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Bronze Hair Color Is The Easiest Way To Transition Your Mane From Summer To Fall

photo of women with fall bronze hair colors

Summer is officially coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean you need to lose that summertime glow. Now, we’re not saying you should hop into a tanning bed, but there are ways to get the most out of your end-of-summer tan (and even give pale skin tones a bit of radiance). If you haven’t chosen your fall hair color yet, consider a warm-toned bronze hair color that will flatter every skin tone while helping to enhance your natural glow.

Keep scrolling to find out precisely what bronze hair color is, how to maintain it, and seven of our favorite ways to try the shade.

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What is bronze hair color?

While we always strive for gold, we’ll happily take the bronze when it comes to hair color. Bronze hair color is a brunette shade with notes of red, caramel, and gold. Much like other warm-toned brunette shades, bronze hair color adds warmth, brightness, and dimension to your mane while keeping maintenance to a minimum.

If that just-left-the-beach glow were a hair color, it would be bronze—so the hue is incredibly flattering on olive and dark skin tones. However, with a bit of customization from your colorist, the shade can look stunning on any skin tone.

Keep in mind: Your colorist may need to use bleach to lighten your natural base color a bit depending on how light you want your bronze hue to look. While bleach will always cause some damage, your colorist will work with you to improve the look and feel of your strands before you leave the salon.

How do you maintain bronze hair color?

While bronze hair color is a low-maintenance hue, you’ll still need to make a few changes to your hair care routine to keep your color looking fresh between salon appointments. Begin by swapping your regular shampoo and conditioner for a system formulated for color-treated hair. We recommend Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner. This system revitalizes, softens, and nourishes dry, color-treated hair while the brand’s exclusive AntiFade Complex protects color vibrancy.

Next, incorporate a weekly hair mask like Matrix Total Results Miracle Creator Nourishing Strengthening Mask into your routine. This formula intensely nourishes, revitalizes, and strengthens hair in just 60 seconds.

Even with the best at-home care routine, you’ll still need to book an appointment with your colorist every eight to 12 weeks to keep your hue in tip-top shape.

If you’re ready to officially give bronze hair color a try, keep scrolling for seven inspiration photos to take to the salon.

The Best Ways To Try Bronze Hair Color

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Bronze Balayage

You don’t have to try all-over bronze to get the most out of the trend. Opt for a bronze balayage for an instantly brighter, more dimensional look that allows you to stay true to your root color.

Bronze To Honey Balayage

Ask your colorist to recreate this bronze and honey balayage if you want to add a bit more blonde into the mix.

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Copper Bronze Hair Color

The combination of copper bronze hair color creates a metallic, warm-toned finish that’s ideal for any skin tone (and perfect for your fall hair color change).

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Bronze Midlights

If natural is the name of your hair color game, consider bronze midlights, a technique dubbed by Redken brand ambassador Matt Rez that seamlessly connects your base color to your highlights. Click here to learn more about the colorist’s signature technique.

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Golden Bronze

Choose golden bronze hair color if you desire a hue with effortless shine. This warm-toned hue is ideal for medium or dark skin tones.

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Bronze With Texture

Once you’ve got your dream shade locked in, amp up your hairstyle for maximum impact. We love how textured beach waves show off the dimension of bronze hair color. Apply a few spritzes of texturizing spray like Redken Triple Dry 15 Dry Texture Finishing Spray throughout your strands to create effortless-looking texture with medium hold.

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Subtle Bronze

If you’re not ready to fully commit to bronze hair, don’t worry! Your colorist can apply subtle pops of bronze throughout your mane with dip-dyed ends or face-framing highlights.

Interested in trying bronze hair color for yourself? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.

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