Changing it up is never a bad idea—we're all for it! Whether it's impulsive (as with many of my own hair choices) or you've researched the idea to no end, the thing is this: any major hair transformation comes with a few risks.
If you've been online recently, you may have noticed a certain rosy hue dominating the celeb hair game. Of course, the more trend-appropriate term is "rose gold" in all its variations. 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 the rounds on Pinterest, while a washed-out punk-rock take was a popular summertime hue with the cool-girl set on Instagram. I wanted to go pink for a while and envisioned something in between the latter two: a root-y pale blonde with a wash of translucent pink, equal parts pretty and grunge.
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. You can choose a softer pink for your skin or something that sits with a little more orange, but it all depends on what you want. "If you’re brown or darker, you would have to bleach the hair in order to get there," says Amber Maynard Bolt at Nine Zero One Salon. "It would be a full process of bleaching/highlights and whatnot, 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, known for her amazing pastel creations at Atelier by Square Salon in Las Vegas, 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."
When it comes to the color itself, rose gold is befitting for anyone, anywhere, which is why it's so universally recognized as a cool, laid back style. "It is really a timeless color and I think the softness of it makes it approachable to any age, lifestyle, or personal style," Gregory says. "It’s not only appealing to the eye, but it’s a color that seems to work best on a lot of people," Bolt says.
Rose Gold Hair
Choosing a Shade: Think about a pink that compliments your skin—is it that ballet pink/nude? Go with cooler rose gold. Is it a bright peach? Then go for a warmer rose gold. Gregory notes we are most typically attracted to what looks best on us, so the right shade will probably be one we're most drawn toward.
Maintenance Level: Medium-to-high. This color lasts about 6-8 shampoos, so if you can just wash your hair once a week, it could last a couple of months. Choosing to let this hue fade naturally is totally easy, and cooler than ever.
Price: Prices depend on the area but they can get expensive— about $150 is the lowest we've seen. Try an at-home dye job for a more cost-efficient option.
The list is endless. Keep scrolling to check out all the rose gold hair inspirations from major stylists to certain famous faces.
Every Day Rose Gold
This rose gold inspired 'do by hair stylist Candy Marie in Seattle, Washington definitely earns an award or two in our book. The most coveted hair goals are a casual Instagram scroll away.
Lady Gaga always brings a fresh, sometimes outlandish, take to every look. She's definitely run the spectrum of neon hues, and her 2017 Grammy's appearance saw her going for a more low-key, faded rose gold style.
Cotton Candy Rose
Wu's dark roots contrast against the dreamy cotton-candy shade with a hint of metallic on the rest of her hair.
Choppy Ombré 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, look amazing on naturally blonde hair.
Model Chloe Norgaard 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.
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.
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 extra dreamy in such a sweet color palette.
The Katy Keene star used the Kristin Ess Rose Gold Temporary Tint ($12) to get a bright and metallic rose gold for an easy, low-commitment upgrade on her signature lob.
While tints are fun to try out, its best to leave a full-on dye job to the professionals. You can easily do touch-ups at home (like Overtone's color enhancing conditioners) but going to a professional ensures you get a nuanced, dynamic look.
Classic Rose Gold
Nikki Lee, the co-founder of Nine Zero One Salon in LA tried out rose gold hair for herself and we gotta say, it's a great choice.
Who says strawberry blonde can't go gold? Well, nobody says that but upon first glance at Tisdale's style, we can't seem to decide it's true color...and isn't that the best part? It's bronde! It's strawberry blonde! It's a rosy golden like the sunset! Really, it's all these things and more.
Vibrant Dyed Rose
There's something so alluring about Margaret 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!