Fall and Winter Hair Color Trends You Need to Try This Season, According to the Pros

October 28, 2021
Jazmine A. Ortiz
By: Jazmine A. Ortiz | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
Fall/winter hair color trends

It’s time for a fresh start this fall and winter, more so than ever before. With post-vaxx life here, changing your hair color this season can feel symbolic of the new road ahead. To help steer us in the right direction we’ve referred to the pros for a comprehensive fall/winter 2021 hair trend report. Below, experts from Matrix share their thoughts on what color trends they foresee being a big hit this year, plus their favorite products for color-treated hair.

Fall and Winter Hair Color Trend Predictions

Super Model Highlights

“Super model highlights that are bold, with a slight root shadow. As for colors, wheat blondes are perfect for the cooler months as well as copper and amber redheads. These colors bring a lot of dimension to your look.” — Rachel Bodt, Matrix Brand Ambassador

Reverse Balayage

“Hailey Bieber is making this look the ‘it’ color for fall. It's like the balayage we all know and love, but darker. By reversing the technique, you are adding depth at the roots and midshaft. This softens the contrast between the highlights and base color, making the remaining highlights pop. To keep the color from turning brassy, be sure to incorporate a blue-based shampoo like Matrix Total Results Brass Off Collection to neutralize unwanted orange/brassy tones.” — George Papanikolas, Matrix Celebrity Colorist and Brand Ambassador

Icy Blonde 

“Actress Anya Taylor-Joy rocks this statement color which pairs perfectly with a warm fall wardrobe. Regular monthly root touch ups are required to maintain color, as the heat from your scalp helps give an even lift. Waiting any longer than four weeks can result in yellow bands in the hair. To lock in optimum condition, the Matrix Total Results Unbreak My Blonde helps preserve the integrity of bleached hair keeping it hydrated, soft and strong.” — George Papanikolas, Matrix Celebrity Colorist and Brand Ambassador
fall/winter hair color trends

Almost Black 

“The key to glossy black hair is to not color it black at all, as that can make it look dull and flat. Instead, opt for a dark brown which to the eye will read as black but will reflect for light. Eliminate any unwanted red undertones with a green toning mask like Matrix Total Results Dark Envy Green Toning Mask.” — George Papanikolas, Matrix Celebrity Colorist and Brand Ambassador

Red Tones

“Red hair always recirculates every fall season. Look to red with rose gold tones along with burnt copper and cinnamon hues. Face-framing highlights will also reign supreme as it suits all hair colors and textures.” — Michelle O’Connor, Matrix Global Artistic Director


“Warmth is the overwhelming trend for hair color this fall. I definitely see blondes going warmer this fall instead of the typical cooler tones.” — Eric Vaughn, Matrix Master Artistic Educator  

Heavy Metals

“I see a lot of variations of gold and coppers this season for sure!” — Rachel Bodt, Matrix Brand Ambassador

fall/winter hair color trends
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