Be Bold: Try Out These Hair Color Inspirations in 2020

We know we’re so behind the hair color trends of the world, but now that bright hues are reaching our shores, it’s about time you go crazy once you’re allowed to. Most of us were still restrained by school rules at the onset of identity building, and unfortunately, some still are at work. But let’s be inclusive in this article and shake up anybody’s looks with these hair color inspirations. 

From pastels and solid colors to office-safe tones, here are hair colors to consider now that 2020 is just around the corner.

Hair Color Inspirations for a New Look Next Year

Living coral

Living coral is Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2019. While we’re encouraging a new look for next year, the shade still hasn’t soaked up Cebu yet, much less the Philippines, in terms of hair colors. According to Pantone, living coral is a nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings and, at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media. You’ll have to bleach your hair four to five times to get this copper-coral shade, so make sure to stock up on purple shampoo and leave-in conditioner to treat damage and keep your color from fading.

Rose gold

This gorgeous shade is the middle ground between warm colors and dull pink shades. Popularized by Apple in 2015, the color soon gained ground everywhere: from wedding themes, fashion, and makeup to furniture, Christmas decor, interior design, jewelry, and even cars! As hair color, this warm pastel tone of pink hues looks so much more natural and tender. Rose gold is also surprisingly versatile as it complements a wide range of skin tones. According to Marie Claire‘s digital fashion editor Penny Goldstone, rose gold is here to stay because it photographs well in posts on social media. “I would say rose gold has become a pop culture phenomenon. It’s been around since 2015, but it’s still massively popular,” she tells the BBC.


Searches for lilac hair color went up by 1077 percent on Pinterest this year, and the likes of Lady Gaga and Cardi B couldn’t wait to hop on the bandwagon. Not only is lilac hair color a way to ease your way in on the pastel trend—which is having a major moment—but vanilla lilac hair color is the perfect option for rocking purple hair without committing yourself to dyeing your entire head of hair color a strong violet hue. On top of that, there are so many pretty lilac shades to choose from: dusty lilac, rose and lilac balayage, silver lilac, metallic lilac, and vanilla lilac. Trust us, your relatives won’t complain.

Ice blonde

Ice platinum or the so-called Scandinavian blonde has bombed the magazines since last year. The key to a perfect-looking ice blonde is its transparent, contrasted, desaturated, and vibrant hue of blonde. It’s as pale as white and has subtle touches of beige. Any signs of yellowness will definitely ruin the whole look. With a hair color so light, it shouldn’t be a surprise that maintenance is high to take care of the hair’s integrity. To get to that shade of platinum, lots of patience and budget are required of you, especially since our ethnicity is naturally dark-haired. Luckily, all the trouble is worth it once the look is achieved!

Strawberry blonde

Mixing beautiful golden blonde and copper red shades gives us the beautiful hair color we call strawberry blonde. Think of this color as the perfect middle ground between golden blonde and vibrant copper. With plenty of dimension and shine, this creamy shade is the subtle way to tiptoe into red without fully committing to a fire-engine color. Some shades incorporate more of the rich red tones, while others highlight lighter blonde locks, so there’s a perfect shade for every skin tone, whether you’re mestiza, morena, or chinita. And while you may think this shade is perfect during the sun-kissed summer months, these red shades can bring plenty of warmth to the rainy months as well. 

Honey blonde

As much as we appreciate cool-toned hair colors, they’re simply not office-safe for some of us. The hues, tones, and saturation degrees of honey blonde give you a palette of sun-kissed colors. Honey brown is actually the bronze goddess of hair colors. It’s a milk chocolate base with honeycomb highlights blended all over for a caramelized finish. Beyoncé has sported honey blonde hair for years. Chestnut brown, golden blonde, even a little auburn if you look closely, meld together for a perfect honey blonde result. The best thing about this shade is it suits most skin tones. If you give it the super gloss hair treatment, you’ll have a metallic bronze on your head!


This is the new unicorn hair color everyone in the US obsessed over since last year, and we need to see it here. According to Allure, achieving the look is actually way easier than it might appear at first glance. Quite simply, opal hair color is achieved by applying different violet-based toners to an already pearly, platinum blonde for a pastel-colored finish. Depending on the toners you use, the resulting color spectrum will range from subtle precious gem shine to kaleidoscopic hues reminiscent of a Lush bath bomb. Since the color is so light and sheer, it’ll eventually just fade back to platinum blonde.

Money piece

If you’re craving a seasonal update but don’t want to commit to all-over colour or monthly visits to your salon, there’s a solution. A new colouring method, aptly nicknamed the money piece is a trend kick-started by Beyoncé herself. The money piece is a bright frame around the front hairline personalized after foiling or lightening. This technique lifts your complexion, makes your colour pop and will grow out very softly with minimal upkeep or maintenance. We see the money piece at the front of the hair remaining a big trend. The strands of hair go right into the root area around the hairline. It has grown in popularity and is expected to set the tone for hair color trends ahead of summer 2020.

Split-dyed hair

Melanie Martinez held on faithfully to her split-dyed mane for years, and now it’s all over the world. Split-dyed hair color is when one half of your hair is one color and the other is a totally different one. For less work, many like to go with one bright and bold color on one side, while rocking their natural tone on the other. For a more natural finish and for less maintenance, you can try a balayage for both colors. Although this hair color is mostly fun, you might face some minor challenges. It can be hard to choose the right makeup when you have two different tones to deal with.


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