18 Best hair colour ideas 2021 that you can do at home.

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It’s a new year (thank goodness!) and time for a new you. Getting some new hair colour ideas for 2021, can inspire a new look, give you a new lease of life and make you feel like a whole new person. 

We’re here with everything you need to know about the hottest hair colours this year, and all the hair dyes you need to get the look at home!

What are the latest hair colour trends this year?

Whether you want to go dark and mysterious, light and summery, get a few highlights or keep up with the latest crazy colour trends (unicorn anyone?), there are a wealth of colourful box dyes out there that can live up to your wishes and transform your do this year.

Finding out which of the best hair colours are right for you is a hue-laden journey. But don’t worry, we’re here to point you in the right direction with our rainbow torch.

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Top hair colour ideas 2021

  1. Silver
  2. Chocolate brown
  3. Strawberry blonde
  4. Lilac
  5. Midnight blue
  6. Rich reds
  7. Honey blonde
  8. Caramel blonde
  9. Lavender
  10. Ash brown
  11. Light ash blonde
  12. Rose gold
  13. Copper
  14. Burgundy
  15. Chestnut brown
  16. Deep black
  17. Ice blonde
  18. Dark auburn

What hair colour is right for me?

Working out which of the latest hair colour trends will suit you involves more than knowing what hair colours are hot this year. It can depend on your skin tone, pigment, the condition of your hair and even how brave you are!

Luckily we have a quiz for that! Take our quiz to find out the type of colours that will suit you! Just click the image below!

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Do I have warm or cool undertones?

Knowing if your undertones are warm or cool will also help you pick the right colour for you. Use our handy checklist below to find out your undertones below!

If you have cool undertones:

  • Your skin tone is pink or pale.
  • You blush easily!
  • Jewel and pastel colours are so your thing.
  • The colour yellow washes you out and does not look good on you.
  • You have blue not green veins in your wrist.
  • Pearls and silver jewellery look awesome on you.

If you have warm undertones:

  • You have red or golden tones in your natural hair colour.
  • Your skin tone is golden, tan or olive.
  • You might have freckles.
  • You have green not blue veins in your wrist.
  • You suit bright or rich shades better.
  • Gold jewellery looks awesome on you.
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Should I dye my hair at home?

We always recommend seeing a professional who can determine what hair colours are right for you, especially if you’re going for something that needs stripping, bleaching, highlights, or any other effect that is best done by a professional. They’ll also have their finger on the pulse of the latest on-trend hair colours.

We also know that there are times when you might not have the time, or the money and you just want to have a go at revamping your colour yourself. We’ve been there! Read on to find out the best hair colour ideas 2021 that you can do at home.

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What are the top hair colours for 2021?

Without further ado, here are the sexiest, sassiest, fiercest hair colour trends this year that will change your hair and rock your world!

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#1 Silver

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Shimmer and shine with Silver.

Silver is a hair colour trend that really took root (sorry!) in 2020 and it’s here to stay as a top hair colour idea in 2021.

It’s a cool tone that mixes platinum blonde and silver hair to create an ashy, shimmery tone. Before diving straight in and choosing a shade of silver you love, you’ll need to take the colour your hair is now into consideration.

Brunettes, you’ll need to pre-lighten your hair first with bleach to achieve the ashy blonde silver colour.

Natural and highlighted blondes are in luck and an at-home silver box dye like this one should give you the silvery silk results.

Grey hair is also a more muted, up-and-coming trend that gives a dustier, grungier look.

Best for:

  • Blonde or highlighted hair
  • Paler skin with pink undertones

Not so good for:

  • Brunette hair
  • Warm skin tones

Get the colour.

Schwarzkopf Live Intense Colour Hair Dye, Metallic Silver.

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#2 Chocolate brown.

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Sweet like chocolate.

The rich, classic tones of warm brown hair colours are endlessly flattering shades for women of all ages. We particularly love chocolate brown as a dark brown, on-trend hair colour idea as it can make hair appear fuller, thicker and doesn’t appear orangey when it starts to wash out.

Natural brunettes will find their colour is enhanced with chocolate brown and we find even our skin appears more vibrant and healthier too! It’s also an amazing base for balayage, blonde and caramel highlights and ombre hair styles that are all over our insta feed this year.

For blonde hair colour, this is not as simple as colouring your blonde locks brown. You can dye your hair a neutral or warm brown after filling your hair with a copper or red shade, but this is an intensive process that’s best left to the professionals to get it right. 

Best for:

  • Brunettes of all shades
  • Making hair appear fuller, thicker and healthier.
  • Warmer skin tones

Not so good for:

  • Blondes
  • Cool undertones.

Get the colour.

John Frieda’s Medium Chocolate Brown Colour.

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#3 Strawberry blonde

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Naturally gorgeous strawberry.

Strawberry blonde is the latest hair colour trend that’s all over our radar this year. It’s a shade that dances between blonde and red hair and is not quite one or the other – it’s the best of both. It’s a tone blondes or redheads enjoy flirting with to add a bit of depth or lighten their natural colour.

Strawberry blonde is a warm blonde colour with a golden-reddish tint. If you have fair skin, eyes and freckles, it’ll look awesome on you.

That’s not to say cooler tones can’t carry it off. Here you’ll need to pick a deeper, cooler hair dye hue like an ashy rose gold to make it shine.

This sought-after shade is a tint of red or pink on blonde hair, so there’s no such thing as strawberry blonde hair dyes. You’ll need to find the right tone of red or pink box dyes to get strawberry blonde hair at home.

Best for:

  • Warmer skin tones
  • Natural blondes
  • Light eye colours like blue, green and hazel

Not so good for:

  • Cooler skin tones
  • Dark hair bases will need to be pre-lightened

Get the colour.

Clairol Nice’ n Easy Crème, Light Auburn

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#4 Lilac.

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Get the pastel perfection.

Lilac hair colour is the latest pastel hair colour idea to make its debut. Pastels are a major hair colour trend for 2021 and lilac is one of our faves. Derived from the pink pastel pallet, lilac is a hue that comes in many variations – from dusty lilac to lilac pink. Every one gives you a creatively gorgeous hair colour that’s bang on trend.

You can nail the lilac trend with a home dye kit although your locks will already need to be bleached, highlighted or naturally light blonde for the full effect.

For a dusty lilac look, try the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Purple, which is formulated to work on blonde, highlighted, and bleached hair. It’s semi-permanent and you can dial down the vibrancy if you need to by mixing it with conditioner.

Best for:

  • Blonde, bleached or highlighted hair
  • Light brown is a maybe – do a test
  • Fairer skin tones

Not so good for:

  • Darker brunettes
  • Warm skin tones

Get the colour.

Schwarzkopf Live Lightener, Pastel Cool Lilac

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How to dye your hair lilac at home.

#5 Midnight blue.

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The cool cover of darkness.

Bright, rainbow pastel hair colours aren’t the only way to make a colourful statement with your hair this year. We can’t get enough of edgier shades like midnight blue. 

One of the best things about this blue black hair colour, is that since it’s such a dark shade, you won’t have to have your hair bleached to get the look. So it makes it a colour trend that’s totally doable at home.

We particularly love how this looks on black hair and we love the variations with low-lights and dipped ends although you’ll need a hairdresser’s help to nail these awesome looks.

For a semi-permanent midnight blue option, Garnier Nutrisse Permanent Hair Dye in Midnight Blue is the one for you. It’s designed for darker hair but keep in mind that it will start to wash out over the course of about four to ten shampoos.

Best for:

  • Mid brown or dark blonde hair for the most vibrant results
  • Dark Brown hair and Black hair for a more subtle wash
  • Particularly powerful with short hair styles
  • All skin tones

Not so good for:

  • Bleach blondes will get a brighter blue and not the midnight blue effect

Get the colour.

Clairol Nice’ n Easy Crème, Blue Black.

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#6 Rich reds.

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Fire up!

Velvety, fierce, sexy and luxurious, red hair is more than a hair colour idea, it’s a statement. Red hair says you’re up for some fun and you don’t care who knows it. This is in the top hair colours 2021 but the red hair trend is here forever. 

The best thing is, red hair works for everyone. Every skin tone, every eye colour, It’s all about finding the hue that works for you. Rich reds are also easy colours to dye your hair without using bleach.

The lighter your hair, the pinker your red will be compared to a brunette who will experience darker and richer shades of red. Experiment with shades lighter or brighter than you normally would. That’s what having new hair colour ideas are all about.

Best for:

  • Everyone!

Not so good for:

  • No one!

Get the colour.

Garnier’s Olia Red Hair Dye

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#7 Honey blonde

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Golden honey goddess.

Honey blonde is a warm, light blonde with hints of gold. It’s not as light or cool as ash blonde, but not as deep and warm as almost-brunette caramel blonde. It’s the perfect in-between of the two.

Honey blonde really suits people with warm skin tones but that’s not to say cool tones can’t pull it off. It’s a fabulous colour to mix into balayage, ombre and highlights, so you’re bound to find a shade that suits you.

Champagne blonde, sandy blonde and beige blonde colours are also cooler, creamier variations of golden honey blonde.

If you suit honey blonde, it’ll make your skin glow and your eyes pop. It’s a shade that glistens in the sun, gives off California vibes and looks awesome with beachy waves.

Best for:

  • Warm skin tones
  • A light coloured base
  • Mixing with highlights, balayage or ombre

Not so good for:

  • Cool skin tones
  • Dark coloured bases will need lightening

Get the colour.

Clairol Nice n Easy, Medium Honey Blonde.

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#8 Caramel blonde

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Tasty toffee caramel colour.

Caramel is a creamy coloured sensation. A dark blonde/light brown blend of sun-kissed tones that add depth and dimension to any look.

Caramel is a deeper, darker blonde than other warm blonde colours like honey, but not as light or cool as ash blonde. It’s toffee-coloured hues are a great face-framing colour that makes green and blues eyes really pop.

From dark brown caramel tones to golden brown, warm caramel and beige blonde, the range of caramel shades and hues work amazingly as a brown base for other on-trend styles like ombre, caramel balayage and caramel highlights.

It’s a warm, rich colour that knits well with dark roots for a on-point, grown-out look. 

Best for:

  • Warm skin tones
  • A light coloured base
  • Mixing with lighter blondes like honey or even ash blonde
  • Or low lights like warm chocolate brown

Not so good for:

  • Cool skin tones although it can blend with cooler colours

Get the colour.

L’Oreal Excellence, Natural Dark Caramel Blonde

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#9 Lavender

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Luscious pastel lavender.

Lavender is the edgier sister shade of pinker Lilac which is also one of the hot hair shades that are all the rage this year. Pastel lavender is a super soft colour and the perfect blend of purple and blue shades which means it will suit any skin tone – cool or warm.

We love lavender for being such a versatile colour – it can be soft, it can be bright, it can be pastel, electric or neon. And it looks completely fantastic with lavender ombre, balayage or highlights styles.

Lavender is also a great blending partner for all kinds of silver and blonde hair shades. Lavender is typically used to colour-correct yellow and brassy tones, so you know with pastel lavender your lush look will always stay cool.

Best for:

  • Warm or cool skin tones
  • If you’re cool – go for lavenders with a blue base
  • If you’re warm – go for pinker bases and tones

Not so good for:

  • Darker hair colours will need to be lightened to get the perfect purpley colour

Get the colour.

Clairol Colour Crave Semi Permanent Hair Dye, Lavender

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#10 Ash brown

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Cool brunette shades.

Ash brown hair is a cool blend of brown and silver that creates a shimmering natural colour and looks stunning on those with cool undertones. But that’s not to say that warmer tones can’t get the look too. It’s a great base colour to blend with other shades and keep you on-trend from season to season.

It’s is a soft, flattering colour that is loved for being multi dimensional and a perfect colour partner for blonde balayage, ombre and highlights. It gives the best results over pre-lightened, blonde or light brown hair to achieve the ashy brown effect.

It’s the most lusted after shade right now for a gorgeous, all-over natural hue.

Best for:

  • Cool skin tones
  • Works as a great base for highlights or balayage
  • Warm it up by blending with chocolate or caramel shades

Not so good for:

  • Warm skin tones and hair that naturally draws red

Get the colour.

John Frieda Precision Foam Medium Ash Brown Hair Dye.

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#11 Light Ash blonde

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Light smoky blonde hues.

Light ash blonde hair colour is the lightest of the ash blondes – a lustrous, smokey mix of silver and icy platinum blonde hues. The cool colour of the season has multidimensional tones of blue, purple and silver and looks fab with these colours blended in it too. 

Light ash blonde is different from platinum blonde because of it’s distinct grey-silver undertones. Your hair will need to have an almost-white light base colour to achieve it.

It also looks fantastic with dark roots for a grown-out effect and right now ash blonde highlights, ombre and balayage looks are so on trend.

Best for:

  • Cool skin tones
  • The perfect highlighter shade for highlights and babylights
  • Those with a super light base to begin with

Not so good for:

  • Warm skin tones
  • Darker hair

Get the colour.

Revlon Colorsilk, Ultra Light Ash Blonde.

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#12 Rose Gold

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Golden rose glimmer.

Rose gold is part of the fabulous family of metallic hair colours like copper and silver that are filling our hearts and our homes (rose gold kitchen utensils anyone?) with their edgy fabulous vibes.

Rose gold is an ashier shade of pink than warmer tones such as strawberry blonde or copper, so it’s more suited to those who have slightly cooler undertones.

That doesn’t mean it can’t be warmed up – it’s a hair colour shade that both blondes and red heads love playing with for its multi-dimensional look.

Best for:

  • Cooler skin tones
  • Adding depth to red and auburn shades
  • Bringing colour to blonde hues

Not so good for:

  • Warmer skin tones

Get the colour.

L’Oreal Preference Infinia Rich Rose Gold

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#13 Copper

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Metallic copper vibes.

Copper is one of this years most popular red hair shades right now. It’s a bold, fiery, statement colour that gets you noticed and keeps you warm from season to season.

It’s a heady mix of golden, red and orange tones that magically combine to create a soft, subtle colour with a pop of brightness. Along with rich auburn and cool rose gold, it’s one of the most coveted hair shades this year.

Despite it’s metallic name, most natural redheads have copper tones in their hair rather than the red tones you’d expect. Natural red hair looks more like a dark copper-blonde than an actual vibrant red. Those kinds of reds are thanks to the wonders of our best friends the box dyes.

Best for:

  • Warmer skin tones
  • Natural red heads
  • Light eye colours like blue, green and hazel
  • Works well with dark hair colour bases

Not so good for:

  • Cooler skin tones

Get the colour.

Garnier Olia Copper Hair Colour Permanent.

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#14 Burgundy

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Dark purple richness.

Part of the purple hair family, burgundy is a rich, deep purple colour with undertones of brown and red. It’s also known as wine, aubergine, deep cherry red, cherry brown, dark violet, plum, maroon and blackberry.

It’s loved for being multidimensional and making blue and green eyes really pop. It’s also fabulous mixed with other shades like black, dark brown, pink and even blue to create balayage, ombre or highlights effects.

Burgundy is a really easy colour to dye your hair at home. There are loads of burgundy box dyes to achieve the right colour for you. Be careful to match the colour your hair is now to the side of the box.

Best for:

  • Warm or cool skin tones
  • Warm tones go for a red base
  • Cool tones select blue-based hair dyes

Not so good for:

  • Good for everyone!

Get the colour.

John Frieda Deep Cherry Brown.

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Best burgundy hair dyes 2021

#15 Chestnut Brown

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Nutty but nice brunette hues.

Chestnut brown is a warm brown with undertones of red and is a perfect blend of copper and chocolate. It’s best suited to those with warm skin tones but it can be cooled by mixing with ashy browns too.

The low maintenance, multidimensional look is here to stay and is a great base for other gorgeous colour trends – like blonde Balayage, blonde highlights, caramel and blonde Ombre.

It’s easy to dye your hair chestnut brown at home! But the colour you’ll achieve depends on the colour your hair is now. If your hair is particularly dark or black, you’ll need to pre-lighten your hair with bleach to get the right base for chestnut.

Best for:

  • Warm skin tones
  • Adding richness to brunette bases
  • Blending with warm blonde shades like honey for balayage and ombre styles

Not so good for:

  • Cool skin tones or ash blonde base colours

Get the colour.

L’Oreal Preference Permanent Hair Dye,Virginia Chestnut Brown.

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#16 Deep black

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Sexy and mysterious deep colour.

Black hair is a powerful, show-stopping statement and one you need to be sure about. Once this colour is on your hair, it can be really hard to get rid of, so you need to be ready for long-term commitment.

This elegant colour suits a variety of skin tones and hair types. And thanks to multidimensional depth of colour, black hair makes everyone’s hair appear thicker and healthier. Whatever your style, black goes with everything so there’s bound to be a shade for you.

Black is an easy one to do yourself at home but you might need a couple of boxes to get really good coverage – especially if your base colour is light.

Best for:

  • Everyone!
  • Commitment – it’s really hard to get rid of.
  • Solid colour and all over coverage for grey hair

Not so good for:

  • People who like to change their hair colour often!

Get the colour.

Revlon Colorsilk Beautiful Colour Hair Colourant Black.

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#17 Ice blonde

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Icy white coolness.

Ice blonde hair colour is an almost-white, super platinum blonde with ashy silver undertones. We love it because it goes with any style and mood and is the perfect hue to mix with silver, pink and purple pastels or balayage, ombre and highlights.

Getting the ice blonde hair at home look means using hair bleach which damages your hair and can lead to haystack hair. So you need to look after it before, during and after with tons and tons of love and good conditioners.

Ice blonde hair shades are not for everyone. It can wash out your skin tone and make you look ashen if it’s not right for you. Cool tones will suit it best and those with naturally lighter hair are more likely to carry it off.

Best for:

  • Cool skin tones
  • Healthy hair that can withstand processing
  • Hiding grey roots
  • All-over coverage or highlights

Not so good for:

  • People with dark hair bases as it will take a lot of bleaching
  • Already dry, damaged or brittle hair
  • Warm undertones

Get the colour.

Garnier Nutrisse Bleach Hair Dye.

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#18 Dark Auburn

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Dark red-orange depth and tone.

Dark auburn is a rich colour from the red hair family and is a luxurious red-orange hue with brown and red undertones. It’s fab because, like brown and red hair colour, it’s a natural looking shade that suits pretty much everyone.

The red gradient can be anything from a medium to a dark auburn red, with chestnut, copper, blonde and strawberry hues thrown into the mix. So warm or cool, you’re likely to find a few different shades to suit you.

Best of all, it’s a multidimensional colour that’s always on trend because it’s so versatile. It looks amazing as an eye-catching base for colour blended styles like balayage and highlights and mixed with darker shades for ombre and lowlights.

Best for:

  • Mostly those with warm undertones
  • Dark bases
  • Blending with browns and rich reds for ombre or balayage styles

Not so good for:

  • People with cool skin tones although you can cool it down with purple shades

Get the colour.

Schwarzkopf Colour Expert, Auburn Brown.

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Keep life colourful!

So those are the top hair colour ideas 2021 that you can realistically achieve at home with pretty fabulous results. You’ll be on-trend, on point and rocking the latest fashion for your head. 

Don’t be afraid to play around with hair colours and try various hues and tones, there are variations in the mix. Eventually, you’ll find what hair colours will work for you.

And don’t forget to heed the advice in our How to look after your coloured hair and keep it looking luscious for longer to maintain the best results!