• There's no better time to switch up your hair color than the start of a new year.
  • The color trends for 2022 include chunky highlights and new twists on red.
  • We asked a handful of pros to share the coolest hair colors to look out for next year.

In the last 18 months, hair color went from boxed hair dye, "banded" roots, and the decidedly unintentional DIY "home-bré" to some semblance of normalcy. Now, with New Year's resolutions on the mind - and yet, still not a damn clue how the impending months will unfold - experts say the biggest color trends you'll see in 2022 will lean one of two ways: either very low-key or kicked up 10 octaves.

"This has been an exhausting and emotional year for everyone, and many people are steering toward a low-maintenance direction," celebrity hairstylist Bianca Hillier said. "In the past, people were more dedicated to visiting the salon and committing to color that requires frequent upkeep for highlights and bases that demand frequent toners. Right now, color that's extremely low-maintenance will be the vibe."

The upside about this approach, she said, is that these easier-to-upkeep hues "tend to have more depth and muted dimension for movement." The downside: it doesn't scratch that itch for a big hair transformation that so many people are experiencing. "For those of us getting restless while stuck at home, we want to see a big change," Hillier said. That's where the next wave of trends comes in: of brighter blonds, streaks of copper, and bold, single-process colors.

No matter which camp you fall under, there are countless hair-color ideas to look forward to in 2022. Ahead, we've asked a handful of pros to break down each and every one (because haven't we all done enough guessing this year?).

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