The '90s era "money piece" hair color trend is back in full force thanks to social media influencers, primarily teenagers on TikTok who are using the platform to revive trends of the past back into the mainstream. "Money pieces" are highlighted sections of hair at the front of your head used for face-framing and adding dimension to your look.
Teenagers love making their money pieces bright neon colors to stand out among the crowds of students in high school but adults prefer to make their money pieces more refined for the workplace. Rather than resorting to heavy bleach, most people choose to lighten their hair two or three shades for subtle face-framing highlights.
Black and Brown Blend
Blend black and brown together for a more dimensional look. This look is perfect for those of us who can’t be bothered by touching up our roots! Ombré hair colors have been popular since 2016 and won’t be going anywhere any time soon. 2022 is no different! However, this year is more experimental with the ombré.
Traditional ombrés start out with brown near the roots and transition to blonde down at the ends. For 2022, women are sticking to dark shades, like transitioning from black roots to brown ends. This kind of ombré is professional, classy, and a more mature style than bold blonde styles that the teenagers love.
Level up your shadow roots by layering black under a chestnut base. This look is perfect for those of us who can’t be bothered by touching up our roots! Chestnut hair color is the perfect blend of warm brown and trendy red undertones. Red dye is a fall favorite, but chestnut is a lot more forgiving in case expectations don’t match up with reality.
You might not go chestnut straight into 2022 because it is a staple autumnal shade for many women. At the very least, go lighter for the spring and summer and darken it up the farther into fall and winter you get. As long as your stylist is getting paid well, we guarantee that they'll love to keep your hair the best chestnut shade for every season.
This famous reddish-blonde hue immediately elevates any natural to a new level of effortless elegance. It's refined, yet still light and flirty The color is historically associated with refinement and classic beauty. Paired with Old Hollywood styling, strawberry blonde is at the top of the list for trendiest colors for the year!
Strawberry blondes are actually the lightest shade in the red hair group, so you're not actually "going blonde" when you ask for this color at the salon. So as long as you don't mind receiving a ginger joke here and there from close-minded blondes, this shade is perfect for the spring and early summer!
This color is also one of the most popular colors for the year, and we can see why. Blonde is good and all, but faded toffee? We had never heard of this shade of blonde until 2021 when faded blonde was all the rage. Toffee blonde, however, is here to take the throne.
Overall, we prefer toffee blonde and guarantee it's better than last year's faded shades because you won't have to go to the stylist more than once or twice a year if you already have medium-brown roots. This hair color ranges from the darkest faded blonde shade to the lightest of browns to match your preferences perfectly!
A new go-to fall and winter look is mahogany red. As you can probably tell, 2022 is the year for brunettes to shine. And because mahogany is defined by brilliant brown and red undertones, it's the best way to shake things up this year. Plus, these undertones can range in vibrancy given how bold you want to go for the holidays.
Once you consult with your stylist to your desired hue, you'll quickly realize how fun the color is for outfit coordination. Black outfits allow the mahogany color to pop and create an aura of alluring strength, while white monochrome gives you an aura of luxury that will leave others green with envy.
Bleach blondes are out and healthy browns are in! Celebrities everywhere are transitioning from bold neon tones and platinum blondes to glossy satin browns for the New Year. Stylists around the world reported to The New York Times on why they've seen an uptick in long-term blonde clients requesting silky brown shades. Stylist Mr. Izquierdo said, “The request is about shine and more healthy hair. They’re asking specifically for a glossy brunette.”
Another stylist Sharon Dorram agreed, saying, “The current look is a very high-gloss, almost lacquered finish... There’s definitely been a change in attitude as I see clients transition to darker, more luxurious hues." For many women, brown hair equates to an entire change in personality. Where blonde hair is associated with fun and happiness, brown hair translates to power, mystery, confidence.
Stylists predict that the top hair color trend for summer 2022 is copper! But it's not any old copper... Avoid flat reds at all costs this year. 2021 was for redheads, but 2022 is filled with dimensional browns. So the only way copper can compete is by sprinkling a dash of high and lowlights to the style.
This almost-ginger look has been popular for a few years now, but if you haven’t tried it, 2022 is your year. Reds will be popular and carry over from the warm summer to crisp fall just in time for the holidays. Reddish browns will never go out of style for late summer and early autumn because they coordinate with nature's changing hues so well!
For years, hairstylists have insisted on giving hair as much dimension as possible with lowlights, highlights, layers — all that jazz! 2022 isn't singing much of a different tune, especially when it comes to ginger tones, but there are still a few flat black shades that refuse to give up their spotlight.
For many of us busy women, we can't bother with constant color upkeep when there are thousands of other tasks to accomplish on any given day. We're creatures of habit and are happy with one consistent color all over the head. Plus, it requires fewer trips to the salon, which translates to more money, more time, and less time sitting in a chair making small talk!
The most recent balayage technique on the market is "foilayage." This is when stylists will highlight their client's hair by hand-painting bleach onto individual sections of the hair and wrapping the hair in foil. This process gives highlights subtle dimensionality, extra shine, and a classy sun-kissed look for summer. According to Glamour, the trend originated in France to make the hair look naturally sun-kissed as opposed to a perfectly blended and manufactured blonde.
Colorist Francesca Dixon explains how "foilayage" differs from classic highlights: “Traditional highlights will almost always use foils, and color is applied to the root of the hair, whereas balayage is a visual hand-painted technique working with pieces of hair. The results are very different as balayage gives hair a blended and overall softer subtle finish, whereas highlights, because they are added from the root, can often look stripy.”
The disco-roots trend is an extension of last year’s obsession with colorful jewel tones; this style just combines them all together! Focused specifically on purples, blues, greens, and yellows, the disco color scheme is especially popular within the “peekaboo” niche of hair-color craft that overlaps with the "money piece" trend online.
Here, Bella Thorne takes the "disco" aspect of this flamboyant color trend very literally. Not only is her hair a vibrant pink with splashes of bubblegum for dimension, but she also uses holographic glitter to make her blue roots especially fun. Even though discos aren't that popular anymore, this trend will definitely be everywhere at 2022's top music festivals.
Caramel Balayage Fade
Most caramel colors lean toward a sun-kissed and creamy blonde shade with golden undertones. Celebrities love rocking this shade so they can shine under the bright lights and camera flashes of red carpet ceremonies. But for 2022, regular women are taking center stage and getting the perfect blend of brown, blonde, and red to make a buttery caramel swirl.
A subtle black-to-caramel ombré is a way to guarantee dimension without touching the roots of your natural hair if you're a natural dark brunette. Instead, it focuses on lightening the lower part of your hair. The trend isn’t a massive change for most dark-haired beauties but we promise that it'll amp up your look. Just go to a good stylist that can make it look truly seamless!
While dark auburn is a popular shade for all over the hair, a few similarly-colored highlights can allow you to jump on the trend without committing completely. A tinge of auburn is a fantastic way to give flat browns some life. Flat black colors are at the top for 2022, but flat browns? That's a no-go.
Colorist Aura Friedman told The New York Times that she's “experiencing a surge in requests for warmed-up brown colors. She believes that it's because "brunette has the power to be transformational on the front end, yet low maintenance in the long term." Plus, she says, “A drop of copper in brunette can really make amber and green eyes sparkle.”
Last year, the dirty brunette trend was all the rage. But for 2021, burnt caramel deserves the spotlight. This technique allows brunette hair to shine when styled into gorgeous loose waves, a sleek ponytail, or even a messy bed head look. Burnt caramel got its beginnings with black-to-brown ombrés but now can stand out as its own style entirely.
As opposed to a traditional brown ombré, burnt caramel looks the best with dark brown lowlights and dirty blonde highlights that blend together to make a creamy caramel with just a hint of darkness. Caramel on its own is too flat to be fun, so make sure you discuss highlights with your stylist if you want to do it right!
Because darker browns are making a huge comeback in 2022, shades of super dark browns are rising in popularity as well. Flat black tones already top this year's trend list, but midnight browns are worth talking about too. From warm and wistful to cool neutrals—do whatever your heart desires when going dark!
Midnight brunette is unique in that it has cool blue undertones that help define your dark strands for the cold winter months. Blue intensifies black to the point of unique shine under certain lights. But you don't have to dunk your hair in bleach to get the blue tone you desire; midnight brunette is much heavier in the brown tones as opposed to bright sapphire.
A few years ago, rose gold dye was the “it” hair color. First, it started with jewelry then exploded into the beauty world from makeup and skincare to hair dye and accessories. That trend soon lost its sparkle after people tired of Millennials abusing the shade for all of their home decor, so the apricot hue is here to take its place.
Apricot blends both pink and orange to create a distinctive color that remains pretty without bordering on tacky like a bright pink or dark red would do. The subtle pink and orange tones can be individually adjusted to achieve the desired shade to brighten your skin and make your eyes pop for the spring!
Sure, highlights are an option, or...you could go for trendy curlights! Curly girls are neglected way too much in the beauty industry. Many salons deny curly clients because they don't specialize in the cut, so it leaves these beautiful women with limited options. If you're struggling to find a stylist to cut your curls, try out some highlights in the meantime to freshen up your look.
This hairstyle places delicate highlights into your lovely locks to make it look as though your curls were naturally lightened by the sun—without all that damage! Highlights vary in intensity, but the trendiest way to make your curls shine — literally — is by leaving your roots untouched and letting the rest of your hair suffer treatment.
Around 2015, Easter pastels were the only hair colors Millennials influencers desired. You couldn't go to a salon without seeing women begging for lilacs and pale pinks. While the rest of the rainbow is taking a rest, pale lilacs are back in full force. You can thank Kylie Jenner's wig stylist for this trend!
According to New York Gal, purple hair is so popular among young women because it's used to send subtle messages to those around them, especially on social media. Essentially, purple hair is a surefire way of expressing your opinions without actually saying anything. For instance, purple "could be a way of signifying nobility, royalty, and luxury," like for the Kardashians, but for others, it could mean you're a liberal or part of the LGBTQ+ community.
Most of the trendy hair colors from the past decade have been popularized by the Kardashian and Jenner clan, and this year's "anime pink" shade is no exception. Because the pandemic made women itch for independence and control over their lives, they're finally using the New Year as an excuse to reach for the box dye and go to town on their hair.
According to Allure, pink hair "signifie[s] a mental shift." Hairstylist and expert colorist Kristen Ess told the publication, "Pink is such a happy color and because of its pastel shade, it still feels light and bright, the way blonde hair does. It makes you feel like you have a brand-new color. Plus, the pink tone really upstages the line of demarcation [around your roots], which sort of makes you forget about the grow-out for a minute."
Matching your hair color to your personality is totally in. Take a look at all the women opting for pinks and purples to spice up their work-from-home life and you'll realize that it's time for you to adventure into the color space, too. Midnight brunette incorporates blue undertones into your hair to give dark brown some dimension, but that isn't enough for some people.
Instead, other people think that smoky blue is the perfect shade for winter in the New Year. This soft shade of blue is a smokey mix of blue and aubergine to create a beautiful swirl of cool tones that will no doubt help you unlock newfound independence within your life. Any time someone travels outside of their hair color comfort zone, their confidence skyrockets!
Sandstone blonde is not a color we see too often but 2022 promises to change that reality. A quirky twist on traditional blonde, with its subtle black-and-yellow undertones, is sure to garner loads of compliments. This shade of blonde differs from toffee and caramel because the blonde itself is flatter than toffee's flecks of brown and caramel's buttery undertone.
Billie Eilish abandoned neon green roots on top of black hair for a shaggy sandstone blonde. You know this color is a serious hit if celebrity teenagers are hopping on the trend, too! And don't forget Mariah Carey's gorgeous sandstone extensions featured at the 25th Anniversary celebration of "All I Want For Christmas."
Nothing is better than cinnamon and chocolate! Cinnamon hair has become one of the most sought-after hair trends in 2022 because it's a warm shade that transitions beautifully through each and every season — especially early fall! It’s a simple mixture of a brunette base and warm auburn hues that any stylist can do for you.
Spotted on celebrities from Meghan Markle to the Kardashians, cinnamon allows women to take a break from the bright reds of years past without going completely neutral with a dull brown. Blondes tend to opt for strawberry blonde when traversing into the ginger territory, but brunettes love a dash of cinnamon to spice things up for the holidays.
As the name implies, s’mores hair mimics the ingredients of this delicious dessert. It’s the combination of dark brown roots, golden highlights, and white-blonde tips. Your hair will look like the perfect blend of chocolate, graham cracker, and marshmallows! It will be your new go-to. Plus, it works with all types of hair from short and sassy to classically long.
The s'mores look differs from traditional brown-to-blonde ombrés by lessening the harsh divide from dark to light. In other words, there's a third shade incorporated into the mix that separates and blends dark roots with light blonde ends. Usually, this shade is a sandstone blonde, a light toffee, or literally the color of crumbly graham crackers, hence the name "s'mores."
Fresh beige is super light, and it looks like a basic dirty blonde. So, why would anyone want this weird in-between shade? Uh, because it looks great by itself, and the sun brings out the natural blonde and yellow undertones! Beige is in itself a neutral shade that's perfect for every season, typically regardless of your skin color.
According to Garnier, fresh beige is a version of blonde hair color that's a "sandy blonde that controls warmth, but isn't plain ashy—sparkling like champagne — a cool, warm blonde. This look is perfect for anyone with a medium complexion and hazel or brown eyes." We'll take their word for it!
Surprisingly, this trend isn't ombré, although shadow roots are a little similar. Shadow roots definitely got their start in the world of ombré blends, but this trend relies more on the roots than the blend. This trend looks like there's a shadow on your hair, which is certainly something you'll need a quality stylist for!
The careful gradient used for ombré also takes a skilled hand, but just because the transition from shadow root to your base hair color can be sudden, that doesn't mean it's easy to pull off! We doubt you can get a straight line if you're bleaching — or even just touching up your color — by yourself.
You’re going to see mushroom brown hair everywhere in 2022. This color involves shades of brown and grey to create an ashy color that looks similar to portobello mushrooms. Lowlights are added on top of dark hair to create dimension. It’s the perfect hair color to consider if you’re a brunette looking to conceal your greys, or if you’re just a brunette who’s ready for a change!
This ashy-toned brown acts as Switzerland between blondes and brunettes. So if you want to traverse into the world of mushroom tones, make sure you have a strong sense of self beforehand because you'll be confused with dirty blondes and caramel girls constantly (depending on how light you go, of course).
Warm Natural Balayage
If you love a good balayage, don’t fret. This hair coloring technique is still in. There are many ways to balayage your hair, but a classic warm, natural balayage is always in style. This styling technique combines browns, blondes, and golds to create hair that seamlessly transitions between all three shades!
Colorist Aura Friedman told The New York Times that even though cool tones were trendy last year, "uncertain times" have made "warming, feel-good colors" popular this year. Plus, a client told the publication that “brown hair brings out my hardworking and serious side, which is good for the winter — like the fable of the ant and the grasshopper. And I don’t have to worry about my roots.”
Honey blonde is another shade that's extremely popular among celebrities. We're guessing that it won’t be long before we see women everywhere dyeing their hair this shade! We think it would look great for a spring to summer transition. This trend takes shades of honey brown and makes it into a perfect do.
Summer is typically viewed as the season for blondes, but we think that honey tones and golden blondes work for each and every season, especially in 2022, which is the year for yellow undertones, natural shades, and dimensional brunettes! Everything is brighter and shinier as we traverse into the New Year with as much hope as we can muster up!
Icy Blonde with Dark Roots
We hear you when you say, "blonde with dark roots isn’t anything new," but icy blonde with dark roots hasn’t been in style for a while now. For this trend, we think adding a little color could give it that extra bit of flair! Pearl blonde is the shade for modern fashionistas as the extravagance of the look is unparalleled.
Neither overly cool nor warm, this shade of blonde’s versatility is classy during any season. This trend is basically the same as shadow roots but with one key difference — the bottom half has to be as blonde as you can get. We're not kidding. It might take three sessions to lighten and tone your hair to the iciest shade that exists.
A copper base is immediately vamped up by trendy yellow babylights. The yellow might seem like an odd color to choose from, but they can be subtle enough to provide just a dash of dimension or bright enough to help you stand out from the crowd of ashy brunettes and honey blondes!
According to L'Oreal Paris, this shade of pumpkin spice hair is a "warm brown hair color that has red and copper undertones reminiscent of fall leaves. It can also range in depth and tone to be flattering for multiple skin tones." Basically, pumpkin spice is literally the perfect hair color for autumn coffee lovers.
Like traditional yellow stripy highlights on copper hair, gold babylights can serve the same purpose of creating depth and shine on any hair color. Typically used to make brown or blonde hair pop, a subtle golden sheen complements the skin and shines in the light. Try it out on blonde, too!
The awesome part about babylights is that they can be as bold or as subtle as you want. We'd recommend bold babylights in the summer when you want to give your hair that extra sun-kissed look. But for the fall, winter, and emerging into spring, super soft highlights will keep you looking vibrant without distracting too much from the cool tones of winter.
Choosing between brunette and blonde hair can be a difficult decision. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be anymore. Instead of choosing one or the other, choose both. Bronde hair, one of the hottest new hair colors, fuses brown and blonde hair together to create a unique new shade!
It seems like nowadays none of us can make a decision to save our lives. When we barely have an option to go outside anymore, why would we know what color to dye our hair? Look out for bronde! It's perfectly in-between brown and blonde so that you never have to have color envy ever again. Plus, it’s super flattering and will keep your hair looking beautiful and trendy.