Fall, we have a thing for you. We love you for your crisp, perfectly cool temperatures (a much-appreciated respite following the dog days of summer), the debut of Starbucks’s frothy autumnal menu, and, of course, the luscious shades of hair color that flood our social media feeds via fall fashion week, red carpets, and our favorite celebrities.
Unsurprisingly, it’s been the season of blond. From Katy Perry’s glowing platinum pixie to Allison Williams’s freshly flaxen strands, it’s no secret that the warm months of summer inspire bright highlights, ice-blond toners, and buttery balayage aplenty. Pretty? Indubitably. Predictable? You betcha. Therefore, we look forward to the moodier hues of fall with an almost unbearable air of enthusiasm. And since September is fast approaching, we’re already in hot pursuit. Here at Byrdie HQ, we like to be one step ahead and ID the trends months in advance so we can book our color appointment and, of course, pass them on to our readers. (Because you guys are the best!)
After pestering high-profile colorists for their expert intel and inspiration this season, we have, shall we say, the definitive guide to fall hair color. The predictions are in, and we’ll be the first ones to say that they’re good. From gray to ruby to onyx, all you have to do is decide which one you’ll try first.
Keep scrolling for our official fall 2017 hair color guide.
If you went platinum for spring and summer, try upgrading your look for fall with a cool shade of gray. Not only will the hue really pop on top of your pre-lightened strands, but according to Ariel Hauck, colorist at Ramirez Tran Salon, it’s also easy to transition your way back to the blond side: “For those platinum ladies who want to switch things up but still be able to go back easily, go slate gray. It’s fun and head turning.”
Darker strands? Fear not—the trend is still totally doable. We love the way model Jourdan Dunn’s sleek bob looked with slate-gray tips at this year’s Met Gala.
To really go for it, Hauck recommends plenty of volume and body with your styling. The shade is muted, so do like Leona Lewis and don’t be afraid to serve up some va-va-voom with your gray hue for fall.
“The best way to show off this color is to style your hair with a lot of texture either with curling or using product [that has] a bit of grit!” says Hauck. We recommend spritzing hair with your favorite salt spray or trying this texturizingspray from Oribe. (It’s one of our personal favorites.)
According to Hauck, a striking shade of ruby red (seen here on Madeleine Petsch), is coming in hot for fall. Consider us ready and willing.
Another option is to take a red tone to the cooler side like on Lily Collins. Not only is the color striking and a tad unexpected (aka perfect for fall!), but Hauck tells us that it also takes the look “deeper” and makes it a little more fun.
Plus, Hauck tells us the “dark and stormy” look is super low-maintenance—which, to be honest, is music to our ears. Her tip: “When going darker, stay on the cool side and never ever go black.” To do the color justice this fall, try it slick and straight like Lucy Hale. Hauck adds, “Since dark brunettes don’t have highlights, you can pull this off more than others.”
Additionally, a little bit of root is A-okay. After all, what’s more natural than a little bit of grow-out? However, if the sight of your natural color totally wigs you out, try Hauck’s take on the golden trend and experiment with some light-handed highlights: “Babylights are the most seamless way of pushing you color appointments far apart but still feeling trendy and up to date. Natural hair color never goes out of style.”