With the change of the season, the temperatures drastically drop and so do our normal hair color requests. Simply put, fall is a time of year that embodies transition. The autumn leaves match some of our best hair color trends of the season, ranging in shades from deep auburn and chocolate brown to rich honey blondes and icy-toned highlights. We collected a few tips from our trusted expert to help guide you toward these trending transitional tones. Read on for 20 of the best hair colors to consider this Fall.
Meet the Expert
Caterina Alfieri is an expert hair colorist at New Jersey's Mancuso Salon. She has mastered effortless, yet elegant results ranging from bright blonde foil highlights to lived-in hand-painted balayage, rich brunettes and all shades of red.
Just because the temperatures are dropping, that doesn't mean we have to shy away from the warmth in our hair color. To keep your color vibrant all season, Alfieri tell us, "At-home care is imperative to achieving and maintaining any desired hair color, and with so many products on the market it’s easier now than ever. I love the Gem Lites shampoos for at home maintenance and refreshing."
We are swooning over this rich burgundy for Fall knowing all the ways there are to play off accessorizing with this color, even just with a punch of berry lip color.
Ombres are still trending this Fall, but brunettes may want to consider keeping things darker and slightly more muted than usual. Instead of the drastic change from roots to ends, keep your highlights a mere 2-3 levels lighter than your base color. This will eliminate the need for frequent touch-ups and can extend the time between appointments.
Overgrown highlights have never been so in-style as they are post-quarantine. Alfieri says people are looking for "hair color that can withstand a long break from the salon and still look good." These roots don't bother us one bit.
Swirls of rich caramel can in fact make their way into a low maintenance, dimensional color palette for your locks. When warm hues drip down this effortlessly, they grow out effortlessly and are therefore easy to uphold through the long winter ahead.
Letting your old color fade away is easy with the help of an at-home toner to rid your lingering grown-out highlights of unwanted brassiness. Find a shade that blends seamlessly into your base color for an intentional color revival.
It turns out you don't need to save your warm, honey blonde color goals for next summer. "Warmer tones are complementary on all hair textures and colors," Alfieri assures us. "We all have the tones already existing in our hair, it’s just a matter of exposing the right amount of warmth for our natural hair, or the overall look we’re going for."
No need to do a full head of foil highlights this season. Try gradually easing into lighter tones with techniques like balayage that are hand-painted onto your strands for a soft, blended look that grows out without any harsh lines against your base color.
Hint of Red
When contemplating your next hair color, don't forget to consider your skin's undertones, Alfieri reminds us. "All undertones can look great with warmth, it’s just where on the spectrum that warmth lies to compliment your individual undertone. Pinker skin actually softens with rose gold tones and those with yellow undertones can carry those beautiful rich purple-reds."
For a natural looking red, try keeping those ends a smidge lighter than your color at the roots. It will help keep your color looking lived-in and organic.
A rich, dark chocolate brown is always a frequent go-to at this time of year. The key to giving it that velvety dimension is incorporating highlights and lowlights of the same shade with subtle variations.
Is there anything else that screams Fall more than Pumpkin Spice everything??Didn't think so. If you're looking to add these warm copper tones into the mix, check out our collection of Pumpkin Spice hair color inspo here.
A highlighted Auburn transitions into a Russet brown shade, like this one seen here. Starting with Auburn and ending in Russet sounds like a seasonal hair color plan of perfection.
If you have lighter hair and are committed to keeping your blonde in tact, try punching the warmth up a notch this season. Adding more golden tones will add a rich, buttery look to your strands, says Alfieri, who reminds us to consider color placement for a softer grow out, no matter how high the contrast.
Braids are a great hairstyle to showcase your hair color's depth and dimension, and we're loving the golden bronze shining through the braids on this natural brunette.
Peaches and Cream
This creamy, buttery peach is a beautiful color for that transitional time of year between Summer and Fall, bouncing off the last of those golden rays.
Refreshed Natural Base
To my fellow Brunettes out there: to keep your natural base looking fresh this season without changing its hue, turn to a clear gloss every couple of months. This will help your tresses maintain shine and vibrancy. As if you just left the salon with a fresh coat of paint, but you'll be saying, "this is my natural color."
This reddish-brown hair color can also be called Cinnamon. It looks great on every skin tone and requires minimal touch-ups. We gathered all the facts on this color trend along with 30 stunning examples for you here.
90s Face Frame
A good face frame is always a brighter shade than the rest of your hair, but it doesn't necessarily need to be warmer. A pop of icy white-blonde is a fitting contrast for this cool hued brunette.
For shorter cuts, try a stark contrast of color like this shade of ochre against her natural brown base. Whenever you're ready for a change, you're only one quick trim away from your next color change.