Just as how there’s always a reason to go shopping, trying a new hair color falls under the same edict. The change of seasons is the perfect time to trade in your current shade for a new and improved winter hair color. Chestnut browns and honey blondes may have been hot picks for the fall, but winter 2020-2021 is full of glorious new hair color trends that will add some pizzazz to your beauty look. If you’re ready to switch things up on the beauty front to match the season, we’re here to help. Below, we’re sharing 30 winter hair color ideas you have to try this year.
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #1: BURGUNDY
Burgundy hair is one trend that’ll be making the transition from fall to winter. This deep, purple-meets-red hue is all too stunning amidst a snowy white canvas. To DIY the color at home, pick up the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Deep Burgundy.
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #2: RED HIGHLIGHTS
If you love the idea of adding red to your mane but aren’t ready for a full commitment, consider adding dimension to your strands with red highlights. This look can be customized in tone to be as intense or subtle as you’d like—and you can keep your base color as is. Learn more about your most flattering red hue with Your Guide To Pulling Off Red Highlights.
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #3: GINGER BEER HAIR
Auburn hair is a reddish-brown shade that complements many skin tones perfectly. So, it’s no surprise that ginger beer hair is another color trend we’re seeing make its way from fall to winter. This dimensional hair color has notes of brown, copper, and red that will add warmth to your look during the winter months.
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #4: SILVER
Silver and gold are famous parts of holiday cheer. And there is no harm in taking hair inspiration from the former. After all, silver hair has been one of the most popular hair color trends for 2020. The icy color is the perfect cool-toned hue for ringing in the new year as well.
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #5: 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.
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #6: 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. If you’re starting with dark hair, you’ll likely need to bleach your locks to achieve the color. You can also hop on the trend with temporary hair color, like the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color in Lilac or L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Pastel Lavender. Each hair color washes out with just one shampoo, so there’s no commitment.
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #7: FOREST GREEN
When you think of bold hair colors, hues like red and purple may come to mind. However, you can step outside-of-the-box and make a statement with deep, forest green hair. This shade looks particularly stunning on olive or dark skin tones and is perfect for the chilly season.
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #8: ASH BLONDE
While honey blonde may be taking the backseat this winter, you can still rock a blonde hair color this time of year. The trick is making things cool—to match the chilly temperatures outside, of course. Enter ash blonde hair. Use the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Light Ash Blonde to DIY the color.
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #9: 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 a 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!
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #10: ESPRESSO
There’s almost no better way to start your day than with a shot of espresso. Share the love with your mane by flaunting this coffee-inspired shade. The dark, cool-toned brown hair color looks stunning on pale and deep skin tones alike.
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #11: GOLDEN COPPER
You don’t have to opt for a cool-toned hair color for winter. Rather, you can warm up your beauty look with a shimmery hue such as golden copper hair. This beautiful hue features a red-copper base with blonde babylights that will surely rake in a ton of compliments.
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #12: PLATINUM
An icy hair color for the winter season sounds like the perfect idea. So, it should come as no surprise that platinum blonde hair is on our list of must-try hair colors. Head on over to our article, How To Get Platinum Blonde Hair and Maintain an Icy Color, to get the 4-1-1 on this striking hair color.
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #13: 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.
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #14: 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.
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #15: PLUM
Plum hair made its way into the beauty scene back in the summer months, and it’s here to stay for 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.
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #16: 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. In other words, it’s ideal for anyone that adores a rich and warm hair color.
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #17: 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.
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #18: DIRTY BRUNETTE
You may be familiar with dirty blonde hair, but dirty brunette hair deserves some praise, too. This latest hair color trend consists of a brunette base with notes of golden blonde highlights throughout your mane. Learn How To Get a Dirty Brunette Hair Color to jazz up your locks.
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #19: BRONDE
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. It can be customized based on your preferences, choice of tone, and the type of highlights you prefer. Basically, anyone can pull off a bronde mane.
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #20: 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.
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #21: PURPLE BALAYAGE
We’ve mentioned a few purple hair color options already, but you don’t have to commit to an all-over hue. Purple balayage highlights are on-trend, and they’re customizable. Head to the salon and have a colorist expertly paint your chosen purple hue throughout your mane to bring on the dimension. Just be sure to look up some inspiration pics to guarantee you’re happy with the results.
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #22: DIRTY BLONDE
Dirty blonde hair color is the happy medium between brunettes and blondes. Blondes can experiment with a darker look, and brunettes can switch things up with a lighter hue. Even better, there’s more than one way to get the look. Here are 15 Dirty Blonde Hair Color Ideas You’ll Love.
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #23: NAVY
Blue hair, don’t care! Instead of opting for soft, pastel shades, take a walk on the dark side with navy blue hair. It’s bold, fashionable, and just what you need to make a lasting impression.
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #24: RUBY RED
If you’re game for showing 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 shade with plenty of warmth. Grab the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Power Reds - Medium Auburn/Cherry Crush and DIY the look at home.
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #25: SILVER-BLONDE
The days of being torn between silver and blonde hair color are over. Revamp your mane with silver-blonde hair. This hybrid hue flaunts a pale blonde hair shade with a silver cast. In turn, you’ll have a near-platinum color with a bit of metallic shimmer. Talk about a modern, trendsetting ‘do.
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #26: COLD BREW
Calling all coffee addicts! 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 color mimics the blend of colors that occur when a splash of milk and ice are added to your cup of coffee. The color is customizable—just like your coffee order. Learn How To Get Cold Brew Hair to hop on the trend.
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #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.
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #28: 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.
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #29: BLACK CHERRY
Speaking of black hair colors that feature a colorful undertone, black cherry hair is another notable option for winter 2020. The black hue features pops of red that channel the vampy aesthetic perfectly.
WINTER HAIR COLOR IDEA #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.
Next: Now that your new hair color is out of the way, you can turn your attention to your makeup. Visit our article, The Best Winter Makeup Looks and Tips For Winter 2020-2021, to get started.