Every season comes with an itch to switch things up, and one of the first changes (albeit most dramatic) that comes to mind tends to be our hair color. With the warmer months comes the tendency to go for a lighter, brighter, sun-kissed hue. While fall and winter have us asking our stylists for richer, darker hues. Introducing: Cinnamon hair color. It's a warm, reddish-brown undertone that provides depth, dimension, and warmth to any style—and it looks great on everyone. Here, our 30 favorite ways to wear the cinnamon hair color trend.
Choosing a Shade: According to Linsey Barbuto, owner of Perlei Salon, cinnamon hair color works well with just about every skin tone. "If you have more of an olive complexion, go for a deeper and rich tone; fair skin should aim for a lighter, warmer [shade]."
Maintenance Level: "If you don’t like high-maintenance hair, cinnamon hair color is the right option for you," says Barbuto. "It literally requires the least amount of touchups." She recommends a typical 4-6 week touchup; however, if you have naturally light blonde hair, she suggests a glossing treatment between color to better maintain the cinnamon color.
Goes Great With: Pops of color like cobalt blue and green eye makeup, as well as colors within the same family like bronze, nude, and blush.
Similar Shades: Copper, pumpkin spice, and auburn
Price: For full color, prices can range anywhere from $60-200. Full highlights and balayage can range anywhere from $80-450.
Maya Rudolph's blunt bob and over-directed side part shows off cinnamon color in one of its most classic forms: all-over color that pops extra bright wherever light strikes. And good news: According to Stephanie Brown, master colorist at IGK SoHo, you don't need to bleach dark hair to go cinnamon if you're using single-process color.
Cinnamon is a dimensional color, which means different hues will pop based on your outfit and the light. Here, the orange undertones in Rihanna's face-framing highlights pop against her bright crop top. In other light (or in a different outfit), these pieces might appear more brown or red.
Spare the Roots
If you love the cinnamon hair color trend but can't commit, this is a great way to ensure low-maintenance growth. By leaving your roots out, you incorporate more of your natural hair color—making it easier to add low lights matching your roots later on or chop the cinnamon once you're over it.
Va Va Vibrant
Amy Adams is an OG, always rocking her naturally vibrant cinnamon hue.
If you have naturally reddish-brown hair that you want to (healthily) tone to more of a cinnamon shade, try Overtone's Hair Coloring Conditioner in shade Red For Brown.
We've already called it, the high 60's ponytail is coming back for 2020. We love how Issa Rae's take on the look features warm cinnamon contrasted with cool blue eyeliner.
Burnt Orange All Over
This shade and this outfit together? Does anyone else want to cozy up to some fall weather just looking at this ensemble? (After dying your hair, of course.) To avoid erring on the side of too orange, Brown says your colorist will need to use a neutral base color. She adds, "To keep the hair from getting too brassy, at-home glosses with a warm brunette would be great for at-home maintenance."
After dying her hair to play the Scarlet Witch in the Marvel series, Elizabeth Olsen kept a beautifully rich cinnamon tint to her brunette strands. Her natural blonde is perfectly disguised, but it would be easy for her to add some face-framing highlights for the summer months (without compromising her perfected cinnamon hue).