The 15 Best Rose Gold Hair Ideas to Inspire Your Own Color
Out of all of the pastel hair colors out there, rose gold never goes out of style. The shade is a perfect mix of gold, blonde, and light pink, which makes it a great introduction color for anyone going pastel for the first time.
But, the number one reason to try rose gold hair? Because the color is super customizable, there is a ton of ways to wear it. Take Lucy Hale's rose gold highlights on her brown hair, Maisie Williams's rose gold blonde hair, and Katy Perry's rose gold highlights on her blonde hair as a few examples of how Hollywood is embracing the hair color trend.
"Rose gold hair color is balancing the perfect mix of blonde, gold and light pink," says Maddison Cave of David Mallett salon in New York. "It looks a little different on everyone and may require more pink or gold depending on the color you are starting with."
Cave says there are a few things to consider when going rose gold — namely, your eyes, skin tone and natural hair color. Fair skin, for example, calls for warming up your base color, known as a base bump, before adding a pinkish gold gloss.
"If your skin tone is darker or olive, I would suggest some ombré highlights and using a more heavy duty, demi-permanent color on the previously lightened pieces," she says. Also important? Bringing pictures of people who have a similar skin tone to yours to let your stylist know what you are seeking.
"[Photos] help to communicate the exact shade you are looking for, but don’t be afraid to be open to your colorists' creativity," Cave says.
Scroll through to see how celebrities and top hairstylists are doing rose gold hair, and get inspiration before your next salon appointment.
1. Rose Gold Highlights on Brown Hair
According to Instagram, the Pretty Little Liars star added pink highlights to her brunette hair with Rose Gold Temporary Tint from celebrity stylist Kristin Ess's haircare line. She kept her roots dark for a bit of contrast.
2. Peach Sorbet
A hint of peach meets pink with this gorgeous coral rose gold shade Nicki Minaj wore to the 2019 Met Gala.
3. Dip Dye Rose Gold
This dip dye rose gold hair is a solid choice if you are looking for a splash of pink without going all in.
4. Bronze Rose
Iskra Lawrence debuted bronze rose gold hair at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. In love with her shade? The model said she used L'Oréal Paris Superior Preference Hair Color in Rose Blonde 8.23.
5. Subtle Rose Gold
This barely-there pastel color paired with an asymmetrical blunt lob is just one example of how amazing rose gold looks on short hair.
6. Rose Gold Ombré
The actress added a touch of pink to her look while promoting the release of her show, Homecoming, on Amazon. Roberts kept her roots blonde while progressively adding a shade of pink, creating an ombré effect.
7. Rose Gold on Gray Hair
Dame Helen Mirren's blush pink hair is proof that soft rose gold tones work on gray hair, too.
8. Classic Rose Gold
This rose gold lob by LA-based colorist Jessica Jewel is enough to make anyone green (pink?) with envy.
9. Pink Highlights
The Mad Men actress proved with this Instagram post that rose gold hair is stylish even when you're chilling on the couch.
10. Strawberry Pink
Katy Perry recently switched up her platinum blonde hair for this strawberry pink shade. Better yet, she matched her suit to her new hair color.
11. Desert Rose
12. Bright Rose Gold
If you're ready to completely lean into the rose gold hair trend, then Hailey Baldwin's cotton candy pink shade is your inspiration.
13. Rosy Red
A rose gold tint at the roots gives red hair a rich, warm look.
14. Blush Rose
The Game of Thrones actress has experimented with a handful of pastel hair colors — including blush rose. Her blunt bangs and lived-roots gave her rose gold hair an effortless vibe.
15. Washed-Out Rose Gold
Barely-there rose gold color adds a warm, sun-kissed glow to long, wavy dark brown hair.