Mulled Wine Hair Color Is The Newest Trend For Winter

Top Color Trends Of The Season and How To Get Them

Mulled Wine Hair Color Is The Wintery Red You Need To Try

09 February 2018
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Emily Arata

Senior Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L’Oréal, Emily works with celebrity stylists to make finding the right cut, color, or style easier than ever before. She's previously written for Allure, Elite Daily, and First We Feast.

Winter is unofficially the season of hunkering down, drinking a hot beverage, and settling in until summer comes again. Once September rolls around, we usually find ourselves online shopping for cashmere and dreaming about long days spent in the snow.

Since the urge to hibernate is so strong, it makes sense that winter would also come with a wide array of warm, welcoming hues. Whether we’re talking about gold ribbon around a Christmas tree or the rich brown of hot cocoa, all these colors remind us that coziness is of the utmost importance when it’s so cold outside.

That’s where mulled wine hair color comes in. We’ve seen this trend building for some time now, incorporating the best of deep red and burgundy shades into a beautifully nuanced ruby color. Named after the hot red wine brewed with spices like cloves, anise, and cinnamon, this hair color stays true to its namesake by incorporating brunette and espresso influences.

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What is mulled wine hair color?

By this point, social media has presented us with a fantasy look made with practially every color in the rainbow. Unlike rainbow hair and cotton candy ombre, mulled wine hair is a shade you can take into class or the office. It’s subtle, rich, and perfect for seasonal wear.

The ultimate aim of mulled wine hair color is a smooth ombre from deep brown to bright berry. If you’re open to notes of violet, the luminous shade can create a more youthful take on the trend. Your colorist will be the best resource for any subtle variations that customize the look to flatter your complexion.

Unlike pastel shades that begin growing out within a few weeks, this ombre will grow out quite naturally for those with dark hair. That’ll mean fewer touch ups between salon visits and a less obvious line of demarcation.

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What kind of maintenance does mulled wine hair require?

Like any dramatic hair color change, there are a few factors you’ll want to consider before booking a chair at your favorite salon. In order to create the ideal shade of red or violet, your colorist will need to bleach your hair and lift any existing color from your strands. Unfortunately, bleach goes hand-in-hand with damage. Many products developed for colored hair can specifically help maintain your strands for beautiful locks.

It’s not just bleach that should be on your radar when choosing products, either. Vibrant reds and purples can fade quickly. Using a salon quality system of products is the best way to maintain your color over time. Your colorist can recommend a regular salon schedule for touch ups.

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What’s the best way to wear mulled wine hair?

For trendy colors, we always recommend a medium length cut with some texture or wave. Shorter hair has less weight to it, meaning your strands move frequently and show off the many facets of your new shade.

We also love dark reds on pixie cuts. They’re punchy and playful, bringing a much-needed zest to dull wintery days. Whichever cut you choose, it’s sure to be a stunner.

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