The Best Hair Colors Guide For Fall
Fall’s new hair colours are like the changing leaves: You can always count on a new crop to emerge every season. Lately, we’re seeing colourists get extra innovative with fresh techniques and head-turning updates on familiar colours. It’s not always the shades themselves that catch our attention first, though. The names too have become increasingly, well, thirsty.
Last summer brought us cold-brew hair—as in the multihued shade of brown you get when you pour milk into your coffee—while root beer hair and espresso brunette were the front-runners for 2018. Even Lacroix hair bubbled its way up into our hair-colour lexicon.
It’s a recipe we’ve seen time and time again. Name a hair colour after a dessert or drink, and suddenly blond balayage becomes the much more appealing-sounding (or absurd, depending on your taste) blond-roast hair. But after careful inspection, we believe it’s not all a social media gimmick. As ridiculous as it might seem to sit in your colourist’s chair and request “s’ mores hair,” these names serve to call out some subtle tricks and innovative techniques you might otherwise miss. While dark-roast hair and cold-brew colour might look like just brunette to some, there’s more nuanced than you might think. Here we’re bringing you the best of these colours for fall, with options for every shade of blond, brunette, redhead, and everything in between. Order up.
Celebrity hair colourist George Papanikolas notes that face-framing highlights are a modern way to add dimension without making too dramatic of a change. Going a few shades lighter in the front brings all the attention to your face and keeps your summer highlights in a pretty, natural way.
This shade mirrors the multitone, ashy look of mushrooms. It’s not really blond in the traditional sense; mushroom blond is an in-between colour that makes for the perfect transitional shade. “It’s right in between light brown and dark blond, like an ashier version of the brand,” says Stephanie Brown, master colourist at New York City’s IGK Salon Soho. Because it doesn’t fall firmly into either category, it’s a great shade for blonds looking to dip their toes into the dark side, or for brunettes wanting to go a little lighter.
Created by L.A.-based hairstylist Chad Kenyon, this dessert-inspired colour blends golds and coppers on a warm vanilla base to create a melted look. The seamless blending of different tones is key to get a super-dimensional effect and easy grow-out.
The pastel-pink hair trend isn’t going anywhere. In fact, more women are now going pink as a homage to Megan Rapinoe’s bubblegum hair, which the internet has dubbed Rapinkoe. To bring the pastel shade into fall, take a cue from Rapinoe and add a touch of violet for depth.
You might be all about an extra-hot macchiato come fall, but the cold brew that carried you through summer can be a year-round thing. First spotted as the work of colourist Eric Vaughn, the multidimensional brown tones are paired with a subtle reddish warmth that creates a rich mahogany effect.
Not to be confused with cold-brew colour—which, as you have committed to memory, has a reddish warmth to it—dark-roast colour walks the line between having no red tones (and therefore no risk of brassiness) and not looking too ashy. As a result, it’s the perfect neutral, according to Sadie Curtin, a colourist at the Living Room Salon in Costa Mesa, California.
A riff on the brond trend (that is, brunette-blond) that was all the rage last fall, toasted coconut is even more low-maintenance. Unlike for your usual brond, Atlanta-based hairstylist Kayluh Stewart uses an icy toner to make the blond look almost silvery, while the roots are still a deep, dark brown—hence the “toasted” part.
Spice up your life—or maybe just your hair—with chili chocolate brown, the work of balayage specialist Amanda Leaman, who is based at Joi Salon in Boston. The rich auburn painted over deep brown has an autumnal vibe at first glance, but it’s actually meant to give brunettes a sun-kissed appearance. If you’re still wishing for heatwave weather, this is the second-best thing.
No, it’s not some boardwalk bar’s answer to a Tequila Sunrise. The Sunset Blend (created by colourist Joie Wallace) is a smattering of pink and lavender hues on bleached hair—and looks especially pretty when paired with curls. The soft pastel shades and focus on the crown of the hair gives a dreamy vibe we can’t get enough of.
Chocolate-hued hair isn’t new, but chocolate truffle puts a delicious twist on the fall standby. Subtle gold highlights are woven throughout the hair (but not at the roots) gives the colour extra dimension and an even richer hue, according to Brown.
You can blame everyone’s favourite Halo Top ice cream for giving new life to food-inspired hair trends. This s’mores hair colour is a combo of rich brown toward the roots (your chocolate), golden-brown highlights (hi, graham crackers), and a light golden blond at the ends (we’ll take a wild guess and go with toasted marshmallows).
The trick to nailing this perfect fall colour is the contrast created between a warm auburn tint and a dark brunette base. The layering is super subtle and looks amazing on every length and texture.
Cooler in tone than flannel hair but not as purple as mulled wine, this vibrant burgundy shade mimics the colour found when you cut into a slice of its namesake cake.
A chunky sweater, meet chunky highlights. Cinnamon blush combines dark chocolate hues with a more ashy blond—the mash-up of warm and cool tones make for vibrant, gorgeous colour. (We wouldn’t turn down that chic angled bob, either.) Thank you, Chris Weber (of Vanilla Loft in Vancouver), for making thick highlights seem cool for the first time since 2002.
If anyone refers to this as red hair, make a point to correct them that it’s actually ginger peach. There’s much more going on here than simply red: The dark, almost brunette roots keep it low-maintenance, while the golden and auburn tones prevent the copper colour from pulling too orange.
Depending on whom you talk to, cranberry sauce is either the best or the worst thing about Thanksgiving. That said, I think we can all agree that cranberry hair is more universally appealing. Like mulled wine and red velvet, the colour leans heavily into the deep red family but holds more magenta tones than maroon.
(This story originally appeared on Glamour)
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