Who else has gotten into the Autumn spirit this year? Whether it's the spectacular foliage, pumpkin spice lattes, giving thanks for those still with us, or honoring those who have passed on the Day of the Dead, the fall months make for a magical season. They also come with a unique color palette that affects everything from your nails to your food (butternut squash soup, anyone?). If you want to celebrate the new season with a new hair color, these are the 12 trendiest hues of fall 2022.
The Best Fall Hair Colors
Autumn has something for everyone. From dark hair to pale tresses, there's a style and color for every hair type this fall season. Here are some of our favorites.
1. Toasted Caramel
Got curly brown hair? Try toasted caramel highlights to soften your look while giving your locks added dimension. If you have darker hair or even deep black hair, you can still pull off this color contrast by going espresso with caramel.
Bronde (halfway between brunette or chestnut and blonde) is nothing new, but it has a timeless quality to it that will continue to be on trend for brown and dark hair. For women with dark brown hair, this color choice gives you luminosity and vibrancy, while blonde shades can be toned down and softened. It's the ideal fall look for women with medium-length or long hair.
3. Amber Balayage
Brunettes will love a heavy balayage with amber tones this season. Balayage is a French word that means “to sweep,” and is a technique that involves highlights being hand-painted or “swept” on the surface of random sections of hair. This gives your hair a sun-kissed glow that feels more natural. It can be applied throughout your strands or partially, just around the face or upper strands. We love this look for natural brunettes and for short hair.
4. Spiced Cider
One of the best fall hair colors around is spiced blonde, a lovely combination of copper and golden tones. It can work for you if your natural hair color is dark or light, as it accentuates that natural color while giving your locks a fun and warm glow. For 2022, we like a similar look, spiced cider, which is a mix of cinnamon, copper, and blonde highlights. Not only is this a nod to an all-time favorite fall drink (spiked or not), but it's got those lovely gingery, golden honey hues. It's a beautiful complement to dark skin tones.
5. Chocolate Brown
As indulgent as its name implies, this shade is all about giving your hair a luxurious look with notes of caramel, auburn, and dark brown. It works on all styles and skin tones, and looks good enough to eat. If you're not ready to give full ginger a try but are red hair-curious, try a cherry chocolate hue instead for a versatile twist to the classic brunette. Plus, the play of light on your hair is just fun. And if you want to try a Mexican Chocolate twist, add some cinnamon highlights.
6. Ginger Spice
Embrace the Autumn shades of red with a bright, coppery ginger hue that can make for a fun day out picking pumpkins or a show-stopping first date. Ginger has been on trend all year long, but it really comes into its own with the change of the season. If you have fair skin, opt for a ginger shade with cooler undertones.
7. Ash Blonde
Give your blonde mane a cool twist with these dramatic undertones of gray and white. It's not quite the stark silver of a Targaryen, but it's got some Targaryen vibes. We love this blonde hair color for a statement look that welcomes the cooler months with style.
8. Highlighted Curls
Curly hair? Own your curls with highlights. The trick here is to hand-paint the curls you want in the style and hues you want. You can go light and bright for a more arresting look or choose cozy and warm tones with auburn, cinnamon, or caramel hues. Either way, this promises to be one of the trendiest fall hair colors for curls.
9. Go for Gold
The classic fall color is back this season. The perfect shade for transitioning between the summer months and the coming winter, this hue is all about warmth and glow. Just as the leaves turn a muted gold in Autumn and leave us holding our breath, you'll be sure to turn heads with this these highlights. For added depth, consider lowlights as well.
10: Pumpkin Spice
Could we even get through this list without pumpkin spice hair? Of course not. This mix of copper, auburn, and ginger hues is fall-ready. If Khloé Kardashian can rock this look in 2022, so can you.
How to Care for Colored Hair
We love color-treated hair, but we also love taking care of it the right way long after your salon appointment. Using the right shampoo, conditioner, and styling cream is key not only to keeping your color for longer, but also for maintaining your hair health. Lu's Rescue Collection was custom-formulated to recover dry or damaged hair from the effects of chemical dyes, hot styling tools, and the environment. Powered by Shatavari-infused glycerin, it has proven to revive hair visibly and naturally. Lu comes to the rescue when you need it, so you can fall for the fall colors you love!