Move Over, Pastel Highlights---This Could Be the Next Big Hair Color Trend

Nicole Richie Hair Color
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Not to throw shade at the cotton candy hues of the hair spectrum, but there just might be a new hair color trend on the horizon! Perhaps inspired by the deep sapphire Nicole Richie worked before going hot pink, jewel-toned hair has quickly become a trending topic, next to pixelated highlights for the more adventurous type. Celebrity hairstylist James Corbett agrees---this season is officially the time to shine bright like a ruby, amethyst, or precious gem of your choice.

"Women are getting more adventurous with their hair color and are embracing on-trend jewel-toned shades, replacing the pastel hair color trend of 2014," he tells InStyle. "Deep reds are trending this year!" While the paler My Little Pony hair colors require those with darker strands to completely bleach out their existing shade in order for the pastel dye to stick. Jewel tones are a more gentle alternative as they can work on both deep brunette and pale blonde bases alike.

Those starting with a dark base color will get a subtle tint to their hair---a la Wonder Woman's comic book blue strands---that won't border on NSFW territory, while lighter hair colors can expect to see results closer to Richie's dramatic look. If you're a pro at the DIY color process, Corbett recommends using Clairol's Crema Keratina by Natural Instincts in either Eggplant Creme or Raspberry Creme ($8 each; to achieve the look. Thanks to the demi-permanent formula, the at-home kit fulfills those spontaneous urges to hop on the newest hair trend, but imparts a gradual fade back to your natural hue over a few weeks in case your mood starts to change.

"It's perfect for women looking to play with color without the commitment," he says. "The higher dye load processes for 20 minutes instead of 10 and provides a richer color, so even women with very dark hair can rock a fun new shade."

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