Rose gold hair color is a sophisticated blend of pink, blonde, and ash tones. It is sometimes referred to as a golden strawberry blonde hue. You can make this unexpectedly chic color as daring or subtle as you like by adjusting the intensity of the shade.
This is a high-maintenance hue, so arm yourself with knowledge before committing. Now, with the help of these pro tips from LA-based hairstylist Ash Bazarjian, you’ll be prepared for what’s coming.
💡 Key Things to Know First
- If aiming for a warmer rose, lift to a level 8. If wanting a cool tone, lift to a level 9.
- The custom-mix Maria Nila color hair masks help to prolong the tint. Other recommended products are Davines color-safe hair products and Davines Oi Milk leave-in conditioner.
- Try using more intensive treatments, oils, and leave-ins to keep up with the color’s demands.
- Rose gold hair means your hair will most likely be bleached, which also means it needs extra TLC.
- Ask your hair colorist:
- Will my hair be able to handle bleaching?
- What kind of maintenance does this color require, and how often should I come back?
These suggestions are helpful for sure, but it won’t hurt to get further consultation. In addition, don’t forget to bring some photo inspiration.
Here’s a photo gallery of the modern and most popular rose gold hair color ideas you must show your stylist.
#1: Unicorn Rose Gold
This unicorn rose gold color brings together the best of both worlds: warm and cool tones. If you can’t decide between two colors, such as lavender and peach, bring them together! Play around with color melts of opposing colors. If you’re a unicorn blonde, you’ll need bleach retouches. Or you’ll require a full bleach and frequent color refreshes.
Using the right cleansing and conditioning products helps to lock in color longer. Wash your rose gold hair less frequently because they fade fast. This will help to maintain your color brightness. Appreciate the fade! With each wash, colors and shift and lighten, so embrace it!
#2: Chocolate Rose Gold Balayage Color Melt
This chocolate rose gold balayage color melt has a nice underlying pigment of peach and blush pink hair color, which gives it a nice warm finish. I recommend this chocolate rose gold for women 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 women without red or pink skin tones.
#3: Metallic Rose Gold
Opt for metallic rose gold and lilac colors, plus the flattering long-layered haircut. My favorite thing about this rose gold look was the experimentation of incorporating both warmer tones (copper, gold, pink) and cool tones (lilac and pastels) – from that polished pinkish coppery base color down to the sheen metallic lilac and champagne gold tresses.
Rose gold shades and any other fantasy color are a heavy investment and certainly one of the most challenging colors to achieve. If you are willing to pay for the initial color service and touch-up appointments, I advise you to not use products from your local drug store. This is a service that, in the long run, can cost several hundred dollars. The most important advice I can possibly give to women thinking about this color is you must be prepared to lose some length in your strands, and deep treatments are absolutely necessary.
#4: Classic Rose Gold Color
This classic rose gold hair color is gorgeous with waves. Remember that the rose gold color is a flexible shade to work with as it is compatible with most complexions and skin tones. The color is also age-appropriate while giving women a bit of edge and flair.
#5: Rose Gold Hair with Platinum Highlights
Rose gold hair with platinum highlights is a cute and fun way to add fun to your locks! Do your usual highlights at your appointment but get your hairstylist to do a rose gold color melt with your blonde toner at the bowl. You will love your new look.
#6: Pastel Pink Hair and Rose Gold Balayage
#7: Long Hair with Dark Rose Gold Balayage
Long hair paired with dark rose gold balayage will glow beautifully on warmer skin tones. Plus, it’s a great transition into stepping outside of the box and exploring fantasy colors like this blush rose gold. The darker (more pigmented) you go with the rose gold, the longer your color will last, as opposed to lighter shades that fade within a couple of weeks. Take care of your new color by using a color-safe, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner and rinse in cold to cooler water. Ask your stylist if they recommend a color depositing shampoo or conditioner to help maintain your color at home.
#8: Long Pixie with Curtain Bangs
Try a pretty long pixie cut with curtain bangs for a modern twist on a bowl cut. This hairstyle can be worn in so many different ways – classy and sleek, edgy and modern, or simple and clean. Your styling options are limitless, too. Just make sure to keep your longest lengths in the front and ask for a razor cut to recreate the softness these curtain bangs have.
#9: Cute Rose Gold Lived-In Bob
A lived-in bob is so cute when tinted rose gold. This tone is perfect for someone with fair skin and light eyes. And even someone with some natural red tones to their hair. To achieve this look, you will need to have very light hair naturally. Or, you will need to lighten it with bleach first. Don’t forget to ask your colorist to use Olaplex during the lightening process. It will keep your hair healthy and able to hold on to this gorgeous peach color.
#10: Darker Rose Gold Wavy Bob
Rose golds are a perfect tone to play with and you do not need to be a light blonde to achieve this look either. You can make a custom color in demi-permanent line or as a direct dye color. But, rose gold is a mix of gold, ash tone and a copper red which you can play within different levels 6-10. A toning conditioner will help you maintain the longevity of this jewel-toned hair.
#11: Romantic Rosy Gold Waves
Autumn is in the air and it’s time for a change. So, do not forget to ask about some warmth in your color at your next appointment. As seasons change we lose that summer glow and adding warmth to your hair can help bring your look more life. Try a rose gold tone that can be obtained on your lightest blondes and all the way to your lighter brunettes.
#12: Long Rose Gold Toned Hairstyle
Dyeing your hair a rose gold tone is one of the best ways to change your long hairstyle. Rose gold is a low-commitment tone and fades beautifully. Ask your stylist for a direct dye treatment, that way you can let it fade off or easily touch it up.
#13: Long Choppy Rose Gold Pixie
A long choppy pixie is a great way to show off pearly rose gold hair. A wearable textured short pixie is edgy yet feminine and suits nearly every face shape. Be sure to consult with your colorist about whether or not your short hair can handle going as light as needed to achieve a pale rose gold while staying healthy.
#14: Pinkish Rose Gold
Pink hair, don’t care is the motto for this rose gold! There are many factors that go into attaining this type of pastel color. Your hair must be natural, not previously colored. It also must be between a light brown and blonde, any darker, and your hair wouldn’t get light enough. I don’t recommend trying to achieve this color if your hair is damaged as you don’t want to cause any breakage.
#15: Rose Gold Sunset
Opt for a unique rose gold sunset for a fun pink holographic hair hue. When applied to pre-lightened hair, it creates a beautiful gradient tone of blonde, pink, copper, and violet. Ask your stylist to customize you a blend of violets and coppers to compliment skin color and achieve your best rose gold hair color.
#16: Dark Rose Gold and Brown Balayage
A perfectly sophisticated smokey brown rose gold shade is so trendy right now.
You can have fun colored brown hair, but it’s not crazy vivid and bright. You can get away with a more natural take on fashion-colored, dark rose gold hair.
The best tip for maintaining your mane is to wash your hair as little as possible and use cool water so that your rose gold doesn’t fade too quickly. Dry shampoo will become your best friend.
#17: Rose Gold Lowlights for Older Women
Rose gold lowlights for older women are a soft and subtle way to try out some creative hair hues. To get this color, ask your colorist for some blonde highlights and rose gold pink lowlights.
#18: Rose Gold Hair with Pink Highlights
Rose gold hair colors with pink highlights is a soft pink tone added to blonde hair highlights. This color is perfect for girls who want a touch of fun color since pastel pink tones can fade away quickly. To get this color, ask your colorist for a pastel rose gold-tone with a shadow root to add dimension.
#19: Dark to Light Rose Gold with Dark Roots on Long Bob
Combine your textured, medium-length hair with shades of rose gold, this super light pink, and gold shade on darker roots, creating a beautiful rose gold color that makes your beautiful eyes pop!
The rose gold hair trend works ideally with light fair skin and dark eye colors.
#20: Champagne Pink Rose Gold
If you’re a blonde looking for a bold change, this combo of vibrant pink and rose gold tones are a perfect choice!
Try this fantastic pink champagne rose gold hue that’s a less dramatic and softer version of the trendy hue. It’s a color you won’t want to DIY.
#21: All-Over Rose Gold Wig
“I love this wig because of the light rose gold tones, and it has a fullness that’s so easy to style,” says fashion stylist Missi of Kenya.
She explains, “the all-over rose gold tint in this hair is for a bold and fierce person. All face types can rock it.”
#22: Subtle Honey Blonde to Pink Rose Gold Ombre
The finish on this subtle rose gold ombre hair color is immaculate! The seamless rose gold balayage complements the tones of both the honey blonde and pink hair colors. I think it’s safe to say that this warm brown hair with rose gold ends is a hit!
#23: Light Rose Gold Hair Color
Here’s a gorgeous rose gold hair dye! The curls and color work for ladies with light or pale skin tones who are looking for a chic and flirty dimensional upgrade on their locks.
#24: Dusty Rose Gold with Dark Roots
A beautiful example of what this rose gold shade can do for brunettes. Rose gold hair with dark roots like this looks great on a thick density with voluminous waves.
#25: Rose Gold Highlights on Dark Hair
Hesitant to try on a new, bold look for your black tresses? Then having rose gold highlights is for you! Not only is it a stunning hairstyle on its own, but wearing these ribbons of warm rose gold is also a great way to explore and see what suits you.
#26: Copper Rose Gold Highlights on Brown Hair
If you want to, a beautifully colored rose gold tone on dark brown hair is the way to go. The copper rose gold hue makes the tresses look luscious and healthy.
#27: Rose Gold Watermelon Pixie
This look is compiled of rich rose gold tones with slight hues of gold. It was created by color specialist Heidi Seiffert of Oshawa, ON. “I love the deepness but shine by using Davine’s Pure Pigments. This pink hair tone really brings brightness to the skin,” she notes.
Seiffert’s best advice is to know its maintenance. “Typically, a look like this is a double process which is a bleach out followed by a color, starting at the top of the head. Use a Davines-recommended shampoo and conditioner with an added weekly treatment. Hair color like this is an investment as is taking care of it.”
#28: Soft Pink Rose Gold
This is a beautiful soft rose gold balayage with a shadow root.
On the roots, use a deep dusty lavender melted into a soft rose gold with some framing of the face to brighten and give a soft sun-kissed look.
When you are working with any funky colors, it’s important to use a color-safe shampoo and conditioner. Try color extend magnetics because they keep your hair shiny and well hydrated.
When considering this coloring idea, always remember you need to be okay with maintaining it. A toner every 5-6 weeks is necessary to keep its vibrancy. Treatments once a week at-home or in a salon is a must to keep your hair, rose gold in good health.
#29: Platinum Rose Gold
Achieve this platinum rose gold hair color with a light dusted rose and platinum blonde hues. “Rose gold hair has enough rose gold while keeping it in the blonde family,” says hairstylist Zaid Bakeer of Annandale, VA.
“Ideal for women with naturally light hair, hair must not be colored with dark box dye. Since these colors are dusted and pastel, they will not last long,” explains Bakeer.
Depending on their wash routine, Bakeer says the rose gold may last up to 3 weeks before turning blonde. Washing hair with rose-gold shampoo will help with longevity, too.
“Root touch-ups should be every 3-4 weeks unless they don’t mind looking blonde. However, it’s hard to bleach the roots if they wait longer,” he adds.
#30: Classic Faded Rose Gold
This faded rose gold hair color was created by hairstylist Mackenzie Crowell of Las Vegas, NV.
“To maintain the shade of pink hair and its rose gold hues, use cold water when washing to prevent the color from bleeding,” says Crowell. “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.”
#31: Light Rose Gold Highlights on Natural Blonde Hair
“This is a slice of rose gold blonde hair! My favorite thing about this is how natural it looks, almost as if it grew out of her scalp that way,” says stylist Heather Wilmoth of Charlotte, NC.
“I created this beautiful tone using a 9Ash and a 6Red Violet so that the color would stay completely cool and not brassy,” explains Wilmoth. “My color line of choice is Paul Mitchell’s Color XG because of its consistency.”
At the same time, a natural blonde with rose gold can be customized to any skin tone or hair type.
#32: Soft Peach and Rosy Hair
“My favorite thing about the rose gold trend, in general, is that it’s versatile, soft, and feminine,” says hairstylist Alyssa St. Martin of Mesa, AZ.
St. Martin personally thinks this rose gold hair color looks amazing on fair complexions and women who have a little bit more pink to their skin tone.
“As far as hair type, I would say women who are naturally a level 7 or lighter tend to lift easier, making this more achievable and effortless,” she adds.