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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


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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


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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


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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.



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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

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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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As Seen at the Golden Globes

At this year’s Golden Globes Awards the french twist brought sophistication and elegance to the long gowns.  Eva Longoria, Carrie Underwood, and Natalie Portman’s locks were all styled to perfection.  A classic updo hairstyle, it’s nice to see they never go out of style and it is still the standard for polished styles and Hollywood glamour.

Blunt bangs were spotted on Glee’s Amber Riley, Sandra Bullock and Tron’s Olivia Wilde.  As predicted last week, heavy bangs will definitely be on trend for 2011. Continue reading…

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