15 Winter Hair Colors We're Swooning Over Already
As soon as the temperature starts dropping below 65 degrees on a regular basis—a seasonal feat in the South—and we feel confident that winter is here to stay (at least for a few weeks), we get the itch to give our autumn beauty routine a wintertime tweak. We’re talking about swapping in a hydration-heavy skin care routine, getting out the cozy fleece-lined leggings, and searching for a fresh hair color that’ll help our strands fight seasonal dullness.
Much like picking our winter wardrobe, a winter hair color is all about your mood. If you’re an oxblood red handbag type of gal, you’ll want a color that’s just as dark, rich, and statement-making. If you’re a holiday-red lipstick kind of lady, you’ll love something bold, bright, and eye-catching. Luckily there are plenty of rich reds (mulled wine, anyone?), icy blondes, toasty browns, and cool brondes on the lineup to choose from.
Whether you want to take the plunge with a totally new look or bring fresh life to your current color, we’ve rounded up the winter hair colors that’ll be hot, hot, hot this season.
Meet copper red's sassier cousin. With a healthy dose of honey-golden red, your mane will be turning heads all winter long.
This is winter's version of sandy blonde. Flax brown sits perfectly in the middle of the spectrum between cool and warm, which makes it the prettiest neutral color in the bunch. (And we do love our neutrals.)
Channel your inner Elsa and go full-on frosty blonde (like seen here by colorist Justin Anderson). You'll be singing in the snow in no time.
This isn't your typical red hair color. More like a wonderfully warm, orangey shade of apricot, this is the buzziest color we'll be lusting over this season.
Inspired by the whipped coffees that were once trending all over the Internet, this hair color is like caramel brunette mixed with milky blonde, thanks to seamlessly blended balayage highlights.
Apple cider red might be made for fall, but mulled wine red is everything for winter. Deep crimson or berry red is just the moody touch to tell your colorist.
Shadow Root Blonde
You can make allover blonde work for any base hair color if you make sure to blend the natural roots into the blonde color with strategically placed balayage streaks at the roots that blend down into more full-coverage color—yep, even the darkest browns like seen here by colorist Nathi Vega.
Brunettes can totally pull off a heavy dose of blonde in a way that doesn't require root touch-ups every six weeks, and this is the perfect example of the darkest of mocha brown meeting its match in an icy platinum blonde that focuses on flattering spots that grant a grace period of grow-out.
We're a sucker for caramels of all persuasions during the winter months—but especially when it comes to hair. Warm up your look to go with the cool weather by asking for caramel balayage highlights.
For those who want something that's low maintenance and natural, a golden-kissed beige blonde is the answer to anyone who has ever talked badly about dirty blonde. Ask for subtle color around the face and towards the ends.
Update that cold brew brown with almost-hidden babylights of bright caramel or gold, starting midway down the hair shaft. This color gives any brunette a touch of sparkle for the season.
More like the moody purple of our wintry dreams, any woman who prefers a warm-toned hair color can absolutely make dark red work for her, seen here in a silky mauve red by stylist Dommie Cole.
If you're not ready to let your brunette roots run wild, invest in touches of golden blonde around your face. It instantly brightens up your look without being too high on commitment.
Milk Chocolate Brown
You can't beat this cold-weather classic. Pair rich chocolatey locks with a cozy sweater, and you're basically winning at winter.
It's time to let that honey blonde hibernate until spring. Winter is the perfect time to embrace an ashy tone, like this beige blonde by Texas-based stylist Daniel Permenter.