hair color trends 30 Pretty Hair Color Ideas To Try For Winter 2022

'Tis the season for a new hair color.

September 25, 2020
winter hair color ideas

The changing of the seasons is the perfect time to give your mane a color makeover with a cool, new winter shade.  From rich, warm browns to icy pastel hues, there are a plethora of hot hair color trends for winter that are sure to spice up your beauty look. To help with your wonderful winter hair color inspiration, we’re sharing 30 hair color trends for 2021-2022 to cozy up to this winter.

1. Chestnut Brown

This toasty hue always reminds us of warming up by the fireplace. Think of a rich, medium brown color with golden undertones. It’s the ideal brown color to switch up your hairstyle in the winter. Use the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Medium Chestnut Brown to get the look. 

2. Bright Copper

Bright copper is a warm and rich tone that has a bit of a zing—like a penny. The color features a mix of blonde, golden copper hues, and auburn highlights to create a beautiful vibrant winter hair hue. Since copper hair color involves a range of expertly blended shades, we’d recommend heading to the salon. However, if you are a DIY-pro, the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Triple Protection Hair Color in Red Penny can give you the look at home.

3. Black Sapphire

Combine two trends—black and blue—by trying a black sapphire hair color. The black hue features blue undertones for an overall eye-catching look. Reach for the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Black Sapphire or Deep Blue Black to bring this color to life.

4. Shimmering Silver 

Gunmetal, slate, or cool creamy dove—no matter what you call it, silver hair color will have you shimmering into the winter season. Whether you’re naturally salt and pepper or jumping in on the gray hair color trend, this metallic marvel looks great on all skin tones. If you’re a seasoned at-home dyer and want to go all the way (gray), use the L’Oréal Paris Féria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color in Silver. This at-home hair coloring kit is special because it delivers a super shiny, luminous hair color. Or give this look a quick spin with the L’Oréal Paris Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Silver which will wash out in just one shampoo.


5. Ruby Red

For a shade that shows off your festive spirit, ruby red hair will not disappoint. This bold color is equal parts versatile and chic. It also serves as a flattering option for flaunting a vibrant hue with plenty of warmth. Grab the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Power Reds - Medium Auburn/Cherry Crush and DIY the look at home.

6. Cold Brew

While you may not be reaching for a cup of cold brew during the winter months, you can still use it as your hair color inspiration. The balayage hair mimics the blend of colors that occurs when a splash of milk and ice is added to your cup of joe. The color is customizable—just like your coffee order. Check out, How To Get Cold Brew Hair, to hop on the trend.

7. Rose Gold 

First, rose gold was the must-have metal for all types of accessories, now, it’s the latest hair color obsession. Rose gold hair is a super-chic red hair color that complements all skin tones since it features both cool and warm hues. Get this look with L’Oréal Paris Féria in Rose Gold.

8. Dark Chocolate 

This rich, hot cocoa-inspired brown looks beautiful on all skin tones. Wear it long or short—no matter the length or your skin tone, this brown hair color is guaranteed to flatter. Indulge in its decadence using the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Medium Brown

9. Lilac

Pastel shades may be a springtime staple, but that doesn’t mean that they’re a no-go for the winter. A pretty, soft lilac shade is a fabulous option if you’re game to go against the grain. You can hop on the trend with temporary hair color, like the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Pastel Lavender. This color spray washes out with just one shampoo, so there’s no commitment.

10. Warm Cinnamon

This cinnamon hair color mixes red, buttery blonde, and crimson tones to create an overall warm hue that adds dimension and vibrancy to any base hair color, and also highlights a variety of skin tones. Reach for the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Auburn Brown to try it out.

11. Ash Blonde

Ash blonde hair color can bring a hint of summer vibes to this time of year. The trick is making things cool to match the chilly temperatures outside, of course. Use the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Light Ash Blonde to DIY this winter hue.

12. Espresso

Let your love for coffee go to your head by flaunting this espresso-inspired shade. This coffee-colored hue combines notes of brown and black to create a cool-toned masterpiece. Check out our article, How To Get an Espresso Hair Color, to get the secret brew.

13. Caramel Balayage

This hair color is just as sweet as it sounds. We love a warm-toned brunette mane but a caramel balayage really spices things up. Learn everything you need to know in our article, Crazy for Caramel Latte: How to Get This Season's Natural-Looking Hair Color.

14. Jet Black

There’s no better way to score an intense, dark hair color than with jet black hair. This versatile ever-so-slightly bluish-black 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. If you want to give this color a go, check out our article, How To Get Jet Black Hair.

15. Blackberry

Picture a dark, black base that transitions into rich, purple balayage highlights. It’s nothing short of gorgeous, and that’s what blackberry hair brings to the table. This hair color can be customized for a more pink or bluish hue. You can even mix both shades to put your creativity on full display.

16. True Auburn

A true auburn hue is another warm hair color we love for winter. It’s vibrant without being over-the-top, which is perfect for a subtle look. Not to mention, it’s also a foolproof pick for those who want to give being a redhead a try. Use the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Rich Auburn True Red to get the look.

17. Plum

Plum hair plays perfectly with the moody tones of winter. This dark purple color boasts pink undertones that demand major attention. Pick up a box of the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Power Violet to DIY the look.

18. Mahogany

Mahogany hair is the true definition of a multi-tonal masterpiece. This wood-inspired shade offers a range of espresso, chocolate brown, red, and deep purple hues that are painted throughout your locks. It’s ideal for anyone that adores a rich and warm hair color. 

19. Pastel Blue

Baby blue is a gorgeous hue that has earned its stripes as a top winter hair color. We also appreciate that it’s a trendy way to hop on the pastel trend. Get the look at home with the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Smokey Blue.

20. Red Velvet 

Red velvet hair color boasts a gorgeous blend of red, violet, burgundy, and maroon tones that come together for the ultimate level of dimension. This dessert-inspired shade can be customized to suit different undertones, making it a universal shade that everyone can rock. Get the delicious look using the L’Oréal Paris Féria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color in Intense Deep Auburn/Red Velvet.

21. Mushroom Brown

Shake things up with a gorgeous brunette hue, like mushroom brown hair. This ashy shade embodies subtle notes of brown and gray that resemble the delicious fungi it’s named after. It also consists of a combination of lowlights and highlights that are ideal for adding dimension to your mane without a drastic touch.

22. Bronde Shadow Roots

Brown meets blonde with this color to create a stunning bronde hair hue. This trend isn’t new by any means, but it’s certainly worthy of being worn this winter. If you want to incorporate two of the most popular hair color trends into one mane, bronde shadow roots are a great place to start. This color trend is all about using a hair toner or gloss that matches the color of your roots and applying it to the mid-lengths of your hair for natural-looking highlights. As you can go quite a while without needing touch-ups, it’s easy to understand why this hair color is a hot commodity.

23. Smoked Marshmallow

If you love the idea of platinum hair color sans the upkeep, smoked marshmallow hair will suit your fancy. This lived-in blonde shade features dark brown roots that blend into an icy blonde hue. It will allow you to go a longer time between touch-ups without ruining your mane.

24. White Blonde

If you prefer to take a walk on the bold side with your icy blonde hue, a white blonde hair color will meet your needs. Nothing short of dramatic, this shade gives strands a super-light hue that won’t go unnoticed.

25. Pumpkin Spice Hair

When it comes to hair color, pumpkin spice hair is anything but boring. If you’re looking for a spicy orange undertone to jumpstart your adventure into getting red hair, this could be the hair color for you. As with all dye jobs, it’s important to realize that not all pumpkin spice hues will look the same—it all depends on your skin tone. Honey-drenched pumpkin spice hair looks stunning on tan skin, whereas copper pumpkin spice hair flatters fair skin. Get the look with L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Intense Dark Red.

26. Jet-Black

You know what they say—go darker in the winter and lighter in the summer. While this isn’t a one-size-fits-all rule, we think that jet-black hair color is a stunning winter pick. Try the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Ultimate Black and color away!

27. Bronze

You may think of bronze as coming in third place, but it’s a hair color that’s a real winner. A rich, metallic bronze shade looks simply striking for winter, especially if you’re tired of a plain brown hue. Shake things up by coloring your mane with the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Bronzed Brown.

28. Toasted Coconut Hair With Bronde Highlights

Toasted coconut sounds like a great idea for your next snack, but how about letting your hair in on the fun? Similar to bronde hair, toasted coconut is all about flaunting a gradient of color that gradually fades from dark roots to bright, blonde ends. Equal parts chic and stylish, toasted coconut hair with bronde highlights, is just what you need to turn heads.

29. Money Piece

Sometimes, highlights are all you need to switch things up on the hair color front. That’s why we’re seriously smitten with the money piece hair color trend. This look is all about hand-painting face-framing highlights from the roots to ends 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. Give the trend a try with the help of our article, What Is A Moneypiece And Why You Should Try This Trend.

30. Golden Blonde

Blonde hair colors are a no-brainer for the winter. They work wonders to provide depth, dimension, and contrast for a head-turning look. Transport yourself somewhere warmer with a warm-toned, golden blonde pick. Color your mane with the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Golden Blonde.

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Edited by: Lauren Paige Richeson, Photography: Chaunte Vaughn, Associate Creative Director: Melissa San Vicente-Landestoy, Art Director: Hannah Packer, Associate Creative Producer: Becca Solovay, Associate Content Director: Shalwah Evans, Makeup Artist: Jonet Williamson, Hair Stylist: Akihisa Yamaguchi, Wardrobe Stylist: Alexis Badiyi, Digital Tech: Erik Dalzen, Photo Assistant: Sam Kang, Model: Alexandra Van Zant