If you thought we left rose gold hair behind in 2018 (or 2019), think again! Year after year, we haven’t been able to get rose gold tresses 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 switch things up or want a subtle way to upgrade your neutral hue, we have everything you need to know about the rose gold hair color trend plus 20 looks we just can’t get enough of.
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, mainly because 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 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.
Does rose gold hair fade quickly?
Like most fantasy shades, rose gold hair color is a high maintenance shade that fades very quickly. If you’re committed to trying rose gold hair color, you should expect to book an appointment with your colorist every four to six weeks for touch-ups. Finding the perfect colorist and coloring your hair, however, is only half of the work. You’ll also want to revamp your at-home hair care routine to keep your hue in tip-top shape.
While there’s no way to prevent damage caused by bleach, the proper treatment can leave your hair looking beautiful and feeling healthy. We suggest adding a weekly hair mask like L'Oréal Professionnel Absolut Repair Resurfacing Golden Masque to your routine.
How will rose gold hair look?
Here’s the thing about rose gold hair—like any shade, how the final result looks on you depends entirely on your skin tone, your hair length, and how you style it. If you’re wondering what shade of rose gold is best for you, we’ve got you covered! Keep scrolling for 20 of the hottest ways to try the trend in 2020.
The Best Rose Gold Hair Colors To Try Now
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Rose Gold Balayage
For those who aren’t quite sold on a whole head of rose gold hair, 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.
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Rose Gold Highlights
Rose gold highlights are another great option for the commitment-phobes out there. Instead of saturating your entire mane with a rose gold shade, your colorist will perfectly place highlights throughout your hair to give you just enough dimension and brightness.
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Rose Gold Roots
If you’re constantly searching for edgy and exciting ways to try hair colors, why not get creative with your placement? Opt for rose gold roots for a unique, statement-making look.
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Speaking of edge—if you’re willing to go the extra mile with your maintenance routine, we love vibrant roots that fade into rose gold lengths.
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Like a glass of effervescent bubbly, this vibrant champagne 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.
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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.
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Apricot is a very orange take on rose gold hair, one that places emphasis on strawberry and golden notes. Think of this like California girl hair, all sunny highlights and rosy low notes.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.”