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Happy National Coffee Day! 11 Java-Inspired Hair Shades You’ll Love a Latte

Just in time for National Coffee Day (September 29th), we’re sharing the hair shades inspired by your favorite cup of joe.

Calling all coffee addicts! Like all things that take up significant space in our lives (see: National Wine Day, National Hairdresser Appreciation Day, National BFF Day…), it’s only fitting to have an official day to show our devotion to the brew. This National Coffee Day (September 29th), we’ve rounded up 11 stunning shades reminiscent of the coveted drink. So whether you’re a vanilla chai lover by day or an espresso martini enthusiast by night, keep reading for the looks you’ll be (caffeine) buzzing about.

Is September 29th National Coffee Day?

We’d like to argue that every day should be National Coffee Day since we can’t go a day without a fix, but this annual holiday officially falls on September 29th.

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Espresso Martini

We couldn’t kick off this list without first acknowledging the boozy beverage of 2022: espresso martini. This hair hue features a deeper brunette base with a mix of creamy honey, beige, or bronde highlights. It’s neither too warm nor too ashy—just the perfect mix of cool and gold.

Redken Shades EQ Hair Gloss in cool colors are a great way to execute the highlighted look of espresso ‘tini hair. These ammonia-free formulas provide results in 20 minutes while conditioning the hair, leaving your mane looking and feeling healthier than when you stepped into the salon.

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Cold Brew Ombre

This cold brew ombre style mimics how your coffee looks after pouring in a creamy dose of oat milk or half-and-half. In short, it’s a dimensional brown that incorporates golden and neutral blonde tones.

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Irish Cream

If you prefer spiked coffee for special occasions, you’ll love taking Irish cream hair color for a spin. It’s perfectly flaxen and golden, never brassy, not to mention i looks especially radiant on ringlets. You can play up your own curls with L'Oréal Professionnel’s Serie Expert Curl Expression Definition Activator Gel, which gives each twist and curve the perfect, frizz-free definition while infusing hair with the hydration and strength it craves.

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Light and Sweet

Need a caffeine fix but can’t stomach the bitter taste of joe? You likely order your coffee light and sweet. Consider this bronde shade the equivalent to how you take your java: a deeper coffee crown still gives you that jolt of caffeine, but enough lightness throughout the ends provides you with the sweetness you crave.

The bleach needed to achieve the light and sweet look will always cause some damage, so we suggest adding strengthening and reparative products to your routine. Pros love Redken’s Acidic Bonding Concentrate Bundle and Intensive Treatment. When used together, the line has been shown to result in 56 percent less breakage, 82 percent less visible split ends, and hair that is 11 times smoother.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

There’s nothing “basic” about pumpkin spice latte hair color, a fiery shade that blends tones of warm brown, auburn, and copper. Whether you opt for a pumpkin spice latte balayage or an all-over color, this spicy hue is stunning and unforgettable. Love the look you see here? Ask your stylist about Redken Shades EQ Hair Gloss in 08C Cayenne.

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Double Espresso

Similar to an energy-boosting espresso shot, the namesake hair color is a deep brunette shade with hints of both black and dark brown.

A high-shine finish that never appears dull makes espresso hair color stand out from the crowd. We recommend getting your shine on with a product like Pureology’s Color Fanatic Top Coat + Sheer Clear. Formulated for natural or dark brunette to black hair colors, this high-gloss topcoat restores shine while leaving hair soft, silky, and beautifully reflective.

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This neutral brown-to-tan background has a touch of blue-green inspired by cool, earthy tones, with a dash of sand and brandy ombre woven throughout the mid-lengths to ends of hair. Recreate this color with your stylist by asking about Redken’s Shades EQ Matte line.

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Light Roast

This lighter variation of cold brew hair is more highlights and lowlights than it is base. If you just can’t give up on blonde but are itching for more dimension, light roast hair color could be the perfect compromise.

Prevent your light roast ‘do from skewing brassy by enlisting the help of a blue toning spray like Matrix Brass Off All-In-One Toning Leave-In Spray. This all-in-one conditioning leave-in spray with a buildable toning formula neutralizes unwanted brassy orange tones on lightened brunette and dark blonde hair.

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A coffee and hot chocolate hybrid, mocha hair color is as indulgent on the hair as on the palate. To help you achieve a new level of decadence, see if your salon is stocking up on the brand-new Redken Shades EQ Natural Chocolates line.

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Vienna Coffee

Creamy streaks woven throughout these strands are reminiscent of Vienna coffee's frothy whipped cream topping. Who doesn’t love a sweet little nightcap after a hearty dinner?

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Iced Caramel Latte

Like ribbons of milk and drizzled caramel swirling through your deliciously sweet latte, iced caramel strands can add brightness to a dark brunette mane. To get the look, your colorist will paint color on thicker sections of hair for a balayage with cascading highlights that add depth and warmth to your hue.

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