Looking for hair colour ideas to inspire your next look? From balayage and ombre to bright rainbow hair, discover the most popular hair dye ideas for 2021 right here.
Here are all the things you need to know.
- What are the best hair colours for 2021?
- How to find your perfect hair colour
- How much does it cost to dye your hair?
102 Best Hair Colours For 2021
With celeb-approved inspiration, whether you’re looking for a new everyday look or a fun hue for festival or party season, we’ve got you covered. Keep scrolling to see all the hair dye ideas.
Icy ash blonde hair
Smoky ash brown hair
Rich auburn highlights
From blondes, brunettes to redheads, a balayage is a hair colouring staple loved by everyone. A balayage can be worn all year round and helps to add dimension and warmth to strands. Credit: @livetruelondon
Balayage on curly hair
If you’re looking for inspiration on balayage for curly hair, look no further than this eye-catching hue. Pairing her naturally curly hair with a dark red balayage, this is a great look for winter. Credit: @joyjah
Free from parabens, dyes and silicones and enriched with a botanical blend of coconut milk, coconut oil and aloe vera this shampoo and conditioner is key to smooth, detangled strands.
Balayage on Bdark hair
Blended balayage highlights
The reason why a balayage is one of the most popular colouring techniques is that it can be tailored to suit your individual needs, with placement being key to achieving this highlighted balayage look. Credit: @jleighwebdoeshair
Balayage on long hair
Balayage on medium hair
Want to give your medium length tresses a makeover for summer? Then this light brown colour melt is perfect. Credit: @hairbycarmelina
Balayage on short hair
Balayage on straight hair
When you have the perfect balayage why wouldn’t you want to show it off with the perfect cut? Credit: @balayageombre
Statement black hair
Black hair with blue tips
If you haven’t quite got the confidence to pull off a full head of blue, try adding blue tips to dark hair. Credit: @vcoiffuremtl
Highlights for black hair
You might think your black hair is too dark for highlights, but this glossy shade is all the proof you need to know that isn’t the case. Credit: @laurak_beauty
Cool bleach blonde
Golden blonde afro
Blonde and brown hair
Melted blonde balayage
Editor’s tip: Keep your blonde bright with the Dove Silver Care Shampoo.
The nourishing formula is infused with pearl extract and violet toning pigment to neutralise/smooth brassy tones, enhancing the radiant shine for beautiful and healthy hair.
Blunt blonde bob
Natural brown blonde
Pair your favourite two shades together to achieve this stunning brown blonde hue. Credit: @parmidakiani
Classic blonde hair
Blonde hair with dark roots
Highlights for blonde hair
Blonde hair with lowlights
Bold blue hair
If you’re thinking of colouring your hair this year, throw out the rule book and try a bold blue hue. This fantasy colour is perfect for those with tanned to deep skin tones, think Kylie Jenner and Cardi B for inspo. Credit: @saysoscandinavia
Sunkissed bronde hair
Get the best of both worlds with a bronde hair colour. Bronde, AKA blonde and brown is flattering on everyone and can be created by adding blonde toned highlights through brown strands. Credit: @nataliesole
Natural brown balayage
Whether you choose chestnut, frosted or caramel, one thing is for sure, brown balayage hair is gorgeous. Credit: @salon_du_sud
Classic brown hair
From light brown to almost black, brown hair has so many colour possibilities. If you’re unsure which brown hair colour to try, we suggest speaking to a hair colourist to discuss which shade will suit you best. Credit: @brittsully
Brown hair with blue eyes
Make your eye colour pop by colouring your hair a brown shade. The contrast between your dark hair and blue eyes will be striking enough to scare off The Night King. Credit: @chloe.pey
Creamy blonde highlights
Highlights for brown hair
Hair contouring is the secret to getting celeb hair. With the right shades and colour placement, your hair can highlight and add shadows to your face. Credit: @padropiinheiro
Summery brown highlights
Give your brown tresses a sunkissed finish by adding a mix of light brown and blonde tones through your hair. Credit: @defactosalon
Dark brunette hair
Want brunette hair but not sure if you can pull it off? Well, you’re in luck because with so many brown shades out there, there’s an option for everyone. Credit: @graziamezas
Sweet caramel balayage
Charming caramel hair
Make your hair look sweet enough to eat with this caramel toned hair colour. Credit: @styledbyceds
Editor’s tip: Gorgeous hair colours like above can cause damage to your strands so we suggest adding the Love Beauty And Planet Hope & Repair 2 Minute Magic Masque to your hair routine.
Use after shampooing and leave in your hair for 2-3 mins before rinsing to help nourish and repair your hair for smooth and healthy looking tresses.
Sparkling champagne blonde
Cherry cola hair colour
Autumnal chestnut brown hair
Turn to this sophisticated shade if you want a classic look that will work for all seasons. Credit: @parmidakiani
Chocolate brown hair
As if we all needed another reason to want chocolate! This classic shade never fails to impress. Credit: @brittsully
Chocolate mauve hair
Modern chunky highlights
Spicy cinnamon hair colour
Vibrant copper highlights
Highlights for curly hair
Proof that highlights work on all hair types, so there’s no need to feel left out! Credit: @flaviaesantiago
Editor’s tip: The lightweight TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist is enriched with our botanical blend of coconut milk and aloe vera to help smooth, condition and gently detangle hair leaving you with beautifully hydrated strands that are ready for styling.
Sandy dark blonde
Not all blonde hair colours must be bright. If you prefer muted tones, this dreamy look should be right up your street. Credit: @dwcreativegroup
Dark brown hair
Raven dark hair
Super classy and sexy at the same time, this Kardashian-approved hair colour will ensure you shine. Credit: @susiestylz
Highlights for dark hair
Think dark hair is boring? This playful highlighted look will make you think again. Credit: @xo.farhana.balayage
Dark roots with blonde hair
Team dark roots with blonde hair to make the ultimate style statement. Credit: @nadia_mejia
Blue denim hair
Beachy dirty blonde
If you’re dreaming of the beach (aren’t we all?), this dirty blonde is destined for you. Credit: @citiesbesthairartists
Salt & pepper frosted hair
Frosting adds a subtle salt and pepper look to your hair, by blending highlights and lowlights together. Credit: @mlz_hairstylist
Hello, Goldilocks hair! If you’re looking for a shade a blonde that will make your skin glow, this hue is just right. Credit: @exhibitsalon
Golden brown hair
For those brunettes looking to lighten up their strands, try opting for an illuminating golden brown hair colour like this one. Credit: @ mesut_altinbas
Emerald green hair
Moody grey hair
Cool-girl grown out roots
Colourful chalk hair
Henna hair colour
Striking hair streaks
While highlights are more natural and discreet, hair streaks are the complete opposite. They’re great for giving character to dull tresses, as they create an eye-catching contrast. Credit: @ off7thsalon
Give your tresses a new lease on life with a fresh set of classic highlights. Whether you’ve got blonde or brunette hair, you can easily enhance the look of your hue with this popular colouring technique. Credit:@lazarooliveiraoficial_
Glossy holographic hair
Holographic hair marries together unicorn pastels, grey and silver tones so that your hair can look as reflective a holograph. Credit: @michaeljohn_ldn
Warm honey blonde
Editor’s tip: Make your hair colour glisten with the TONI&GUY High Shine Serum Drops.
Work 2-3 pumps between fingers and smooth through lengths of dry, styled hair avoiding the roots to tame frizz and flyaways and give your tresses a high shine gloss finish.
Honey brown hair
Toasted hygge hair
Light blonde hair
Keep your tresses looking gorgeously bright with this bombshell blonde hair colour. Credit: @karihillhair
Light brown hair
Looking for natural hair dye ideas? Try this cool girl-approved light brown hair colour. It’s universally flattering and bound to get you noticed. Credit: @ivanikolina
Long hair with highlights
Attached to your long locks? Highlights are a flattering way to breathe fresh life into longer lengths without having to get your hair cut. Credit: @colorbymarina
If you’re looking for a way to make dyed blonde hair look more natural, try lowlights. They’re the best way to try out or transition to a darker hue without commitment. Credit: @khrisstilos
Lowlights for brown hair
Thought lowlights were just for blondes? Lowlights also work well for those with brown hair too, as the multiple tones add dimension and vibrancy. Credit: @brookebauerboutique
Deep mahogany hair colour
Easy medium brown hair
After a colour you can wear year-round? Whatever the season, medium brown hair looks on-trend, always. Credit: @studiotimny
Mythical mermaid hair
High-shine metallic hair
Everyday natural blonde
Channel Disney princess meets girl next door vibes with this natural highlighted blonde. The root highlights help to break up the colour and give a naturally sunkissed look. Credit: @caseycolorcreations
The unique low-foaming formula delivers a long-lasting effect, that helps you get vibrant colour and shine for up to 12 weeks.
Bright orange hair
Minimal partial highlights
Quicker than regular highlights, partial highlights are a simple way of adding colour around the face and front layers to brighten up your look. Credit: @colorbymargarita
Pastel hair colours
What’s the one thing that Kylie Jenner, Lady Gaga and Maisie Williams all have in common? Their love for pastel hair colours! Credit: @hairbyailinshanks
Pretty peach hair
Hidden peekaboo highlights
Hidden peekaboo highlights allow you to add a fun pop of colour without having to give up your current hue. Credit: @twistinbangshair
Shimmering silver hair
Playful pink hair
True platinum blonde
Light platinum highlights
If you’re already blonde but searching for a way to change up your look, why not try these platinum highlights for a subtle colour upgrade? Credit: @shear_perfection_by_lexie
Punchy purple hair
Pastel Purple highlights
Give a casual half-updo a cool-girl twist with purple highlights on the underlayers of your hair. Credit: @lmariehairr
Fun rainbow hair colour
If you haven’t heard of the rainbow hair trend yet, where have you been?! Pairing rainbow highlights with an ash blonde base makes the colours really stand out without going multicoloured all over. Credit: @hooliganhair
Strawberry red blonde hair
We love the warm peachy tones in this red/blonde blend as they allow natural redheads to go lighter while adding warmth to the complexion. Credit: @linda_mariano_haircolorist
Red hair to blonde
Dark red highlights
Give chocolate brown hair a cherry tint with the addition of some red highlights. Credit: @tinaaa_ranck
Rose gold hair colour
Short hair with highlights
Who said you can’t have highlights just because your hair is short? This chic bob with dimension-boosting blonde highlights is all the proof you need. Credit: @heatherfosterstylist
Stunning silver blonde hair
Spring hair colour
With a new season comes new hair trends and this rosy pink is just what you need to nail this season’s colour trend. Credit: @cathyinw0nderland
Sweet strawberry blonde
Mesmerising succulent hair
Daring two-tone hair
Can’t ever decide what to do with your hair? Embrace your indecisiveness with a two-tone look that lets you rock two shades in one. Credit: @sophiehannah
Editor’s tip: Give your tresses that lived-in feel with the VO5 Dry Backcomb Spray. Use this spray to get the volume of a backcomb minus the damage from the brush – it also works as an instant volume refresher too!
Dreamy unicorn hair
Delicious watermelon hair
White blonde hair
If you’re wary of platinum hair making you look washed out, we’d suggest adding in more yellow or golden tones which work better for medium complexions. Credit: @hairbyevanturkel
Snow white hair
How to find your perfect hair colour
The best way to find your perfect hair colour is by finding shades that flatter your features, work well with your skin tone and complement your personal style.
There’s more to skin tone than simply light/medium/dark. You can determine whether you have cool, warm or neutral tones by looking at the colours of the veins on the inside of your arm. If they appear blue or purple, then you’re probably cool toned, if they’re green then you’re likely to have a warm skin tone and if they’re not obviously one or the other, then you have a neutral tone.
Certain hair colours can intensify your eye colour, so if you really want your eyes to pop, choose a colour that complements them.
Eye colour: Blue
Recommended hair colours: Icy champagne blondes, cool-toned brunettes and natural-looking reds.
Eye colour: Green
Recommended hair colours: Vibrant coppers and chestnut browns.
Eye colour: Hazel
Recommended hair colours: Chestnut and chocolate browns and rich auburns.
Eye colour: Brown
Recommended hair colours: Golden caramels and dark espresso browns.
One of the reasons that hair plays such a big part in our identity is that it’s a way of showing our personality. Are you someone who likes to keep up with the latest fashion trends or do you prefer to stand out from the crowd? Grungy or classic, out-there or minimal, think of your hair as an extension of the rest of your outfit and find a hue that feels the most ‘you’.
How much does it cost to dye your hair?
Depending on location, the level of your colourist and the type of colour treatment you want (e.g. tint, highlights or balayage), the price of dyeing your hair can vary massively. As a rough guideline, you can expect to pay in the region of:
Full head tint £40-£80
Half head highlights £80-£130
Full head highlights £100-£200
Note: In some salons, a complimentary blow dry is included in the price of colour treatments but others will charge an additional fee for this, so make sure to check when booking.