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Autumn is officially here—and if you’re like us, you could very well be thinking of changing up your hair color in addition to your wardrobe. Instead of making the typical seasonal transition to a darker, brunette hair color for the cooler months, why not take a little inspiration from 2018’s top beauty trends and embrace a rainbow shade or two? Below, we’re sharing nine standout rainbow hair color ideas that are sure to inspire you for fall.
Rainbow hair colors aren’t always the easiest hair hues to DIY. Some of our suggestions are more intricate, meaning they’re best left to the pros, while others are perfectly doable at home. If you don’t want to visit a salon, stick with something simple—or temporary!
Besides the intricacy of your desired look, you’ll also have to keep in mind your starting shade when deciding whether to attempt to color your own hair. If you aren’t starting with blonde hair, you’ll need to bleach your hair first—and the darker your base shade, the more work (and bleaching) it takes to reach your desired hair color. If you think achieving a rainbow ‘do will require bleaching your hair, you may want to consider booking an appointment with a professional colorist.
Crystal hair color hues are trending at the moment, moonstone hair being one such trend. This hair color idea is a version of hidden rainbow hair. On the outside, instead of a blonde or brown, you’ll sport a silver, near-white hue that conceals a handful of rainbow colors beneath the top layer. When you wear your hair down, it’ll be your own little secret!
If you’ve scrolled through your social media feeds recently, then you’re probably well aware of how popular teal hair continues to be. The oceanic hue can be brightened for summer and darkened for fall, making it the perfect hue for your autumn hair debut.
Get the look at home: L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Teal
Mauve is a dusty pink color that is popping up just about everywhere these days. As rose gold hair’s cousin, mauve hair is a bit ashier, while remaining light. The ashy tones make this the perfect rainbow hair color pick for those with cool undertones.
This hair color embraces a series of gemstone colors placed throughout brown hair. Gemstone hologram hair is known for the way it’s both bright and reflective while remaining true to fall’s darker hues.
Get the look at home: L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray in Pastel Lavender, Rosegold, and Pastel Blue
Blue smoke, a navy/ash hybrid, is a gorgeous smoky hue that can add a certain coolness to your autumn look. If you’re feeling edgy—ready to break out your leather jacket—as the seasons change, this is the rainbow hair color for you.
Get the look at home: L’Oréal Paris Féria in Smokey Blue
If one of your favorite parts about fall is the way the leaves gorgeously change color, then consider transforming your hair into a beautiful tangerine shade reminiscent of autumn leaves, pumpkins, and all things fall.
Get the look at home: L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Tangerine
Here’s the scene: You’re walking to your car, only to get mesmerized by the dark puddle of oil you have to step over. As you go to step over it, you notice how the shades begin to change, revealing a gorgeous mermaid-like rainbow of colors. Now picture that same effect on your hair. Like moonstone hair, oil slick hair is all about having a solid surface hue with rainbow tints hidden beneath it. Most often the outer color will be somewhere along the spectrum of blue smoke to ashy black, with bright rainbow colors on the underside.
Looking for a fun hair color that isn’t too out of your comfort zone? Maroon hair is perfect for you! Nothing says fall like a brilliant shade of red, and this shade is on the darker side making it easily wearable for your day-to-day activities.
Get the look at home: L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Maroon
Last but not least, if you want to embrace an earthy tone for autumn but aren’t ready to part ways with your light hair, consider a head full of sage strands for a one-of-a-kind light, earthy green color. So pretty!
Get the look at home: L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray in Pastel Mint
After you’ve picked out your rainbow hair color and dyed your hair, it’s time to make a few changes to your hair care routine. Switch to a system of shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask that are safe for color-treated hair. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair and Defend Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris Hair EverPure Repair Remedy Balm.
Want more trendy hair color ideas to try? Check out our article, How to Rock the Metallic Hair Color Trend.