Much as we love summer, we start to get really excited about the prospect of leather jackets and hot coffee come mid-August. But that's not all, we're also planning some seriously gorgeous new hair colors for the coming season! If you feel like switching up your mane's current hue, too, check out the autumnal shades below. Which one will you fall for?
1. Chestnut hair
A classic shade for fall, a chestnut brown hair color is the perfect way to welcome the cooler months ahead. Applied as highlights to darker hair, the rusted tones add dimension, and as an all-over base color, it's a great way to give your mane a seasonally appropriate update.
Try teaming chestnut locks with some loose waves to add even more dimension to the look!
2. Rich, chocolate brown
If you've had it with summer blondes and brondes, and can't wait to make a change, try a classic chocolate brunette shade this fall. It's dark and mysterious, and it reminds us of everyone's favorite kind of dessert, what's not to love?
Before straightening your hair, divide it into sections and apply a heat protectant evenly to each one. Comb your hair through afterwards and leave it for a few minutes to dry before switching on your flat iron.
3. Auburn tresses
Aside from pining after Julianne Moore's beautiful mane year-round, the changing of the leaves is probably our fave source of auburn hairspiration. So many beautiful reds, golds and oranges combined - who wouldn't want a hair color to reflect that?
Rock auburn locks with messy textures to create a romantic, almost fairytale-like redhead look.
4. Blue hair
Go bold with a blue hue this autumn! Whether you're more comfortable with a dip dye, or want to try an all-over color, it's a surefire way to make cold weather blues a good thing! You can road test the look with hair chalk before bleaching and re-coloring your hair with your chosen aqua-inspired shade.
Keep your color vibrant with a shampoo and conditioner combo that has been specially formulated to enhance and maintain color treated tresses.
5. Blake Lively's beachy blonde locks
If you never want summer to end, it doesn't have to for your hair! Keep the sun shining on your mane way past Labor Day with a beachy blonde shade à la Blake Lively. You can brighten dark blonde hair with a few surfer girl highlights, or try some lightening balayage for a more concentrated glow.
Use a texturizing heat protectant and a 1" curling iron to recreate Blake Lively's beachy waves. Just make sure you alternate the direction you turn the curling iron in for the most natural-looking results.
6. Light brown hair with subtle highlights
Even the subtlest of highlights can make a world of difference to a base color you like but don't necessarily love. Defined as anything lighter than the base, highlights can be as little as one shade different, but even that can add a ton of light and dimension to your look. Try rocking your signature shade with two or three different highlighted hues to refresh your mane for fall.
After having your hair highlighted, try to minimize heat styling as much as possible. Color treated strands are more prone to dryness and breakage, so it's best to give them a break!
7. Vibrant red hair
A little brighter than auburn hair, a vibrant, rusty red is a gorgeous color for autumn. The shade itself is a real attention grabber, so you can leave your locks loose or opt for simple braids and ponytails when you don't feel like styling your mane into anything complicated!
Create a glossy sheen to offset your new color with a high-shine finishing spray.
8. Soo Joo Park's rainbow hair
While it's not for everyone, rainbow hair like model Soo Joo Park's is still trending like crazy. It's a playful way to update an existing platinum color, and thanks to hair chalk, it doesn't have to be permanent. You can confine the pastel hues to the ends of your hair to see how you feel about multicolored strands, then take them higher if you decide the full-on mermaid look is right for you.
Create heat-free waves by applying a texturizing spray to damp hair, then braiding it in two or three plaits. After securing the braids, leave the hair to dry, then shake it all out and scrunch in some salt spray to enhance the texture.
9. Long bronde highlights
Using either foils or balayage, update dark blonde and brunette shades with some bronde highlights this fall. It's THE hair color of the moment, and with fans including Blake Lively, Cara Delevingne, and Chrissy Teigen, you'll be in great company!
After securing a low ponytail, ramp up the chic factor by camouflaging the hair tie with a small piece of hair from the pony. Simply pinch a small section from the underside of your pony, wrap it tightly around the base, then secure it underneath with a bobby pin.
10. Blonde balayage
Refresh an existing blonde color with some sweeping balayage to lighten the ends. Like beachy blonde hair, it's the perfect way to channel carefree summer beauty all year long thanks to the natural-looking, sunkissed results!
Add movement to your hair with a round brush when blow-drying. The curves enhance the color, helping your hair to catch the light in all the right places.
11. Light blonde hair
If you love the idea of going blonde but aren't quite ready for a full-on platinum look, work your way up to it with a light blonde hue. It'll stand out but won't be quite as intense as platinum hair, unless you throw in some bright white highlights, too!
Conditioner is key with intensely colored hair, so make sure you always use conditioner after each shampoo, and top up your hair's moisture levels between washes with a leave-in product. You should also make time in your weekly routine for a deep conditioning hair mask, too.
12. Ombre hair
The hair trend that just won't quit, ombre hair is perfect for fall! Even more sunkissed than bronde highlights, ombre hair is a multi-tonal look that works wonders on all hair lengths. You can go for the classic dip-dyed look, or keep it more low-key by blurring the demarcation line with highlights.
Ombre hair looks so good with loose, tousled waves, whether you try a heatless look or grab a curling iron to get the job done!
13. Grey hair
#GrannyHair is basically THE hair color trend of 2015, so why not see this year's penultimate season through with an icy grey mane? Like platinum hair, it's a high maintenance shade, but we think the impossibly cool results are well worth the effort!
Maintain a grey hair color with purple and blue shampoos between touch-ups.
14. Dark brown curls
Rich brown curls work at every length. So, whether you have a textured bob or a coily cascade, try a dark brunette shade. Even if your hair is naturally quite dark, coloring it a couple of shades darker will add shine and depth to your look.
Enhance your curls by applying a smoothing cream to damp hair before drying with a diffuser or leaving your mane to air dry naturally.
15. Platinum blonde
Finally, for those of you who like a challenge, or just really enjoy frequent visits to the salon, there's platinum hair! While it's definitely a high maintenance look, the brightest blonde is a striking statement maker that's impossible to ignore.
When blow-drying, use only a cool or medium setting on your dryer to minimize your chances of heat damage. Even if it can get up to 450°, it doesn't need to for most hair types.