Fall may have just begun, but winter is right around the corner. As temperatures drop and snow begins to fall, many of us plan to stay bundled up all season long. It’s easy to feel like you can slack off on your hair care routine when you’re spending so much time indoors. You may be able to hide your dark brown hair under a hat when you’re walking down the street, but sooner or later the hat has to come off—and we think you should have a flawless winter hair color to show off.
If you’re looking to spice up your hair color for the drab winter months, you’ve come the right place. These are the hottest winter hair color trends of the year and once you see them, winter may just become your favorite season of all.
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If you love the look of balayage but are looking for a color that’s a bit more low maintenance for the colder months, consider reverse balayage. Instead of the traditional balayage (in which your colorists hand paints lightener on your strands), your colorist will use a darker shade to bring depth to your color.
Living coral snagged the title of Pantone color of the year at the beginning of 2019 and it’s still going strong. This sea-inspired hair color will remind you of the warmer months and has the added bonus of looking absolutely stunning on everyone. Swap out your regular shampoo and conditioner system for one formulated to care for high maintenance hair colors like the Matrix Keep Me Vivid Shampoo and Conditioner.
Smoky hair is perfect for anyone who wants a statement hair color, but would rather not go the brightly colored route. Your colorist will blend your color of choice with blues and grays to create a hue that has a smoky vibe.
Chocolate-covered cherries are two treats that go great together—and chocolate cherry hair is no different. This masterful blend of rich chocolate brown and deep cherry red will be the center of attention at all of your holiday parties.
Dirty brunette hair is the latest hair color trend we just can’t get enough of. This new take on bronde is the perfect way to bring warmth to your brunette locks for the winter months.
Icy platinum locks aren’t going anywhere anytime soon and for a good reason—the color is absolutely spectacular. Ice blonde maybe a high maintenance color, but it’ll be well worth it when you have a mane that is just as gorgeous as freshly fallen snow. Swap out your regular shampoo and conditioner for the Matrix Total Results So Silver Shampoo and Conditioner system to help keep unwanted brassy tones at bay.
This isn’t your grandmother’s gray hair. Gray hair popped on the scene a few years ago, and it has remained one of the hottest hair color trends. We love all shades of gray, but we think this blue-gray is particularly perfect for the winter months. Gray hair has its own special needs, so care for your newly silver locks by swapping out your shampoo and conditioner for a system formulated for gray strands like the Redken Color Extend Graydient Shampoo and Conditioner.
Pop Of Color
If you love vibrant hair colors but aren’t looking to switch up your whole look, ask your colorist to give your strands a pop of color. Whether you opt for technicolor highlights or aqua-dipped ends, you’ll have all of the fun of a fantasy shade without the tedious upkeep.
You may not be able to eat dessert every day, but red velvet hair color allows you to satisfy your sweet tooth without hitting the gym. This deliciously sweet color is the perfect mix of depth and vibrancy, making it a dazzling shade for the winter months.
Dark Hair With Highlights
You don’t need to completely change your look to upgrade your winter style. All it takes is a few strategically placed highlights. Dark hair is a wintertime staple, but sometimes you want to liven up your dark locks. Face-framing highlights are one of the biggest trends of the year (hair contour anyone?) and an easy way to elevate your hair color.
Most people favor dark hair for the winter months, but you don’t have to give up your fantasy color dreams just because it’s wintertime. If you love to go dark for the chilly season but can’t get enough of vibrant, fantasy shades, consider chocolate lilac. This delicious combination of cocoa brown and lilac will perfectly complement all of your holiday outfits.
Pumpkin spice may be the official drink of fall, but that doesn’t mean we’re giving it up when winter rolls around. Warm-up this winter with this spicy ginger color that’s bound to turn heads.
Our kitchen isn’t the only place we look for hair color inspiration—our closets are full of inspo! Tweed hair is the latest fashion-inspired hair color trend we can’t get enough of and neither will you!
If you love your dark brown hair but are looking for a subtle way to bring warmth to your color this winter, look no further than gingerbread hair. This stunning combination of deep brown and rich auburn looks fantastic on everyone!
Cold brew may be our favorite summer drink, but we can’t get enough of cold brew hair for wintertime. Swap your regular shampoo and conditioner for the Matix Total Results Brass Off line to help keep any unwanted brassiness at bay.
Interested in having a professional give you a flawless winter hair color? Use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.