Red Velvet Cake and 9 Other Winter Hair Colors You're About to See Everywhere

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we're slowly getting ready for winter. For some of us this means investing in new outerwear; for others, it means ringing in the season with a fresh hair color. If you're in the latter camp, we have some ideas for you ahead. We asked two leading colorists for some intel on the ten winter hair colors that will be everywhere this season.

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Meet the Experts:

  • Min Kim is a colorist and global ambassador for L’Oréal Professionnel.
  • Kirsten Stuke is a colorist at Sally Hershberger Salon in New York.

1. Chai Blonde

"Chai Blonde is an amazing blonde trend right now," says Kim. "This shade creates a sun-kissed effect with a seamless grow out and no harsh roots. Ask for beach-glow balayage highlights and a gloss. Some warmth should be left in your natural hair color and the gloss will add moisture and beige tones on top," she adds.

2. Red Velvet Cake

"Red Velvet Cake is a deep blue-red color that's perfect for the fall and winter seasons, mirroring the red leaves, apples and holiday decor that's everywhere this time of year," shares Kim.

3. Expensive Brunette

Since this fall, we’ve seen this glossy shade surge in popularity and it won’t lose its momentum during the colder months ahead. To achieve the look, ask your stylist for a blend of highlights and lowlights to add dimension and shine to your hair.

4. Deep Burgundy

A rich burgundy shade is an especially great option for brunettes who want to add some vibrancy and spice to their hair color. To maintain the color at home, use a gentle hydrating shampoo to boost moisture and protect the color from prematurely fading before your next touch up.

5. Bright Blue

"If you're ready to embrace a bold change, try a bright color that’s entirely different from your ordinary hair look—like an eye-catching electric blue that will pop against your skin (and over Zoom),” recommends Stuke.

6. Spiced Apple Cinnamon

“Another shade of red to consider is an all-over coppery red, which is a striking color that will last through the winter,” says Stuke. (Tip: Keep a color-depositing gloss or conditioner on hand, as this color tends to fade quickly.)

7. Dark Leather

Like the patina of your favorite purse, this look features ample shine and a subtle variation of color throughout. The key is to keep the brighter tones around the perimeter, so it really catches light.

8. Mushroom Brown

Think: soft, earthy browns that are neither too cool nor too warm.

9. Chestnut Brown

Winter pallor starting to set in? Have your colorist add warm highlights through the mid-lengths and ends, to brighten things up a bit.

10. Gray Blending

Rather than go against the gray, why not go with it? Just make sure to have the ends lightened and toned, so everything blends together seamlessly.

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