There’s nothing we love to see more than hair transformations between seasons, particularly when it's a brand-new hue. While you may spend 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 2023, 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 hair color ideas. Once you see them, winter may become your new favorite season.
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 2023, you can also opt for an on-trend shade like ginger, ash blonde, espresso, or gray. You should 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 choose warmer blonde shades like caramel or honey.
The Best Winter Hair Colors to Try
Blended Blonde Highlights
Do you want to spend more time snuggled up in front of the fire and less time at the salon? Keep your blonde natural-looking and low-maintenance for winter by opting for blended blonde highlights.
Like the toasty beverage, a fusion of mocha brown and reddish golden blonde has us eager to cozy up to it.
Ginger hair is one of the top shades to look out for in winter 2023. 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 at the top of our wishlist for classic winter hair colors since it flatters every skin tone.
Ashy Brown Balayage
If you love cool-toned hair color, this ash brown balayage screams winter vibes. Be sure to use a shampoo and conditioner system like Matrix Total Results Brass Off Shampoo + Conditioner Duo to tone and prevent brassiness.
On the subject of ashy hair, ash blonde hair pairs especially well with a tousled beachy texture, no matter the season. Use a few spritzes of texturizing spray like Pureology Style + Protect Beach Waves Sugar Spray to give your mane that seaside texture.
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 highlights and lowlights 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 ideas? We predict that you’ll see magenta hair everywhere in winter 2023.
Whether walking in a winter wonderland or living somewhere warm and dreaming of a fresh blanket of snow, this icy, cool-toned shade is a winner for your winter hair color change. To achieve snow hair color, your colorist must 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 four-part system, including an intensive treatment, 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 adding toasted blonde to your list of winter hair color ideas. This dimensional, warm-toned hue with undertones of brown is ideal for all skin tones.
Love the final look in the hair transformation video above? Ask your colorist whether they’re stocking up on Redken’s new Shades EQ Hair Gloss Natural Chocolates collection.
We love nothing more than putting a movie on, curling 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 advise 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 love 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.
You’ll love a dark green hair color if the holidays are your favorite part of the winter season. Add star embellishments to your Christmas tree-inspired hue for a festive touch. To keep this unique shade in tip-top shape, be sure to moisturize and nourish hair with a multi-tasking leave-in like Mizani 25 Miracle Milk Leave-In Conditioner.
If you drink pumpkin spice coffee all year long (same), you’ll be happy to know that this fall hair color is equally as stunning for winter.
Bronde hair color offers the best of both worlds for those who struggle to decide between brunette and blonde. Upkeep your bronde hue between appointments with a color-toning shampoo and conditioner like Redken Color Extend Brownlights Shampoo and Conditioner Duo. This system helps eliminate brass and orange undertones in lightened or natural brown hair.
We love baking in the winter, so it should be no surprise that red velvet hair color is one of our top shades of the season. This delectable, cool-toned red is made for pale skin tones.
Overwashing bright red hair is a surefire way to fade it more quickly. Whenever possible, reach for a dry shampoo like Biolage Professional All-In-One Intense Dry Shampoo With Rice Starch to refresh roots between shampoos and a revitalizing treatment like Shu Uemura Art of Hair Ashita Supreme Intense Revitalization Hair Serum to nourish the mid-lengths to ends of hair.
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 when the winds are whipping.
There are ways to make pink hair work all year round. When the temperature drops, 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.
This dark blue hue is a great choice if you want to try an icy shade for winter without going full-on platinum.
Heads up, ‘90s babies! If you’re obsessed with nostalgic hair trends, these face-framing highlights are perfect. Opt for high-contrast blonde streaks against a brunette base to recreate this look.
Cinnamon hair color has been trending since early 2020, and we predict the reddish-brown hue will still be going strong long into 2023.
You can’t go wrong with mushroom brown hair if you prefer your brunette shade to look ashy and cool as opposed to warm and chocolatey. This ashy brunette has grayish undertones, so those with cool undertones will find this hue particularly flattering.
Chocolate-covered cherries combine two sweet treats that just go 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
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 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 hair is a wintertime staple, but adding highlights is the easiest way to liven up your dark locks.
You’ll want to keep a nourishing hair mask on hand to counteract the drying effects of lightening dark hair with bleach. We love L’Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Vitamino Color Mask. This luxurious mask for color-treated hair is infused with resveratrol to protect strands against breakage while maintaining their shine.
If you adore 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.
Gray and dark blue might seem like a drab combination, but this ashy, toned-down hue has us feeling anything but sad.
Whether there’s a dusting of snow on the ground or the sun is shining at full force, we’d argue that every season is brunch season. And why not pull hair inspiration from our favorite year-round hangover cocktail? Bloody mary hair color is a rich red copper with an earthy vibe that’ll have you dialing up your colorist ASAP.
Choose a fiery, dimensional shade like cayenne if you hope to spice up your hue for those chilly days. We love the way this shade pairs with medium and dark skin tones.
Embrace a moody shade to match the dreary winter weather. Opt for blue-black if you’re considering a color change but not entirely sold on giving up your dark base. Your colorist will add a tint of dark blue throughout your black hair color to create tons of depth.
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