The Hottest Hair Colors for Fall, According to Professional Hairstylists

October 28, 2022
Trishna Rikhy
By: Trishna Rikhy | by L'Oréal
person with long blonde hair

The urge to switch up your hair color as the seasons change is very, very real. Can you relate? If the shift from the warmth of summer to the chilliness of autumn and winter has got you thinking about a brand new look (so long, blonde highlights!), you’ve come to the right place. We consulted hair pros to get a comprehensive breakdown on the hottest hair color trends for fall and winter 2022. Below, find their thoughts on what hair colors you’ll be seeing everywhere, plus their favorite products for keeping color-treated hair vibrant, healthy and strong.

Fall and Winter 2022 Hair Color Trend Predictions

“Brondes” Have More Fun

According to Matrix global artistic director, Michelle O’Connor, vibrant blondes aren’t going anywhere for the season — but variations of blond and brunette, aka “brondes” – are going to be trendy.

“Bronde will be a popular variation to deepen the bright tones of the summer,” she says. If you have curly hair, the look might be even more on-trend for you. “Curl lights are going to be a big color trend this season. A lot of delicate strands of curly hair mixed with blonding and bronding colors give both warm and cool tones.”

A Touch of Red

Copper has been a huge hair trend this year. The ginger look is sticking around for fall, but in different shades of red, including mahogany.

“Typically, mahogany hair is described as [a] reddish-brown color; however, it can also feature a very subtle violet hue, much like the deep rich wood it’s named after,” says Matrix brand ambassador, George Papanikolas. “Adding more depth with lowlights and a gloss is a great way to transition into cooler fall weather.”

The reddish-brown tones are even easier to achieve if you already have brunette hair. O’Connor predicts that brunettes are going to be “experimenting a lot more with stepping into the red family and exploring cinnamon browns with hints of red.”

If you’re going red from a blonde base, however, fear not; you’re still going to have a trendy look for the season. Bright copper and strawberry blonde are perfect tones to transition to.

“For someone more daring I would do a bright copper and for others a golden strawberry blonde can be a fun switch up,” says Kérastase global pro club color expert, Shelley Gregory. “Make sure you take into account maintenance with how often to touch up and how to keep bright at home when you make this change.”

Shelley Gregory recommends the Kérastase Chroma Absolu Collection for keeping up with color-treated hair throughout the season. “Use their shampoo, conditioner, mask and leave in heat protector, but my favorite part of the line is the Soin Acide Chroma Gloss Hair Gloss, an at home treatment that strengthens and seals the surface of the hair fiber to protect color and leave a high-shine finish.”

Kérastase Soin Acide Chroma Gloss Hair Gloss

Season of the Brunettes

“Brunettes are going to continue to be huge,” says Gregory. “And we will keep seeing new shades of it come to life through fall and winter.”

Cool and iridescent brunette are two variations she predicts to be trendy this fall, customizable to your own skin tone “so that it reflects the tones you want in every spectrum of the rainbow, cool to warm.”

This kind of dimensionality in brunettes is going to be big for fall and winter, it seems; Matrix brand ambassador Rachel Bodt says that, “Bronze minimal dimension brunettes are also set to take over this season.”

But whether you’re going brunette for the first time or enriching your already-brunette hair, the most important element is keeping your hair healthy. Matrix artistic director Nick Stenson (who plans to see a lot of beige blondes and chestnut browns this season) says that the focus of the season is healthy hair — “hair that appears nourished and touchable. Matrix Instacure Porosity Spray is in my must-have kit.”

Matrix Total Results Instacure Anti-Breakage Porosity Spray

Vintage Blonde

Bronde, ginger, and brunette are going to be huge for fall – but the classic blonde isn’t going anywhere, either.

“60’s vintage gold-blonde will be a trend that we will see take over this season,” says Bodt. “It’s the perfect transition for blondes who still want to keep their vibrant color but want to add warmer tones for fall. Matrix Brass-Off All-In-One Toning Leave-In Spray cancels out any unwanted brassiness on brunettes, and Matrix So Silver All-In-One Toning Leave-In Spray cancels out any unwanted yellow tones for blondes.”

Matrix Total Results Brass-Off All-In-One Toning Leave-In Spray
Photo: @georgepapanikolas, Design: Juliana Campisi

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