Let’s talk about fall hair color! Call me basic, but I LOVE fall.
Pumpkin spice everything, holidays, the color changes, cuddling up by the fireplace… I love it all. I’m even one of those people that welcomes the season by changing all the scents in my home to pumpkin spice and using more gold tones in my makeup.
But I’m not the only one that gets excited by the cooler weather and harvest of delicious foods. Let’s just say that it’s now acceptable to start decorating for Halloween when the clock strikes 12 on September 1st.
That being said, it’s also a common practice for women to change up their hair color for the fall season.
You’ll often see hair colors gravitating more towards reds, golds and rich brown tones to commemorate the best time of year. But in today’s world, it doesn’t stop there…creative, dimensional dye jobs are all the rage. The more adventurous, the better.
Here are some of the trendiest, most delicious shades of fall hair color this world has to offer…
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1. Rose Gold Hair
Rose gold is one of my absolute favorite shades of autumn hair color. Well, to be honest, I pretty much love rose gold anything.
This tone looks best on pre-lightened hair and is created by mixing golden tones with pastel pinks and reds. However, due to it’s growing popularity, many color lines have even come out with exclusive rose gold tones (some, even in permanent hair color).
If you’re the DIY type, L’Oréal Paris Feria has a rose gold kit you can buy for a pretty affordable price. However, I do strongly urge you to read up on the basics of hair color before going that route (even if you already know a lot about color).
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2. Mulled Wine Hair
Thinking about the holidays makes me excited to cool down with a nice big glass of red wine. I mean, wine pretty much goes with everything right? It’s the perfect hair color for fall.
I’ve previously talked about burgundy hair but mulled wine hair is a bit deeper than that. Of course, burgundy should be used as the base color… but it should also have cinnamon tones layered in for dimension.
Burgundy is named after a burgundy wine, which is what the color is modeled after. It’s a darker purplish-red color and is perfect for fall hairstyles.
3. Salted Caramel Bronde
Salted caramel bronde is a deliciously perfect shade for fall.
In the summer, people tend to go with lighter blondes (as your hair would naturally be when spending time outdoors), but caramel is a toned-down, more neutral version, and it’s much more suitable for fall.
Bronde is a hair color trend that mixes brown and blonde together, with tons of dimension and beautiful lived-in feel. Pairing the concept of bronde hair with caramel tones is a recipe for perfect fall hair.
4. Cinnamon Auburn Hair
Auburn is one of the most beautiful shades of red hair and strongly resembles cinnamon, one of the most notable fall flavors.
Since auburn is a naturally occurring red, it can range in value and hue. However, I believe that richer, vibrant shades of dark auburn are better for the fall season.
And of course, adding it to your hair through dimensional highlights makes it that much sweeter.
5. Honey Ombré
Honey blonde is a darker, more natural shade of golden blonde. Like I mentioned above, I think blondes should be more toned-down in the fall season.
Ombré is a color technique that blends dark hair at the roots to lighter ends, without a harsh line. It allows you to go longer in between hair colors and is an excellent choice for fall. Don’t forget that the days are shorter and you’ll likely be busy with holiday parties.
Since we’ve already established how basic I am, I like to picture this hair color up in a messy bun, while the owner is wearing a plaid shirt and skinny jeans, and holding a latte. It’s the epitome of fall.
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7. Gold & Burgundy Highlights
When I think about fall hair color, this is what I think about.
I absolutely love when girls add darker red, brown, and golden tones to their hair in the fall.
I know it’s a bit Kelly Clarkson circa 2004, but I still love chunky highlights. And it doesn’t even have to be this way. You can add these in these tones through dimensional balayage or other modern highlighting techniques.
7. Melted Chocolate Brown
Chocolate browns are perfect for fall because of how rich and vibrant they are. They’re usually formulated by mixing a darker brown base with red or gold undertones, which is where the richness comes from.
I love the idea of a subtle color melt between different levels of chocolate brown to add minimal dimension.
8. Pumpkin Spice Hair
What would fall be without pumpkin spice?
#PumpkinSpiceHair is created by mixing shades of orange, copper, auburn, and even red together to create the perfect fall hair color. The colors can be subtle, or they can pop. How vibrant they are is up to you!
As you can probably guess, blorange hair is a combination of blonde and orange… but shouldn’t look like a bleach job gone bad. It’s really kind of a light pastel copper color.
I’ve written about blorange hair in the past, but I’m still loving it. It’s fun and subtle but still utilizes fall tones.
10. Café Au Lait
Last, but not least, is one of my most favorite modern hair color trends: coffee hair color, created with super dimensional balayage.
I’m pretty much addicted to coffee. I can’t even tell you how delightful the thought of a nice warm cup of coffee on a brisk fall morning sounds to me right now.
The trick is to use ultra neutral tones that mimic coffee and milk. When they blend together, words can’t even describe how beautiful the result is.
Rose gold hair, auburn hair, pumpkin spice hair, salted caramel bronde, honey ombré, mulled wine hair, melted chocolate brown, burgundy and gold highlights, blorange, and café au lait hair.
Adding lowlights or a demi-permanent hair gloss are great ways to darken your hair without the commitment. Likewise, dark roots with balayage hair is a trendy option.
Balayage with rich, neutral shades of chocolate brown, caramel, and beige blonde make the perfect hair color for fall!
Fall is an amazing time of year to spend time with your family and create beautiful memories.
The changing colors are delightful, and you can live in leggings and boots. It just doesn’t get much better than that.
A fun way to welcome fall into your life is by changing your hair color to something more suitable for the season. Incorporating rich, vibrant tones like red, gold, and warm brown is an excellent way to make sure your hair is fall-ready.
Hopefully, this guide helped you get an idea of your picture-perfect fall hair color! But of course, you and your stylist can get more creative and take your hair to new levels.
Until next time,
Your Turn: What do you think of these spectacular fall hair color ideas? Do you have anything else I should add to this list? Drop your thoughts below! 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼