There’s nothing we love to see more than hair transformations between seasons, particularly when it's a brand new hue. While you may be spending less time out and about during the winter season, that’s no reason not to upgrade your winter hair color.
If you’re searching for winter hair colors to try in 2022, you’ve come to the right place. From winter hair colors for brunettes to wintery blonde inspiration, we’ve gathered the hottest (we mean, coolest) trending winter shades, and once you see them, winter may just become your favorite season of all.
What hair color should I get for winter?
Hair colors like chestnut, auburn, chocolate brown, and caramel blonde are always classic winter hair color choices. For 2022, you can also opt for an on-trend shade like ginger, ash blonde, espresso, or gray. You should also always talk with your colorist about what color pairs best with your skin tone and desired maintenance level.
Can I go blonde in the winter?
Light hair colors are often associated with spring and summer, but there are also plenty of on-trend winter hair colors for blondes. You can go cool-toned to match the chilly weather or opt for warmer blonde shades like caramel or honey.
The Best Winter Hair Colors To Try
Blended Blonde Highlights
Want to spend more time cozied up in front of the fire—and way less time at the salon? Keep your blonde natural-looking and low-maintenance for the winter season by opting for blended blonde highlights.
Ginger hair is one of the top shades to look out for in winter 2022. If all-over ginger sounds too intense for you, ask your colorist to softly blend a ginger shade with your brunette roots using a balayage technique.
A caramel balayage is a classic winter hair color—one that flatters every skin tone.
If you love cool-toned hair color, this ash brown balayage screams winter vibes. Be sure to use a shampoo and conditioner system like Redken Color Extend Brownlights Shampoo and Conditioner to tone and prevent brassiness.
The era of women of all ages embracing gray hair has officially begun. Whether you’re going gray naturally or want to explore gray salon color, it’s a hue that you’ll see everywhere this winter.
Black To Silver Ombre
A whole mane of gray hair is gorgeous, but if you prefer less maintenance, opt for a black to silver ombre to stretch your time between root touch-ups.
This smokey blue shade has undertones of gray and ash, which makes it a great winter hair color option for anyone with cool undertones in their skin.
Searching for colorful winter hair color inspiration? We predict that you’ll see magenta hair everywhere in winter 2022.
Half-And-Half Red Hair
Red hair is trending, and every single red shade across the board has had a moment to shine—which makes it hard to choose just one to try. If you can't narrow down which red shade is right for you, go bold with a half-and-half hair color. Use this half-and-half ginger and auburn look as inspiration.
Whether you’re walking in a winter wonderland or living somewhere warm and dreaming of a fresh blanket of snow, this icy, cool-toned shade is perfect for your winter hair color change. To achieve snow hair color, your colorist will need to bleach your mane to create the lightest, brightest shade possible. While bleach will always cause some damage, products like Redken’s Acidic Bonding Concentrate can help diminish the look and feel of damage. This three-part system, including a shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in treatment, is formulated with citric acid and a concentrated bonding complex to reinforce the weakened bonds in damaged hair and help build strength and resiliency.
You’ll also want to invest in a purple color-toning formula like Redken Color Extend Blonde Purple Toning Foam Mousse to keep your hue brass-free between salon appointments. This purple-pigmented leave-in formula tones brassy hair, leaving it perfectly cool-toned. It’s also formulated with citric acid and sunflower seed oil for pH balancing and softness.
If you prefer a warmer, cozier shade of blonde for the colder months, we recommend toasted blonde. This dimensional, warm-toned hue is ideal for all skin tones.
There’s nothing we love more than putting a movie on, snuggling up under a blanket, and drinking a glass of red wine. If cozy wine nights are your winter vibe, we know you’ll love mulled wine hair color. This vibrant shade of red is reminiscent of your favorite brand of merlot.
To keep your mulled wine hue vibrant and fresh between appointments, we recommend adding a shampoo and conditioner system like Matrix Total Results Keep Me Vivid Shampoo and Conditioner to your routine. These formulas help maintain the vibrancy of fast-fading hair colors.
Move over chocolate brown—chocolate almond hair color is the brunette shade of the season. This dessert-inspired brunette shade with notes of caramel and gold throughout is almost as sweet as the real thing.
Sure, vibrant red hair colors are stunning, but we love understated crimson shades just as much. If you’re looking for a subtle yet effective way to try red hair this winter, we adore this soft auburn hue. Ask your colorist to blend subtle streaks of auburn throughout a brunette base for a look that’s low-key and low-maintenance.
Ultra violet is the opposite of subtle, so if you’re someone who loves to make a bold statement, this vivid cool-toned purple should be at the top of your to-try list. Ultra violet looks best with intense shine, so be sure to use a hair oil like Kérastase Elixir Ultime L’Huile Original Hair Oil to add shine while deeply nourishing your strands.
If you’re one of those people that drinks pumpkin spice coffee all year long (same), you’ll be happy to know that this fall hair color is equally as stunning for winter.
For those who always struggle to decide between brunette and blonde, bronde hair color offers the best of both worlds.
Dirty brunette hair is the hair color trend we just can’t get enough of year after year. This take on bronde is the perfect way to bring warmth to your brunette locks for the winter months.
Copper And Amber Highlights
Edge into red with copper and amber highlights. These on-trend ginger shades come together to create a rich and dimensional hue that will instantly warm up your mane for winter.
There are ways to make pink hair work all year round and when the temperature starts to drop, we favor this metallic variation of the shade. Amp up your hue with a few spritzes of shine spray like Redken Shine Flash Hair Spray.
If you want to try an icy shade for winter without going full-on platinum, this dark blue hue is a great choice.
Heads up, ‘90s babies! If you’re obsessed with nostalgic hair trends, these face-framing highlights are the perfect choice for you. Opt for high-contrast blonde streaks against a brunette base to recreate this look.
If you prefer your brunette shade to look ashy and cool as opposed to warm and chocolatey, you can’t go wrong with mushroom brown hair. This ashy brunette has grayish undertones, so those with cool undertones in their skin will find this hue particularly flattering.
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.
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.
Dark Hair With Highlights
You don’t need to change your look completely to upgrade your winter style. All it takes is a few strategically placed highlights. Dark winter hair colors are a staple, but adding highlights is the easiest way to liven up your dark locks.
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!
Espresso hair color is rich, dark, and bold—just like your morning coffee on a cold winter day. This nearly-black shade of brown is a winter staple year after year, so you won’t regret trying the look for yourself!
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 Matrix Total Results Brass Off Shampoo and Conditioner to help keep any unwanted brassiness at bay.
Interested in trying a new winter hair color? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.