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14 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!