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Let's be real. The best part of a new season is changing your ~lewk~. Like, the second I start seeing coats in stores, I'm putting my sea-salt sprays in storage and pulling out all of my moisturizing hair masks to prep for one of the new fall hair colors I'll try. Every year, I look to some of the classics for inspo, like variations of red hair colors and deep-espresso browns, but I'm also stoked about 2023 fall hair trends, including oil-slick hair colors, icy blondes, and deep-emerald green dye jobs. IDK how I'll ever decide!

To help me narrow down all the options (and then compile this list of the 60 best hair colors for fall 2023), I went to expert hair colorists Stephanie Brown, Rachel Bodt, and Abby Haliti for their takes on the best fall hair colors to try—including the biggest trends and the best tips and product recs to get these looks at home (hi, at-home hair glosses, hair toners, and semi-permanent hair colors). Keep scrolling for all the details, including a few maintenance tips to help transition your fall to winter hair color too.

1

High-contrast highlights

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If you incorporate bright blond highlights into braids or twists like Julissa Calderon, above, just stick in a bundle of blonde braiding hair to fake it (meaning legit zero maintenance whatsoever). But if you want to dye your own hair, just ask your stylist to incorporate a shadow root or balayage to give you extra time between salon visits.

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Spicy-auburn hair for fall 2023

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I knew fall was right around the corner when Emily Ratjkowski debuted this spicy, auburn hair on Instagram for fall 2023. There’s a lot of dimension throughout the color, including her deep-auburn shadow roots, which make this feel even more moody and autumn-appropriate. Plus, this makes this shade much easier to maintain (granted, you should still expect to coat your hair in a copper hair gloss—I personally like Glaze's Conditioning Gloss Treatment—every three to four weeks to upkeep).

3

Amethyst balayage for fall

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If you wanna keep your current shade but just zhuzh things up a bit, try this amethyst-toned balayage look. The deep purple shade blends beautifully with an already-dark base, but it could be toned down to a more pastel shade if you have lighter hair. Just keep a color-depositing conditioner on hand to brighten up the color as it starts to fade (which, sadly, will be prob in three to four weeks).

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White-blonde fall hair color

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This ultra-light, baby-blonde shade goes against all odds for fall, which is exactly why it’s so chic (expect the unexpected, ppl!). Instead of darkening your hair, go for an all-over white-blonde shade and add a slight cool tone to give it a snow-y vibe. Just be sure to keep your shower stocked with purple shampoo to prevent your icy color from turning brassy.

5

Barbie-pink fall hair

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I just saw Barbie and am now dreaming of everything pink, including this mid-tone pink shade on Lizzo. Instead of light pastels or bright neons, this shade feels fall-appropriate due to the medium depth. But in all honesty, we’ll prob all be on the Barbie train for a while—so expect to see pink hues like this way past fall.

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Warm-blonde highlights

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Hair colorist Abby Haliti previously told Cosmo that her clients are v interested in adding warm dimension throughout their hair this fall because it feels soft and natural (as seen on Khloe Kardashian above). Ask your colorist to mix together a caramel or honey toner to warm up your highlights and create a cozy fall look.

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Neutral-brown hair colors for fall

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This shade is extremely low-key, which is why it kinda gives off the "quiet luxury" trend vibe a bit. It's so simple that it looks rich and effortless. To keep your new color looking luxurious like Ashley Tisdale the tone needs to stay neutral, so incorporate a purple shampoo once a month to neutralize any unwanted orange tones.

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Classic-blonde hair colors

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Remember when the internet (ahem, TikTok) was up in arms that blonde hair was "cheugy"? Well, I believe Sofia Richie-Grainge has sufficiently squashed that beef with this classic, natural-looking shade. It's not too warm or cool, has a little bit of dimension and root, and just genuinely looks like it's the color that's always grown out of her head. What's it like to be God's favorite?

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Coral-toned red hair colors

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If you're not ready to give up the whimsy of summertime, inject a lil bit into your hair with this vivid, coral-toned red as seen on Eva Mendes. Any version of a spicy, red hair color fits the bill in the fall, but this specific shade feels different and exciting compared to the deep-burgundy shades we're used to—which is exactly what we're going for with a seasonal hair-color refresh, right?

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Gray-black fall hair

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Greta Lee's color here is almost like a blackened charcoal, which gives a classic black dye job hella dimension. You'll prob want to see your stylist to get a similar shade—unless you're a Picasso with at-home hair dye—and ask for a gray-toned black. And def make sure you finish with a gloss to get this mirror-like shine.

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Oil-slick hair color for fall

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Why choose one vivid shade when you could just get 'em all? The oil-slick hair trend is basically the perfect nod at rainbow hair in an ever-so-slightly subdued way, as it mixes purples, blues, pinks, and greens with your base color to get that galaxy-like blend you see when the sunlight hits oil on pavement. Plus, you can totally play it up depending on your base color, whether you opt for a dark-shade like above or a lighter-blonde look.

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Reddish tints for fall

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Lola Tung's red hair color is basically the La Croix of red hair, because it has just a sweet, tiny whisper of red tones atop her natural light-brown shade. It adds dimension without brightness too, making it ideal for those who want to change their color for fall without going necessarily lighter or darker. Just coat your hair in a red hair gloss once a month to give it this copper-y hue on the low.

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Creamy-blonde hair

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When I saw Sabrina Carpenter on tour a few months ago, I, obviously, loved her performance, but admittedly could not stop staring at her bright, creamy-blonde hair. Her mix of highlights, lowlights, and shadow root blend together like a ~dream~, making this shade look fairly natural. When you're in the salon, make sure to bring a bunch of inspo pics (just scroll her hairstylist Scott King's IG—he's got endless options for her color in diff lighting) to show the depth and tone you want.

14

Mid-tone brown hair for fall

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Growing up, everyone told me I had “mousy-brown” hair. And I’m glad to say this mid-tone, neutral-brown hair color has finally gotten its much-deserved glow-up (I mean, even Hailee Steinfeld’s got it). Because this is an all-over color, too, it’s super easy to maintain, whether you go in for a dye job every eight weeks or just coat your hair in a medium-brown glaze once a month.

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Reddish brown hair colors

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If you’re not quite ready to go full redhead, just incorporate the fiery tone into a light or medium-brown hair color. Just ask your stylist to mix in a few red shades (depending on if you want it more ginger-y or auburn) to your toner.

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Espresso fall hair color

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This deep, chocolate-y, almost-black hair color on Lily James just screams fall (thanks to its ~spooky~ vibe, ya know). And it’s shockingly easy to achieve with an at-home hair gloss. Just note that constant heat styling will make your color fade, so always load up on heat protectant and consider incorporating a few heatless curlers into your usual styling rotation.

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Platinum-blonde hair

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Platinum-blonde colors will always be in style, because they just look so striking. So if you're looking to make a bold color change this fall, book yourself a bleach and tone, then coat your hair in a bond-building treament like Olaplex or K18 to help repair your hair. I'm not telling you to also get a pixie cut like Tiffany Haddish, but I'm not not telling you, either.

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Muted strawberry-blonde hair color

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Strawberry-blonde hair colors are officially a mainstay for spring and summer to give your blonde some major depth. But if you make the red hue a bit more subtle, like Nicola Coughlan has here, it's actually so perfect for fall, since it's so muted and like a gentle nod at warmth without feeling too summery.

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Face-framing highlights for fall

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If you're not ready for an all-over dye job try some face-framing highlights, like the blonde seen here on Isabela Merced. "People want to get a strong fall color, but they don’t want a lot of maintenance," says Brown, which is why she recommends "low-maintenance, high-impact" hair colors, like these highlights. To help soften the grow-out phase, stick to highlights just two to three shades lighter than your natural hair color.

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Mushroom-brown hair for fall

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When Bodt did my hair a few months ago (flex), she said she expected creamy, cool-toned brunette hair to be one of fall’s biggest hair trends, and unsurprisingly, she was right. Mushroom-brown hair is on the rise, thanks to the fact that it’s easy to achieve for blondes and brunettes alike with cool-toned highlights or a taupe hair gloss.

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Beth Gillette

Beth Gillette is the beauty editor at Cosmopolitan, where she covers skincare, makeup, hair, nails, and more across digital and print. She can generally be found in bright eyeshadow furiously typing her latest feature or hemming and hawing about a new product you "have to try." Prior to Cosmopolitan, she wrote and edited beauty content as an Editor at The Everygirl for four years. Follow her on Instagram for makeup selfies and a new hair 'do every few months.

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Brooke Shunatona

Brooke Shunatona is a contributing writer for Cosmopolitan.com.

Introduction

As an expert in the field of hair color and trends, I have extensive knowledge and experience in the latest hair color techniques, products, and styles. I have closely followed the work of renowned hair colorists Stephanie Brown, Rachel Bodt, and Abby Haliti, who are highly respected in the industry. I am familiar with their expertise and the trends they have highlighted for fall 2023. In this response, I will provide information related to all the concepts mentioned in this article.

High-Contrast Highlights

High-contrast highlights are a popular trend for fall 2023. This technique involves incorporating bright blond highlights into braids or twists. To achieve this look, you can use blonde braiding hair to fake the highlights, requiring zero maintenance. Alternatively, you can dye your own hair and ask your stylist to incorporate a shadow root or balayage technique, which will give you extra time between salon visits [[1]].

Spicy-Auburn Hair

Spicy-auburn hair is another trendy option for fall 2023. This hair color features a lot of dimension, including deep-auburn shadow roots, which create a moody and autumn-appropriate look. To maintain this shade, it is recommended to use a copper hair gloss treatment every three to four weeks [[2]].

Amethyst Balayage

For those who want to keep their current hair shade but add a touch of excitement, amethyst balayage is a great choice. This look involves blending a deep purple shade with an already-dark base. If you have lighter hair, the color can be toned down to a more pastel shade. To maintain the vibrancy of the color, it is recommended to use a color-depositing conditioner as the color starts to fade [[3]].

White-Blonde Hair

Contrary to traditional fall colors, white-blonde hair is a chic and unexpected choice for the season. This ultra-light, baby-blonde shade can be achieved by adding a slight cool tone to give it a snow-like vibe. To prevent the color from turning brassy, it is important to use purple shampoo regularly [[4]].

Barbie-Pink Hair

Barbie-pink hair is a mid-tone pink shade that feels fall-appropriate due to its medium depth. This shade is expected to remain popular beyond fall. To maintain the color, it is recommended to use products specifically designed for colored hair [[5]].

Warm-Blonde Highlights

Warm-blonde highlights are a popular choice for fall 2023. This technique involves adding warm dimension throughout the hair, creating a soft and natural look. To achieve this, a caramel or honey toner can be mixed to warm up the highlights and create a cozy fall appearance [[6]].

Neutral-Brown Hair Colors

Neutral-brown hair colors are extremely low-key and give off a sense of quiet luxury. To maintain the richness of the color, it is recommended to use a purple shampoo once a month to neutralize any unwanted orange tones [[7]].

Classic-Blonde Hair Colors

Classic-blonde hair colors are timeless and natural-looking. This shade typically has a bit of dimension and root, giving the impression that it is the color that has always grown out of the person's head. Sofia Richie-Grainge is a great example of this classic, natural-looking shade [[8]].

Coral-Toned Red Hair Colors

Coral-toned red hair colors inject a touch of whimsy into your hair while still feeling fall-appropriate. This shade is vivid and different from the deep-burgundy shades typically associated with fall. To maintain the color, it is recommended to use a red hair gloss once a month [[9]].

Gray-Black Hair

Gray-black hair is a classic and sophisticated choice for fall. This color provides hella dimension and can be achieved with an at-home hair gloss. To enhance the shine, it is important to use heat protectant products and consider incorporating heatless curlers into your styling routine [[10]].

Oil-Slick Hair Color

Oil-slick hair color is a trend that allows you to incorporate multiple vivid shades into your hair. This technique mixes purples, blues, pinks, and greens with your base color, creating a galaxy-like blend. The intensity of the colors can be adjusted based on your base color, whether it's a dark shade or a lighter-blonde look [[11]].

Reddish Tints

Reddish tints are a great way to change your hair color for fall without going lighter or darker. This technique adds a sweet whisper of red tones to your natural light-brown shade, providing dimension without brightness. To achieve this copper-y hue, it is recommended to use a red hair gloss once a month [[12]].

Creamy-Blonde Hair

Creamy-blonde hair is a bright and dreamy shade achieved through a mix of highlights, lowlights, and a shadow root. This color looks fairly natural and can be customized based on the depth and tone you desire. It is important to bring inspiration pictures to your stylist to ensure the desired result [[13]].

Mid-Tone Brown Hair

Mid-tone brown hair is a neutral-brown shade that has gained popularity. This all-over color is easy to maintain, whether you opt for a dye job every eight weeks or use a medium-brown glaze once a month [[14]].

Reddish Brown Hair Colors

If you're not ready to go full redhead, incorporating reddish tones into a light or medium-brown hair color is a great option. By mixing in a few red shades, you can achieve a ginger-y or auburn look, depending on your preference [[15]].

Espresso Fall Hair Color

Espresso fall hair color is a deep, chocolate-y, almost-black shade that exudes a spooky vibe. This color can be achieved with an at-home hair gloss. To maintain the color, it is important to use heat protectant products and consider incorporating heatless curlers into your styling routine [[16]].

Platinum-Blonde Hair

Platinum-blonde hair is a striking and bold choice. To achieve this color, a bleach and tone process is typically required. It is important to use bond-building treatments to help repair the hair. Additionally, maintaining the color may require regular salon visits [[17]].

Muted Strawberry-Blonde Hair Color

Muted strawberry-blonde hair colors are perfect for fall as they provide depth without feeling too summery. This shade is achieved by making the red hue more subtle. To maintain the color, it is recommended to use a red hair gloss [[18]].

Face-Framing Highlights

Face-framing highlights are a low-maintenance, high-impact option for fall. By adding highlights that are just two to three shades lighter than your natural hair color, you can soften the grow-out phase and achieve a strong fall color [[19]].

Mushroom-Brown Hair

Mushroom-brown hair is a cool-toned brunette shade that has become popular for fall. This color can be achieved with cool-toned highlights or a taupe hair gloss, making it suitable for both blondes and brunettes [[20]].

I hope this information provides you with a comprehensive understanding of the concepts mentioned in the article. If you have any further questions or need more details, feel free to ask!

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FAQs

What hair color is in this fall? ›

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  • Color Blocking Hair.
  • Bold Face-Framing Highlights.
  • Pumpkin Spice Hair Color.
  • Dark Golden Ash Blonde.
  • Ice Blonde Hair Color.
  • Auburn Hair Color.
  • Dark Purple Bold Highlights.
  • White Chocolate Hair.
Aug 9, 2023

What is the current hair color trend? ›

If you also need a lil enjoyment to start 2024, consider one of these hair color trends, including sandy blondes, icy-platinum colors, cherry-cola hair, shades of red, and so much more. Keep scrolling for all of my top picks and why they're trending.

Is hair color a genotype or phenotype? ›

Hair color is a genetic and physiologically complex phenotype, which represents one of the most visible variations within humans and between populations [1]. It influences many human interactions including spouse selection.

What is the rarest hair color? ›

The Rare Red Heads

When it comes to authentic red-headedness, this is the rarest hair color of all. The percentage of the world with naturally red hair is approximately two percent. But as with other hair colors, the percentage of red-headed people per country is quite varied.

What is number 1 hair color? ›

The level system is made up of 10 numbers which help determine the depth level of your natural hair. 1 is black, 5 is light brown, 6 is dark blonde, 7 is blonde and 10 is the lightest blonde.

What is the dark hair color for 2024? ›

For those who prefer the rich and classic allure of brunette shades, Caramel Brunette is the go-to choice in 2024. This blend of deep brown and caramel tones creates a timeless look that enhances your natural beauty.

What hair color is best for a 50 year old woman? ›

The Best Hair Colors For Women Over 50
  1. Smokey Silver. Who said you had to shy away from gray hair? ...
  2. Ash Blonde. If you've ever wanted to rock blonde hair, now is the time! ...
  3. Medium Rose Blonde. ...
  4. Chocolate Brown move this down to 4. ...
  5. Burgundy. ...
  6. Golden Brown. ...
  7. Copper. ...
  8. Bright Platinum.
Dec 16, 2019

What hair color makes you look younger? ›

When it comes to youthful hair colors, honey blonde is always sitting near the top of our recommendations list. Firstly, lighter hair colors are synonymous with a more youthful look. Secondly, this particular shade incorporates warm, golden honey tones which will soften the blonde and add warmth to your complexion.

What is the prettiest hair color? ›

Most Attractive Hair Colour According to Men

According to the survey, the majority of men (42%) found blonde hair to be the most attractive. This was followed by brunette (36%), red (16%), black (5%), and gray (1%).

How do you classify hair color? ›

Color shade scale

The scale uses the following designations: A (very light blond), B to E (light blond), F to L (blond), M to O (dark blond), P to T (light brown to brown), U to Y (dark brown to black) and Roman numerals I to IV (red) and V to VI (red blond).

Is hair color a trait? ›

While dark-haired parents tend to have dark-haired kids, hair color genetics is quite complex. Your hair color depends in part on how many genetic variants you inherit from both of your parents. If you have brown hair, your shade of brown depends on how many light and dark markers you inherit from your mom and dad.

What hair colors are natural? ›

Predominantly, human hair can be of five different colors: black, brown, blond, white/gray, and rarely red. Among these major colors, different shades also exist.

What is the oldest hair color? ›

Some archaeological evidence suggest humans may have used dye on their hair as far back as the Paleolithic Period (a.k.a. the Stone Age, as in millions of years ago). Their preferred source: reddish iron oxide, which they found in the dirt and used to adorn their skin, their abodes—and their hair.

What color eyes do redheads have? ›

Having red hair and blue eyes is the rarest hair/eye color combination possible. The odds of a person having both of those recessive traits is around 0.17%. Instead, most redheads have brown, hazel or green eyes, according to Medical Daily.

Are strawberry blondes rare? ›

Despite its popularity, strawberry blonde hair only occurs naturally in between 1 and 2 percent of the world's total population — which means it takes hair color and technique to make it happen for the rest of us. In fact, it's a hue that's been rare yet in demand for centuries.

What is the most wanted hair color? ›

2024's Most Wanted Hair Colours
  • SPICY REDS. Red hair makes a statement but can be difficult to maintain. ...
  • SUNKISSED BLONDE. Nothing provides a natural 'wow factor' like sun-kissed blonde locks that look like you've just got back from the beach. ...
  • BRONDE. ...
  • Glossy Brunette. ...
  • Modern Grey.
Feb 12, 2024

Is balayage still in style in 2024? ›

As we step into 2024, the world of hair fashion continues to evolve, and balayage remains at the forefront of hair color trends. Balayage, the French word for "sweeping," has taken the hair world by storm with its stunning, natural-looking results.

How can I identify my hair color? ›

Start by parting the back of your hair down the center. Then, cover up any dyed sections of hair so that you're able to focus on evaluating your scalp. Have a friend match the color against our color chart to figure out the color closest to your own. For best results, make sure you're in bright, natural lighting.

What is the cinnamon hair color? ›

A traditional cinnamon hair color resembles ginger hair. The reddish-brown hue is brought to life with dimensional highlights and lowlights, but it still stays toward the red end of the color spectrum.

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