Spring is the start of new beginnings, so what better time to embrace a new hair color? If you’re looking for inspiration for which color to opt for, then you’re in luck, as we’ve rounded up the hottest spring hair colors of 2023!
Whether you’re toying with the idea of a bold hair transformation or think you’ll go for a subtle refresh, we’re positive one of these spring 2023 hair trends will have you immediately texting your stylist.
What hair color is in for 2023?
What hair colors are best for spring?
Spring brings with it warmer, longer days, so typically, people tend to opt for brighter, sunkissed hair colors during this season. Stylists have predicted that golden locks will be trending in spring 2023; however, you’ll be pleased to know that dark, rich, brunette tones (a la your favorite supermodel) will still very much be en vogue.
35 Spring Hair Colors That Are Trending for 2023
Geminis are symbolized by the twins in astrology, so unsurprisingly, the Gemini hair trend incorporates two colors. This two-dye job works with both contrasting shades and complementary colors. For the ultimate statement, bold platinum and black locks are the epitome of Gemini Hair.
Dyeing your hair two different colors will inevitably take its toll. To combat damage, try using Pureology’s Color Fanatic Multi-Tasking Leave-In Spray, which contains oils that nourish colored hair.
Mushroom or saddle brown is a cool-toned, taupe take on brunette hair. Many people credit the rise of the clean girl aesthetic for popularizing this hair color in recent years. Mushroom brown hair has been trending since 2021 and is still set to dominate this spring.
This hue is cool and ashy, with minimal warmth. To keep it this way, incorporate Matrix’s Total Results Dark Envy Green Toning Shampoo into your hair wash routine. The green tones in this shampoo banish any redness, plus its citrus, jasmine, and cedarwood scent smells incredible.
Confused about ombre? Redken artist Twylla Jane explains now to get this gradient hair color effect: “Lightener [is] placed horizontally with full saturation of the section and is then blended upward to diffuse the line.” For a subtle ombre look, you only need to go a couple of shades lighter.
To protect your ombre locks, try Redken’s Acidic Bonding Concentrate range. Redken’s most concentrated system is designed to strengthen and repair damaged hair, so is ideal for those who frequently color their hair.
We already know that red hair is still a major trend this spring. Cherry Cola bridges the gap between red and burgundy hair (which are beautiful shades in their own right). If you’re looking to dye your hair this vibrant shade, then make sure to read our guide that contains the best ways to try cherry cola hair color.
The color pink will be everywhere this spring and summer, especially since vivid magenta has been named the color of the year! Channel your inner doll and opt for bright pink hair. Unless you’re blessed with naturally light blonde tresses, the chances are that your stylist will have to use bleach and lighten your hair before using pink dye.
Not ready to go full-on bright pink? Then you should try rose gold hair. This color is set to be big for spring 2023 and is achieved by adding a pink or peachy toner to blonde (usually lightened) hair. Rose gold hair can fade faster than some other hair colors, so prolong your pinky hues with a system that aims to keep your dyed hair vibrant. Matrix Total Results Keep Me Vivid Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner is formulated to care for high-maintenance colors.
According to hair care experts, champagne tones look good on literally anyone. If you’ve been struggling to find the right shade of blonde for you, then consider giving this bubbly option a go for spring. Those with warmer skin will suit this hue with peachy undertones; if you have a cooler complexion, then opt for pastel pink or cool undertones. Talk to your stylist for suggestions.
We recommend trying Redken’s new Shades EQ Rose Gold series, which is exclusive to salons and made to enhance champagne blondes. There are three different shades on offer: Sparkling Wine (010GRo), Blush Spritz (09GRo), and Golden Fizz (07GRo), so you can find the perfect rosy tones for you. Check out our guide to trying the champagne blonde trend for more information.
Curlights are when curls are handpainted to achieve blended color. Think of it like bespoke highlights for curly hair. This technique adds lightness to darker shades, so is a great way to brighten your hair for spring 2023. Curly hair has a tendency to be dry, and coloring your locks can make your curls even drier. Keep your hair in optimum condition by adding a mask to your routine. We love the A Curl Can Dream Rich Mask by Matrix. Made for coils and curls, this mask provides your hair with much-needed hydration.
What are money pieces, you ask? Money pieces are face-framing pieces of hair that are a different color from the rest of your head. It looks best when you choose a color that clearly contrasts with your natural, whether that’s brunette to blonde or something bolder like blue or pink pieces.
We suggest trying light frame-facing strands that will contrast with darker hair. We’ve seen this style on a few of our favorite celebrities, so we expect to see it trending everywhere this spring.
Buttercream blonde is a creamier blonde with lots of added dimension. This shade is created by mixing warm and cool highlights. Because of the mixture of tones, buttercream blonde looks naturally sunkissed (making it the perfect spring hair color) and suits a wide range of people.
Going blonder inevitably means lightening your hair, which can cause some damage. Protect your tresses after coloring with a leave-in conditioner. The Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Leave-In Conditioner helps to improve damaged hair by reinforcing weakened bonds.
Can’t choose between brunette or blonde this spring? Then go bronde. Made famous in the early noughties, bronde hair is flattering on a range of people, making it the perfect new hair color to try for spring.
Blue is a quintessential spring color. But why settle on your run-of-the-mill basic blue when you can opt for one of the most vibrant color trends of the season? It may not be time to hit the beach just yet, but ocean-inspired aqua hair can help you channel your inner mermaid in preparation for summer. (We think it makes an excellent spring break hair color, too!)
If you want to achieve the most vivid blue color possible, make an appointment at a Matrix salon and ask your colorist to use SoColor Cult Cool Aquatics dye in the Aqua Bay shade.
If aqua hair is a bit too bright for your liking, then why not try pastel blue hair? We predict you’ll be seeing a lot of this color for spring. While full-on blue will look amazing, dyeing your whole head pastel blue is quite a commitment, so you could try incorporating some blue face-framing pieces or ombre instead.
Either way, make sure that you take the time to incorporate a nourishing conditioner into your routine to compensate for the color. We recommend L'Oréal Professionnel Vitamino Resveratrol Color Moisturizing Conditioner, this moisturizing product provides shine and helps to persevere color-treated locks.
Did we mention that one of the biggest hair trends this spring is bold hues? For obvious reasons, everyone's ready to experiment and go big this season. One way to do that is with one of our favorite spring hair colors: electric violet.
Though soft violet shades like lilac can get a glance here or there in the spring, this season in particular is all about commanding attention with a vibrant violet hue. The Matrix SoColor Cult Cool Aquatics dye in the shade Tropical Violet—available at your salon—is the perfect hue for spring and summer.
To help your hair look as good as it feels, follow your shampoo and conditioner with a nourishing treatment like Matrix Total Results Keep Me Vivid Color Velvetizer Protectant Balm. This non-sticky balm helps protect your spring hairstyles from the sun and heat all season long.
If electric violet is a bit too dramatic for your taste, but you still want to lean into a purple hue, try smokey mauve instead. It’s a muted, softer shade that still exudes personality. If you take the balayage approach and pair smokey mauve with your natural base, you’ll enjoy a more natural grow-out.
Since muted hues can sometimes give the appearance of absorbing light, we recommend amping up the shine factor with this style. Routine glaze appointments at your salon can help, as can a finishing spray such as Redken Shine Flash Hair Spray.
If you’ve ever wished you could mix both cool and warm tones throughout your hair, greige is the spring hair color for you. A portmanteau for “gray” and “beige,” greige is perfect for anyone who wants to go a bit lighter this season. It’s especially ideal if you want to keep some of those warm undertones while enjoying a cooler ashy-toned blonde at the same time.
So, how do you get that perfect blend of ashy and cool tones? Redken Shades EQ Ash Gold Series! These in-salon glazes lean into the fusion of cool and warm to help achieve that striking greige color.
Unless you’re already blonde, your colorist will need to lighten your hair to take full advantage of this hair trend. The key to maintaining greige is making sure you invest in a hair care system that will nourish your hair and help prevent your color from fading.
Hydration is also essential to maintaining healthy strands, so make sure to add a super moisturizing hair mask into your weekly hair care routine. Try the Redken All Soft Mega Deep Conditioning Treatment Mask, which leaves your hair moisturized and soft for up to three washes.
Honey Caramel Brown
If you thought dark colors were just for fall, think again. Just have your colorist add a little bit of lightness via honeyed caramel balayage (or highlights).
Brunette hair colors are typically one of the lowest maintenance dye options. So much so, in fact, that colorists suggest cutting back on the number of times, you wash your hair a week. Too much washing will not only cause your rich color to fade, but also to become brassy due to mineral deposits in the water.
The skunk stripe is still thriving, and there are so many ways to experiment with this trend. If you’re unfamiliar, the idea is simple: dying the two front pieces of your hair a contrasting color. Traditionally, the base is black and the front stripes are white (hence the name), but there are no hard and fast rules. Try black with soft lavender, or go bold and try lime green with peach.
Another way to embrace change this season is to take your hair into platinum territory. To help with the grow-out phase, ask your stylist to keep the roots just a bit darker. This also adds some drama and dimension.
This head-turning hue is bound to make a statement. But, when the compliments begin to roll in—and trust us, they will–you’ll be grateful you took the time to care for your ice-blonde tresses.
Fashion week runways were ripe with color hues, which means this warm color is a must-try hair color this season. The Matrix SoColor Cult Cool Aquatics dye in the shade “Starfish Coral”—available at your salon—creates the most stunning shade of living coral every time.
If you want the color to remain bright well into summertime, make sure to use color-protecting, salon-quality products. In addition to the shampoo, conditioner, and hair treatment above, add the Matrix Total Results Keep Me Vivid Color Lamination Vibrancy Spray to your hair care routine. The color rinse can help your shade last up to 21 washes and protect against fading. Plus, it boosts your shine so you can rock your spring hairstyles in confidence.
Calling all brunettes who want to add a little fire to their mane! Melted copper is the best way to amp up your spring hair color. To get the look, ask your colorist for a color melting service that seamlessly infuses copper from the mid-shaft to ends.
While we can guarantee you won’t regret embracing copper, keep in mind that maintaining these fiery locks requires some extra lifting. Red hues are prone to fading, so you’ll want to add a color-depositing shampoo and color-preserving conditioner to your routine to make sure your locks stay as bright as possible between salon visits.
Whether you’ve already lived through the ‘90s or ‘00s or this is your first time seeing hair ribboning, this spring is all about this blast from the past. This time around, though, it feels a bit more elevated, blended, and chic. It’s essentially chunkier highlights versus baby-fine highlights, and you can achieve the look with any base.
While highlighted hair is relatively low maintenance, you’ll still want to give your locks some extra TLC to make sure your hair remains the perfect color all season long. Color-safe shampoos and conditioners will help minimize color fading and make sure your strands stay nourished.
By the way, if you’ve got a bit of a flat iron addiction—a tool that really cemented its place in the haircare world in the ‘90s—make sure to pick up a thermal heat protectant spray to prevent your color from becoming dull. We love the Redken Iron Shape 11: Thermal Holding Heat Protection Hairspray.
Black hair is always chic, but your blue-black hair may be a little more well-suited for winter. That’s where soft black comes in for the spring season. This subtler, softer shade of black is dark enough that you won’t lose your edge but light enough to perfectly complement your spring wardrobe.
Like most bold colors, black has a tendency to feel muted after a few weeks. To maintain the brilliance, schedule a couple of gloss treatments in between your regular appointments. They instantly add high shine to your raven locks while preventing color fade.
Cream blonde is the buttery blonde your colorist has been waiting for all season. For this creamy, warm shade of blonde, your colorist will paint shades of honey and butterscotch over a light blonde base.
Unless you’re a natural blonde, chances are that your colorist is going to have to use bleach to achieve your lightened strands. It’s important to note that bleach will always cause damage, but your colorist will work with you to ensure your hair looks and feels as healthy as possible.
If you want to help your strands look their best in between appointments, we recommend adding a deep conditioning treatment like the Kérastase Blond Absolu Cicaflash Conditioner for Blonde Hair. This lightweight conditioner instantly restores and hydrates all shades of blonde.
One of our favorite blonde hair colors for this spring is honey blonde—a classic sun-kissed hue that’s basically made for spring and summer. All blondes are prone to brassiness, so use a purple toning shampoo once or twice a month to keep your hair lively
Add a little sizzle to your brunette strands via spicy chestnut. The infusion of warmth makes for the perfect spring hair color without feeling too dramatic. To help maintain the brilliance in between appointments, use a nourishing hair care system.
Also, make sure to pick up some blue color-correcting shampoo and conditioner like the Matrix Total Results Brass Off Shampoo and Conditioner to help remove any brassiness. We recommend using a blue shampoo once or twice a month.
Any infusion of color will always be a spring hair color go-to, and what better way to embrace the spectrum than with rainbow hair? Whether you want to stick to a pastel palette or opt for deep hues, the goal is to incorporate at least a few different complementary colors into your mane.
Another take on the purple tones we’re seeing for this spring is violet-brunette. This is dark hair with eggplant shades. It’s great for those who are looking to add dimension and depth to their hair. Not quite as bold as electric violet, this shade stands out while still being subtle.
Redheads and copper tones can rejoice! Like in 2022, this year orange styles are still big. Apricot, or peach, hair is a lighter, brighter take on the copper hair trend making it a great addition to all of your spring looks.
Another option for red-hued lovers is a cinnamon shade. This reddy-brown, warm-toned color was popular in the fall and will keep trending throughout the spring and summer months. Read our guide to cinnamon hair if you’re looking to change your hair color asap.
Not quite ready to commit to the full dye job? Did you know that Biolage offers a Cinnamon Color Depositing Conditioner? This allows you to add cinnamon tones to your hair temporarily.
It’s official; it’s not just ‘90s fashion that’s come back. The chunky highlights that dominated the 90s have been sported by our favorite celebrities and hair influencers, and if they’re doing it, then we are too. Modernize the look by combining the highlights with balayage or baby lights.
Channel your inner supermodel and opt for dark espresso tones this spring. Chocolate and espresso brown hues have been all over Instagram recently, so are sure to be a big hair color trend for spring.
If you do choose this color, you’ll want to ensure it stays glossy for as long as possible. Luckily, Shu Uemera Art of Hair Color Lustre Sulfate-Free Shampoo gently cleanses your hair to prevent color fade while adding shine.
What better way to embrace the hotter, brighter days than with golden blonde hair? While this shade never goes out of style, we predict that you’ll see it a lot this spring and summer. Golden blonde leans warm, as opposed to cool, so be wary of using purple or silver shampoos.
While they’re formulated for blonde hair, they are engineered to remove any brassiness and could inadvertently remove the warmth from this hue. Instead, use Biolage Professional Color Last Shampoo. As it provides gentle cleansing, it helps to preserve your color.
Is there a color that suits spring more than lilac? We already know that pastel hair is big for spring 2023, so get on board the trend by adding lavender tones to your locks. Commitment-phobe? Biolage Professional has you covered with their Color Balm Lavender Color Depositing Conditioner that gives you a lilac look without the need for hair dye. Win-win!
Enjoy the brighter days that the springs months bring with pure gold hair. This color looks effortlessly cool and will ensure you look sunny no matter the weather. Keep your gold locks from fading with Pureology Color Fanatic Top Coat + Tone in Gold. This top coat adds warmth to hair in just five minutes.
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