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Spring 2018 Hair Color Trend: Ultra Violet Colormelt [Tutorial]

One of the most exciting parts of being a colorist is coming up with new formulations, especially when it comes to vivid/fashion colors. I was given the challenge to come up with a formula that matched Pantone’s Color of the Year which is Ultra Violet.


Because I like a challenge, I started experimenting with all oxidative color. My co-worker Holly came up with some amazing formulations using Oway’s Pure Pigment Concentrate Hmelt. I love the way her formulations turned out, but I wanted to come up with something a little less pastel. Through a lot of trial and error I came up with a formula that used Simply Organic Beauty’s Ultra Violet Spring Color Kit.

Once I had a formula that I liked, I wanted a blank canvas to work with. The model that I used was already platinum blonde with a little bit of level 6 regrowth.

I started by using 25 volume with Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener in the back and worked my way to the front, eventually using Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer. I put a cap on her to trap all of the heat from her scalp to speed up the process. Then I let her process for about 30 minutes before rinsing her out. She had some old toner on her ends so I went through with a combination of Oway Hmilk No-Stress Conditioning Treatment and Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer with Hbleach to lift out some of the old color. That sat on the hair for about 5-10 minutes. Once that was lifted out, I used Original Mineral Conquer Blonde Silver Shampoo followed by Hmilk as to not close the cuticle.

Now that her hair was at the blank canvas that I wanted, I could start doing the fun stuff. My goal for the final look was a color melt. One of the most important things to remember while doing this look is to always start in the back. The hair around the front hairline is the most porous and will give you a much darker look then you want. You want to start in the back while the hair is still damp (towel-dried). Having the hair still a little damp will make sectioning easier and quicker and will also allow the color to melt together more seamlessly.

I did all of the roots in the back with my first formula then went through with my second formula and melted it together. I then started applying my first formula to the roots in the front section, starting with vertical sections closest to the ear. Again, this will ensure that the hair around the face won’t get too dark. Once all of the roots were done up front, I went through and melted them with the second formula. I let everything process for 20 minutes.

When she was ready to rinse out, I started by wetting everything down and emulsifying really well. The reasoning was to ensure everything melted together well and for the root color to slightly tone the ends. I did a light shampoo and followed with a moisturizing conditioner.


About the Stylist


Caitlin Helle

Caitlin Helle is a hairstylist at Smoke + Mirrors in Baltimore, MD. Caitlin started her career in 2009, when she worked as an assistant at Sam Wong Salon. This is where she was first introduced to organic and natural hair care products. Through taking classes and a lot of late night mentoring sessions, she realized education was something she wanted to be a part of.

In 2012 she became a certified educator for Simply Organic Beauty and began teaching classes to hairstylists throughout the region afterwards.

As a color specialist, Caitlin was featured in The Colorist magazine’s “30 Under 30 Colorists to Watch”. Although she enjoys all aspects of coloring, balayage and color corrections have a special place in her heart.

Outside of the salon, Caitlin has been involved with New York Fashion Week 2017 and regularly does hair and makeup for THE Artist Agency. She also gives back to the community by doing haircuts for local recovery programs.

Recreate this Ultra Violet color with these products!

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Trending Hair Colors This Week – Vol. 3


Blondes and redheads dominated the past week, but this time it looks like our #HolisticHairTribe is in a more festive mood. Our newsfeeds lit up with manes in various colors and textures. So, we picked the top 6 hair colors from our community that we are dying to try this Spring.

Check out their work below!


Denim Blue Hair Color Formula

Hair by Desiree Cerda

Spring is denim season and the trend is cropping up everywhere – even in hair. The best thing about denim blue hair? The more the color fades, the better it looks – like our favorite pair of jeans.

Lifting: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener (Level 9)

Shadow Root: Oway Hcolor 4.1 Ash Brown + Oway Hcolor 0.1 Ash Booster + Oway Hcolor 0.9 Green Booster (2:1:1) + Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

Color: 10 g Oway Hcolor 8.1 Ash Light Blonde + 15g Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum + 5g Oway Hcolor 0.8 Blue Booster + 20g Oway Hcolor 0.1 Ash Booster + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Processing: 40 mins


Pure Platinum Hair Color Formula

Hair by Heather Leigh Ford

Going platinum may seem very intimidating, but once you see the result, you will not be sorry you took the plunge. Especially if it looks as glorious and healthy as this beauty.

Natural Level: 6a

Lifting: Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer + Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener

Toner: 1:1 Oway Hcolor 90.11 Intense Ash Super Bleaching Blonde + Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Processing: 15 mins


Mardi Gras Hair Color Formula

Hair by Christen Papasso

Mardi Gras celebrations are over but this stunner is still giving us major party vibes. This is the perfect hair color for when you’re feeling a little bit bold and adventurous.

Full Balayage: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

Color: Oway Hcolor 90.2 Irisee Super Bleaching Blonde + Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster + Oway Hcolor 0.1 Ash Booster + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer


Candy Floss Hair Color Formula

Hair by Christen Papasso

This super shiny, pastel rainbow hair is the stuff hair color dreams are made of. To achieve this result, Christen added a drops of each Oway booster and carefully mixed them to create subtle color transitions.

Full Balayage: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

Ends: Oway Hcolor 90.2 Irisee Super Bleaching Blonde + a drop of each Oway Hcolor Booster (Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster + Oway Hcolor 0.1 Ash Booster + Oway Hcolor 0.8 Blue Booster + Oway Hcolor 0.0 Bleaching Booster + Oway Hcolor 0.3 Golden Booster + Oway Hcolor 0.6 Red Booster + Oway Hcolor 0.9 Green Booster) + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Processing: 15 mins


Rose Gold Hair Color Formula

Hair by Nina Freidell of Sepulveda Hair Studio

The rose gold trend is not leaving anytime soon. It’s a chic (and more fun) way to go pink, not to mention an instant Instagram scroll-stopper.

Color: 2.5g Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum + 0.5g Oway Hcolor 6.62 Irisee Red Dark Blonde + 3 drops Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster + 1 drop Oway Hcolor 0.6 Red Booster + 1.5g Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment + 5 drops Oway Hscreen Skin + Scalp Protector + 3.5g Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Processing: 15 mins


Platinum Blonde Hair Color Formula

Hair by Nicole Daly of Mandala Holistic Hair and Wellness Studio

Here’s a formula if you want to try a warmer platinum blonde. Nicole took a high-contrast highlight and transformed it into platinum blonde using Oway Hbleach. That’s some skills right there.

Base: Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer + Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener

Mids & Ends: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

Toner: Oway Hcolor 90.1 Ash Super Bleaching Blonde (3/4) + Oway Hcolor 90.2 Irisee Super Bleaching Blonde (1/4)

Which one is your favorite? Sound off in the comments below!

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Trending Hair Colors This Week – Vol. 2


Looking for hair inspo? This week, it’s all about reds and blondes for our #HolisticHairTribe. From striking scarlet hues to warm, golden tones, these are the six top hair colors from our talented holistic hair stylists. Make sure to save the formulas so you can try them for yourself and your clients!

Check out their work below!


Scarlet Mauve Hair Color Formula


Still skeptical about the color retention of organic hair colors? This redhead came back to Erica’s salon after four weeks with her color as vibrant as day one. The base color was colormelted with our Hcolor violets and reds!

Colormelt: Oway Hcolor 4.77 Deep Purple Brown (2 oz.) + Oway Hcolor 6.62 Irisee Red Dark Blonde (1 oz.) + a ribbon of Oway Hcolor 0.1 Ash Booster

oway-colorLush Blonde Hair Color Formula


This hazel blonde beauty is definitely an eyecatcher. Just look at that gloss! A good sign of a healthy, well-nourished hair.

Painted: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 30 Vol Cream Developer

Toner: Oway Hcolor 8.0 Natural Light Blonde

Red Velvet Hair Color Formula


Want Ariana Grande circa 2011 red velvet hair? It’s possible with this formula from Kristine. This shade is great for all skin tones and the perfect color for when you want to make a statement.

Roots: Oway Hcolor 6.62 Irisee Red Dark Blonde + Oway Hcolor 5.6 Red Light Brown + Oway Hcolor 5.46 Red Coppery Light Brown + Oway Hcatalyst 20vol

Mids: Oway Hcolor 5.6 Red Light Brown + Oway Hcolor 5.46 Red Coppery Light Brown + an inch of Oway Hcolor 0.6 Red Booster + 25vol

Ends: Oway Hcolor 5.6 Red Light Brown + Oway Hcolor 5.46 Red Coppery Light Brown + an inch of Oway Hcolor 0.6 Red Booster + 10vol

Styling: Oway Bio-Rich Water + Oway Smoothing Fluid

oway-hcolorGolden Goddess Hair Color Formula


Our Holistic Hairstylist of the Month never fails to impress us. Keep an eye out for this beauty because we’re sure you’ll be seeing a lot of this color this spring break.

Base: ½ Oway Hcolor 5.0 Natural Light Brown + ½ Oway Hcolor 6.3 Golden Dark Blonde + ¼ Oway Hcolor 6.4 Coppery Dark Blonde

Balayage: Oway Hcatalyst 30 Vol Cream Developer + Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener

Processing Time: 30 minutes

organic-hair-colorRuby Rose Hair Color Formula


If you’re looking a dramatic effect, this deep, rich red hair color formula is exactly what you need. This tone gives any look an instant update.

Natural Level: 6

Color: Oway Hcolor 90.2 Irisee Super Bleaching Blonde (30 g) + Oway Hcolor 0.0 Bleaching Booster (30 g) + Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster (30 g)

Developer: Mixed 1:2 with Oway Hcatalyst 40 Volume Cream Developer

oway-hnectarDesert Blonde Hair Color Formula


Oway Hcolor is one of the cleanest hair colors in the market with very minimal amount of PPD. But if you want to take it a step further, Oway also has Hnectar, which has absolutely zero PPD. And the pigment? Just look at this beauty.

Base: Oway Hnectar 8.31 + Oway Hnectar – 9.31 Desert Sand Very Light Blonde + Oway Hcatalyst 20vol

Mids and Ends: Oway Hnectar – 9.0 Natural Very Light Blonde

What do you think about this week's top hair colors? Let us know in the comments!

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Ultimate 2016 Fall + Winter Hair Color Trends Guide


Our ultimate guide to winter and fall hair color trends has officially landed! In this guide, you’ll find a wide spectrum of fall hair color ideas for brunettes, blondes and reds that are sure to keep you inspired all season long.

If you’re looking to re-create one of these gorgeous hair colors for your hair, be sure to download our 2016 Fall Hair Color Formula Ebook! Here, our contributing hair artists reveal their hair color formulas, and we give you our best tips for achieving and prolonging your favorite fall hair color.

So, grab a warm pumpkin spice latte and get your Pinterest finger ready – these fall hair color trends are going to last right into 2017!


Fall Hair Color Trends for Brunettes


Chocolate Copper Hair Color


Hair By: Holly Wiitala, Smoke & Mirrors Salon (Baltimore, MD) with Oway Hcolor


Hair By: Heather Ford, Ananda Organic Salon (Houma, LA) with Oway Hcolor

Chocolate Copper! This gorgeous fall 2016 hair color trend pairs rich brown tones with ribbons of copper and soft glints of violet.

This is the perfect fall hair color for brunettes looking to embrace those warm, dimensional autumn tones without touching their natural base color. Of course, you can always create a deep chocolate base hair color by choosing either cool, dark chocolate or warm, milk chocolate shades – either way, you can’t go wrong with this color pairing!


Cafe Au Lait Hair Color Trend


Hair By: Meredith Johnson of Abloom Salon (Phoenix, AZ) with Oway Hcolor and Oway Hbleach


Hair By: Summer Reid of Suite Nectar Organic Salon (Tustin, CA) with Oway Hbleach for Balayage

That blend, though. Cafe Au Lait, this hair color term was coined by Hair Stylist, @meredithabloom and is reminiscent of the hot milk that softly blends into your favorite light or dark coffee base. This fall hair color trend is best achieved with your favorite balayage or handpainting technique and a cool combination of ash and violet colors. Both Summer and Meredith created these seamless looks with Oway Hbleach and toned with some Oway Hcolor – 11.17 (want the entire formula? Download our 2016 Fall Hair Color Formula Ebook)!

Terracotta Hair Color Trend


Hair By: Kaila Ward with Oway Hcolor for Base and Toner, Oway Hbleach for Highlights


Hair By: Passang Tsamchoe of Ingenious Organic Concept Salon (San Francisco) with Oway Hbleach for Balayage and Oway Hcolor

Channeling the earthy tones of terracotta clay, this fall hair color trend embraces warm, coppery hues. Another great fall hair color idea for brunettes who want to rock reddish tones without the upkeep that comes with more vibrant shades. Terracotta hair color is also quite versatile – colors can range from burnt orange to delicate peach, depending on your client’s desired hue or level. Both Kaila and Passang used Oway Hcolor’s .35 series to create these gorgeous looks.

Radiant Orchid Hair Color Trend


Hair by: Heather Ford of Ananda Organic Salon (Houma, LA) with Oway Hcolor


Hair By: Jessica Austin of Moss Organic Salon & Spa (Phoenix, NY) – toned with Oway Hcolor

Quite possibly one of the most sought after hair colors for winter and fall 2016 – Radiant Orchid! This vibrant purple hair color blooms with absolute confidence that intrigues both the eyes and creative spirit. Notably, high fashion colors like Radiant Orchid can be prone to fading. We recommend a sulfate-free, organic color protection shampoo and using the least amount of hot tools as possible.

If you’re addicted to flat irons and curling wands, then be sure to use thermal heat protection products, as well. Another way to let low maintenance clients embrace Radiant Orchid hair color is to opt for soft, balayaged pieces instead of an all over color (seen right from Jessica Austin). While both interpretations of this fall hair color trend are absolutely stunning, one carries less maintenance than the other

Mulberry Hair Color Trend


Hair By: Bailey Simon Sagona of Periwinkle Hair Studio (Geismar, LA) with Oway Hcolor


Hair By: Tyler Fenix of Eco Hair Color Style (Miami, FL) with Oway Hcolor

If there’s one thing we know about 2016 fall hair color trends, it’s this – just about every shade of purple of is in! Mulberry hair color is slightly different than Radiant Orchid, as it’s deep, rich hues are both soulful and enchanting. Both Tyler and Bailey used Oway Hcolor’s 5.77 and 6.77 to create these stunning shades that will stay on trend well into winter 2017.


Fall Hair Color Trends for Blondes


Butter Blonde Hair Color


Hair By: Suzanna Kennedy with Oway Hbleach and Oway Hcolor 9.01 for low lights


Hair by: Jakob Dozen at TMAC’s Hair Studio (Mobile, AL) with Oway Hbleach (no toner!)

Who says you can’t go blonde in the fall? The best way to embrace slightly warmer tones in your blonde hair in fall is going Butter Blonde! What we love most about these Butter Blondes is the health and integrity of the hair. You know what they say, “healthy blondes are the best blondes.”

Nude Blonde Hair Color Trend


Hair By: Lori Babb of Wildflower, an Organic Hair Studio (Chesapeake, VA) with Oway Hbleach and Oway Hcolor


Hair By: Kristin Kneeland of Simply Hair with Oway Hcolor and Hbleach

The perfect blend of warm, cool and neutral tones – Nude hair color for blondes is definitely on trend this fall. This look is best achieved using your favorite balayage or handpainting technique, making it exceptionally low maintenance for most blondes. The seamless blend of varying tones, while dimensional, also has a gorgeous unifying effect. This blonde hair color trend is also quite versatile, allowing both you and your clients to customize a look that can channel more coolness or warmth depending on the desired result.

Honey Bronze Hair Color Trend


Honey Bronze Hair By: Kaila Ward Hair with Oway Hcolor


Hair By: Debra Pedraza of Biologique Organic Beauty  with Oway Hcolor and Hbleach on Natural Level 4, Latin Hair

What better way to transition your summer blondes into a fall hair color trend that’s low maintenance, but also doesn’t make it difficult for them to go lighter in future months (as you know they will). Honey Bronze is the perfect blend of honey hues and bronze/bronde tones. Debra Pedraza did a double-process with our plant butter-based ammonia-free lightener to lift her client’s Natural Level 4 hair to a 9. Then she depositing the colors needed for her flawless colormelt.

Want the entire formula? Be sure to download our 2016 Fall Hair Color Formula Ebook that showcases these amazing Holistic Hair Stylists at the bottom of this article!

Vintage Rose Hair Color Trend


Hair by: Kristine Hartman in Burlingame, CA with Oway Hcolor


Hair By: Anne Henn from Hello Gorgeous Salon (Breda, IA) with Oway Hcolor

We haven’t been able to get enough of the rose gold hair color trend for a few seasons now, and we love to see how it evolves! Introducing Vintage Rose Gold hair color – the perfect winter hair color trend. Vintage Rose is different from your conventional rose gold hair color, as it channels more smokey violet tones.

Rose Quartz Hair Color Trend


Hair By: Leah Taylor of Smoke and Mirrors Salon (Baltimore, MD) with Oway Hbleach and Oway Hcolor


Hair By: Stephanie Cencibaugh with Oway Hcolor for Toner

Chosen as Pantone’s Color of the Year, it’s no wonder Rose Quartz had made its way on the strands of so many clients. This delicate, light pink pastel hair color’s gentle essence embodies the qualities of the rose quartz stone: compassion, peace and love – qualities our world was in dire of need of this year.


Red Hair Color Trends for Fall 2016


Merlot Hair Color Trend


Hair by: Erica Stevens at Artist Endeavor (Statesville,NC) with Oway Hcolor


Hair By: Molly Kuhl, Rock Paper Scissors Salon (SantaRosa, CA) with Oway Hcolor

Hello, Merlot! Speaking of our favorite fall wine, Hair Stylist, Erica Stevens called this fall hair color trend early, and rightfully named her gorgeous work after the iconic red wine. This red hair color is stunning, as it exudes a variety of tones – ranging from violet to copper.

Ronze Hair Hair Color Trend


Hair by: Tatyana Kosogina of Ingenious Organic Salon (San Francisco) with Oway Color


Smokey Ronze Hair Color By: Erin Stevens of Modest Peacock Salon (Marietta, OH) with Oway Hcolor

The perfect blend of copper red and bronze brown, Ronze hair color is right on trend for fall! We’re loving the smokey ronze tones created with our Hcolor line by Tatyana and Erin. Want the formula for their stunning ronze hair color formula? All is revealed in our 2016 Fall Hair Color Formula Ebook!

Pumpkin Spice Hair Color


Hair By: Erica Stevens of Artistic Endeavor (Statesville, NC) with Oway Hcolor


Pumpkin Spice Hair By: Alice Muradyan with Oway Hcolor

Pumpkin spice has seemed to find its way into just about everything these days, but how could you not FALL in love these gorgeous copper tones? We love the tonal reflections achieved above, and could you guess that both Erica and Alice used 8.44 from our ammonia-free Oway Hcolor line? What can we say? We have some beautifully talented hair artists in our Holistic Hair Tribe!

If you enjoyed our 2016 Fall and Winter Hair Color Trends Guide, please SHARE! You’ll be giving well-deserved attention to all of the gifted Hair Stylists who contributed to this article. They even went ahead and shared their fall hair color formulas with you in this Ebook below! So, go ahead, download the Ebook and spread the love and creative inspiration!

Download the 2016 Fall Hair Color Formula Ebook Below (it will be e-mailed to you)!




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5 ‘Must Try’ Bob Hairstyles for Fall

Whether’s it’s textured and tousled or prim and polished, bob hairstyles are the perfect option for those who are looking to lose the long locks this fall.

While there are many bob hairstyles to choose from, here are our top 5 ‘must consider’ bob hairstyles for fall and winter 2016.

Bob Hairstyle #1: “The Julianne”


We’ve deemed this bob, “The Julianne,” after Julianne Hough, who rocks this wavy bob flawlessly!

Characterized by it’s ability to be worn straight or wavy, this bob is both versatile and adorable. So, get ready to break out those razors and texturizing shears, because this bob’s popularity is about to make a WAVE!

Bob Hairstyle #2: “The Kloss Bob”


Inspired by Karlie Kloss’ bang + bob combo, this haircut is ideal for those trendy clients types who aren’t afraid to lose a little length, and add a little fringe!

Karlie Kloss’ bob is another versatile beauty, that can be worn sophisticated and straight or wild and wavy.

Bob Hairstyle #3: “The Inverted Extrovert”


Inverted or A-line bobs, can come in all different lengths and layers. Depending on your client’s face shape; you should tailor your inverted bob to accommodate your client’s best and least favorite features (yep, we all have ’em).

In addition, if your client is really craving a change, consider adding an asymmetrical aspect to your inverted bob.

Which brings us to our next super chic bob hairstyle…

Bob Hairstyle #4: “The Queen Bey Bob”


Spice up that a-line bob with a little asymmetric action!

Beyonce’s bob is chic and sleek, and perfect for those clients looking to add a little edge. However, don’t get it twisted (or do), because with a heavy side bang and some curls, you can really pump up the volume on this bob hairstyle for fall.

Bob Hair Style #5: “Long Like Paltrow”


Here’s the thing about long bobs…

If they are too blunt they can tend to be bland, and nobody wants that.

Ensuring the hair is properly layered in the back and slightly texturized will keep this hair cut from looking less like a “lob” and more of like the long, elegant bob it should be.

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The Ultimate 2016 Hair Color Trends Guide


2016 Hair Color Trends Guide

2016 is officially here, and with it a new hair color trends guide to inspire you all yearlong! While last year’s bold, vibrant colors were certainly stunning (we’re looking at you, Galaxy Hair), we predict 2016 hair color to eschew more natural, earthy tones. From antique-brushed blondes to rustic copper reds and browns, this is the only 2016 Hair Color Trends Guide you need this year!

2016 Hair Color Trends for Blondes


Sandstone Blonde


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A beautiful blend of beige and taupe-like hues.

Sandstone is a hair color trend inspired by wind swept sands with soft shadowing and ripples of color.

Pair a neutral root feathered down to lighter pieces of wheat and beige blondes to achieve this look.

Honey Butter Blonde


Image Credits: Pinterest

A light golden blonde with warm undertones and strategic platinum placement. For a multi-faceted look, use a honey hue as your base or root and softly weave strands of golden and white blonde. Pay extra attention to face-framing highlights which should accent and enhance your client’s complexion.

Tip: this hair color usually works better on neutral to warm skin tones.


Strawberries & Champagne


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What better way to ring in 2016 than with a hair color inspired by New Year’s favorite sparkly sweet drink? Strawberries & Champagne is a dazzling blend of both champagne and strawberry blonde. A great hair color option for blondes who want to dabble in some reddish-gold tones without an overall commitment to “red hair.”

Amber Sunrise


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And for those clients who are ready to go on full-on copper blonde, bask in the ambience of Amber Sunrise. Soft and reflective, this color is characterized by it’s golden copper tones.

Imagine the sun at the start of each day – it’s golden gaze and orange embrace is bright and welcoming, but also represents renewal.

There may be no better way to start the year than with an Amber Sunrise.


Crystal Ash


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A clean, light blonde with a natural ash base. When trying to achieve this hair color trend for your clients

visualize a crystal’s first emergence from rock: it’s cool, pristine and strong.

The key to Crystal Ash is to lift the hair to a pale, light blonde, while maintaining it’s integrity and strength. Hair won’t embody crystal-like features if it’s over damaged from lightening.

Tip: We recommend lifting with Hbleach (it’s made with kaolin and kukui butter and keeps the hair in amazing condition).

Hair Color Trends for Brunettes


Tiger Eye


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An ancient stone worn for protection and confidence, Tiger Eye is known for it’s rich browns and golds.

It’s thought to have healing powers and can be a great color choice for clients who want to begin next year’s journey with courage, strength and willpower. Re-create this hair color with handpainted caramel highlights paired with a warm or dark chocolate base.



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A precious gemstone, Topaz can come in a variety of colors. From golden brown to reddish-copper, this color is known for it’s multi-dimensional reflects. Thought to promote self-realization and control, Topaz may be a great choice for clients looking to bring about these qualities in 2016. To re-create this hair color trend, select a mocha brown base and delicately weave copper fine accents through the mids and ends.

Caramel Bronde


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A balanced blend of blonde and brown, we’re no stranger to the highly requested “bronde hair color trend.” However, 2016 will be the year of Caramel Bronde. Picture light, caramel browns paired with neutral to golden highlights. Victoria’s Secret model, Gigi Hadid, is widely known for her beachy waves and bronde hair color.




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A striking combination of red and bronze tones “Ronde” is another color name mashup that’s bound to get many requests in 2016. This deep copper and warm brown hair color is best suited for warm to golden skin tones, like actress Emma Stone.

Sunkissed Auburn


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If you haven’t caught on yet, copper hair color is definitely having a moment in 2016!

Sunkissed Auburn is a delicate blend of soft copper red and gold.

Even celebrity, Lauren Conrad, has opted for sunkissed auburn, as she announced her new hair color on Instagram just a few weeks ago (which just so happens to match her hair stylist’s color, Kristen Ess). To achieve the “sunkissed look” opt for your favorite handpainting or balayage technique.

Rustic Copper


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Rustic copper is one of the metals considered to be a “healing metal,” and is both energizing and grounding. With it’s spicy, energetic gold hues, any client willing to go for this deep copper hair color will notice a spike in attention and overall energy. This color is best suited for skin tones with warm undertones.

Purple Dahlia


Image Credits: Instagram via @Guy_tang, Pinterest

Dahlia flowers grow in a vivid array of shapes and colors. From pre-dominantly red or fuchsia hues,

Purple Dahlia is a versatile, violet-red hair color.

Depending on your client’s preference or skin tone, it can be formulated to focus more purple or red.

Antique Rose


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We mentioned bright, bold fashion colors are going to take a backseat in 2016, but don’t count out all pastel colors.

Instead of ultra vivid colors that are quick-to-fade, expect more muted pastels. Think of dusty pinks and vintage washed blues that are soft and subtle.

One color in particular is Antique Rose – a mixture of soft copper and pink tones.

If you need more proof that pastels will be soft and subtle in 2016, check out Pantone’s colors of the Year: Serenity and Rose Quartz.



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A bluish-lavender color that can be interpreted to be more powder blue or lavender. Above are a few ways this color trend may unfold.

Rose Quartz


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A soft, muted powder pink. Rose Quartz is known as the “love stone,” and can be a beautiful color to attract romance into your client’s life. This light pink can be used as an all over color for your fashion-forward clients or a few streaks can be added to pique interest in your blondes.

2016 Hair Color Techniques

Shadow Root


Image Credits: Instagram via @Meredithabloom, Pinterest


Roots aren’t just for trees. Whether your’e creating a bright, fashion colored root (like this stunning purple) or just trying to ease the regrowth for your blonde clientele, shadow rooting is a great technique to add to your arsenal in 2016.



Image Credits: Via Instagram @HairAndMakeupBySteph, Pinterest


You read correctly. Contouring isn’t just the latest, greatest makeup trend, it’s also being requested by color clients. So, what is it exactly? It’s the next step up from face-framing highlights and is custom for each client. Contouring with hair color can be a great way to enhance or draw attention away from your client’s features.

Tip: Use darker tones to create shadows to narrow or shorten face shapes. Use lighter colors to elongate and illuminate certain areas of the face.

***Note: This is a compilation of trends our experts have spotted through our own salons, social media and celebrities. In order for our clients to get the most out of these articles, we provide a guide to formulating these beautiful 2016 Hair Color Trends with the color lines we offer: Organic Way (Oway) and Original & Mineral (O&M).***

2016 Hair Color Formula Guide

Download the FREE Color Formulation Guide!


Get tips, tricks and formulas!

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Fall 2015 Hair Color Trends Training for Hair Stylists

Fall Hair Color Trends Training

Looking for the latest fall hair color trends, tips and techniques? Let our Education Director, Rebecca Gregory, show you all the hair colors of the season in our latest webinar.

All looks are based on the inspiration from our 2015 Fall Hair Color Trends Guide.

Get our free Fall Formulation Guide Below!

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Winter + Fall 2015 Hair Color Trends Guide


Fall is officially here, and your salon will soon be hustling and bustling with clients eager to try new looks for the season. Luckily, this ultimate color trend guide will take the majority of the guessing out of your work, and allow you to focus on creating the most memorable experience for you and your clients! So, let’s jump right into these fall 2015 hair color trends.

Autumn Orchid Hair Color


One of our favorite fall 2015 hair color trends! This multidimensional purple and orange masterpiece incorporates vivid and artistic colors. You can intensify or mute these colors to suit different preferences. However, the contrast between the purple color and copper highlights is what makes the hair color so appealing. With a deep violet-red base, this intricate look has fall written all over it!

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Warm Espresso Hair Color


Dark espresso brown paired with warm caramel highlights is the perfect way to go darker for fall, without committing to an all over color. Strategically color melting your dark brown with warmer highlights will make for a soft, dimensional look that will keep the hair in healthier state for when you want to add more lightness in spring and summer.

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Chocolate Cherry Hair Color


Looking for a fall hair color idea for your brunette clientele? Chocolate cherry is a classic with glints of red hues intertwined with a warm brown base. This hair color trend comes together with the optimal balance of brown and reds and of course, is easily adjusted for whichever color your client wishes to enhance.

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Toffee Almond Hair Color


The balayage technique has been popular for quite a while now — and this fall, it is no different! Keeping a traditional approach, this method uses hand painting to gradually melt together warm brown hues with their lighter counterparts. Bonus: This gradual blend of natural looking colors makes upkeep a breeze. As with similar shades, Toffee Almonds works best with warmer skin tones.

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Butterscotch Bronde Hair Color


A prime blend of blonde and brown, Butterscotch Bronde is a great multifaceted hair color. Butterscotch bronde embraces the warmer tones of the bronde hair color trend, but is also uber versatile, so it can look great on all skin tones. You’ll find butterscotch bronde on the gorgeous hair of sun-kissed Victoria’s Secret Models like Gisele Bundchen. Who doesn’t love a little warm glow during the colder seasons?

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White Honey Blonde Hair Color


Not quite platinum. Not quite golden. White honey blonde is an amazing fall hair color choice for blondes who want a majority light look, but don’t want the harsh regrowth lighter haired clients experience in winter months. This creamy hair color is a delicate balance between shimmery taupe hues and white blonde.

Hair on left done by Morgan, Instagram @merrgg, right photo: Pinterest.

Arctic Blonde Hair Color


With celebrities still donning platinum blonde hair (Hello, Gwen Stefani!), this trend is not going anywhere any time soon! Arctic Blonde is for your edgy, fashion forward clients who don’t mind the maintenance. Bonus: Mix with a slight grey or purple tint to produce an effortless look that is even more suitable for the icy days of winter.

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Winter Plum Hair Color


Say hello to a shade that is running rampant this fall: Winter Plum. And, with a ton of different variants to play with, this trend is popular among a variety of skin tones and styles. Here, we see a darker shade of plum play up the dramatic side of purple. But let the creative colorist inside you run wild! These purple hues are easily balayaged into a violet ombre or deep burgundy hair color.

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Flaxen Blonde Hair Color Melt


Calling those who have a warm or neutral base and skin tone: A must-have for the fall season is this Flaxen Blonde look, which emits a beautiful golden warmth! The rich pigments will leave hair glowing and full of shine all winter long.

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Opal Hair Color Trend


Mother of pearl! The pastel hair color trend is forever evolving! These multifaceted looks consist of an array of colors that are seamlessly blended, which give off an opal effect. This technicolor hair trend will bring bold light to any client daring enough to try!

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Northern Lights Hair Color


Pastel hair color won’t stop at opal! Northern lights or the “oil slick hair color trend” is opal’s darker cousin. Done on hair with a darker base and blended into dazzling display of blues, purples and greens, this winter hair color trend is  sure to light up the dark winter skies.

Hair on left by: Jessica Gonzalez Instagram, @JessTheBesttColor, Right Photo: Pinterest

Spicy Strawberry Blonde Hair Color


Always a fall hair color classic, strawberry blonde is great idea for blondes looking to add a little spice to their life. The bright tones of this hair color are what make it so stunning — and very popular! The prime mixture of blonde strands, with a hints of red gives the appearance of strawberry hues. Plus, it’s extremely versatile – you could aim for a soft, natural strawberry blonde or go for gold with some stunning copper shades. Fall doesn’t have to mean going dark…Strawberry Blonde brings a bright side to the season.

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Snow Pink Hair Color



Snow Pink is powdery pastel shade that works well on cooler skin tones. This color softens up facial features and adds a whimsical aspect to the overall look. Plus, pale pink is such a fun color to play around with! 🙂

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Midnight Sapphire Hair Color


Dark blue hair color can be an electrifying fashion statement, which is why this look is so on trend. Midnight Sapphire is vibrant, but can be played down with a seamless blend of your favorite blue-black hair color we see arise every winter.

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Charcoal Grey Hair Color


Granny chic hair isn’t going anywhere! 50 Shades of grey would be putting it lightly, since every single form of grey and silver seems to be a winter or fall 2015 hair color trend. From dark, slate grey to shiny, silver strands, your fashion-forward clients can’t go wrong with grey this season!

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Note: We found all of these trendy looks on Pinterest, but do you know the Hair Stylist who created these beautiful colors?

If so, tag them in the comments for a proper credit!


The New Bohemians: Modern Boho Chic Hairstyles As Seen In American Salon


This month, we combined forces with American Salon Magazine to bring you a fresh, new take on popular bohemian hair trends.

Caution: Gorgeous boho braids and tousled waves ahead!


“The inspiration for this collection came when I was using the new oils in our Moroccan Organics line. The delicate scents of Rose and Macadamia had me reminiscing of the 70’s-inspired film, Hideous Kinky; where Kate Winslet and her daughters move from London to Morocco,” says Simply Organic Education Director, Rebecca Gregory.

“The softness and simplicity of Kate’s hair had me thinking,” Rebecca continues,

“Boho hair can be unstructured and messy without looking unhealthy or dry.”

Although these looks are inspired from the deserts of Morocco, oils are the hair’s oasis and ensure even the most textured styles are soft and shiny.

Armed with their favorite geometric and floral head scarfs, Rebecca Gregory and Simply Organic Creative Director, Jennifer Andrews headed to California to collaborate with American Salon photographer, Robert Lynden.

Together, they captured a stellar combination of sleek, modern styles, while evoking a little unkempt sexiness from decades past.

“We wanted our collection to embody that retro feel without losing sight of current hair trends. That’s why we chose in-demand hairstyles that are easily achievable for your everyday client,” says Andrews.

Below, the Simply Organic Team shares how you can re-create these boho chic styles at your salon.




Bold bangs are always a fall-favorite – now, try pairing them with ’70s-inspired waves and messy texture, and your client will be ready to go. Bonus points, if you add in a few crimped pieces or tiny braids.

The blonde model’s hair was spritzed in individual sections with Simply Organic Volume Spray and set with a large-barrel curling iron. Then the curls were softly brushed out to create a more carefree, tousled look.

The red-haired model’s entire head was crimped, while a few small, tight braids were added around the face, then released to add textural interest. Moroccan Organics Hair Spray set the look, while adding incredible shine.



Demand for braids is poised to skyrocket this season, as can be seen by the unprecedented rise of pop-up braid bars in major cities around the world. Counted among fall’s hottest hair trends is the fishtail braid.

Styling Tip: The tighter you weave your strands, the more controlled your braid will appear. To create a messier braid, gently pull the braid’s right and left side away from each other.

This look was locked in with Moroccan Organics Hairspray and Argan Oil for lustrous shine.



Help your clients take advantage of autumn’s weather with sleek strands and soft waves that last all day.

The red-haired model’s look was created with Simply Organic’s Bangs & Ends Cream and Moroccan Organics Rose Oil for shape and sheen.

The brunette’s soft, romantic waves were created with hot rollers and brushed out before being paired with an iconic middle-part. Moroccan Organics’ Argan Oil was worked into the hair from nape to crown, adding a bit of backcombing for some lift. A mist of Moroccan Organics’ Hairspray kept the look in place.



2015 Hair Color Trends Guide


These are the hottest hair color trends of 2015, so get your Pinterest finger ready!

Babylights Hair Color Trend

Move over, ombre! There’s a new hair color trend in town, and it goes by the name “babylights.”


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Babylights are reminiscent of the soft, sunkissed strands that graced your hair as a child. To achieve this look, pair finely woven highlights with handpainted pieces for a dimensional, yet subtle glow around the face and ends.

As the name may infer, Babylights have the ability to add a hint of youth to your client’s overall appearance.“Never doubt the power of a few face framing highlights.” [Click to Tweet this quote] Babylights are particularly low maintenance, and can be done on all hair types, making it a great choice for almost anyone who sits in your chair.

The key with this hair color trend is to find the delicate balance between placement and natural color graduation. Unlike your ombré technique, bold and high contrasting root to end colors with lines of demarcation are not the goal.

We recommend microhighlighting in small sections where you need control (face + crown), and using your baylayage technique through the mids and ends to keep the final look as natural looking as possible.

PRO TIP: Be sure your lighter pieces aren’t lifted too high – a safe rule of the thumb is to make your highlights about 2 shades lighter than your base color.

Color of the Year: Marsala


According to Pantone, an expert color company, 2015’s Color of the Year is Marsala – a robust and earthy wine red. Elegant and multifaceted, Marsala can act as a bold statement color or complementary tone for many of your browns and reds.

Let’s explore how this trend could manifest itself in hair color:

Aubergine Hair Color


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Aubergine appears on the very violet spectrum of your wine reds. Its deep plum and dark red hues resemble that of a young, full-bodied wine.

This hair color trend is extremely versatile and can look great on all skin tones. For cooler complexions, focus on your purple, eggplant hues; for warmer skin tones, add a few brownish-red colors to ensure skin does not appear yellow or sallow.

“I love formulating this hair color for my darker leveled clients,” says Simply Organic Beauty’s Technical Director, Rebecca Gregory, “Aubergine is the perfect complementary color for cool or neutral brunettes living at levels 4 and below.”

Merlot Hair Color

Much like the wine, Merlot is a rich red color with subtle hints of cherry and cocoa.


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This vibrant shade contains equal parts violet and red, and much like Aubergine, can be easily modified to suit all skin tones.

In 2015, you’ll find requests for all over colors to be a rarity – most everyone is looking for a little pop or dimension. That being said, Merlot is the perfect color pairing for brown-based reds, and can be used as a deep lowlight or in slices to create beautifully dimensional redheads, which are also on very on trend.

Rose Gold Tones


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Rose gold isn’t just for blondes, though lightening powder is usually required!

These gorgeous pinkish copper tones can be accomplished on almost all hair colors. However, in order to achieve this highly sought after hair color trend, you will need to pre-lighten or begin depositing on levels 8 and higher.

PRO TIP: For longer lasting rose gold hues, try using the gold-yellow pigment present after lifting hair to a level 8 or 9. By not lifting past a level 9, pH and protein levels stay in tact, allowing for a longer lasting color service.

Rich Brunettes with Caramel Highlights

It’s a classic, but a rich chocolate brown hair color with caramel highlights is a great choice for brunette clients who crave dimension without commitment.


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PRO TIP: If you’re looking for a beautiful brown base color to pair with caramel highlights, look to your mochas and neutrals. Too cool of browns can cause your hair color to appear dull and flat.

However, don’t be afraid to mix caramel tones in with your soft, beige blondes for an ultra sophisticated look.


Soft Copper & Gold Accents


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Copper hues are trending for all almost hair colors this season.

Whether you’re formulating for apricot blondes, spicy reds, or dimensional brunettes, copper tones are the perfect partner for hair colors with a golden hue. This hair color trend is best suited for netural to warm complexions with gold, peach or yellow undertones.

Silver Fox


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Remember when clients just wanted to cover greys? For Hair Stylists and clients alike, pesky silver strands were once considered enemy number one.

However, in 2015, showing off silver hair will be anything but unacceptable for clients of all ages.

Master Colorist, Sarah Whitesell says, “I’ve seen more of my mature clients being taken from all over grey coverage to actually letting their beautiful silvers and greys show by complimenting them with sandy blondes tones to create natural, soft dimension.”

Blending silvers with blonde is a striking combination, but never doubt the beauty of a front-facing silver streak paired with a dark brown base.

PRO TIP: Depending on your percentage and type of naturally silver hair, texture can be wiry and unruly. Be sure to conduct a Wet Stretch Test prior to your color application, as a moisturizing treatment might be needed to soften the cuticle.

On one of the end spectrum, silver can be used subtly to create an overall natural look, but to adapt this color for your edgier clients, look to your blue-based colors to achieve an all over fashion color.


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PRO TIP: For an all over application, you’ll need to pre-lighten the hair to a very pale yellow (so keep those protein treatments handy)!

Gray Hair Color Trend


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Quite possibly the perfect color accessory for Silver Fox, dark grey and charcoal hair colors will continue to trend upward this season.

Your hair color formulas can be tweaked to reveal cooler, slate-like hues or warmer, beige greys – all are on trend. In fact, we recommend baylayaging a few different types of grey and silver to create a highly dimensional fashion hair color.

If you’re looking to create a grey look for your mature clients, look for predominantly warmer tones, since they are more naturally occurring than blue-greys, and natural grey hair lacks gold pigment.

Platinum Princess

Last year, platinum blonde was one of the most popular hair color trends with celebrities like Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence opting to join the light side.


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As a salon professional, you know bold hair color trends sported by celebrities will trickle their way into the salon, eventually. On that note, we predict 2015 hair color trends will continue to see a rise in platinum blondes locks for those that weren’t quite ready in previous years.

PRO TIP: While platinum blonde in the 90’s was distinguished by golden undertones (we’re looking at you, Justin Timberlake), 2015’s platinum is more modern and chic. Be sure to to lift the hair to a very pale yellow and cancel warm tones accordingly.

This is a great opportunity to introduce clients to a much needed silver shampoo!

Metallic Pastels

In recent years, we’ve seen a rise in demand for fun and flirty pastel hair colors like bubblegum pink and lavender. But just like any hair trend, styles evolve and it’s our job as stylists to stay updated.


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Expect matte pastels to take on a lustrous life of their own with a new focus on shiny, metallic finishes. For strands to reflect these shimmery tones, hair must be kept as healthy as possible. Since nearly all pastel hair colors require a lifting process, protein and moisture treatments will be a necessary component of this trend.

PRO TIP: For added sheen, be sure to experiment with your gold and silver additives.

Did we miss any 2015 hair color trends? If so, share below!

Disclaimer: This is just a report of the latest hair color trends. Simply Organic does not take credit for any of the above images. Do you know the Hair Stylist who created any of the gorgeous looks above? Let us know in the comments so we can credit them!