 has found a whole new way to brighten up brown hair. Twilight hair color is as delicate as the name suggests...a mix of twinkly babylights and ombré highlights. We’re talking tiny pops of golden flecked highlights throughout your hair—gorgeous! Twilights work best for brunette hair with warm undertones (of any type or texture). The ombré hair dye look is low-maintenance and grows out nicely, making it as easy to apply as it’s gorgeously on trend. Of course, balayage hair color is always on trend for spring, but this year, it’s taking on a new dimension with thinner, delicate application. And if you think you can only get the look in a salon from a colorist, you’re in luck, because we’ve made balayage highlights at home easy. We’re loving the look you can achieve at home with our Light Works® Balayage Highlighting Kit in Lazio Cool Toffee.
5. SPRING HAIR COLOR TREND: TWEED
We love a good trend with an even better name, and tweed hair color is right up there with trendy spring shade names. This multi-hue trend is also sometimes called Greige, or even Rooted Greige. So what do these trendy names even mean when it comes to hair dye? Think earthy stone blond or light brown hair color with a slight contrast of both warm and ash tones (you can use multiple shades of hair dye, or apply color to your mid-lengths and ends while rocking darker root outgrowth). This hair color trend can also incorporate another strong spring trend—darker roots. One of our favorite examples of the greige tweed hair color trend is this darker rooted blonde hair color with Light Works® Balayage Highlights in Palmi Warm Honey.
6. SPRING HAIR COLOR TREND: CHESTNUT BRUNETTE
This is another easier spring hair color hack for anyone looking for an easy way to take their natural brunette hair color to the next level. It’s also a great way to add dimension to brunette hair. Keep your hair darker brown in color at the roots, then add lightness to your mid-lengths and ends for a multi-tonal look that’s perfectly of the moment. Try applying Light Works® Balayage Highlights in Ardenza Warm Caramel to your mid-lengths and ends (bonus points if you pair it with a bold red lip). Nothing stripey or chunky to be seen here—just natural-looking, sun-kissed, subtle bronze brunette highlights. Then, maintain your new chestnut hair color by applying a color depositing, deep conditioning mask once or twice a week—we love Color Therapy in Castagna.
7. SPRING HAIR COLOR TREND: COGNAC COPPER
It’s safe to say that red hair color is having a moment in 2021 and we love this fresh take on the copper hair dye trend that’s red hot this spring. This is a warmer hair color look for medium and darker shades of hair color that really bring out that spring glow we’re all after, and adds brightness to your face (while still looking natural). Try Radiant Hair Color in Sardinia Red for a gorgeous medium amaretto copper with rich dimension—it’s one of our favorite red hair dye shades.
It’s official, spring is in the hair and we couldn’t be more ready for warm weather and fresh hair color! Which of these gorgeous 7 spring hair color trends would you most like to try? Don’t forget to follow these influencers, if you dug their gorgeous on-trend spring hair color looks. And as always, keep checking back for all the top hair color trends—you’ll find them here first. Happy coloring!