19 Best Rose Gold Hair Color Ideas to Try

Rose gold hair colors

Rose gold hair is a combination of red, pink and blonde hair colors. This hair trend is still more popular than ever this year. Created by hair artists based on the popular rose gold-toned jewelry, this surprisingly trending color can be as bold or a subtle as you want.

In the last few years, many celebrities have been a source of inspiration for this golden strawberry blonde hue, including Cara Delevingne, Blake Lively, Emma Roberts, Julia Roberts, Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian, Kaley Cuoco, Kesha, Scarlette Johansson, Kylie Jenner and more. Colorist like Guy Tang have played a big part in bringing this gorgeous color into pop culture.

Check out our growing collection of the best pictures of rose gold hair color ideas and see which one suits you best!

Dark Rose Gold with Dark Roots

Dark Rose Gold Hair with Dark Roots
Instagram @kristin_ess

Combine your textured, medium length hair with this pink and gold shade that makes those beautiful eyes pop! The rose gold hair trend works ideally with light fair skin and dark eye colors.

Champagne Pink Rose Gold

Champagne Pink Rose Gold Hair
Instagram @myhairmagick

Are you a blonde looking for a bold change? Try this enchanting 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.

All-Over Rose Gold Wig

Q&A with style creator, Missi
Fashion Stylist @ Missi Styles in Nairobi, Kenya

How would you describe this look?

I love this wig because of the light rose gold tones, and it has a fullness that’s so easy to style.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The look is for a bold and fierce person. All face types can rock it.

Subtle Blonde to Pink Rose Gold Ombre

Subtle Blonde to Pink Rose Ombre
Instagram @ethereal_tresses

The finish on this subtle rose gold ombre hair color is immaculate! The seamless balayage complemented the tones on both honey blonde and pink hair colors. I think it’s safe to say this one’s a hit!

Metallic Rose Gold Hair Color

Metallic rose gold hair color
Instagram @theroguehairstylist

A gorgeous metallic rose gold hair dye.

Dusty Rose Gold with Dark Roots

Dusty rose gold with dark roots
Instagram @desanchezspa_salon

A beautiful example of what the best rose gold look can do for brunettes.

Rose Gold Highlights on Dark Hair

Rose Gold Highlights on Dark Hair
Instagram @loveishair_melissa

Hesitant to try on a new, bold hair look? Then having rose gold highlights is for you! Not only is it a hairstyle on its own, it’s also a great way to explore and see what suits you.

Blonde Rose Gold Balayage

Blonde rose gold balayage
Instagram @rachelizabeth.hair

The prettiest light rose gold hair and blonde balayage on a medium length shag cut. This pastel pink is an easier permanent hair color to keep.

Rose Gold Highlights on Brown Hair

Rose gold highlights on brown hair
Instagram @maxgourgues

A beautifully colored rose gold tone on dark brown hair.

Watermelon Pixie

Q&A with style creator, Heidi Seiffert
Color Specialist @ Aquilibrium Salon & Spa in Oshawa, ON

How would you describe this look?

This look compelled of rich rose gold tones with slight hues of gold. I love the deepness but shine by using Davine’s Pure Pigments. This tone is particularly my favorite on how it brings brightness to her skin and is an extension of her personality. It’s fun, vivacious, and creative.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My best advice to give anyone who loves a creative color must know its maintenance. Typically, a look like this is a double process which is a bleach out followed by a color. 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.

Classic Rose Gold

Classic Rose Gold
Instagram @tina_theroom

Q&A with style creator, Tina Thao Ta
Hairstylist / Salon Owner @ The Room Hair Studio in Garden Grove, CA

How would you describe this look?

This client came to me to get ready to celebrate her 50th birthday. Her intent was to have her hair colored a shade of golden rose color to honor her “golden” 50th birthday. I suggested for her to consider a rose gold color and looking through my Instagram posts, the client also agreed to this color.

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 my client a bit of edge and flare. As for the cut, I added more layers to give her hair a fuller look adding volume and a youthful sass. The combination of the right color, rose gold, and the right cut, I was able to give my client a look that brought out her confidence and spirit to celebrate her “golden” milestone.

Any advice for someone considering it?

As I already shared in the first answer, the rose gold color is one that is compatible with most skin tones. It’s a color that softens one’s look while still stands out in the crowd. It speaks to elegance and fun all in one.

As far as the cut goes, the defining layers give the impression of more hair and voluminous dimensions. This combo defies age and allows a client to have her personality expressed through her hair. It’s for a woman who wants to celebrate life each and every day!

Metallic Rose Gold

Metallic Rose Gold
Instagram @its_the_koral

Q&A with style creator, Koral Joy Ragasa
Cosmetologist @ Regis Salon in Gainesville, FL

How would you describe this look?

“Bold, mythical and enchanting”. The rose gold and lilac colors plus the flattering long-layered haircut altogether were fitting for her sweet and adventurous personality as well as her porcelain complexion and petite figure.

My favorite thing about this look was the experimentation of incorporating both warm tones (copper, gold, pink) and cool tones (lilac and pastels) – from that polished pinkish coppery base down to the sheen metallic lilac and champagne gold tresses. It’s almost hypnotizing the way the layers cascade with exquisite jewelry-toned hair envy. That’s why rose gold is still the trendiest look around to this day. It’s wearable, it’s effortless, glamorous in both bold and subtle hues, and eye-catching.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Rose gold colors can be worn by anybody whether you are a brunette with highlights or you’re blonde. If you’re already blonde with naturally light hair plus highlights and you’re looking to spice up your life with a pop of color, you’re already well on your way! However, fantasy colors such as this require some sort of commitment – a plan involving regular visits to the salon as well as special at-home haircare involving specific products to help prolong your rose gold hues, keeping them nice and high-quality.

Rose gold shades and any other fantasy color is 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, please do not use products from your local drug store. This is a service that, in the long run, can cost several hundred dollars.

There are cool tones, warm tones, neutral tones, pastel shades and tones that are enhanced with just pink. It can get pretty tricky finding the best hue that complements you. All of this can be discussed with an experienced colorist depending on your natural hair type, texture, and the condition it’s in after being chemically processed before. Your stylist can help adjust the hues to suit your skin tone, eyes and your lifestyle, which makes this a complementary look for just about everyone.

Typically, rose gold colors suit those who are fair-skinned with pink/yellow undertones, but that doesn’t mean brunettes can’t get in on the fun. For those with naturally dark hair base color, it’s going to require several salon visits before your darkness can reach a required lightness level since rose gold is among one of the lightest hair color trends out there.

“Pastel” fantasy colors will always require a “blank” canvas, essentially, and must be devoid of all pigment whatsoever or at least the palest blonde possible, and that’ if the integrity of your hair isn’t terribly compromised to the point of breakage. Take into consideration that your hair color history can inhibit the process depending on how much you’ve done to it.

The most important advice I can possibly give to clients who’re thinking about rose gold/pastel colors is you must be prepared to lose some length, and deep treatments are absolutely necessary.

In fact, treatments are the reason why I achieve the most optimal results. As you embark on your rose gold journey, be open-minded to whatever restorative and reconstructive hair treatments that your stylist suggests.

Soft Pink Rose Gold

Q&A with style creator, Alexandria Mercuri
Hairstylist @ Concept Elite in Pointe-Claire, QC

How would you describe this look?

This is a beautiful soft rose gold balayage with a shadow root. On her roots, I used a deep dusty lavender melted into a soft rose gold with some framing of the face to brighten her giving her a soft sun-kissed look.

My favorite thing about this look is it’s so dimensional yet subtle and soft. It’s fun funky and edgy all at the same time!

What are your best tips for this?

When working with any funky colors I always recommend a color-safe shampoo and conditioner. I love working with color extend magnetics as that keeps the hair shiny and well hydrated.

When considering this look 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 in good health.

Rose-gold and reds are colors that defiantly stand out. Be confident and outstanding as you will rock this perfectly!

Platinum Rose Gold

platinum blonde rose gold hair
Instagram @himnhair

Q&A with style creator, Zaid Bakeer
Hairstylist & Founder @ HAYADI in Annanadale, VA

How would you describe this look?

This is a light dusted rose gold and platinum blonde. It has enough rose gold while keeping it in the blonde family.

My favorite thing about it is that it’s very wearable and doesn’t look vivid or vibrant. Someone who wants a fun change but is restricted by their job can pull this off.

What are your best tips for this?

When I consult with my clients, I always tell them we need to bleach your hair very light. So it’s ideal for someone who has naturally light hair. Hair must not be colored with dark box dye. Since these colors are dusted and pastel, they will not last long.

Depending on their wash routine, it can last up to 3 weeks before turning blonde. Washing their hair with rose-gold shampoo will help with longevity.

This looks good on lighter pale skin. 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.

Classic Rose Gold

Classic rose gold hair
Mackenzie Crowell / Instagram

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 complemented 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

What are your best tips for this?

This particular shade I created looks amazing on light skin and redheads. As far as the style, it’s beautiful on everyone as well!

To maintain this, 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.

Light Rose Gold Highlights on Blonde Hair

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 blonde! My favorite thing about this 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 tone using a 9Ash and a 6Red Violet so that her color 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.

What are your best tips for this?
I believe that this can be customized to any skin tone or hair type. Knowing your client and having a thorough consultation will help get you there!

My best tip is to play with color, play with different formulas, and always use your color wheel! Her lighter 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.

Chocolate Rose Gold Balayage Color Melt

Chocolate rose gold balayage hair
Instagram @hairbyamberjoy

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 peachy 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 either a natural color 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.

What are your best tips for this?
I would recommend this 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 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.

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.

Rose Gold and Brown Balayage

Rose gold and brown balayage hair
Instagram @hairbyhaileyj

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?

This smokey brown rose gold shade 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!

What are your best tips for this?
This color is made for all skin types! I have never seen anyone who doesn’t look good with this color. Warm or cool, I honestly believe everyone can work this.

My best tip for maintaining this 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 hair 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).

Soft Peach and Rosy Hair

Soft peach and rose hair color
Instagram @hairby.alyssa

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.

What are your best tips for this?
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 more achievable and effortless.

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 blonde.

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.