8 Throwback Hair Colors That Will Give You Serious Nostalgia

8 Throwback Hair Colors Every '00s Girl Will Remember

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07 December 2018
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Jessie Amato

Junior Beauty Editor

07 December 2018

Every 2000s girl remembers the cute, grungy, and over-the-top looks from the decade. We spent hours sitting in front of the TV watching our favorite childhood music and fashion icons flaunt boyfriend jeans, frosted lip gloss, and all-over denim. The makeup and fashion choices were iconic, but the hair colors will always be the true standout. While 2018 has been all about mushroom brown, cranberry, and neon hues, we still catch ourselves thinking about the chunky highlights and pops of color from back in the day.

Looking to take a walk down memory lane? If you’re obsessed with 2000s trends, these iconic throwback hair colors that are sure to spark your nostalgia.

Reverse Ombre

Reverse ombre looks exactly like it sounds: A light hue on the top that transitions to a deeper shade from your mid-lengths and ends.

Bubblegum Pink

Before there was millennial pink, bubblegum pink totally dominated the 2000s. The vibrant hue resembles a sweet piece of sugary gum—perfect for anyone looking for statement shade that still works in 2018.

Red Highlights

When you imagine old-school red highlights, you probably think of a certain pop-star best known for her “dirty” era. Red highlights have come a long way since then. Subtle red streaks are a great way to add a bit of dimension to brown hair.


Platinum strands have never truly gone out of style. From platinum balayage to silvery platinum, variations of the ultra-light hue have come and gone over the years.

If you do decide to go platinum, a shampoo and conditioner system formulated specifically for blonde hair is essential for your hair care routine. We recommend the L'Oréal Professionnel Blondifier system. The shampoo gently cleanses hair and emphasizes the multidimensional shine of blonde hair while the conditioner leaves hair soft, shiny and easy to detangle from lengths to ends.

Pop Of Color

A full head of vibrant hair color is one of 2018’s biggest beauty trends. Back in the day, however, streaky pops of vibrant color were all the rage. Looking to try the throwback trend for yourself? Ask your stylist to place a few streaks of the bright color of your choice throughout your mane.

Popstar Red

If you’re a 2000s kid, you might recall a member of an iconic ‘90s girl group infamous for her fiery strands—and she definitely made us want to go red at least once. If you’re still itching to go red, the hue is crazy popular in 2018.

Red hair can be difficult to maintain, so we recommend investing in a few key products specifically formulated for color-treated hair. Start by swapping out your regular shampoo and conditioner for the Redken Color Extend Magnetics Shampoo and Conditioner.

Pastel Hues

Both subtle and dramatic, pastel hair colors are super wearable but still unique enough to make a statement. If you’re worried that pastel hues are leaving the limelight, don’t panic. They’re not going anywhere anytime soon. Our expert predicts smoky hair colors will be one of the biggest hair color trends for 2019.

Blonde Highlights On Dark Hair

The 2000s were all about contrast. Chunky blonde highlights against dark brown or black hair was the go-to look for so many influential pop stars. For an updated look, ask your colorist for thinner blonde streaks on dark hair.

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