Better Than Pumpkin Spice: 5 Hair Color Updates for Fall 

Better Than Pumpkin Spice: 5 Hair Color Updates for Fall 

To be clear, we’re not here to hate on pumpkin. We love pumpkin—in our lattes, on our doorsteps, and particularly when it’s been turned into pie. But if the inability to turn around without discovering yet another pumpkin-spiced product has left you craving other autumnal hues, fear not: we’re offering an alternative. Ahead, five color updates that don’t remind you of the “Seasonal Decor” aisle at Target. You’re welcome.

If you rocked blonde balayage this summer, try: BRONDE

You know the color, even if you didn’t have a name for it: not quite blonde, not quite brunette, but something stylishly in between. The past two years have seen this dimensional golden hue popping up everywhere from your #HairInspo Pinterest boards to the heads of celebrities including Elizabeth Olson, Emily Blunt, and Chrissy Teigen. If you spent summer rocking the low-maintenance blonde afforded by ombré or balayage, making the change can be as easy as adding a few strategic lowlights. It adds the perfect touch of autumnal richness to blonde—and will pair perfectly with your cable knits and flannel for months to come.

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If you’re eager to update your brunette, try: DEEP AUBURN

Going full red is a big commitment—especially because the shade is notoriously difficult to maintain. Instead, opt for a subtle change that subtly warms up your look without requiring a major color renovation. Depending on how dark your hair is currently, your stylist could even achieve the desired effect with a simple color gloss (which tends to be less damaging than most color treatments). It’s worth noting that shades of auburn are especially flattering for those with olive tones in their skin—but as Emma Stone so beautifully illustrates, that’s by no means a requirement. ...

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If you’re a buttery blonde, go: PLATINUM

Going platinum is commonly thought of as falling squarely in the “extreme” realm of beauty decisions. And while this assessment is fair for many reasons—the upkeep perhaps chief among them—the shade’s versatility and chic factor can make a change well worth it. This cool-toned blonde is chilly weather’s perfect match (just think of the head-to-toe winter white possibilities!), and doesn’t require you to surrender your identity as a blonde. The only downside? This color is best reserved for those with virgin (or minimally processed) hair. If your hair is no stranger to color, ask your colorist if a few icy highlights might be a safer option.

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If you’re a brunette who will miss summer’s sun-kissed color, try: FACE-FRAMING HIGHLIGHTS

If you were lucky enough to log plentiful outdoor time during the warmer months, you probably have some lingering natural highlights to show for it. Trying to maintain them in full may not be seasonally appropriate, but you can hold onto the overall vibe with a few well-placed streaks of caramel or gold. Ask your colorist for a balayage application or a shade not too far from your natural hair color to ensure the highlights grow out naturally as the season progresses—then enjoy the holidays in style.

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If you’re a redhead, try: ROSE GOLD

From jewelry to electronics to makeup, it seems everything’s coming up rose gold these days. Even one of Pantone’s colors of the year—Rose Quartz—is a not-so-distant cousin. Its appeal is evident and undeniable: it feels equal parts comforting and creative, warm and unexpected. And nowhere is this more applicable than when the shade is translated into hair color. Fittingly, you can take this shade as far as you want, with variations ranging from almost natural to electrically noticeable.

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Whatever your pick, make sure you’re using the products that will help your color maintain its vibrance throughout the winter and into the Santa Monica spring. We recommend stopping by Séchoir to grab the necessary goods from Aveda’s Color Conserve line—it makes all the difference.