We Just Found Your New Fall Hair Color — You're Welcome
If your fall beauty game includes switching up your hair color, you're in luck; the fall 2018 hair color trends are gorgeous.
Fall 2017 was all about cool, icy, platinum blonde, but the biggest hair color trends of fall 2018 are warm and spicy — just like the PSL, which you love to hate on for being "basic" but still drink anyway.
For ashy blondes whose color is starting to look flat, coppery strawberry blonde adds a much-needed dose of warmth. If you're a brunette, refresh your color with caramel highlights that are the same shade as your coffee after you've added milk into it.
To get more info on these trendy hair colors, we turned to celebrity colorist Matt Rez, who counts Lili Reinhart and Jenna Dewan among his clients, to breakdown three major fall hair color trends so that your next salon visit is completely stress-free.
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Strawberry blonde is a great option for blondes who went platinum last year, and are looking to go back to a warmer shade.
When going strawberry blonde, consider the natural undertones of your complexion. "When it comes to strawberry family, it’s good to go with the tonal direction of your skin," he explains. "Those with neutral skin tones, olive, or fair or more tanned with red undertones can pull off strawberry very well."
Like full-on red hair, strawberry blonde can fade fast. Rez says that treating hair with a gloss between color appointments can help keep it from getting brassy and orange.
Brunette With Caramel Highlights
Otherwise known as "cold brew hair" on Instagram, this color trend is an easy way to add warmth to brunette hair without completely going lighter.
Rez says that caramel highlights are ideal for neutral brunette bases because they'll pop. When you're at the salon, to ask for "cool caramel highlights" because they won't look orange. "A more neutral-toned highlight appears warmer because it’s darker, not literally warmer and darker," explains Rez. "Don’t go for the warmer golden undertones in the medium brown family because you will most likely think they look orange."
If you have a dyed-darker base or gray coverage, your hair color is more likely to get warmer over time due to oxidization. Rez says you can prevent this by asking your colorist not to use permanent dye on your hair because it oxidizes more quickly. He also recommends using a gloss between highlighting appointments to keep your caramel tones neutral instead of brassy.
Honey blonde is the perfect middle ground for anyone who wants to go warmer with their color, but isn't ready to commit to a high-maintenance shade like strawberry blonde.
"It [honey blonde] has a good blend of neutral golden to cooler tones," Rezz says of the color. "It appears collectively warm, but not as warm as a copper-toned strawberry shade."
Rez recommends starting off with ombré highlights to achieve this look. He says that having a connecting color through your brown base to the honey blonde is the key to getting a natural finish. “I use a mid-lighting technique that creates in in-between connecting color,” he says. “This keeps the highlights from looking too stripe-y (vertical) or too ombré (horizontal).”