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8 Café-Inspired Hair Colors You're Going To Be Obsessed With

22 October 2018
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Jessie Amato

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For as long as she can remember, Jessie has had a passion for all things beauty. As an employee of L'Oréal, she hopes to share her knowledge and inspire Hair.com readers to express themselves—one new cut and color at a time.

Hair color trends change like the seasons. Every day there’s a new hue taking the internet by storm that has us running to the salon to try the look for ourselves. One color trend, however, shows no signs of slowing down in popularity anytime soon: café-inspired hair colors. From rich brunette hues to bronde shades, there are tons of gorgeous hair color trends inspired by our favorite beverages.

Whether you’re starting off with dirty blonde hair or dark brown hair, there’s a café-inspired hair color that’s perfect for you. If you need some help deciding, we’ve gathered a few of our favorites.


Cold Brew

If you’re looking to add some dimension to your brown hair for fall, why not try a shade inspired by your favorite iced beverage? The color is a dimensional brown that incorporates golden and neutral blonde tones, mimicking the look of a creamy cold brew. To create the perfect cold brew hair color, your colorist will start with a dark base and incorporate a mixture of highlights and lowlights throughout the hair.

To keep your cold brew color looking its best between salon appointments, we recommend the Matrix Biolage Colorlast Shampoo and Conditioner System.

Vanilla Chai

When it comes to this year’s ashy hair trends, vanilla chai hair completely steals the spotlight. If you want to maintain your dark base while incorporating a blend of creamy vanilla and icy blonde shades, ask your colorist about vanilla chai hair color.

Earl Grey

Whether you’re embracing your natural greys or looking to try a popular gray hair color, we’ve been completely obsessed with the trend this year. That’s why we’ve been loving earl grey, a light grey hue inspired by the popular tea.

Pro tip: if you do decide to go grey, you’re going to need a shampoo and conditioner system formulated to protect and maintain your new shade. From the L'Oréal portfolio of products, we recommend the Redken Graydiant line. This dual-action system, with Anti-Yellow Shampoo and Silver Conditioner, neutralizes yellow undertones and nourishes to rebalance texture and manageability.

Gingerbread Latte

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and we’re already looking forward to trying out gorgeous holiday-inspired hues. This year, ask your colorist for gingerbread latte hair. To achieve it, your colorist will begin with a dark base and use a balayage technique to apply cinnamon and caramel-toned highlights from the mid-lengths to ends of your hair. If your natural hue is dark, gingerbread latte hair is the perfect low-maintenance color to try.


Flat White Latte

Flat white hair begins with a light to medium brown base and platinum blonde painted on using the balayage technique. Since blonde hair requires a bit of TLC to maintain, you’re going to need to stock up on a few salon-quality hair products if you decide to try it.

Start by adding the Matrix Color Obsessed So Silver Shampoo and Conditioner to your hair care routine. The shampoo is a professional salon clarifying shampoo that cleanses and neutralizes unwanted brassy warmth and eliminates dull, yellow tones. It illuminates highlights on blondes and adds shimmering brightness for color treated and natural hair ranging from grey to white shades.

Caramel Macchiato

Caramel hair colors are some of our favorites to wear for any season. The popular blonde shade is perfect for beach weather, but also warm enough to get you through the colder months. If you love all things caramel, opt for caramel macchiato hair color.

For caramel macchiato hair, your colorist will begin with a darker base color and use the balayage technique to softly blend notes of caramel throughout your mane.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Although loving pumpkin spice is sometimes considered “basic,” the hair color variation is anything but. Pumpkin spice latte hair blends shades of warm brown, auburn, and copper. Whether you opt for a pumpkin spice latte balayage or allover color, this fiery trend is stunning for fall.

French Roast

Looking to go super dark this year? Try French roast hair color, a dark brown hue with hints of deep red that resembles darkly roasted coffee beans. To keep your French roast color from becoming brassy over time, try the Matrix Total Results Brass Off Shampoo and Conditioner.

Whichever café-inspired hair color you choose, we’d love to see it! Use the hashtag #HairDotCom to share your final look with us.

Looking to try a cafe-inspired hair color for yourself? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.

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