You may have noticed rose gold dominating the hair color game in recent years. There was the desert-inspired blonde-tinged copper we saw on Emma Roberts and the platinum-rosy hybrid Kylie Jenner sported, too. A more pastel variation labeled "quartz pink" has made rounds on Pinterest, while a washed-out punk-rock take was a popular summertime shade.
When it comes to this color, make sure to hash out the details with your stylist, because rose gold can mean different things to different people. "If you’re brown or darker, you would have to bleach the hair in order to get there," says stylist Amber Maynard Bolt at Nine Zero One Salon. "It would be a full process of bleaching or highlights, that could take up to two times to lift light enough. Since everyone lifts through stages of orange and yellow, once you get to your lighter stage, you can apply straight pink."
Stylist Shelley Gregory says she always takes into account "how much warmth or yellow is already in the hair" and likes to "mix a pastel pink, pastel peach, and clear together to help soften the tone." We asked Bolt and Gregory for their expert advice and tips on achieving rose gold hair. Keep scrolling to check out all the rose gold hair inspiration you'll need, ahead.
Meet the Expert
- Amber Maynard Bolt is a Master Stylist at Nine Zero One Salon in West Hollywood, CA. She has over 15 years of experience and specializes in color correction.
- Shelley Gregory is a colorist and owner of The Gregory Salon in Las Vegas, NV.
Champagne anyone? South Korean singer Taeyeon's rose gold champagne blonde hair looks effortless, and is the perfect option for those with lighter hair treading gently into rose gold waters.
Everyday Rose Gold
This rose gold-inspired 'do by hairstylist Candy Marie in Seattle, Washington definitely earns a star in our book. The color transition is seamless, making the most coveted hair goals a casual Instagram scroll away.
Rose gold tones tend to pull deeper on brunettes, creating stunning looks like this rich dark pink.
Cotton Candy Rose
Constance Wu's dark roots contrast against the dreamy cotton-candy shade with a hint of metallic on the rest of her hair.
Lady Gaga always brings a fresh, sometimes outlandish, take to every look. She definitely ran the spectrum of neon hues, and her 2017 Grammys appearance saw her going for a more low-key, faded rose gold style.
This curly take on pastel rose has peach undertones that make way for multidimensional shine.
Choppy Rosy Bob
Take it from Hilary Duff, the woman who inspired all our hair choices growing up. Rose gold hair, or in this case, rosy highlights by Nikki Lee at Nine Zero One Salon, looks amazing on naturally blonde hair.
Model Chloe Nørgaard, who is known for her colorful hair, showed off a rose-toned look using Redken's City Beats Collection. This exact mix of shades had her short, swingy bob looking incredibly chic, especially paired with matching makeup.
Rose Gold Balayage
Blink and you'll miss it, but the subtle transition of a deep rose to rose gold is the perfect way to rock this shade. We love the matching eyeshadow, too.
This stunning coral take on rose gold complements a medium-toned, freckled complexion. We love the ombré effect on her natural hair.
Iskra Lawrence's dark rose-gold hair totally stole the scene on a 2018 red carpet. The ashier undertones seriously complement the hue, and we're in love with this color on her.
Muted Pink Waves
Maisie Williams has tried various hair colors from violet to neon pink, but we love this light rose shade on her. Her darker roots give it a relaxed, lived-in vibe that's totally fitting.
This subtle, faded watermelon pink is threaded with blonde for a load of pastel dimension.
Capri at Nine Zero One created a super pretty bronze take on the rose gold trend for Ashlee Simpson. Part smokey, part dusty, this multi-dimensional pink is anything but bubblegum pop.
Rose Gold Curls
These stunning rose gold curls combine a natural blonde base color with a pretty hint of pink. Courtesy of Wella, these healthy curls look dreamy in a sweet color palette.
Lucy Hale used the Kristin Ess Rose Gold Temporary Tint ($15) to get a bright and metallic rose gold for an easy, low-commitment upgrade on her signature lob.
Classic Rose Gold
Nikki Lee, the cofounder of Nine Zero One Salon in LA, tried out rose gold hair for herself, and we've got to say it's a great choice.
Peaches and Pinks
We adore this toned-down take on rose gold that features a blend of peach and pink tones for a more lived-in color.
This grown-out, slightly faded take on the rose gold trend proves that you don't have to be over-the-top about touch-ups. It hits all the right notes without taking itself too seriously.
As the caption of this photo states, "Not all balayage is blonde!" These rich rose highlights add dimension to chocolate brown strands, creating a beautiful non-traditional look worth considering.
A deep peachy undertone looks great with rose gold as seen here on Rumer Willis. The star was previously a brighter pink, but this muted rose shade stands out in a subtle way.
We're calling Ashley Tisdale's look strawberry bronde at sunset, because it's all these things and more.
Rose Gold Blend
There are so many shades of rose gold at play in Sienna Miller's hair. Deeper rose tones begin near her roots, cascading down to a peachy pink, and light blonde ends finish off the color.
Cara Delevingne is known for switching up her hairstyle and color. We love her with this rose gold pixie style cut. Maybe it's the purple background, but we see a subtle tint of lavender in there as well.
Kate Hudson's take on the trend involves adding a subtle rosy tint to her traditional beachy blonde 'do. This is an understated but fun way to incorporate the trendy color, as it looks more like a sheer wash than a complete dye job.
Subtle Rose Tips
When it comes to rose gold hair, it can be as subtle or as bright as you want. Here, dusky rose tips add a dose of fun to an otherwise natural brunette color.
Vibrant Dyed Rose
We loveMargaret Zhang's version of rose gold. Maybe it's because the pink is so vibrant and bright, yet also has a subtle rosy sheen to it? Maybe it's the shadowed roots or the way it looks almost dusky in certain pictures? Whatever it is, we're sold.
Leave it to a specialist to churn out this magical metallic color on Eve. While the rosy shade shines bright, there's still a stunning golden undertone that lends itself to this specific trend.
Purple to Rose Ombré
Soften up a purple look with rose gold ombré tips and natural roots that keep things fairly low-maintenance as far as grow-in is concerned.