A new year beckons new changes. People are looking to lift up their spirits with a new shade, or make their lives easier with less maintenance. Whichever direction you’re feeling, we've broken down the biggest hair color trends pros are predicting will boom in the new year. 1. Pastel Balayage A colorful dream, pastel balayage is the perfect look for those who want something fun and playful, but don’t want to commit to a full head of bleach. 2. The Money Piece For instant brightness, try the money piece, a face-framing highlight that starts at your root and continues through the ends of your hair. This can easily be done at home with lightener or primary colors for a pop of color. It creates beautiful lightness around the face and it is super easy to create. 3. Chunky Highlights Chunky highlights are about to make a huge comeback. These highlights, which can be done in bold primary colors or natural hues, are usually 1 to 2 inches wide and meant to create a stark contrast against your natural hair color. 4. Sand Tropez Neither ash nor gold, Sand Tropez (also known as Winter Bronde) is a beautiful blend of both. Mixing highlights and mid-lights creates this multi-dimensional shade of warm sandy and cool beige tones that are perfect for someone who wants to keep a beach vibe year-round. 5. Rouge A stunning shade of red is back by popular demand after making its appearance in The Queen’s Gambit. The sleek and sophisticated color is a true red, meaning it’s deeper than a copper red, but lighter than auburn; keeping this as a single process as adding highlights would decrease the intensity. 6. Alpine Ice This icy shade is achieved by using foilyage or balayage—it keeps minimal dimension at the base with full saturation of blonde through the ends. A toner can help achieve this ash blonde, along with frequent use of blue shampoo at home. 7. Mushroom Blonde Truly the best of both worlds, this look perfectly straddles the line between dirty blonde and brunette. The multi-tonal hair color marries shades of light brown, beige, and gray with an overall ashy tone—just like the colors you'll find on the underside of a mushroom. It’s the perfect way for bright blondes to darken for the season, or, conversely, for deep brunettes to lighten up a bit without making any full commitments.
8. Golden Black Step aside raven black: The new take on super dark tresses has a hint of brown mingled in. This sassy, older sister of bronde, brack, empowers you to go to the dark side without full commitment because of its subtle dimension. The key to this glamorous trend is an almost-black brunette global color with a hint of gold undertones.