A dusty winter blonde, a delicious deep brown, and a surprising new red…
As soon as the South gives way to winter and the mercury actually drops below 70 degrees, we know it’s finally time to implement our wintertime tweaks. We’re talking about swapping in a hydration-heavy skincare routine, getting out cozy fleece-lined leggings, and searching for a fresh hair color that’ll help our strands fight seasonal dullness.
Picking a winter hair shade is much like picking our winter wardrobe. If we're going dark, like an oxblood handbag, it's going to be rich, highly pigmented, and moody. If we're going light, like a holiday-red lipstick, it's going to be bold, bright, and eye-catching. Fittingly, this year is all about deep browns, warm blondes, and vibrant reds. Whether you want to take the plunge with a totally new look or bring fresh life to your current color, we’ve rounded up the winter 2018 hair colors that’ll be hot this season.
When the cold weather hits, sometimes we’re just ready to go back to the basics. You know, cozy sweaters, navy nail polish, and chocolate brown hair. Instead of going super dark brown, we’re making a case for milk chocolate this season. Bring a little extra dimension to the table with carefully placed balayage highlights.
We’re not sweeping this color under the rug. With its darker base and warm blond highlights, this broomstick-inspired shade perfectly toes the line between blonde and brunette. For natural brunettes that don’t want to fully succumb to moody winter strands, this color offers a compromise, courtesy colorist Chris Greene.
Take a walk on the dark side with ultra-dark espresso and cacao shades. The cool-toned take on the color looks striking against fair skin, especially when paired with a razor-sharp, shiny cut like this bang-laden bob by hairstylist Riawna Capri.
This gilded copper color is like the bubbly younger sister of the red family. Besides, nothing spices up our moody-hued winter wardrobe like a zingy copper statement.
Wait, this isn’t just our favorite iced coffee flavor? This trending color is all about mixing contrasting brown and blonde shades to create an absolutely toasty finish. LA-based colorist Johnny Ramirez keeps the roots a darker shade, before gradually melting it into buttery and icy blondes towards the ends.
If you’re more oxblood than cherry, this deep red is the ticket. It makes a bold statement without going bright and bubbly like strawberry blondes and golden coppers, especially when paired with this killer shag cut from stylist Sal Salcedo.
Go with the honey, honey. It’s the versatile hue that teeters between blonde and brown, meaning it works for both brunettes and blondes wanting to keep some warmth during the winter. Done correctly, the transitional color is low maintenance enough to last you most of the season.
Step into the coldest season by spicing up dull brown strands with warm cinnamon. The striking color, courtesy master colorist Mizz Choi, really pops on cool mocha and dark espresso bases without the risk of going too red.
Caramel Blonde Balayage
The quickest way to add a little personality to your winter locks: caramel blonde highlights. Tone down golden blonde strands, or liven up chocolate brown ones—it’s the universally flattering touch that makes almost any shade bolder and brighter.
For those who lightened up their locks for summer and fall, this dusty take on blonde is the table-turning pick you need for the colder months. (At least until the itch to go golden hits again come springtime.) It’s softer and a little muted, but still has a signature lightness that’ll flatter your features.