When the temperature starts to stop, we do everything we can to stay warm. We cozy up by the fire, drink hot chocolate, and watch movies all day. If there’s one thing we look forward to every single year, however, it’s our winter hair color change. While hair color trends typically change with the seasons, one thing remains the same year after year: Warm-toned hair color and winter go hand-in-hand.
Searching for the perfect warm-toned hair color to try this winter? We chatted with Mark Creed, L'Oréal Professionnel U.K. stylist, to get the scoop on his favorite toasty shades. Whether you’re looking to go blonde or stick to dark colors, read on for 15 of the best hues to try.
The Best Warm-Toned Hair Colors To Try Now
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If you’re someone that orders iced coffee in 20-degree weather (guilty!), you’ll love cold brew hair. This delicious and dimensional warm brunette shade works perfectly for every skin tone and if you’re a natural brunette, this hue is super low-maintenance.
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Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to go dark once the cold weather hits. If you want to keep your hue as light and bright as possible, ask your colorist for a warm, dimensional shade like honey blonde.
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If you want a taste of honey without completely abandoning your brunette locks, opt for honey brown. This light brown hair color with streaks of honey throughout is a low-maintenance way to add warmth and dimension to your look.
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If you want a hue that’s undeniably warm, look to caramel. Like adding a drizzle of caramel into your morning latter, caramel hair color adds just the right amount of warmth and brightness to your mane. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance way to try the shade, ask your colorist for caramel balayage.
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Spicy cider is the ultimate cozy drink to sip on by the fireplace, but we bet you didn’t know it’s also a go-to hair color for winter. Wondering what exactly makes up this shade?
“Brunette and copper red hues are mixed together in small amounts to ensure neither is dominant,” Creed explains.
This precise mixture can be custom-blended by your colorist to suit your skin tone. Creed likes to take customization a step further.
“I use a hand-painted technique to accent specific areas of the face,” he explains.
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Speaking of spice, if you like your food with a little kick, why not let it inspire your next color change? If you’re looking for a spicy red shade to try for winter, look no further than cayenne.
Chocolate brown hair works all year long, but hot chocolate is Creed’s favorite shade for winter. Whether you’re a brunette looking for dimension or a blonde looking to go deeper with your hue, your stylist can customize the perfect shade of you.
“A good colorist will give you a more fused finish that gives mystique and blurs the transition between hues,” Creed explains.
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Wine, anyone? If you favor deep red and mahogany hair, or you want to take your love for a glass of vino a step further, Creed says mulled wine is the perfect winter hair color. This luxurious, rich shade is a more seasonal take on traditional red.
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We obsess over ginger hair color year after year, and we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. If you have a pale complexion, this soft, fiery shade is officially your red hair color pick for winter.
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The hair world has been talking non-stop about burnt sienna hair, and we can totally understand why! This fiery, orange-red hue is slightly more vibrant than traditional copper hair. Not to mention: It can be customized to fit any skin tone.
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When in doubt, stick to the classics! If you’re looking for the perfect shade of red for winter, auburn is always a good idea.
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If you want to warm up your hue while instantly making it look more expensive, go for the gold! Golden highlights add just the right amount of brightness and dimension—especially when paired with a dark base color.
If you’re lightening brunette hair, you might notice brassiness a few weeks after your salon appointment. We recommend adding a blue shampoo and conditioner like Redken Color Extend Brownlights Shampoo and Conditioner to your routine. This progressive blue toning system is ideal for preventing and neutralizing brass on both highlighted and naturally brown hair.
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There’s something special about espresso hair color. The deep brunette hue is classic, low-maintenance, and flatters every skin tone.
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If you want to find the perfect balance between red and brown, look to chestnut. This reddish-brown shade is ideal if you want to add a touch of red to your look without going overboard.
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Red To Orange Ombre
Looking for a vibrant take on warm-toned hair color? This red to orange ombre brings serious heat. Vibrant shades are notoriously difficult to maintain, so be sure to swap your regular shampoo and conditioner system for Matrix Total Results Keep Me Vivid Shampoo and Conditioner. This system gently cleanses and conditions to maintain the vibrancy of fast-fading hair colors.
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