5 Fall Hair Colour Trends You're About To See Everywhere

Heading into the hair salon for a seasonal colour can be tricky. You're feeling the fall spirit, strolling in with your pumpkin spice latte and a hankering for change, and the next thing you know, you're walking out with a dye job that your colourist calls "cinnamon spice" and feels exactly 0% like you.

Luckily, for those of us who don't want our hair to mirror the seasonal shift too literally, L.A.'s top stylists tell us that this year's of-the-moment colour trends are super natural. If you're a natural dirty-blonde and your summer colour's feeling a little flat, you can add a strawberry-gold highlight for instant warmth. Or, if you're a brunette and craving a refresh, there's a glossy chocolate tone perfect for you.

The five hair colour trends that are going to be big this fall, along with ample inspiration to bring to your colourist, ahead.

Gilded Strawyberry Tones

Cherin Choi, colourist at Nova Arts Salon in L.A., calls this hue "lioness colour." This trend uses a subtle highlight to play up the warmer gold, strawberry blonde, or red-ish base, whether natural or done with dye or gloss. The trick is to find a golden tone that works well with your root colour so it grows out seamlessly.
A copper colour can be tricky because you don't want your highlight to read brassy, but when you are on the side of gold, with just a touch of red undertones, the result is the perfect rich fall shade that'll look incredible at golden hour.
See how golden highlights make curls look vivacious, while a transitional amber-tinged tone keeps it from looking overdone? The result is fresh and modern, but still subtle.

Dusty Blonde
This summer has been all about bright, glossy tones — which aren't going anywhere — but Choi tells us that the fall is the perfect time to take your colour a little cooler, more muted, and less Barbie Blonde. "I am enjoying dimension and change for a fresh new fall look," she explains. "Cooler blonde highlights blended over a dark base shade lets you go lighter, without feeling too blonde — and it gives the look a little texture and edge."
Balayage is a great technique for mixing a cool, dusty blonde highlight into long hair, because it looks even radder when your dark roots grow in.
Want to really take it to the next level? Icy gray-blonde highlights are unexpected on jet-black hair, but when they're focused on the ends, the overall look is both soft and hip at the same time.
Cold Brew Colour
NYC-based colourist Stephanie Brown says the "cold brew" colour trend will continue to be big for fall. The name is a bit deceiving, because we're not talking about plain coffee, rather a play on varying degrees of the cream that's added. It's about the "swirling of neutral and golden tones down the hair," Brown explains. "Just like when you pour a little bit of milk into your coffee."
L.A.-based colourist Erin Carter shows us how a face-framing, golden shine can make a deep, chestnut base colour come alive.
Popping soft, caramel-coloured curls with sun-kissed blonde highlights is like ordering your cold brew with a half-pump of hazelnut. It's so subtle, but makes all the difference.
Woman With Medium Shadow Root Blonde Hairstyle
Shadow Roots
A shadow root — also called gloss smudging — is the perfect complement to the sunny summer highlight you already have going on, and actually looks cooler as it grows out.
Brown tells us that she likes to give her clients a shadow root to transition summer colour into fall. "I’ll tone the roots a bit darker than the mid-shaft and ends of the hair," she explains. "This lets you go a little lighter with the colour, without the worry of having a harsh contrast when your hair is growing out."
L.A. colourist Justin Anderson shows us how to take hair darker for fall without doing away with leftover highlights. The idea is to deepen the root shade so that the blonde accent actually appears brighter by contrast.
Young slim girl with long brunette hair going out from shop carrying bags.
Rich Brown
Daniel M, a colourist at Nova Arts Salon, tells us that he's playing up rich brown colours for fall. “Fall is the best excuse to give your hair a nice break from bleach," he says. "Opt for a warm brown — it'll take a natural brunette back to neutral. But keep a touch of highlight or a rich gloss, to keep it from looking flat.”
Subtle babylights woven through the ends of hair look completely natural, yet make the whole look feel more voluminous and healthy.
A high-shine gloss finish makes multidimensional brown colour feel all the more fresh and vibrant for fall.


This article was written by Megan Decker from Refinery29 and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

Page Top