The Hair Colour Trends To Look Out For In 2020

The Hair Colour Trends To Look Out For In 2020

Charles Worthington’s Head of Colour, Katie Hale, reveals the need-to-know hair colour trends for 2020 and treats our tresses to some TLC at the flagship salon.

With spring just around the corner, many of us are thinking about making a bold colour change for the warmer months ahead.

A new decade brings with it fresh new ways to colour your hair. So we asked top Charles Worthington colourist, Katie Hale, on what’s looking popular in 2020. Spoiler alert: soft blondes, glossy brunettes, punchy reds and smoky ash hues are all set to be big.

The Charles Worthington flagship salon in London

I was also lucky enough to have a much-needed colour update from Katie herself at the swoon-worthy Charles Worthington Percy Street salon. Keep scrolling to see the results.

Understated highlights
According to Katie, wearable shades like golden blonde and soft highlights will remain popular as they’re easy to maintain and perfect for those who don’t want to go too bold.

Caramels and smoky gold
Katie suggests adding moodier caramel hues for multidimensional depth, volume and texture, to give hair a lift in a subtle but noticeable way.

Another popular ask is smoky gold, which combines cool and warm tones together and compliments every skin tone. It’s also great for blondes and brunettes.

Rich mahogany
If you’re looking to go to the dark side, rich mahogany is one answer. Katie says those that want less commitment should choose cinnamon and hazel tones, which are both a great way to introduce a little colour to your locks.

Balayage and ‘smudged out’ roots
Balayage is a trend that’s here to stay. When it comes to balayaged brunettes with light blonde ends, go for warmer richer reflects to achieve a more natural-looking balayage.

Brunettes looking for an easily maintainable style will want to try ‘smudged out’ roots, which give an effortless look with an edge.

Inside the Charles Worthington salon in London

About the salon
Charles Worthington is a household name when it comes to hair. The brand’s been around for over 30 years, hosted too many celebrity faces to name and is home to the country’s top colourists, including Katie Hale.

Inside the Charles Worthington salon

I booked into the gorgeous Percy Street salon (think mirrored surfaces, marble walls and crushed velvet armchairs) giving poor Katie the tough job of updating my unloved, grown-out balayage highlights.

She greeted me at the front desk with a beaming smile and led me downstairs to the cutting-edge ‘Colour Zone’. Every colourist has its own station to work at, with plenty of space either side.

I was running a little late, so Katie had to work fast – that didn’t phase her one bit.

Leanne Kelsall hair colouring at Charles Worthington
Leanne Kelsall’s spring-ready hair.

Before I knew it, she’d armed with glossy magazines, pink bubbly and the scrummiest homemade shortbread biscuits, and was eager to hear my colour aspirations. Her expertise shone through from the start, as she delved into my hair’s colour history.

At Charles Worthington, no colour is by the book. As Head of Colour, Katie places huge importance on bespoke colour to suit clients’ skin tone and regime, so the consultation is never rushed.

Somehow, through my mumblings and some Google images I’d liked, Katie was able to interpret exactly how I wanted my hair colour to look, and completely transformed my tresses in a couple of hours.

She was amazingly precise with the colour, masterfully paining the balayage using tools and techniques honed over the years, and a few of her own insider hacks.

Thanks to Katie, I left the salon with healthy-looking, spring-ready hair, and a spring in my step too.

Katie Hale at Charles Worthington – Where & How?

To book in with Katie, or to find out more, visit or call the salon on 020 7831 5303.

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Leanne Kelsall

Luxury Travel and Lifestyle Journalist

Leanne jumped ship from a sleepy suburban town to the Big Smoke to pursue a career in creative writing and advertising. She now freelances as a luxury travel and lifestyle journalist for Luxurious Magazine. As an avid storyteller, she combines her love of the written word and luxury travel to review trending and undiscovered hotels, restaurants and events. Recent adventures have taken her as far as Fiji, Iceland and New York to discover what really makes the world’s top hotels tick. As well as writing, her passions include boutique luxury escapes, fine dining, theater and music events, alongside a keen interest in fitness having been a previous British swimming record-holder and a current fitness/figure champion.

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