The 50 Best Hair Color Trends for 2019
TREND: Copper Hair Red, coppery tones are going to make a strong statement in 2019, says Matrix celebrity hairstylist George Papanikolas.
"The key to achieving the most natural red hair is sticking to the copper/copper-gold family," he says. "Any highlights should also stay on tone and in the warm family to accent and complement the copper base."
TREND: Rich Mocha Highlights Papanikolas predicts that brunettes will lean toward a rich brown, glassy base with shades of mocha woven throughout. He recommends maintaining a more natural look by making sure your highlights are within four shades of the base color.
TREND: "Natural" Hair This year, it's all about looking naturalish, says Papanikolas. "A return to natural color is on the outlook, but when I say natural, don't mean, you know, natural!" he says. "I'm talking about a more seamless blend of hair color."
TREND: Shadow Roots Whether you choose a deeper tone to dye your roots or simply stick with your natural color, your stylist can add warm highlights to bring your hair into the new year. They may cascade down in bouncy curls, or frame your face if you style it straight. Either way, this is bound to show up among blondes, brunettes, and redheads alike, says Edward Blum, founder and owner of Makeovers Salon + Spa.
TREND: Lilac Hair While rose gold had a major moment in 2018, trend forecasters think the new "it girl" hair color is lilac. The pastel purple shade, like this one from stylists Melody and Michael Lowenstein at Ross Michaels Salon, is what they call "when vintage meets modern." If you need even more encouragement, people can't stop searching and pinning the pastel shade on Pinterest.yer
TREND: Cold Brew Hair Another way to boost your brunette hair is to follow one of the many coffee-tone trends. According to Blum, cold brew is when light undertones are carefully placed in the mid- and lower sections of the hair.
TREND: Sombré Hair In the past, ombré hairstyles have been anything but subtle. But according to Rick Wellman, hue director at Marc Harris Salon, the color is going to be even more soft and blended. "It is low maintenance and promotes a natural-looking feel," he says. "It's commercial, glamorous, flattering, and wears well."
TREND: Milk Chocolate Hair Wellman says brunettes will be far from boring in 2019. Various shades of blended milk chocolate, similar to Taylor Hill's hair, are starting to pop up for the upcoming year. Think of a lighter brown with similar shades woven throughout for a seamless (but bold) overall effect.
TREND: Living Coral Hair Stylist Katie Reid is ready to bring Pantone's Color of the Year to your hair. Her iteration of "Living Coral" shown here, is a shade that works for all skin tones and works in medium blonde or lighter hair.
TREND: Vibrant Reds Natural redheads and those looking for a bold change will punch up the intensity of their color, says Wellman. "We will see very vibrant reds in many shades for 2019 displayed in a dimensional effect to actually give a natural yet very eye-catching effect," he says, crediting celebrities like Julianne Moore and Amy Adams with the trend.
TREND: Mahogany Brown and Gold Warm up your face with carefully positioned highlights, just like Miranda Kerr. "Mahogany browns with 24-carat gold delicately placed around the face is a technique to contour the best facial features and give light to those darker winter days," says Blum.
TREND: Honey Hair As more and more celebs continue to go blonde, Saoirse Ronan's honey hued hair is the perfect transition from season to season. "You will see multi-dimensional, honey-toned and buttery blondes as opposed to the stark bleached out blondes of 2018," says Giselle, a hairstylist at Pierre Michel Salon.
TREND: Gray Hair One of Pinterest's trending terms for 2019 is "going gray." If you're thinking about letting nature run its course, now's the time — women are actually dyeing their hair gray. Like with platinum blonde hair, be sure to eliminate any brass or yellow tones by using a purple shampoo like Clairol Shimmer Lights a few times a week.
TREND: Soft Jade "New pastels will be huge," Reid says. If you're blonde and feeling daring but noncommittal, Reid recommends using a demi-permanent color that will last up to 24 washes.
TREND: Espresso Hair If you've always wanted to go dark with your hair, now's the time. "Brown hair colors will be more woodsy, ranging from chocolate to espresso," says Giselle. If you're stressed about the dullness of your hair, ask your colorist to apply a color gloss — or use one like John Frieda Color Refreshing Gloss at home — for added shine.
BLONDE: Cool Ash Hair Just a hair deeper than grey, this ash blonde on Jane Fonda is an incredible option if you're not yet ready to embrace fully silver strands.
BLONDE: Beige Hair There's little variation in this soft, light shade of blonde, which is what makes it so special. It has an even more dramatic effect if it closely resembles your skin tone, like you see here with Nicole Kidman.
BLONDE: Margarine Hair With so many platinum blondes trying to keep their hair cool-toned, it's refreshing to see a yellowy blonde that looks so fabulous. The key to Claire Danes's shade: It's buttery, not brassy. Keep your color happy with Winsome & Wisdom #BlondeMoment Shampoo.
BLONDE: Balayage & Babylights Hair Los Angeles colorist Chrissie Plisky blends two highlighting techniques — balayage and babylights — for bright, beautiful dimension, similar to Jennifer Aniston's hair. She also adds a rooty look so her clients "can wear it longer without having to get it touched up as often."
BLONDE: Ashy Blonde Call it whatever you'd like, but Meryl Streep's blondish-gray hybrid hair color is out of this world. Grounded by darker roots, this modern look is goals incarnate.
BLONDE: Lightly Toasted Hair Charlize Theron has struck a perfect balance with this polished-yet-natural-looking shade of blonde: It's rich and warm without being brassy, light without washing out her skin, and dimensional without looking overly highlighted.
BLONDE: Dainty Babylights Hair These delicate highlights hit the hair scene in 2015, and they've since gone mainstream in 2019. "These are similar to balayage and ombre techniques, but more subtle shades of blonde are placed in the hair to create soft, natural look," says Johnathan Breitung, owner of Johnathan Breitung Salon and Luxury Spa in Chicago.
BLONDE: Nude Hair Nude hair is about balance. "There's an even amount of both warm and cool tones, which cancel each other out to create a neutral color," explains Meri Kate O'Connor, senior colorist and educator at Eva Scrivo Salons in New York City. Bonus: They're very flattering on all skin tones. "Neutral colors are trendy because they're so easy to wear," says O'Connor.
BLONDE: Snowlights Hair With "snowlight" highlights, shimmering pieces of pale blonde scatter across the top of the head like — you guessed it — snow. Try this to get a sparkling lift for your fall hair color, then use Khlorane Sun Lightening Spray with Chamomile and Honey to bring out the highlights.
BLONDE: Strobed Hair Strobing, the popular makeup technique that highlights where the light would naturally hit, has recently become popular in the hair realm, as well. "Hair strobing is an individualized highlighting that is specific to one's hair color, face shape, and skin tone," explains Daniel Moon, an LA-based celebrity stylist. If you want hair that makes you positively glow, ask your stylist to customize your highlights to your specific features.
BLONDE: Multifaceted Platinum Hair If you're bored of solid platinum, this type of blonde is perfect for you. "Multifaceted blonde is a new, fun take on platinum blonde hair," explains Breitung. "When you look at someone with multifaceted blonde hair in different lightings or from different angles, you see a beautiful mix of colors, almost like an opal shell."
BRUNETTE: Dark Chocolate Hair Meghan Markle makes a case for deep chocolatey hair that never goes out of style. At first glance her strands seem to be all one shade, but look closer and you'll notice some caramel highlights emphasizing her waves.
BRUNETTE: Pops of Gold Hair Keep your fall months warm by adding gold tones to your hair, a method that's ideal for those with darker complexions. “Warm tones with golden highlights are best,” says Kattia Solano, a hairstylist and found of Butterfly Studio Salon. "However, be sure to stay away from too much warmth or red tones, as you don’t want to wash out the skin’s natural glow.”