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41 Rose Gold Hair Ideas That Will Change Your Life

One of the hottest new hair color trends is most definitely rose gold. Created by hair artists to liken hair color to the popular rose gold-toned jewelry, this surprisingly versatile color trend can be as bold or a subtle as you want. Check out our growing collection of rose gold hair color ideas and see which one suits you best!

Kick of Rose Gold

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Q&A with style creator, Mara Giannavola
Master Colorist @ BOLD Brow & Beauty Lounge in Rochester, NY

How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This rose gold hue is a fun way to spice up your hair. It keeps it natural, with just a little kick of color. My favorite thing about this color is the dimension of contrasting tones melted together.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

Some styling products I would recommend to achieve this look would be Kenra Platinum Style Prep and Kenra Platinum Shine Mist.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

Anyone with fair to light/medium complexions can pull this color off best. This look can be created with any hair type level 8 blonde or higher.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

My best tip for recreating this look would be to use a shadow root technique along with a lowlight, leaving out the ends to maintain the lightness, and quickly toned over with a semi permanent pastel rose. To maintain this color, I would recommend the Amika Ph Color Perfecting Shampoo paired with the Amika Triple RX Conditioner.

Warm Rosy Tones

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Q&A with style creator, Mackenzie Crowell
Hairstylist @ Square Salon in Las Vegas, NV


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This rose gold color is complimented by a loose beach wave. I love how effortless these curls are! This overall look is perfect for everyday wear.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

Before blow drying, use Dallas by r+co for fullness and Gel Serum by Oribe for light hold. After blow drying, I love Oribe’s texture spray for added texture

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

Rose gold can look great on everyone! This particular shade I created looks amazing on fair skin. As far as the style, it’s beautiful on everyone as well!

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

To maintain this rose gold color, definitely use cold water when washing to prevent the color from bleeding. Ask your stylist to recommend a color treated shampoo and use a moisturizing mask in place of a conditioner. Do NOT wash your hair every day. Otherwise you’ll be back in the salon a week later to get your color refreshed.

I also used a 1-inch curling iron to create these loose beach waves. Start with the curling iron at the base of the hair strand and start to curl. Leave out an inch and a half of the ends, and pull the iron straight down to straighten the ends just a little bit to get that beautiful wave.

Rose Gold Highlights

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Q&A with Style Creator Katelynn Annette

Senior Stylist and Colorist @ Off 7th Salon in Centereach, NY


How would you describe this look, what’s your favorite thing about it?

This is a natural, rose gold-toned, high rooted balayage with a neutral light brown single process. She has a medium length cut with lots of layers and an angle in the front to give her hair movement and style.

Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

To create this color, I used Wella Color Touch 6/0 and 7/1 to enhance her natural color. Then I used a balayage/babylight technique to create her color placement, lifting her to a level 9/10. After rinsing her single process/balayage, I towel dried her hair and performed an Olaplex Step 2 treatment at the sink to help maintain the integrity of her hair.

I shampooed her hair, then toned with Kenra Guy Tang 8 Brm and 10 Brm with red and violet boosters. After that process, I rinsed and towel dried again, then glazed (again!) with Pravana Pretty in Pink for ten minutes before rinsing and conditioning.

For styling, I used Kenra Blowout Spray, Wella Thermal Protectant and Wella Flowing Form. I applied these products to towel dried hair and combed through to make sure every strand was evenly covered.  For the blowout I used a 1-inch round brush to create a bouncy, floppy look and accentuate her layers.

To maintain color and hair health at home, you want to make sure you’re using the right at home hair products as well as following your stylist’s at-home care tips. My client uses GK Moisture and Wella Brilliance for shampoo and conditioner to help maintain moisture in her hair as well as maintain her color. She also uses Olaplex to maintain the integrity of her hair. Washing with cool water keeps color in longer by helping keep the cuticle closed while cleansing. Dry shampoo between shampoos helps extend the amount of time between washes.

What type of person would this look look best for? 

This color and cut is very versatile. For a tone this pale, you want to make sure you can lift the hair light enough to deposit it. If you have a very deep and natural base color, this look will be harder to achieve.

Pastel tones fade out rather quickly, so you want to be open to changes of your color with every wash. The reason why you want to be lifted light enough is so when your color fades out, you’re left with a beautiful pale blonde with pale gold tones throughout the mid shaft instead of a color that looks like it needs to be refreshed. This is a great way to dip your toes into a creative color in a subtle, delicate way.

What is your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

To obtain a look like this, it may take multiple steps (sessions) depending on where your hair is now. A pale blonde tone is desired before achieving this color. A bond rebuilder like Olaplex is recommended for your stylist to use in the salon, as well as a take-home care product for you. Patience and trust in your stylist is very important to reach your desired results. Your color always looks better with healthy hair!

Cool washes, dry shampoo, and a color-safe shampoo and conditioner are always recommended to extend the life of your creative color.

Gorgeous Rose Gold Curls

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Q&A with Style Creator Michelle Gavin

Hairstylist @ K Club Hairdressing in Westport Co. Mayo


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This look has a rose gold tone with flowing waves. Think of rose gold hair as a beautiful blend of copper blonde and red with a hint of pink. The roots are also slightly darkened to give the style some contrast.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I recommended L’Oreal Serie Expert Vitamino Shampoo and Conditioner to maintain the color and condition of this look.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

This client has a pale skin tone and is a natural brunette, so these tones suited her. I think this shade of rose gold is a great look on pale skin.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

To maintain this look, use color protecting products and get your hair professionally toned after several weeks. To recreate this style at home, after blow drying your hair use a GHD iron to curl mid lengths to ends then brush through.

Rose Gold Waves

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Q&A with Style Creator Steph K

Hairstylist


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This is the perfect look for anyone wanting to experiment with their blonde locks and try the latest on trend color for the party season. Rose gold!

Which products would you recommend for this look?

To get this smooth shiny wave I used my favorite products from the Fire and Wind range made by DeLorenzo. For shape and texture, I love to use Vapour Mist. This medium hold hairspray provides perfect control without weighing down the hair. For that perfect shine, I recommend using Afterglow. It is an anti-humidity, non greasy, shine spray that can be used on all hair types.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

This look is best achieved if you have blonde to medium brown hair. It may require some prelightening. It is harder to achieve with a dark base color, but the right colorist and stylist can help you get there. This color looks great on any skin tone, and with a pop of pink gloss and a bronzed glow, you will be party ready!

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

For anyone wanting to recreate this fun and stylish look, I recommend using Novacolors by DeLorenzo as I believe they provide the best organic natural haircare. With their wide range of colored shampoos including Rosewood and Cherry Red, you will able to maintain your color at home at no extra cost.

Influential Rose Gold

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Q&A with Style Creator CherriAnne Williams

Hairstylist @ Transformations Hair Design


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This look is a rose gold with more of the rose influence. What I love about this color is all the different tones throughout the hair. Every time her hair moves, you see different colors!
Which products would you recommend for this look?

It is vital to use the appropriate shampoo and conditioner to keep your color lasting as long as possible. In this case, I would recommend the GOLDWELL Elumen shampoo and conditioner.
Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

This rose gold is such an intense fashion color and I think anyone who loves bold and vibrant colors can pull it off.
What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

I would recommend touching up this color every four to six weeks. Fashion colors like this rose gold require touch ups more often.

Painted Rose Gold

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Q&A with Style Creator CourtneyTROY

Hairstylist and Colorist @ Mitchell John Salon in Boston, MA


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

Painted color like this always feels really fresh and effortless to me. The look is youthful, but not juvenile. Styling a long, a-line bob with a kind of flat wave keeps it from coming off too severe.

My favorite part is how versatile the color turned out. In this shot it appears almost auburn, but in other light it’s the most subtle rose gold. The dimension in this rose gold style is just amazing.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I love Living Proof Prime Style Extender! It repels dirt and oil and creates a barricade against humidity so styles last twice as long! I also recommend Living Proof Timeless Pre-Shampoo Treatment to anyone who has color in their hair.

I love Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast because the bigger the hair, the closer to God, right?  And then there is Living Proof PhD Dry Shampoo because honestly, if we’re able to actually clean the hair without bringing hot water and shampoo into the mix and keep our style, it’s a victory!

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

This color/style is pretty universally flattering. A razored bob is so timeless and flatters all hair types and face shapes. For the color, I used Wella Instamatic in Pink Dream, which is a soft and warm pastel pink. When hair lightens naturally, warmth is exposed and that makes the color flattering on most everyone.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

Be honest with yourself about whether or not you’re willing and able to commit to the appointments necessary to get to a pastel and keep it looking fresh and glossy.

Rose & Gold

Q&A with style creator, Austin Senior
Stylist @ Sullo Salon and Day Spa in Fort Lauderdale, FL


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

While there are many shades of rose gold, I wanted to create a color that showcased both the rose and the gold. I love that this color makes the eyes dance, never focusing on one thing in particular. Hair color should never be flat and your eyes should never be drawn to one thing.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

This color was achieved using Wella 10/45 as well as Wella Instamatic “Pink Dream”. This style was achieved using a 1.5-inch curling iron, leaving the ends straight. Leaving the ends straight will create a more modern, lived-in texture. I sprinkled the hair with a little Bumble and bumble Pret-a-Powder to create a matte texture. And I always finish with Moroccan Oil Finishing Spray for a light hold.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

I would suggest this color for olive, neutral and fair skin tones.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

This color can freshened by simply doing a Wella Instamatic or color gloss.

Rich & Luxurious Tones

Q&A with style creator, Jamie Dana
Hairstylist & Owner @ Pin and Plait Studio in Lake Forest, CA


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

I just love the richness of these tones! They play off each other so well. It just looks so luxurious, just how rose gold should look.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I would definitely recommend a shine spray to add depth and shine to this style. It will give the hair the dimension and make the color pop even more!

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

Typically people who have paler skin tones can pull off this color well. It helps if your skin tends to be on the cooler side versus having too much red or warmer undertones.

I think almost any hair texture can pull off this color! Because it has so many tones, it’s a really great color to try. I feel like this is an especially great color for those who already have blonde or light hair to begin with.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

You absolutely want to make sure you are using a color safe shampoo and conditioner to maintain this look. Because lighter pastel tones tend to fade quickly, I would recommend washing your hair as little as possible. I also recommend using dry shampoo so you don’t have to wash it as much. This regimen will keep the hair bright and rich for as long as possible!

Lived-In Kiss of Rose Gold

Q&A with style creator, Bryan Brady
Suite Owner / Master Stylist @ Fringe Hair Suite in Inverness, FL


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This is a lived-in, undone color and texture with a kiss of rose gold. My favorite thing about this look is how effortless and simple it is, but still so chic.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

Depending on the hair type, a blowout cream or a mousse should be used during the blowout. I used IGK’s Car Service along with Down and Out Texture Spray for the final touches. It adds a nice grit and texture for that tousled, undone look.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

I think the best thing about rose gold is that it can be worn by anyone. It’s where you would like to end up on the spectrum of rose gold that makes all the difference. This particular color palette is very universal.

Rose gold as a color will work for all hair types. As far as as the cut, it can be worn by anyone, however some hair textures may require extra texturizing and more of a precision-type technique.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

The first step is always using salon quality products at home and a regimen for color vibrancy and style memory. Being comfortable using the tools that work best for this look will make things much easier as well (i.e. a wand, curling iron or flat iron). I used a Marcel iron for this finished style.

Strawberry Blonde With a Metallic Rosy Hue

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Q&A with style creator, Lindsay Kotay
Hair Artist @ Salons by JC in Chicago, IL


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This is a tastefully edgy look. This particular rose gold is like an enhanced version of strawberry blonde with a metallic rosy hue. My favorite thing about this look is the wide range of people who are willing to step outside of their comfort zone and try it. It’s a subtle way to rock the fashion color trend, and will eventually fade out to blonde.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

For stylists trying to recreate this color, I would recommend using Schwarzkopf permanent hair color over pre-lightened level 8-10 hair.

Here is the formula I used for the base and mids: 1oz 9,5-18 + 1oz Pastel Candy (9.5-89) + 1/8 oz of 6N with 2oz of 10volume.

Here is the formula for the ends: 1/2oz Coral (11-89) + 1oz Rose (9,5-18) with 1 1/2 oz 10volume.

For clients trying to maintain this look, I would recommend using Kenra Color Maintenance Shampoo and Conditioner, along with Paul Mitchell “Hot Off The Press” thermal heat protector. I like Paul Mitchell “Dry Wash” as a dry shampoo for days between washing.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

As far as skin tones go, I think there is a variation of rose gold for every skin tone out there. By mixing together different ratios of pinks, golds and mauves, you can create a custom rose gold for any client.

This particular rose gold works well with fair to medium skin tones. To achieve a rose gold this light, the hair needs to be medium to pale blonde (natural or pre-lightened) before depositing the color.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

Rose gold is a hair color that will eventually fade back to blonde. In order to keep the color from fading as long as possible, it is important to remember these tips:

1. Wash your hair as little as possible.

2. Use cold water when washing/rinsing your hair.

3. Use a color maintenance shampoo when you wash your hair, and only lather at the roots.

4. Use a dry shampoo between washes! There are several great brands of dry shampoo out there. Paul Mitchell Dry Wash is a great one to try!

5. Once the color starts to fade, you can use color depositing conditioner to redeposit tone back into your hair. Overtone Color Conditioners offer 24 beautiful fantasy shades. For this look I would recommend the Pastel Pink, or Pastel Pink mixed with Pastel Orange. Use this (after your color fades) every two or three times you wash your hair.

Soft Rose Gold With Flare

Q&A with style creator, Valerie Edgerton
Master Stylist @ J Graham Studio Salon in Metamora, MI


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This is a soft rose gold look with a trendy flare! It’s a great way to add some fun color to a guest’s look without going too bold. Many blonde guests are looking for subtle changes, and this is such a fun way to stay light and add something different to their style.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

Take home products are extremely important for any guest, and especially important when preserving the life of their color. For this look I would recommend the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Moisture Lather Shampoo and Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin Cream Rinse. These will moisturize and strengthen the hair, all while preserving the life of the color.

For styling I used the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger HydroMist Blowout Spray for weightless body. Once dry, I chose Awapuhi Wild Ginger Shine Spray to protect the hair from damage when heat styling (which is key in preserving the life of your color!), then finished with Stay Strong finishing spray. I styled her with the Paul Mitchell Express Ion 1.25-inch Gold Curling Iron.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

There is a lot of beautiful warmth in these rose gold looks! These warm tones will best compliment cooler skin tones. This look can be created on any hair type as long as they are blonde level 8 or higher to begin with. If you are not that light, don’t fret! Just ask your stylist about pre-lightening your hair so that you too can have fun rose gold locks.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

When trying to recreate this look at home, make sure you are always prepping the hair with the correct products. As listed above, I love the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger line because it strengthens, adds moisture, and preserves the life of the color. Also, always always always use a thermal protectant! The shampoo/conditioner you use and the heat protectant you use truly make or break the longevity of your color. Regular touch ups are necessary when maintaining any fashion colors. For my guests, I always recommend touch ups every four to six weeks.

Subtle & Fresh

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Q&A with style creator, Lisa Demianenko
Hairstylist @ Alice Andrew Salon in Watertown, NY


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This is a subtle and fresh rose gold look. I love how it is soft and unique but still wearable.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

To achieve this look, I recommend that you lighten the hair to a level 10 first. I then toned it with Guy Tang’s 10brm with a splash of Kenra 5vr demi permanents and Kenra 9 volume developer. After processing for 20 minutes, I rinsed and toned in the sink using Kenra Simply Blonde sheer toner rose with Kenra Simply Blonde 20 volume for about five more minutes.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

I honestly think that anyone can pull this color off, but It compliments pale skin very well!

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

My best advice when creating this look is to make sure your client is at least a level 10 before attempting. If not, maybe try to bring the tone down with the same formula but using a 9brm or 8brm.

As for maintaining this look, I always recommend a color care shampoo and the Celeb Luxury Viral Shampoo in pastel pink once a week to help keep the pink tones fresh.

Lived-In Balayage

Q&A with style creator, Meghan Collazo
Independent Hairstylist @ Addie & Gabe Hair Co in Virginia Beach, VA


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This is a lived-in rose gold balayage. My favorite thing about this look has to be that it is a step out of most women’s comfort zone, but remains on the conservative side of bold colors due to the softness and pale hue of the color!

Which products would you recommend for this look?

First and foremost, I always recommend a sulfate-free, paraben free, and color-safe shampoo and conditioner. My favorite is Davines Minu illuminating protective shampoo and conditioner. In addition, I like to create a tinted take-home conditioner for my clients to prolong their color between appointments once natural fading occurs.

For styling, I used R+Co’s Park Ave Blowout Balm for moisture, heat protection and hold before blow drying. After blow drying, I curled with a 1-inch curling iron and completed this look with Davines Dry Texturizing Spray for volume and to break up the curls for that lived in look.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

For this pale pastel hue, I think it best compliments fair skin tones and can work on various hair types as long as your stylist can get your hair lifted to a level light enough to maintain the cool blonde under the rose gold tint. If your natural level is darker than a level 4 or 5, then your hair might not be able to get light enough for the correct level of blonde that this color needs to be applied over.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

My best tips are to be patient to get your hair light enough for this color to be applied over and trust your stylist’s advice. Use the proper products to maintain moisture and prevent further damage in the hair. Prepare for the extra expense in your budget for your stylist to get your hair to this color and send you home with the correct products to nourish your hair afterwards. Wash less often to prevent fading and rinse with cooler water to keep the cuticle sealed and color locked in!

Rosy Hue

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Q&A with style creator, Shaina Lloyd
Stylist @ Jessica Todd Salon in Portsmouth, NH


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this rose gold look as a great way of trying something new, but in a subtle way. I love it because this client was bored with her hair but was scared to go too bold, so we talked about this rosy hue for her balayage. It’s a great way to introduce fashion colors to clients.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I would definitely recommend color protecting shampoo and conditioner. Pastel shades like this tend to fade quickly, so color-safe products are great for maintaining this color.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

I think this tone can be pulled off by many different skin tones and hair colors. I find rose gold can look great with both dark and light bases. Keep in mind though that if you are naturally dark, you will need to lighten you hair to achieve this color.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

My best tips for maintaining this color is to follow through after the service with color protecting shampoo and conditioner at home. The longer you can space out washing it the better. When it does start to fade, you can always see your hairstylist for a retouch on the color to main this rose gold shade.

Blush Colored Hues

Q&A with style creator, Sydney Lopez
Salon Owner @ Headlines Hair Design in Denton, TX


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

Rose gold balayage is the perfect way to break up a dimensional blonde, or add depth to a lighter brunette with a touch of femininity. I love that blush colored hues can add a girly or flirtatious vibe to any head of hair.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

Rose gold can be mixed with more lavender and mauve as a base color to achieve a more cool-toned hue when desired. When wanting a more warm-toned rose gold, peaches and golds will create a rich, warm rose gold. As with any vivid hair color, rose gold does not fully penetrate the hair shaft, which means it’s more prone to fading than traditional hair colors.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

Because of the combination of pinks, peaches and iridescent golds that go into each formulation, rose golds remain gorgeous at every stage of the fading process, unlike many other vivid colors. Rose gold can be mixed to compliment any skin type, but needs to be applied over medium blonde to platinum hair for the best results.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

Using cold water when shampooing, shampooing less frequently, and using a sulfate-free shampoo can extend the life of rose gold hair tremendously. Going one to two shades deeper or more saturated with the rose gold at the initial application can create more depth, and also allows for a more beautiful fade between appointments.

For this specific color, I alternating balayaging Redken Flashlift with 30v and Matrix Socolor 5n with 20v. For the rose gold, I balayaged Wella Instamatic Pink Dream (over the lighter and most blonde pieces in her existing color) and added in 1 oz of Pravana Pink +1/2 oz of Pravana Too Cute Coral (over the more golden pieces throughout her hair).

She processed for 35 minutes with no heat, and was shampooed in extremely cold water followed by a Redken Color Extend Chemshot. When it came to styling, I used Matrix Oil Wonders Volume Rose Mousse and dried with a round brush to add volume to her fine hair.

Then I sprayed Redken Iron Shape 11 (my go-to, most important product because it adds both heat protection and just the right amount of hold) throughout the hair. Alternating directions, I flat iron curled her hair to build volume and a messy texture. Once finished, I used my fingers to comb through all the curls and sprayed Tigi Masterpiece Hairspray through the roots and ends. I finished it off with Chi Royal Treatment Rapid Shine Spray.

Tones of Corals, Pinks & Reds

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Q&A with style creator, Kassidee Jensen
Salon Owner/Color Specialist @ Two Blondes Salon in Sidney, MT


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This rose gold is a fun, yet classy look. It is a golden blonde with corals, pinks and red tones. I love the versatility of the color. You can rock it for a night out with your girls or a more professional occasion.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

Redken Guts, Redken Powder Grip, Redken Shine Flash and Redken Outshine Polishing Milk.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

A colorist familiar with rose gold can specialize the formula to your skin tone. Cooler skin tones need to add more pastel coral or pinky tones, while warmer skin tones need more copper, reddish tones.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

Rose gold is considered a pastel look, so the maintenance is a big deal if you want to get the fullest life out of your color. I recommend using a color-safe cleansing conditioner, rinsing with cool water, not washing your hair every day, and a talk with your stylist about formulating a color depositing deep conditioner to use once a week. The Overtone Conditioners are wonderful, too!

Iridescent Rose Gold

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Q&A with style creator, Karli Clarke
Independent Hairstylist @ Posare Salon in Las Vegas, NV


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This is a beautiful iridescent rose gold with lots of dimension. It has tones of pink and blonde, and may even look lavender in some lighting. My favorite thing about this hair color is the shine and how the blonde and rose accentuate each other.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I recommend using a sulfate-free shampoo to maintain the color. I also suggest using the Pastel Pink Shampoo by Celeb Luxury once a week to keep the pink fresh. Also, be sure to use a thermal protectant when drying or using hot tools.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

Thus color suits most skin types because it is neither too warm or too cool.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

To recreate this look, the hair needs to be pre-lightened unless it’s already blonde. Then highlight the hair and color the remaining hair with the rose gold formula. I used the Guy Tang’s Favorites collection by Kenra to create the formula. The client should come in about every six weeks to retouch the roots and color.

Subtle Pop of Color

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Q&A with style creator, Ari Sandow
Master Cosmetologist @ Salon Red in Brookhaven, GA


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This rose gold look is a subtle color pop. I love that it’s versatile and can be a working woman’s/man’s fantasy hair color alternative.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I personally used Pravana Vivids lavender and pink for the toner, but it really depends on the starting base as to what I’ll use.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

I think olive skin can ideally pull this off, but in my own contradiction, this client has very fair skin. If you’re confident, you can rock anything.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

The hair needs to be lightened to a level 8 before you can really create a rose. Recreating this look is all chemistry, so that’s lengthy and different for each client and their undertones. Rose has been my most difficult to achieve. I always let my clients know they’ll need to re-tone every four weeks and to shampoo every other day at the very most.

Slice of Rose Gold

Q&A with style creator, Heather Wilmoth
Stylist @ Hair Klaudt in Charlotte, NC


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This is a slice of rose gold! My favorite thing about this color is how natural it looks, almost as if it grew out of her scalp that way.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I created this beautiful rose gold tone using a 9Ash and a 6Red Violet so that her rose gold would stay completely cool and not brassy. My color line of choice is Paul Mitchell’s Color XG because I love the consistency and my results are always incredible.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

I believe that rose gold can be customized to any skin tone or hair type. Knowing your client and having a thorough consultation will help get you there!

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

My best tip is to play with color, play with different formulas, and always use your color wheel! Her soft highlights were done with a weave technique so it wouldn’t overpower her blonde. Her maintenance involves using a color protecting shampoo that is sulfate-free and always using a heat protectant when styling with hot tools.

Peachy Rose Gold

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Q&A with style creator, Charme Atelier
Hair & Bridal Makeup Artist in Toronto, Canada


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This rose gold is a very fun color to have. It’s perfect for the blondes that want to try out a subtle temporary color without going too bright! For this client, we kept it a peachy rose gold. She works in an office so she needed something that would not get her in trouble, but a bright enough change to give her a fancy new ‘do.

The rose gold look can be created in so many variations. Some looks are more copper and some are more pink. The options are limitless with this shade! I made sure to give this client a lot of dimension with some dark tones and light tones so that the color looks amazing whether she straightens or curls her hair.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

To create this look, I used Igora Royal Blue Lightener with 40 vol and Olaplex, I pre-toned with Kenra 10Brm, then finished it off with Adore Soft Lavender.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

Depending on the shades of rose gold the client wants, this look can be created to suit a lot of different skin tones. The color in the picture would best suit light to medium skin tones.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

A color-protecting shampoo and conditioner is key! STAY AWAY from sulfates and parabens. Since rose gold is a pastel shade, it is more likely to fade faster than most colors. Limit your heat styling and wash with cold water.

I also like to give my clients Olaplex No. 3 mixed with some Adore Soft Lavender as a take home treatment. It conditions and refreshes the color all in one shot!

Red Rose Color Melt

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Q&A with style creator, Amber Joy Rogan
Salon Owner / Master Stylist @ Amber Joy & Co. in Winnipeg, Canada


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This is a red-rose gold color melt. The tones have a nice underlying pigment of peach and blush pink, which give it a nice warm finish. My favorite thing about this look is that it’s different from your typical ombré or color melt you typically see as they are usually in neutral/ash tones.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

To achieve this look, you need to start with a either a natural virgin base, or if previously colored, nothing darker than a level 6. I chose to use both Schwarzkopf and Redken color for this look. For the base we used Schwarzkopf Royal 5-88 with 10 volume. I then went in with Schwarzkopf Igora Bleach using 40 volume. Because my client was previously colored, her hair pulled lots of warm/orangey tones which was perfect for this look. I utilized them when choosing the toner. The toner used was Redken Shades EQ, and we used the following colors mixed to a certain ratio depending on what tonal quality we needed to enhance.: RB, GI, GB, N Use the level that is most suitable to where your client has lifted to.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

I would recommend this color for people with pale skin that want to add a little warmth around their face. Beware though if you have a strong pink undertone to your skin as it could make it worse. Darker or tanned skin would also look lovely with this color. Again, only suitable for people without red or pink skin tones. Stylewise, this color is great for people who like to rock something a little different, as it has a little more flavor. It will also require a little more maintenance as the red tones will fade and need to be refreshed.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

A root refresh and toner would be ideal every eight weeks to keep the color alive. For retouching the bleach work, I would recommend booking in every other session to bring it up a little higher again as it grows out.

Splash of Pink

Q&A with style creator, Aliza Raymond
Hairstylist @ Republic Salon in Folsom, CA


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

The nice thing about this client’s hair is that it’s naturally a warmer, dark blonde so doing a rose gold tone really suited her. I did a pretty heavy balayage highlight first so that the grow out would be soft and natural looking once the pink/rose gold faded. I’m a sucker for pink hair and I feel like it fades nice for anyone looking to do a fun color, but not wanting to commit long term.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I recommend a good sulfate-free shampoo and a hydrating conditioner like Unite 7 Seconds Shampoo/Conditioner. Make sure to use a good leave-in conditioner as well. I like the Unite 7 Seconds Leave-In to help keep the color longer and protect the hair from heat damage and fading from the sun. The other products I’ve recently fallen in love with are the Celeb Luxury Viral shampoos. I sent her home with the light pink one to refresh her color once it starts to fade.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

I feel like pink tones suit most people and fade really well for anyone who is noncommittal. Rose gold is nice because it has warmth, so even the naturally darker hair types that pull a lot of warmth can rock it. In my opinion, the hair does need to get to at least a level 8 (warm blonde) to get a true rose gold though. Balayage is wonderful for people who don’t want to come in to the salon regularly and are wanting an easy grow out.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

Just keep in mind that any unnatural tone (like pink or rose gold) will fade a lot quicker than natural colors, so coming in every couple of weeks to refresh the tone might be necessary if you want to keep it looking vibrant and fresh. The Viral shampoos are great for at home refreshes as well. Because I balayaged her highlights, she won’t need to come back until she is ready or wants to change the tone.

More Natural

Q&A with style creator, Molly Hollinshed
Designer / Color Specialist @ MargiDavid Salon  in Seattle, WA


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This look is more of a natural rose gold. Whenever I hear someone is interested in a rose gold color, I ask if they want more of a natural rose gold or more of an artificial rose gold. Many people prefer a balayage because it’s such low maintenance, and with this natural option of rose gold, it only make it more low maintenance. I recommended this client do another balayage in four to six months months six to eight weeks weeks if it were a foil or all over color.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

For her balayage I used Blondor lightener mixed 1 to 1 1/2. For her gloss I used Illumina 9/34 + 8/05 with pastel developer.

For her style I used Living Proof Prime and Straight Heat Protectant and Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

When I mentioned natural and artificial rose gold above, I meant natural being more of a true, really warm reddish-gold and artificial being more of a pink/violet gold. You can find the “natural” tones in natural hair color, so as long as the client isn’t too cool in her eye and skin color, she could wear the natural (warm) tones well. They are especially pretty on someone with a warm eye color as it only enhances the warmth. If someone is more cool toned naturally (look at the flecks in their eyes for a great way to tell if they’re cool/warm toned), they might look better with more of a pink/violet-based rose gold.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

Always, always look at photos with your client and do a thorough consultation to give realistic expectations. Let them know a photo is only for inspiration and depending on the starting canvas, looks can definitely vary.

The wonderful thing about doing this rose gold using a balayage technique (versus an all over color or foils) is that all she will need in the next four to six months are regular trims and a gloss/toner if she wants to make the rose gold more apparent again.

Cute & Soft Ombré

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Q&A with style creator, Natasha Maude
Hairstylist  @ Monroes Hair in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This rose gold ombré is cute and soft, but also super sexy. When I think of rose gold I think of luxury and glam. My favorite thing about this look is how much fun you can have with it!

Which products would you recommend for this look?

To create this look I recommend blow drying the hair with a smoothing balm, then finishing with a shine spray to really get that sheen on the rose gold.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

I think any skin tones and hair types can pull this off, but a rose gold ombré looks especially ace on brunettes and blondes!

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

Too keep up with the color and help prevent fading, use Bleach London products. A rose gold range is available, and you can also mix rose and orange to really go for the rose gold.

Brunette to Peachy Gold

Q&A with style creator, Angela Scali
Artistic Colorist @ Beautiful People Salon in Merrick, NY 


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This is a perfect blend of rich warm brunette faded into the perfect blend of a peachy gold. My favorite thing about this look is that it is totally wearable in any career field. The colors aren’t too bright, but still enough to be a show stopper!

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I used all Goldwell Hair Color to achieve this look. Her roots were done with 10volume 6n and 6bp. I used Goldwell’s Elumen Hair Color to give her that rosy peach with AB @9 KB@7 and PK@ALL. For the styling, we used KMS Hot Flex Spray with a two-inch curling iron. The style is by @hairbylucy.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

There are so many varieties and different interpretations of “rose gold” that it makes it so great for any skin type or hair color. There are versions that are less/more orange and less/more pink, or even more red.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

Make sure you are working with a level light enough to showcase the perfect rose gold. The lighter the level that you apply this formula to, the brighter your end result will be. People ask me all the time why their color faded so quickly! The key to maintaining any color is to wash your hair as little as possible and invest in a great dry shampoo. KMS Makeover Spray is amazing! The less heat on your hair the better as well. Use a limited amount of hot tools!

How water is another enemy in maintaining your color. The cooler the water, the better. Invest in a great shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair. I recommend Kerastase Chroma Rich. It’s amazing! If you are spending money on your hair color, take care of it with professional hair products.

Shades of Pink

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Q&A with style creator, Jena MacLean
Cosmetologist/Hairstylist @ Wild Heart Salon in Sacramento, CA


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This look is a rose gold. What I love about this color is all the different shades of pink that appear from the balayage I did before depositing the rose gold on it. As she moves her head, the color shows a ton of dimension.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I used Wella Blondor Bleach with 40 vol to lift her hair, then toned her with Pravana Express toners in the shade “Ash.” Then I deposited Joico Intensities in Rose and Soft Pink (equal parts.)

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

This color looks great on women with darker skin tones, and can look beautiful on someone with fair skin as well. If it is not maintained, this shade of color will fade very fast. It is also a great color if someone wants to enter the world of rainbow hair colors and is not ready to completely commit.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

These fashion colors always look better if you tone the hair before depositing the fun colors. As far as maintaining these fun colors, I recommend using Viral shampoo in your shade of color which can be purchased at Cosmoprof. Washing your hair with cold water and skipping washes with dry shampoo always helps too. My favorite dry shampoo is Badlands by R+Co.

Shattered Dark Root

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Q&A with style creator, Katie Erica
Creative Stylist/Owner @ Katie Erica Hair Design in Lake Country Kelowna, BC, Canada 


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This is a rose gold balayage with babylights and a shattered dark root. What I love about it is how blended it it is and how nicely it will grow out for her

Which products would you recommend for this look?

To maintain these pastel colors and colored hair in general, I always recommend a color safe-shampoo and conditioner and a heat/color protecting product as well. For blondes especially, a hair mask as a once a week will help keep your hair feeling healthy and strong.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

This type of color can suit many skin tones and is best suited for someone who can pull off the lightest blonde tones. If you have dark hair, you must take into consideration that you will not get this light in one sitting. It takes multiple visits to slowly lighten while maintaining the integrity of your hair. This blonde was achieved after three visits and she left with shiny, healthy feeling hair.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

Consultation is key! You must be realistic with your expectations. The pastel rose gold I used on her is Joico pink and peach mixed together on pre-lightened hair to a level 9/10. Before I added the rose gold I toned with 9/1 to give it a cool tone and a smokey effect.

Ribbons of Rose Gold

Q&A with style creator, Jacki Spellman
Salon Owner/Stylist @ Lifted Salon in Roseville, CA


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This is a soft textured bob haircut in a rich mahogany with ribbons of rose gold highlights.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I use Eufora Hair Color and styling products. I cocktailed Sculpture styling gel with Illuminate shine mist, then used Boost root lifting spray and finished the style with Fixation styling wax.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

This color can be supported by many different skin tones, just be aware that it will bring out any blush tones in your skin. If you battle with redness but want to rock a shade like this, then go with a shade closer to a lilac.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

I recommend touching up the base color and toning the highlights every four to six weeks, then retouch the highlights every 8-16 weeks depending on your preference or how well the base color melts into your highlights. I have my rose gold clients buy Overtone Color Conditioner in pastel pink to maintain the blush shade.

Natural to Rose

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Q&A with style creator, Hailey Jodock
Hairstylist @ Indie Hair Society in Everett, WA


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

Rose gold hair is so trendy right now! My absolute favorite thing about it is that you can have fun colored hair, but it’s not crazy vivid and bright. You can get away with a more natural take on fashion colored hair.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

For this look I recommend using Joico Intensity color and Olaplex! For styling I recommend using a 1-inch curler (mine is from Babybliss), then finish with some dry texturizing spray (my favorite is from Oribe)! I also added just a little bit of hair oil from Marrakesh on her ends to add some shine. Not only do all of these products work amazingly, but they smell even better!

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

This color is made for all skin types! I have never seen anyone who doesn’t look good with rose gold hair. Warm or cool, I honestly believe everyone can work this color.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

My best tip for maintaining this color is to wash your hair as little as possible and use cool water so that your color doesn’t fade too quickly. Dry shampoo will become your best friend!

For the style, I recommend always curling your hair away from your face! Let your hair cool and spray dry texturizing spray everywhere. Brush the curls out with your fingers (not a brush) and finish with some hair oil (totally optional) just on the ends of your hair.

For HAIRSTYLISTS: If you’re interested in recreating this color my formula is Joico Intensity Rose and Soft Pink equal parts with about three pumps of Olaplex #2 (mini Olaplex treatment while my client processed and I wanted to lighten the color just a bit).

Dusty Rose

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Q&A with style creator, Katie Rose
Hairstylist @ The Parlour St John’s in Portland, OR


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

I would call this color dusty rose. My favorite thing about it is the way the balayage adds variation to the pink palette.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

To achieve the color, I balayaged her hair and allowed it to lift to a pale yellow. After rinsing I toned her with Pravana Express Tones Violet at the shampoo bowl (it works fast!). We then blow dried her and used Davines A New Color Violet 0.3:1:2 with one drop of Red. The cut was done by Heather Meinert and she was styled using Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

The best skin tone for this color would have some pink or blue undertones. It probably wouldn’t look great on someone with yellow or green undertones!

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

The style is easily maintained at home with Hair Resort Spray. I recommended the client maintain her color with Pravana Colorlock and Davines Red shampoo and conditioner.

Antique Rose

Q&A with style creator, Katie Sawicki
Stylist @ Pretty & Co. in St. Catharines, ON


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This look reflects a classic antique rose vibe. It is perfect for a retro meets Audrey beauty. My favorite thing about it is the face framing pieces that contour the face with the dimensions from light to dark. The placement really makes her eye color pop!

Which products would you recommend for this look?

For this look I used the Joico Vero kpak true tone series. This allowed me to custom blend the formula to achieve a “cool” version of a typically warm Pantone.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

I enjoy this look on fair skin because it aids in drawing warmth to their tone. However, any lady that typically suits darker shades but “fears warmth” will enjoy this color transition when looking for something lighter.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

The most important tip I can offer is a color safe salon recommended shampoo and conditioner. Joico KPak Colour Therapy will heal and protect the hair. It is also low in detergents so it locks that color in!

Subtle Sparkles

Q&A with style creator, Amanda Kaseman
Freelance Hairstylist and Color Specialist in Washington, D.C.


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

I always describe “rose gold” to my guests as a pink play on strawberry blonde. I love creating different versions of a rose gold; some with more subdued, natural gold tones and some more pink and vibrant! My favorite thing about this particular photo is that this guest of mine is a 9-5 professional. She’s so fun spirited and this color suited her personality, but she needed it hidden for the office. So amongst her usual blonde highlights, I added subtle sparkles of this rose gold throughout sections underneath the natural fall of her hair. This maintains a professional look during the day, but at night all she needs is a curling iron or fun style to show off her pastel pops!

Which products would you recommend for this look?

– There are so many color lines out there now that each have their pros and cons. I’m not here to say one is better than the other or that only one line will give you rose gold, because that wouldn’t be true. Here is what I used:

Highlights: JOICO VERO- KPACK VEROLIGHT + 10 volume

Rose Gold: JOICO Intensity Rose + JOICO Intensity Peach – equal parts

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

Anyone that can wear warm colors can pull off rose gold. Along with that, they also need to be able to wear lighter colors. Rose gold is a pastel and is very light, so if your guest isn’t used to having lightness around their face or anywhere in their hair, I wouldn’t recommend this. As for hair types, as long as you can pre- lighten them to a 9 or 10 you’re golden (or rose golden)! My guest in this photo has a bob with little layering, so I was able to conceal her funky color in sections underneath. To me, there isn’t a cut or style that wouldn’t make this color look great!

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

I am a firm believer in educating my guests on how long their color is realistically going to last before even giving my product recommendations. For pastel colors such as rose gold, I always make my guests a custom conditioner with their tone added in. With this, they can apply color every time they shampoo to keep the vibrancy or as needed when they see fad-age. This way they don’t need to stop in every two weeks for a refresh, because who has time for that?

My strongest tips for maintaining this color are to wash your hair as little as possible (and with cold water when you do) and use color protecting products and heat protectants when using irons. The healthier the hair, the stronger the color!

Feminine Softness

Q&A with style creator, Erica Ruiz
Senior Stylist @ The Grand Salon & Med Spa in Brea, CA


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This rose gold look is fun, flirty and edgy with a feminine softness! It’s not too loud, but still fun. This girl is active and social, but also has a fun career and wants to be taken seriously.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I would recommend a color-safe shampoo to keep the vibrancy of the color and a great dry shampoo for days two and three. Viral also has these really great shampoos with color in them to keep the longevity of the color.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

I feel like a rose gold would look great on anyone as long as you have the confidence to wear it. When it comes to vibrant or pastel colors, you just have to own it and rock it. As for the actual beachy/wavy style, this look is great for anyone on any occasion. It’s sexy and effortless. When styling, it doesn’t have to be perfect. It actually looks better messy and undone!

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

My tip for recreating this color is to see a professional colorist! There is a lot that goes into creating these color combos and it’s best to see someone who knows what they are doing. As for the style, you can definitely recreate this at home but again, if you don’t know how ask your stylist to show you what to do or what you’re doing wrong! I always educate my clients on how to recreate their looks at home. It only takes a few minutes and it guarantees that my work is being showcased. Because what is a great cut without knowing how to style it at home?

My styling tip for this beachy look is to use a curling iron or wand. I typically use a 1 1/4-inch curling iron. When curling or wanding the hair, the trick is to leave about 1-1.5 inches of the ends out. This leaves the ends more relaxed and gives you that beachy wave! I also like to run my fingers through the hair and shake it out so that the curls don’t stick together. I use a styling wax or pomade on the ends to create definition and separation. My favorite product for this look is Bumble and bumble’s Brilliantine.

Golden Rose

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Q&A with style creator, Alyssa St. Martin
Hairstylist @ T. Salon in Mesa, AZ


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

My favorite thing about this look and the rose gold trend in general is that it’s versatile, soft, and feminine.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

For styling this look, I used Bumble and bumble Surf Foam Spray at her root for volume. Then I used one pump of Moroccan Oil from her ears down for shine and moisture. I then used Kenra Thermal Protectant Spray to protect her hair from the heat of the blow dryer and curling iron. I lifted up the roots while blow drying to create much needed volume and movement as possible for her fine hair. After drying, I curled her hair using a 1 1/4-inch Babyliss curling iron, leaving about two inches out to create more of a wave. To finish, I used Kristen Ess’ new Beach Spray for shine and to create a little texture, then topped off with a medium hold hairspray by Moroccan Oil.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

I personally think this rose gold color looks amazing on fair complexions and people who have a little bit more pink to their skin tone. As far as hair type, I would say people who are naturally a level 7 or lighter tend to lift easier, making this color more achievable and effortless.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

In regards to creating this color, my client was a natural level 7 (ashy, dishwater blonde). She had about three inches of regrowth and grown out highlights from about five months ago. I did a full head of babylights on her, leaving little drop out in between foils to make her as blonde as possible, but still leaving enough to have dimension. After doing all of the babylights, I went back through and teased her ends and lightened those as well.

I lifted her blondes to a pale yellow and toned her with Schwarzkopf Igora Royal 9.5-18, 9.5-49, and 9-7 for about 12 minutes at the bowl. Then I shampooed her with Viral Light Pink shampoo for an extra kick of strawberry.

As far as maintenance goes with this color, I recommend my clients come back every four to six weeks for a toner and Olaplex treatment to keep the ends feeling healthy and color looking fresh.

Talk of Rose

Q&A with style creator, “Dresden” Stephanie Thompson
Future Professional @ Paul Mitchell The School in Charlotte, NC


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

In terms of hair color, we sometimes use the words “whisper”, “talk”, and “shout” to describe how subtle or dramatic the color is. I’d call this rose gold look a “talk”. The balayage is softly blended into a shadow root of her natural hair color, and the color itself is vibrant enough to draw attention, but is not blatantly obvious.

I love rose gold as a hair color for this very reason. It’s considered a fantasy color, but it lies on the natural color spectrum. It’s the perfect color choice for someone who wants to dip their feet into the world of fantasy color, but still wants a practical option for their lifestyle.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

Paul Mitchell products are my go-to as a student at the Paul Mitchell School of Charlotte, NC. The products I use and recommend are also products I use on myself at home. For this look, I used our Paul Mitchell Neon Sugar Twist and Neon Sugar Confection spray, along with the teeniest bit of our Super Skinny Serum to smooth any flyaways.

I applied the Neon Sugar Twist on her damp hair, blow dried with a large round brush, then spritzed on the Neon Sugar Confection spray throughout while lightly tousling her hair. This blunt lob can also be styled into curls or nice beach waves using the same products.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

Rose gold is a pink-copper color and considered a warm hue. There are a variety of rose gold shades along the spectrum from pink to copper. I love this tone because it’s a happy medium of the two and works well on most skin tones. I personally love rose gold on cooler to neutral tones, but it also is quite flattering on warm skin tones.

Rose gold works well on all hair types. This one in particular is a level 7 on the hair color level scale (1 being the darkest and 10 being platinum blonde). If your current level is 3 or below, it would be best to achieve this level in 2 different sessions rather than try to do it all in one go.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

In regards to recreating this color, when sectioning the hair for the balayage, start in the back, leaving out every other section up to the occipital bone, then switch to lightening every section for the last three to five sections up to the apex.

As far as maintaining this color, it is best to use a color-safe, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner along with thermal protectant products when heat styling. I’m a huge fan of our Ultimate Color Repair line. The Ultimate Color Repair Mask is my favorite at home deep conditioning treatment in between coloring my own copper hair. The Ultimate Color Repair line contains a quinoa color repair complex to lock in hair color and repair strands from within, while leaving the hair ultra moisturized.

Pretty in Pink

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Q&A with style creator, Amy Santana
Hairstylist @ Luxe Salon Studios in Las Vegas, NV


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This is a vintage rose gold. My favorite thing about this color is how classic and soft it looks.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I definitely recommend a good color-safe shampoo like Redken’s Color Extend.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

Her skin is fair and her hair was thick. We took about four inches off of her length to create a long bob. The layers were kept long, but I added a lot of texture with my thinning shears.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

I shampooed with Redken Color Extend Shampoo and deep conditioned with It’s a 10 Leave-In. Use color-safe styling products like Wella Color Preserve Thermal Protection Spray. It will help keep colored hair shiny and vibrant. For the curls, I used a 1/2-inch Babyliss curling iron and curled in alternate directions to create these messy loose curls.

Strawberry Swirl

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Q&A with style creator, Chelsea Rae Üthoff
Stylist/Colorist @ Plane Jane Salon in Bethesda, MD


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This is a peachy/strawberry swirl. Someone on Instagram described it as “anime protagonist hair.” I like the pops of pastel pink on the ends the best!

Which products would you recommend for this look?

Sulfate-free shampoo is absolutely essential, and as these fall into the category of “pastel” tones, I highly recommend a color-depositing shampoo and conditioner. Depending on whether you want the dominant tone to be more on the pink side or the “true rose gold” tone, I’d either recommend CelebLuxury Viral colorwash in Pastel Pink, or Joico Color Endure shampoo in Red.

For a weekly conditioning treatment, all of my clients love Overtone GoDeep in Pastel Pink or Pastel Red. The formula for Overtone is highly moisturizing so it’s like killing two birds with one stone!

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

I’d say fairer skin tones look best with warmer, peachier tones as the dominant look. More pink tones can be worn by almost any skin tone. Both look super cute with freckles and pinker tones can be a great accent to naturally red hair. Fairer skin tones with pink undertones look best with warm tones

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

Shampoo as little as possible and use the recommended products to maintain this look. Color can also be touched up at home periodically. Sparks Color makes a Rose Gold direct dye that is available for purchase from several websites.

Rose Gold Fusion

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Q&A with style creator, Laura Cowley
Senior Hairdresser @ Bob Hair on Tamar in Launceston, Tasmania


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a rose gold ombré. I love the fusion of color blending seamlessly from deep and vibrant to a more soft tone.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

This color needs moisture to really make it shine. I would recommend using a leave-in treatment before styling, followed by a shine spray to finish. My favorite is Schwarzkopf Sparkler!

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

People with warmer skin tones generally suit the rose gold hues best, however my client had a cooler skin tone and it suited her equally. This type of color best suits clients with medium or fine to medium hair texture.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

Maintaining this type of color starts from when you step in the shower with a good color-protecting shampoo and conditioner. To recreate this style at home, wrap the hair around a curling wand and then brush the curls out to soften. Always finish with a shine spray!

Natural Blend

Q&A with style creator, Felipe Rogel
Stylist @ Hairdrezzers On Fire in San Diego, CA


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This is a very seamless look. It combines the client’s natural hair melted into the actual rose gold color. By following the natural growth of the hair, I’m creating a very blended highlight which I then use as my guide for placing the pink/blush tones. My favorite part about this look is the outcome and also how natural the regrowth is.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

For this specific look, and for colored hair in general, I always recommend color safe/sulfate-free products. They prolong the color and keep it from fading too quickly. Since fashion colors tend to fade quicker than natural tones, I recommend clients use dry shampoo in between washes. Styling-wise, leave-in conditioners and heat protectants are always good. Heat can also fade colors like this.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

This color works well with most skin tones from ruddy/pink undertones to olive/yellow undertones. It’s a very neutral color, but can also be intensified depending on the client’s desired look. *most skin tones

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

My recommendations for this style aren’t too demanding. The majority of clients don’t want to spend too much time in the salon. After the initial service, I always recommend a color gloss 8-12 weeks after, depending on how fresh the client wants their hair to look. Not washing the hair too often and using cooler water when washing is essential to making the color last longer.

Gilded Rose

Q&A with style creator, Heather Renee
Stylist & Owner @ Sola Salon Suite in Mission Viejo, CA


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

I describe this lovely hair color as “Gilded Rose” or “Dusty Sunset” as it definitely falls in to the category of “rose gold” hair. I love finding inspiration in nature and fashion trends, and of course, jewelry. I have noticed a huge demand for metallic hair colors. am personally not a huge fan of the gray and silver hair trends, so I needed to formulate something that kept some more pigment in the hair and was a little more “wearable” for my trendy yet sophisticated clients. My favorite thing about this color is the dimension achieved with balayage and of course the expensive looking metallic reflection.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

Regardless of tone, placement is key. I started this look by using Sunlights Balayage Lightener with 40Vol and color melted lowlights of a deep caramel/gold by Redken 5th Ave to enhance the client’s skin tone and natural color. I use all Candy Shaw tools from the Sunlights Balay Box: clips, brushes, paddle and balay wrap, and lightener. The balay wrap provides a clear window to see where you have placed your previous formulas to help to not overdo your work and create the most beautiful dimension in the hair. After shampooing I applied Redken 5th Ave Shades EQ conditioning gloss globally for about ten minutes. I’ve started to use more of the Rb shades to create a blush effect to my colors that is balanced and not overly red.

For styling, I used Neuma styling products to build volume, protect from heat, and enhance shine during the blowout. I added some texture with a 1-inch curling iron, pulling quickly through the ends to give them a polished, but more beachy and tousled/lived-in look.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

Rose gold hues look great on any skin tone. Usually we think of silver and platinum for cool skin tones and yellow gold and brass/copper for warmer tones. Mixing those two together gets a softer, more universally flattering color on the skin. The technique of balayage should be considered the “little black dress” of hair coloring. Beyond being trendy, balayage gives hairdressers more creative freedom to paint the hair the way nature intended highlighting to be. By reading the hair and laying down dimension, this allows balayage highlighting to work on any hair length, texture and density.

This particular client has finer textured hair and yet we were able to create more density visually by keeping more negative space between the highlights. Remember that less is more and light only looks light if some color is supporting it.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

Luckily balayage grows out seamlessly, so if you are looking for dimension without the maintenance, paint is the way to go. Keeping the base and lowlight formulas close to natural level aids in requiring less salon visits as well. I have some clients that can go four months without re-highlighting. Toner/glaze formulas are usually demi-permanent and therefore will require monthly appointments to maintain vibrancy and tonal control. Offering a conditioning service or bond treatment with your toning appointments will aid in the longevity of the color attachment.