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20 New and Exciting Hair Colors for Winter

Old man winter may dull out the landscape during these dry cooler months, but he’s got nothing to do with this year’s hottest winter trends in hair color. From soft and subtle, to can’t-be-missed, check out these ideas to brighten your winter hair!

#1 Red Swing

Bright red hair cut into an asymmetric bob style that goes from a deeper red to brighter hue gives straight hair an easy and fun look!

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Skin tones that have a soft warm undertone wear this shade of red best, while hair that is naturally straight and is medium to thick in texture works best for this smooth bob.

Tip:

Love the fading of dark to lighter and brighter, but red isn’t your color? Try different combinations like dark chocolate into light caramel, dark violet into lilac, or even dark blonde into platinum!

#2 Side Swept

This carefree style may be a little much for the office, but the color is right on trend. Light blonde hair with shadowed (or darker blended) roots is all the rage this season.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light skinned beauties with a soft pink undertone wear this shaded blonde best, while hair that is naturally wavy to straight and medium to thick is best for recreating this style.

Tip:

This is one trend that you don’t want to try doing at home. Make sure to show your stylist pictures when wanting a shadowed root. Talk about how dark and how far out you want it from your scalp.

#3 Copper Wave

A rich, golden copper ombre’ through a longer top section is amazing to show off not only your rocking color, but this amazing cut as well.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Fair to light skin tones wear shades of golden copper best, while hair that is naturally wavy to straight makes it easy to rock these funky waves.

Tip:

Copper hair can fade quickly. Try using cooler water when shampooing and can cut down on how many times a week you shampoo. Use a dry shampoo to get you through the non-wash days. Your color will thank you!

#4 Multi-Tonal Red

Bring life to a blunt bob haircut with fun, multi-tonal red hair!  Having more than one shade of red gives serious dimension and texture to this smooth style.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that have soft pinky undertones wear this red well. Hair that is starting at a light brown or lighter shade of red is the perfect canvas for recreating this multi red look.

Tip:

Keep your red vibrant with a weekly color conditioning treatment. Try Pravana’s Color Enhancers in red once to twice a week to add a dose of color and avoid the fade.

#5 Creative Chocolate

Rich, deep chocolate brown paired with a funky bang and short bob gives a sense of mystery to any hair type. The oh-so-subtle highlights of a slightly lighter brown keep this look from being too harsh.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that have a cooler undertone look great in this dark rich color. Hair that is fine to medium in thickness would be best for recreating this haircut.

Tip:

When asking for subtle highlights, make sure to bring pictures to your stylist so you are both on the same page.  You can screenshot your favorite looks from Latest-Hairstyles.com and have them ready for your appointment!

#6 Icy Blonde

Like fresh snow, this icy blonde is as light as it gets with no hint of warmth. You’ll feel like Elsa this winter rockin’ this icy hue!

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light skin tones that have a cool undertone in their skin wear this color best, while hair that is starting at a medium to light blonde naturally is the perfect base for creating this icy blonde.

Tip:

If you get lots of highlights now and are thinking of going for an all over blonde, make sure that you’ll love having a solid color. It is a big transition for both you and your stylist that can take a few sessions. If you’re not sure, stop by a wig shop and try on a pale blonde wig. Don’t forget to snap a selfie!

#7 Magenta Gypsy

Shaggy layers paired with bright magenta hair color and a small pop of pearl blonde in the fringe is a bold and daring statement this winter.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that look good in purples, pinks and reds wear this color best. Hair that is straight to wavy in texture is best for this layered style.

Tip:

This messy look is fun and easy. Ask your stylist to recommend the best products and style routine to have you looking great every day.

#8 Purple Haze

Deep, antique violet faded into a soft lilac is both soft and funky at the same time. Paired with a bold fringe and flowing waves, you’ll be ready for day or night!

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that have cool undertones are a must for this shade. Hair that is already blonde makes it easier to recreate this purple hue. If you are not currently blonde, expect to go through some lightening before the purple haze can be created.

Tip:

The less you wash your hair, the longer fashion colors last. Try a dry shampoo on non-wash days. On wash days, remember to use cool water and turn down heat tools because heat can cause color loss too.

#9 Blue Steel

This look is a great way to change up your blonde locks this winter! Steely blue fading into soft silver is still one of the hottest trends.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Cool skin tones that are light to fair wear this color best, while hair that is already a platinum blonde is the best starting point for achieving this color. If you are not already blonde, be prepared to have your hair lightened to a pale light blonde before going full blue steel.

Tip:

Hair that has been lightened can easily become damaged. Ask your stylist for the best leave-in and deep conditioning treatments for your hair type. This will keep your strands moisturized and strong.

#10 Delicate Pink

A soft bit of pink to accent your face is perfect for a blonde looking for something different.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium toned beauties with pink undertones are perfect for this color, while hair that is already light blonde is the perfect canvas for recreating this look.

Tip:

Love this look, but don’t want the commitment? Try spray-on colors or hair chalk. Once you wash, it fades right away and you’re ready to try a new color!

#11 Orange is the New Color Pop

You don’t see a lot of orange and blonde together, and I don’t know why not! It is beautiful for a bright pop of color and gives this blonde hair some warmth during these cold winter months.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to fair skin tones wear this color best, especially ones who tend to gravitate to warmer colors like yellows and oranges. Hair that is blonde to start with is the best canvas for recreating this look. If you’re going for an all over new color, this will not disappoint!

Tip:

Love this look, but can’t have fashion colors at work? That’s ok! Give some clip-in extensions a try. Your colorist can even make them for you in custom colors.

 #12 Rose Roots

Shadow roots are hot for blondes! Don’t think you can only achieve it with brown–give a rose color a try! It gives you not only the depth at the scalp that you are looking for, but a soft pop of color too.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to fair skinned beauties that have soft pink undertones in their skin wear this perfectly.  Hair that is already light makes it easy to replicate.

Tip:

To keep your blonde on the cooler side, try using a violet-based shampoo and conditioner regimen, my favorite is Pravana’s Perfect Blonde collection.

#13 Cropped Copper

Rich copper with a mahogany undertone is a great color combo to heat up your winter hair.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that look great in pinks, purples and blues wear this color best, while hair that is naturally light to medium brown is the perfect starting point to recreate this color.

Tip:

Keeping hair shiny and smooth in the winter can be a task. Using a deep conditioning treatment weekly can help. Try one with copper or mahogany built right in to give your strands a color and moisture boost.

#14 Mahogany with Copper Peek-a-boos

Rich mahogany brown with the perfect amount of bright copper highlights peeking out gives this cut and color so much dimension and interest.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that look great in warmer colors like red, orange and chocolate brown wear this color great. Hair that is starting at a medium to light brown or red is a perfect palette to recreate this color.

Tip:

Don’t go with too many copper highlights if you want to have this color. Less is more in this case!

#15 Chocolatte!

This rich, deep brown reminds me of a delicious dark chocolate, and who doesn’t love chocolate? The soft golden glow keeps it from getting too dark this winter.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that have warmer undertones look great in this rich hue. Hair that is anything but black is a great canvas for your stylist to give you a rich dark brown. If you do have black hair, expect a little lightening before this color can be achieved.

Tip:

Not sure what the undertones of your skin are? It’s easy to check! Grab a gold and silver piece of paper and hold each up to opposite sides of your face. Which makes you look better? If it’s gold, you have warmer undertones. If it’s silver, you have cooler undertones.

#16 Face Framing Highlights

Bold, face framing highlights work with any haircut or base color. They brighten your face, making you look younger!

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that look great in warmer colors will look fabulous in this copper and gold hue. Hair that is light to medium brown or copper is the best starting point to recreate this color.

Tip:

If you love the look but the golden hue is not for you, try different combinations. Dark neutral brown with soft sandy highlights, bright red with pink highlights, or light brown with platinum highlights are all cool options!

#17 Sombre’

The sister of the ombre’ is the sombre’. This is just a softer version of the ombre’ trend with less contrast of colors. This model has a warmer dark blonde that fades into a soft golden blonde. It’s a great winter warm-up for ultra light blonde hair!

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that look great in warmer colors work best with this color combo. Hair that is already light or starting at a light brown to dark blonde is best for recreating this warm sombre’.

Tip:

If you’re really blonde and just looking for a change for winter, make sure you talk to your stylist about your plans to go lighter again with your spring color. This heads up will allow them to formulate your darker color so it can easily be changed.

#18 Multi-Tonal Brunette

Dark hair can get boring, but adding a few highlights of lighter brown gives it a serious kick! You can add coordinating tones or opposite tones, depending on the effect you’re looking for. I love the color choices in this picture.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Any skin tone can rock this color, it will be more about shade selection. Hair that is naturally darker brown is the best starting point for achieving this color.

Tip:

Bring pictures to your appointment so you and your stylist are on the same page for how light or dark you want your new highlights.

#19 Shades of Copper and Gold

A bright copper base color with highlights of gold brings sunshine to the darkest winter days!

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to fair skin tones that look great in warm tones like orange, yellow and coral are perfect for this color. Hair that is starting at a lighter shade of brown or blonde is the best starting point. More often than not, some lightening is required to get your hair this bright.

Tip:

Keep your copper bright with weekly color-infused conditioning treatments. My favorite is Pravana’s Color Enhancers in Copper.

#20 Soft Sunset

Soft tones of copper and gold create a beautiful sunset-inspired color that is sure to liven up your winter hue.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that have warm undertones wear this color beautifully, while hair that is naturally red or light brown is the best base for creating this beautiful copper hue.

Tip:

Redheads have the most fun! If you’ve never given copper red a try, talk to your stylist about finding the right shade for you and enjoy all the extra fun.

This winter, you don’t need to stick to the same old hair color. Give something subtle a try, or go bold and change your whole look!