Fall is right around the corner and if you’re looking to switch things up for the season, why not try a new hair color? We asked seven stylists from Los Angeles to London to share their predictions for the top 15 hair colors for fall that will be everywhere this year.
“Cinnamon Swirl,” “Apple Cider Copper” and 13 Other Hair Colors to Rock This Fall
A new season calls for a hair change
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Meet the Experts:
- Meg Schipani is a Los Angeles-based master colorist and brand ambassador for Colorproof. She specializes in color services, including working with bold shades and designs on her clients. Her work has been featured in music videos, editorial publications and brand campaigns.
- Min Kim is a master colorist at Butterfly Studio Salon in New York City. She’s also a global brand ambassador for L’Oréal Professionnel and premier balayage educator. She specializes in hair trends, styling techniques and color services, specifically French balayage.
- George Papnikolas is a Los Angeles-based hair colorist and brand ambassador for Matrix. He previously worked on editorial shoots for Allure, InStyle and People Magazine. His clients include Madonna, Hailey Bieber, Nicole Scherzinger and Kim Kardashian.
- Nicola Clarke is a London-based celebrity colorist and brand ambassador for Virtue. She’s known as “The Queen of Blonde” as she’s worked with some of the biggest celebrities, models and brands. Her clients include Cate Blanchett, Kate Moss and Madonna.
- Shvonne Perkins is a master colorist and manager of training for Madison Reed. She has over 14 years of experience in the industry, specializing in color services and educating future stylists on innovative techniques.
- Chase Kusero is a celebrity hairstylist and co-founder of IGK Hair based in both New York and Miami. He has over ten years of experience styling, coloring and cutting hair. His clients include Jared Leto, Sophia Richie and Hailey Bieber.
- Abby Haliti is founder of Abby Haliti Color Studio based in New York City. She’s also known as a world-renowned master of French balayage. Her clients include Olivia Palermo, Sigourney Weaver and Rita Ora.
1. Smoky Ginger
If you’re into shades like “Ginger Hazel” and “Ice Spice Red,” then you’re going to dig this warm hue for fall. “I’ve been seeing more requests for a smoky ginger as opposed to a super bright, orange-based tone. There is something alluring about this tone because it reads differently depending on the lighting and looks a bit darker, which tends to be where my clients head towards for fall,” explains Schipani. To maintain the ‘smoky shine’ at home, Schipani recommends mixing a neon orange dye with a moisturizing conditioner and letting it sit for 15 to 20 minutes. She adds, “This step will restore moisture and improve vibrancy when the color starts to fade.”
2. Cinnamon Swirl
From Zendaya to Bella Hadid, we’re predicting this golden brown hue is going to be a hit this season. “Cinnamon Swirl embodies the warm and cozy vibes of the season. Its rich, earthy tones evoke feelings of comfort and the changing colors of the leaves,” says Kim. To achieve the shade, a stylist will do a multi-dimensional balayage and mix cinnamon, copper and caramel tones together. According to Kim, this technique will differ for brunettes versus blondes. “Brunettes will likely need to lighten the hair first to achieve the warm shade, while blondes need to focus more on adding depth and dimension to their hair,” she says.
3. Radiant Red
The season isn’t complete until you try a bold red hue and Hari Nef is a great reference for your next salon appointment. As Papnikolas explains, this shade is easy to achieve, especially if you have virgin hair or you’re a natural brunette. “Brunettes have a lot of underlying red pigment, which is helpful when you are going red. However, if you have previously colored dark hair, you’ll need to strip it to an orange shade first and then have the color applied on top,” he adds.
4. Mocha Noir
If “expensive brunette” and “glass hair” had a baby, it would be this glossy brown hue. “Think dark brown hair with a hint of warmth and lots of gloss. It’s deep and bitter like a 70 percent chocolate bar,” says Clarke. “Also known as the ‘liquid brunette,’ it has a super high gloss finish. There’s a lot of conversation about uber-shiny hair right now and this color is so shiny it almost makes the hair look wet.” The expert recommends mixing a hair filler (a hair treatment that makes your locks appear fuller) in the hair dye to add shine and dimension to your color.
5. Apple Cider Copper
Love a warm apple cider during autumn? You’re in for a treat with this hair color. This copper blend brings our favorite beverage to life, as seen on Drew here. “This hair color shifts the bold cooper shade we’ve been seeing everywhere to a more muted copper. It’s a mix of a warm and light auburn hues with subtle hints of gold and copper,” says Perkins. Ask your stylist for a golden copper toner without the brown base as “the shade looks best when it’s allowed to build off your natural dimension and act as a tinted top coat,” adds Perkins.
6. Pumpkin Spice
The pumpkin spice craze has made its way into this striking hair color—and we need to try it, stat. Good news: The blend of orange and red undertones works well on both brunettes and blondes. “You’ll want to ask for a sandy-gold color with hints of copper to add depth, richness and light to your hair,” says Kusero.
7. Metallic Reds
This is your sign to dabble in a vibrant red for fall. “This metallic red color is just a more muted, neutral version of the vibrant reds we saw in the past few years. We’re going to be seeing more muted color palettes [in hair to make room for more exploration] with bold colors and prints in our clothing,” says Schipani. Tip: No matter the hue, invest in a lightweight hair oil to add shine, control frizz and keep your strands silky smooth.
8. Smoky Mauve
Look, we’ve already established that brown hues are in and “Smoky Mauve” is at the top of our list. “This hair color blends the soft romantic essence of mauve with a touch of smokiness. The muted, cool-toned shade evokes a sense of mystery and elegance that complements the autumn weather and the season’s latest fashion trends,” says Kim. To recreate the look, the colorist suggests asking for a mix of mauve, lavender and cool undertones, so you get a nice balance of softness and smokiness throughout your strands.
9. Barbie Blonde
Barbiecore isn't going anywhere just yet, so you can expect to see many iterations of the doll’s signature hair color through the fall. (FYI: According to trend reports, there’s been an 83 percent increase in blonde transformations at the salon this year.) As Papnikolas explains, this process will require lightening the base for brighter results. “It usually requires lifting the base one to two shades first, before highlighting the hair. This will lighten the overall color and illuminate the blonde,” he says. To maintain the color at home, use a purple shampoo or conditioner regularly to prevent brassiness and hydrate strands.
10. Expensive Blonde
Similar to “expensive brunette,” blondes now have their own version of the trend. As Clarke explains, this color involves the strategic placement of ‘glow lights,’ starting with some halo painted sections near the crown of your head and ending with peek-a-boo highlights and face-framing tendrils. “[The hair is lightenend] throughout the mid-sections and ends to give it an ethereal luminosity, making the hair appear to be lit from within.”
11. Honeycomb Blonde
“An ode to a beautiful honeycomb, this blonde maintains the hair’s natural golden undertones instead of being lightened all the way to white,” says Perkins. Similar to Emily Blunt’s look above, the shade features deep beige, champagne and honey tones, which adds dimension and softness to the look. If you’re ready to go blonde, Perkins suggests asking your stylist for a medium to deep blonde with a touch of gold highlights.
12. Rustic Auburn
“This hair color embodies the warmth of autumnal colors. The rich blend of deep reds, coppers and hints of brown complements the changing foliage, while creating an earthy charm for the season,” says Kim. We’ve seen this classic hue on celebrities like Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain and Isle Fisher for years, and it’s definitely going to be a popular choice this season as well. Your stylist will either weave in some subtle highlights or lowlights to add dimension and depth to your locks. One helpful tip: Kim suggests applying a color-protecting hair mask once a week to nourish and maintain healthy strands.
13. Bronde Balayage
Bronde was a favorite shade this summer and it will continue to be popular as we head into the colder months. “It allows brunettes to adjust the tone of their hair to be warmer or cooler, and it sits right in the middle of the hair color spectrum, so a variation of this shade works for most clients,” says Papnikolas. Hydration is key for maintaining bronde hues, so Papanikolas suggests a wash routine with nourishing ingredients (like avocado oil and hyaluronic acid) to improve shine, softness and color.
14. Chestnut Brunette
What do Jenna Ortega, Anne Hathaway and Kaia Gerber have in common? This trendy golden brown hue. “Chestnut Brunette is luminous and reflective, which is a departure from the subdued, ash brown tones from seasons past. This is the best shade of brunette that seamlessly fits into the autumn aesthetic and looks like it’s been plucked right out of a scene from Gilmore Girls,” says Perkins. If you’re a natural brunette, consider adding a mixture of mahogany, golden and copper tones to your strands.
15. French Balayage
Summer is ending, but this color is sticking around. “This hair trend provides warmth, depth and dimension to the hair that’s vibrant and eye-catching [for fall],” says Haliti. The expert encourages clients to always bring a visual (or two) for this specific technique since the stylist will hand-paint sections of your hair to get the low-maintenance look. On that note, we love balayage because it grows out nicely with minimal upkeep (so you can go up to six months without a touchup depending on your hair type and how quickly your hair grows).