hair color trends These 22 Hair Color Trends Will Spice Up Your Mane All Through 2022

Plus, our best at-home hair dyes to help you get the look.

March 11, 2022
Popular Hair Color Trends Guide


If you’re seeking a mane makeover, there are plenty of hair color trends that can make your natural hue yesterday’s news. From expensive blonde to caramel balayage highlights, all the on-trend hues will add pizzazz to your mane and won’t disappoint. However, finding the ideal hair color isn’t so black and white since you’ll need to consider which shade will look best with your skin tone and facial features.  

Fortunately, we can help out before you end up down a Google rabbit hole. If you’re a blonde baddie, foxy redhead or bubbly brunette ready to spice things up, keep scrolling for 22 best hair colors to try in 2022.

1. Expensive Brunette

By now you've probably seen this ultra-lavish hair color everywhere — from red carpets to beloved TV shows to your social media feeds. So, it shouldn't be a surprise that it tops our list of the biggest hair color trends of the year. 

According to Jonathan Colombini, L’Oréal Paris Creative Director of Style and Color, expensive brunette "refers to achieving natural and low maintenance, yet expensive-looking brown hair." Think: A rich, brown hue featuring a blend of subtle highlights and lowlights with a glossy finish. 

We recommend booking an appointment at the salon to get the perfect brown color all across your mane. 

2. Expensive Blonde

Hot off the heels of expensive brunette, expensive blonde is also taking the beauty world by storm. Like its brown counterpart, this lighter hair color is all about adding dimension and shine to create a luminous, warm blonde hue. If you want to get in on the trend, ask your hairstylist to give you a deeper hair color with subtle highlights.


3. Strawberry Blonde

You don’t need to decide between red and blonde hair since strawberry blonde hair makes the choice oh-so-easy. This stunning hair color combines hints of blonde, red, pink and gold for the ultimate warm shade. Get the look with the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Light Reddish Blonde.

4. Blonde Money Piece

In case you haven’t heard, the ’90s are back — and along with it are money pieces. This look is all about hand-painting face-framing highlights from the roots to the ends of your hair to brighten up your beauty look. All you have to do is select a hue that’s two to three shades lighter than your hair color to score contrast and dimension. 

5. Platinum Blonde

We’re calling it: Platinum blonde hair will continue to reign supreme in the hair color world. This metal-inspired shade has become a hit with celebrities and TikTokers alike, so expect to see more of it this year. You can keep platinum blonde hair extremely well-maintained by booking regular appointments with your colorist, or let it grow out to show a little root action — both are fashionably acceptable right now.

If you have dark hair and want to get the look at home, you’re going to need to bleach your mane first. Use the L'Oréal Paris Féria Platinum Bounce Bond Care Lightening System to get a multi-faceted shimmering shade.

6. Icy Blonde

This light, cool-toned hue will also remain a popular favorite this year. From blonde highlights to dimensional balayage, there are a plethora of ways to make icy blonde hair color your own. Whichever you choose, you can’t go wrong. 

7. Silver Blonde 

Similar to icy blonde, silver blonde hair is an edgy take on the platinum trend that offers a cool-toned, holographic hue that’s flattering on just about every skin tone. It has a beautiful balance of brightness and depth, and is incredibly flattering on every skin tone. Try it out with the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Soft Silver Blonde.

8. Espresso 

If you love the idea of sharing your obsession for coffee with your mane, espresso hair is a no-brainer. This coffee-colored hue combines notes of brown and black to create a cool-toned masterpiece. Reach for the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Cool Darkest Brown to try the color.

9. Jet Black 

There’s no better way to score an intense, dark hair color than with jet black hair. This versatile hue pairs well with darker skin tones — but if you have paler skin and are looking to really make a statement, it can look equally as stunning. Dye your hair at home with the L’Oréal Paris Féria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Hair Color in Bright Black.

10. Ash Brown 

If you’re a brunette looking for a way to add dimension to your strands, ash brown hair is a solid choice. This hue features a combination of brown and gray shades to create the ultimate cool-toned look. 

Our best picks for achieving this hue are the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Medium Ash Brown or the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Triple Protection Hair Color in Mocha Ash Brown.

11. Rose Gold 

Pastel hair hues aren’t going away either. Rose gold hair features a super-light base with pastel pink that’s sure to turn heads. Not to mention, it’s also a smart pick for those who want to rock a tint of color without looking over the top. If you're not ready to commit, give the L'Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in SoftPink a try.

12. Dulce De Leche

Gone are the days of going fully blonde to lighten up your locks. Dulce de leche hair allows you to rock a warm-toned brown base with caramel blonde balayage highlights throughout to create stunning dimension. We also dig that it’s customizable based on your desired hues.

13. Chocolate Mauve

The chocolate mauve hair color combines subtle pink and brown tones to create a rosy-toned brunette ‘do. It’s perfect for beauty lovers that are looking to spice up their strands without the dramatics. Grab the L'Oréal Paris Féria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Color in Dusty Mauve to get the look.

14. Pumpkin Spice

It doesn’t need to be autumn to rock this coffee-inspired hair color. This trendy hue features a warm brown hair color with red and copper undertones that emulate fall leaves. You can also customize the pumpkin spice shade to flatter your skin tone. 

Get the look with the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Lightest Auburn

15. Jewel Tones

If you want a gem of a hair color, look no further than jeweled-toned hair. Think: Quartz pink, sapphire blue and purple amethyst. You can achieve this one-of-a-kind trend with the wide array of colors in the L'Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color collection. 

16. Golden Copper

Golden copper hair has never been hotter — and it’s no wonder why. This rusty, deep shade can be customized with varying notes of red, copper, bright orange and terracotta to bring the dimensional color to life. Start your red hair journey with the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Triple Protection Hair Color in Medium Reddish Blonde.

17. Auburn

Bring your hair color to life with a vibrant, rich auburn shade. This red-brown color is versatile and incredibly flattering on various skin tones. To DIY the shade, reach for the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Medium Auburn Brown.


18. Mushroom Brown

Mushroom brown hair made its debut years ago, but it’s still going strong. This cool-toned, ash brown color is gorgeous and involves several subtle shades of brown and gray to create a multi-dimensional hue. Best part of all, there’s a version of the earthy hue for blonde tresses, too.

Just be sure to visit the L’Oréal Paris Hair Color Concierge to consult with an expert colorist for your perfect shade, to learn hair coloring tips and more. 


19. Champagne Blonde

If you want to stay true to your blonde hue while adding a subtle twist into the mix, champagne blonde hair will suit your fancy. Inspired by one of our favorite bubbly drinks, this hair color features cool tones for a refreshing take on blonde hair that flatters just about everyone. 

Get the look using L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Champagne Blonde.


20. Baby Blonde

For those who love to flaunt classic hair hues, baby blonde hair is a fashionable way to stay true to your style. This shade is a super-light hue that’s almost platinum with a touch of warmth throughout that adds dimension into the mix.

Want to give the color a go? The L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Lightest Natural Blonde is a great at-home option. 


21. Bronde 

Bronde is, you guessed it, a mix between blonde and brown hair. It’s a happy medium for anyone who can’t decide on the two shades. Plus, the versatile color looks super stunning on every skin tone. Speak to your colorist for the perfect shade suited for you. 


22. Chocolate Cherry Red

A chocolate cherry red hair color is the perfect way to rock a red mane without committing to a fire-engine shade. This hue has a deep, cherry red base complemented by rich chocolate hues blended throughout your mane. Try it out with the L’Oréal Paris Féria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Color in Deep Burgundy.

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Edited by: Sophie Dweck, Photo Credit: Megan Palacios IG/@_styledbymegan_