Top hair color trends

A decade is over and 2020 is finally here. I don't know about you, but I find myself reflecting on some interesting hair trends celebrities have sported throughout the years (long braids, bangs, 90's prom hair—to name a few). So I'm dying to know what colors we should look out for in 2020.

Bottom line: if you need a color refresh for the winter, look no further.

I asked Matrix Celebrity Colorist, George Papanikolas and Kate Reid, COLOR.ME by Kevin Murphy Global Design Director to share their 2020 hair color trend predictions. Take a look and feel free to try a few yourself:

1. High contrast color with unexpected twists

According to Papanikolas, coppers with a deeper base and a bright copper highlight will be hot in 2020. Think: brunettes with rich base colors and bright honey blonde high contrast highlights.

How mamas can try it: "What makes this look great for modern moms is keeping the highlights soft and delicate at the root area gradually getting thicker and heavier towards the mid and ends," says Papanikolas.

2. Chunky highlights (with curls)

This year we will see lots of layering, curly bangs and all-around big curly hair. Chunky highlights make this fun and playful so that they don't disappear into the curls, says Papanikolas.

How mamas can try it: Add a shadow root to keep this looking up-to-date without a harsh line.

3. Rich auburns

The best way to wear rich auburns is to have a deep mahogany base with cinnamon accents. To keep these delicate shades vivid, use an acid-based shampoo like Matrix Total Results Keep Me Vivid Sulfate-Free Shampoo. This seals the cuticle and locks in the color, says Papanikolas.

How mamas can try it: Reid says by adding warmth to the hair it gives an instant glow and health to our skin. This helps to enhance our features, makes us look well-rested, plus adds color to our cheeks.

4. Cool browns

For brunettes wanting cool tones, you will want to lift the hair past orange and then use an ash based toner to give a cool brown finish. Trying to get this look with hair color on the will result in a warm finish on brunettes. This is a great option for those with naturally dark hair who don't want to deal with constant root touch-ups, says Papanikolas.

How mamas can try it: It's hard for mamas to get to the salon, to maintain to look at home, use a green-based shampoo which neutralizes red tones.

5. Tweed

The movement to less over-lightening hair is hitting us. In the past, colorists have really over-processed hair with protein-rich bond builders, (like Olaplex) says Reid. Colorists are now moving back towards higher integrity colors, promoting glossy and strong hair. This is being achieved by leaving more natural or depth in between the blonde balayage, foliage or highlights, which creates more of a tweed finish. The mix of shades plus a velvety texture is perfect for the cooler months.

How mamas can try it: This color is great on fair and medium skin tones. Busy mamas can maintain the color with a violet based shampoo.

6. Coral + copper

Okay, before you freak out mama, the color isn't as extreme as you think. If you feel like moms can't pull off this shade think again. The biggest incoming shades for 2020 are from tangerine, mandarin, burnt peach and golden red tones, says Reid.

How mamas can try it: Try the color all over, as a balayage, foilage or even dip dye.

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.


Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.


Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.


Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.


Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.


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