Experts Predict the Top 6 Hair Color Trends for Fall
As we usher summer out the door, it’s time to think about an autumn refresh. And no, we’re not just talking about hauling out those bins of cozy cardigans and boots you shoved under your bed, or switching to the sultry, dark fragrances you spritz when the temps cool down. The seasonal transition into fall is the perfect time of year to reboot your hair color, too. Maybe you’re digging the idea of a subtle change—from a honey blond to something brighter—or perhaps you’re craving a full-blown pivot. Whatever the case may be, we asked top hair stylists to weigh in on major fall hair color trends, so take your cue from them.
Rich Golden Brown
You don’t have to get rid of warmth simply because the seasons are changing. Embrace it with rich brown hair and golden highlights. “This intense, rich-golden brown can really bring out the beautiful golden undertones of someone’s skin, [as seen on Mariah Carey]. It’s such a flirty color that works well year-round,” says celebrity hairstylist Guy Tang. “This fall hair color is ideal for people who have naturally golden hair, but you can have your stylist customize the shade and intensity of gold to flatter you best.”
“A blonde shade that’s gorgeous for fall is a neutral, wheat blonde with a tiny touch of honey, [as seen on Amanda Seyfried],” says celebrity colorist Kadi Lee. “This shade gives maximum longevity, as blondes with darker roots can achieve this shade by requesting a warm ‘gloss’ or toner applied on their roots in a shade that’s one level lighter than their natural color only for five to 10 minutes.” This process allows for only a slight color shift, which can really stretch your time between appointments as roots start to grow in, and will save you time and cash.
Jessica Rabbit, here you become. A true copper hair color—as seen on Emma Stone—is right in line with autumn hues and makes the perfect complement to foliage, sweaters, and boots. “This copper hue is so glamorous and perfect for fall,” says Tang. “It adds such depth and dimension and can be tweaked to brighten and enhance any and all complexions.”
Lee agrees: “Redheads should look to really amp up the volume with coppery sunset tones, adding in a few auburn lowlights instead of lighter highlights for dimension and movement and to really emphasize the fall season.”
Not really digging the ultra-warm hues? Maybe the idea of choosing a deep espresso that’s closer to your natural color will speak to you. “We’re seeing a resurgence of celebrities embracing their natural hue. Think shiny, thick, rich shades of espresso and cocoa, which are being seen on everyone from Ciara to Kylie Jenner,” says David Lopez, a colorist and stylist for T3. “The key to this is to ask your colorist for a clear gloss with a little gold added to it to truly make it sparkle.”
Another non-warm fall hair color trend you might want to consider is a cool-leaning brunette, like Zendaya is currently sporting. “I am living for the cool brown trend right now. It’s chic and multi-dimensional but still has so much dimension and richness,” Tang says. There are a few ways to achieve this look. One is to ask your stylist to use a cool toner or gloss over your hair to really bring out cool undertones. Another option is to try an ashy brown balayage or highlights. In either case, a violet shampoo will help keep copper at bay.
Cool Baby Blonde
If you’re feeling bold, opt for a cool baby blonde a la Jessica Stam. “This color isn't for everyone as it requires tons of maintenance, but if you’re ready to invest in the look, then go for it. It’ll turn heads,” says celebrity colorist George Papanikolas.“Creating this bright look requires platinum baby highlights paired with stronger, brighter ends. The coolness keeps it really sophisticated, too.” To keep the color from turning yellow, wash with a violet shampoo once a week. It helps neutralizes unwanted warm yellow tones and gives hair a soft, bright finish.