If you thought we left rose gold hair in 2018, think again! Ever since a certain euphoric fan-favorite actress hit the red carpet with rose gold tresses, we haven’t been able to get them off our minds.
This glamorous take on the pink hair trend is like the fairy tale of fantasy colors: not too bright, not too subtle...just right. Whether you’re looking to completely change your dark brown hair for the holiday season or are looking for a subtle way to update your ash blonde strands, we have everything you need to know about the rose gold hair color trend that’s back and better than ever!
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What is rose gold hair color?
Picture a Venn diagram. In each of the three circles you have blonde hair, pink hair, and gold hair. Where they intersect, you’ve got the color known as rose gold. It’s a blushing, neutral shade that narrowly avoids being too feminine, thanks to its hints of blonde. It’s flattering on almost everyone, particularly since it’s so customizable.
Unlike the warm brunettes and ash browns that have taken over social media as of late, rose gold is a much more subtle shade. Because it’s a blend of three different colors, you can choose from an endless amount of shades on the rose gold spectrum. Work with your stylist to decide which combination of blonde, pink, and gold best flatters your skin tone.
To make rose gold hair a reality, your stylist will begin by bleaching your hair to create a blank slate. It’s important to note that bleach will always damage hair, but a salon professional can help you restore the look of beautiful strands. If you’re not a natural blonde, it will likely take several sessions to lift the color from your strands safely. Once your hair is ready for color, your stylist will paint a masterful combination of pink, gold, and even more blonde throughout your locks.
It is especially important to do your research when looking for the perfect colorist. Rose gold is not an everyday color, so you’ll want to make sure to your stylist has ample experience working with fantasy colors. An experienced colorist will be able to show you examples of fantasy colors they’ve done in the past and explain exactly how they plan to minimize the damage bleach can cause.
What is the maintenance like for rose gold hair color?
Finding the perfect colorist and coloring your hair is only half of the work. Like most fantasy shades, rose gold hair color is a high maintenance shade that fades very quickly. You’ll want to swap your regular shampoo and conditioner for a formula that cleans and nourishes your strands while protecting your color—we love Matrix Total Results Keep Me Vivid Shampoo and Conditioner.
As with any color that’s far from your natural shade, you’ll notice how quickly your roots begin to show. If you want to avoid having your roots look too overgrown, be prepared to head back to the salon every four to six weeks for a touch-up.
Lastly, you should incorporate a deep conditioner treatment into your care routine once a week. While there’s no way to prevent damage caused by bleach, the proper treatment can provide an indulgent reinforcing formula that leaves your hair looking beautiful and feeling healthy. We suggest L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Inforcer Masque.
Not sure which shade of rose gold is perfect for you? We’ve rounded up 18 hues we just can’t get enough of.
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Like a glass of effervescent bubbly, this vibrant hair color is a celebration unto itself. The shade is more of a bright blonde than you’ll usually see with rose gold hair, making the shade a beachy pink that’s excellent on fair complexions.
For ladies with medium and dark complexions, pale pink can be alienating. That’s why we’re such big fans of peach rose gold hair, which substitutes notes of orange for blush. The resulting color is warm-toned and buttery, particularly on waves.
If you like rose gold but wish the color was a little punchier, ask your colorist about adding hints of violet to the shade. Whether you wear them as a balayage or opt for a violet-tinted pink, that single change will set you apart from everybody else.
When it comes to trendy hair colors, matte is all the rage. Instead of emphasizing the gold within your new hair color, consider choosing an ashy lavender blonde that’s far more understated. On women with cool complexions, the shade is soft and flattering.
When you’re a natural redhead, choosing a shade that’s flattering can be more challenging than it might be for blondes and brunettes. That’s why we love bronze rose gold, a caramel-like shade that’s beautiful on even the fairest complexions. If you’re working with a cropped bob or long, straight lengths, bronze is a statement-making move.
For an even more redhead-centric hair look, try copper rose gold hair. It’s a very natural-looking take on the rose gold trend, one that blends bright red with subtle notes of pink and gold. If you’re worried about transitioning into a statement color, let copper be your first step.
Apricot is yet another very orange take on rose gold hair, one that places the emphasis on strawberry and golden notes. Think of this like California girl hair, all sunny highlights and rosy low notes.
If you’ve tried pastel hair in the past and loved it or can’t get enough of all those watercolor finishes on Instagram, a washed-out shade might be best for you. Those starting with blonde hair should consider platinum rose gold, a brilliant pinky wash that only hints at your standard rose gold color.
Calling all our ice queens! Silver rose gold has your name on it. While platinum rose gold hair incorporates warm notes, this shade is all about icy pink and blonde in perfect harmony. Try this on long hair, then chop it into a blunt bob if you begin to experience breakage.
Colorists interpret dusty mauve hair in different ways, but the uniting factor is a commitment to ashy, matte pink notes that starkly contrast the shiny shade you’ll see others wear. If you’re a moody lady looking for cool-girl hair color that’s far from overdone, ask your colorist about this hue.
Blush rose gold is a truly ladylike shade, one that incorporates raspberry notes alongside pale pink. If you’re still wearing pink on Wednesdays and drooling over rose gold laptop skins, blush is probably the right choice for you. Wearing it on your head is the best way to fully commit to the rose gold life.
Dark Rose Gold
Brunettes, this is your time to shine. Dark rose gold includes chocolate notes throughout the roots and mid-lengths, highlighted by shimmering strawberry and caramel pieces. It’s a beautifully blended take on the trend, one that doesn’t require you lighten all your hair. You shouldn’t have to trade in your brunette identity to try something new.
Rose Gold Dip Dye
If you’ve already decided precisely which shade of rose gold appeals to you most, it’s time to consider technique. For a striking take on a trend, why not give rose gold dip dye a shot? This application method means your colorist will apply your shade throughout your mid-lengths. The technique means the accent color ends in a straight line, like you’ve just dipped your hair in a paint can.
Rose Gold Ombre
Subtlety might be your thing, and we wholeheartedly support that. If that’s the case, an ombre technique will probably best suit your sensibilities. Your colorist will blend a base color into the rose gold, creating a blended gradient that looks natural. It’s an excellent way to transition into a full head of rose gold, or to create a balayage effect with your next big haircut.
Rose Gold Balayage
For those who aren’t quite sold on a whole head of rose gold, there’s always the option to do a blended highlighting technique like balayage. Instead of dying your entire mane, your colorist will hand paint rose gold highlights onto your base shade. Note that on dark manes, he or she will lighten your natural color before starting in with the rose gold.
Pale Peach Champagne
Our color experts love warm, bright accents in a rose gold with a lighter base. It’s subtle and creates a delicate glow! Find the perfect blend for you with your colorist using L'Oréal Professionnel’s salon-exclusive Colorful Hair service.
“A faded peach is practical,” Landry Agres, L’Oréal Professionnel brand ambassador, says. “It even looks good when it washes out.”
It’s easy to elevate a simple rose gold shade with a silver shine for “a very personalized tone of pink,” as Josh Wood, Redken global color creative director and brand ambassador, says.
Rock the shaggy punk look with a retro rose quartz! Wood loves to showcase this color, using it on his models for fashion runways.
“We are referencing the ‘90s and making it feel right now,” he says. “I’ve christened it ‘rose quartz.”
Agres also loves this option.
“This look is a great introduction to the color without being too bold,” he adds. “Definitely not boring!”
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