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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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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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Fall/Winter 2013 Hair Color and Style Lookbook

Fall 2013 Hair Trends

Fall 2013 Hair Trends, Hair Colors, and Hairstyles – what’s next?

Fall is in the ‘hair’!

It’s time to trade in beach towels for boots, lemonades for lattes, and most importantly, summer tangles for fall tresses!

As beauty enthusiasts and salon industry professionals, we have compiled this complete Fall/Winter 2013 Hair Lookbook for you to share with your clients and colleagues.

Fall 2013 Hair Color Trends
Fall 2013 Hair Color #1: Plum Browns!
Winter 2013 Hair Trends

We predict this will be one of the hottest hair color trends of the Fall and Winter season!

Plum browns, with their gorgeous violet and red undertones, are a great option for your brunette clients who are looking for an edgy, yet professional look. This type of brown is highly customizable, allowing you to use more violet or more red, depending on your client’s desired result.

Celebrities who have successfully pulled off a shade of plum brown are Lana Del Ray and Kelly Osbourne.


Fall 2013 Hair Color #2: Cherry Cola Brown!
Fall 2013 Hair Trends

With the colder months upon us, try warming up your clients hair with our FR series and Violet and Red Concentrates to achieve this beautiful Cherry Cola Red hair!

The queen of cherry cola hair color is Cheryl Cole (pictured left)! Her olive skin tone paired with this reddish brown hair color is perfect for fall, and is a great model to suggest to your dark hair colored clients looking to add some spice to their hair color!

However, this color is so versatile, feel free to suggest it to your fair-skinned clients, as well!

Fall 2013 Hair Color #3: Copper Reds!
Fall 2013 Hair Trends

2013 has definitely been the year of the redhead, and this classic color trend doesn’t show any signs of slowing down!

If your client’s aren’t looking for a deep fiery red, try suggesting the cinnamon strands of the copper red family!

Copper red hair color is a perfect choice for your fair-skinned clients who may be weighed down with too dark of a red. To achieve a beautifully dimensional copper color, try mixing XBO (Xtra bright orange) for a pop of color with our CR series!

P.S. Our Hairmonics developer is perfect for exposing more warmth, and will give long, lasting results to the “color that is the fasted to fade.”

Fall 2013 Hair Color #4: Butter Blondes!
Fall 2013 Hair Trends

While fall and winter usually entails most clients opting for darker shades, you will always have those clients who will stay blonde!

This hair color trend is optimal for those clients who love to rock a light blonde year round!

Butter blondes are characterized by their platinum blonde highlights, accentuated with golden yellow pieces. While the upkeep may be a bit more demanding during winter, this is still a very trendy option for those blonde bombshells who love to “light” up a room!

Fall 2013 Hair Color #5: Bronde (Blonde + Brown)!
Fall 2013 Hair Trends


Also known as the perfect combination of brown and blonde hues, bronde is perfect for darker haired clients who want to try out a lighter color, or for those typically blonde clients who desire a darker shade of blonde.

Bronde hair color can take many forms and can have ashy or golden undertones. The best way to achieve the bronde hair color for your clients is to stay lighter through the face and ends with well-blended highlights, creating a subtle ombre look.

Fall 2013 Hair Color #6: Honey Blondes!
Fall 2013 Hair Trends

The perfect middle ground between a butter blonde and a bronde hair color is honey blonde!

Honey blonde hair color was first popularizd by Jennifer Aniston in the mid 2000s and is definitely making another comeback!

Honey blonde hair color is characterized by predominantly warm hues, paired with well-placed, toned highlights. As a cousin of the bronde hair color trend, this look is best achieved with your ombre/balayage technique.

Fall 2013 Hair Color #7: Chocolate Caramel!
Fall 2013 Hair Trends

Perfect for your naturally dark leveled clients, chocolate brown paired with warm copper highlights through the mid shaft and ends is a gorgeous fall hair color.

Consider doing a full head of micro-highlights or a well-blended ombre to achieve this delectable fall beauty. These techniques will also maximize their color service, as regrowth tends to stay darker through the winter months with less sun.

Celebrities that pull this fall hair color off flawlessly are: Jessica Alba, Mila Kunis, and Megan Fox.

Fall 2013 Hair Color #8: Neutral Browns!
Fall 2013 Hair Trends

To really bring hair back to life after a summer of sun and heat, is a dark, rich neutral brown hair color!

No need to add any highlights for this one, this sleek and sexy hair color will draw from summer’s lighter pieces to create a shiny, multidimensional look.

This hair color is perfect for those clients desiring to go darker in fall, and don’t necessarily want warm/copper hues.

Celebs that wear this hair trend perfectly are Jessica Biel and Adriana Lima!

Fall 2013 Hairstyles
Fall 2013 Hair Style #1: Loose Waves
Fall 2013 Hair Trends

We’re not talking beach waves, ladies!

Loose, polished waves are in!

Fall and winter is a time to let your hair shine and not embrace the frizz! Smooth, loose waves can come in all shapes and sizes, and can be worn casually with knitted hats or at formal fall events.

Fall 2013 Hair Style #2: Texturized bobs!
Fall 2013 Haircuts

Although fall is perfect long hair weather, not everyone will opt to keep their locks long.

In come the texturized bobs!

This adorable fall haircut is low maintenance and is complemented by your fall ombre color palette.

Celebs that know how to rock the messy bob are Ashley Greene, Jennifer Lawrence, and ScarJo!

Fall 2013 Hair Style #3: Sleek and Straight!
Fall 2013 Hairstyles

Kiss the hot steamy, humid months of summer goodbye!

Fall and winter are the perfect months to wear sleek, straight hair that lasts all day and radiates shine and health!

Style your clients with an awesome blow dry cream, and send them home with a moisturizing oil to lock in this fall style!

P.S. For a super sophisticated look, pair those polished strands with a deep side or middle part!

Fall 2013 Hair Style #4: Break out the bangs!
Fall 2013 Hairstyles

Whether they’re straight across or to the side, bangs are always a great addition to any fall or winter style!

Depending on your client’s features and preferences, be sure to recommend the right type of fringe! Wispy or bold bangs can be the difference between a cut that your client loves or hates!

Fall 2013 Hair Style #5: Braids!
Fall 2013 Hairstyles

Fall is the season for perfect waterfall braids or even a fishtail!

Braided styles that are able to be worn with long (or short) hair will be much sought after this fall!

We hope you found our Fall/Winter 2013 hair trend lookbook to be both informative and inspiring! Are there any popular hair trends for fall that we missed? SHARE!


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