The Raddest Fall Hair-Color Trends From L.A.'s Top Stylists

Photo: Courtesy of Ramirez | Tran.
We might be in the midst of a (frighteningly) long-lasting heat wave here in Los Angeles, but that doesn't mean fall isn't going to happen. So it's finally time to cut off those sun-damaged ends and prep your hair for an autumn color refresh. (Yes, it's better to get a haircut before coloring, so your stylist can be strategic with the dimension.)

To learn about the latest and greatest in color, we sought out Southern California's most in-demand colorists for guidance. What did we learn? Nothing dark happening here. Instead, they're creating bright, look-at-me hues; warm, cleverly placed highlights that mimic a summer spent on vacation; and bronde in every variation under the sun.

In case you're unfamiliar, bronde is the term describing the natural-looking tones that fall somewhere between blonde and brown. When done right, bronde complements nearly every skin tone and requires very minimal upkeep.

Not in L.A.? Don't fret — they've broken down exactly what to ask for and what kind of maintenance to expect — plus, tips and tricks to care for your color between appointments. Important: It's always good to bring in photos! Bookmark this page on your phone, so it's handy when your color appointment rolls around.

Ahead, all the inspiration you need for the ultimate fall color overhaul.
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Photo: Courtesy of Andy Lecompte Salon.
Stylist: Christopher Pierce
Salon: Andy Lecompte Salon

What to ask for: Single-process, intense copper

Dying for a vibrant jolt of color for fall? Look no further. "This is an intense copper, but it's on the sunny side," says Pierce. "If you're fair, ask for an intense copper in the blonde family; [otherwise] ask for a copper in the brown family, and make sure to specify that you want movement and dimension!" He also suggests sticking to a single process, which gives a more polished result.

Upkeep: About every six weeks, Pierce says. Those in the blonde family can keep their color bright for longer with Davines copper conditioner, while those in the brown family should opt for a red tone.
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Photo: Courtesy of Ramirez | Tran.
Stylist: Johnny Ramirez
Salon: Ramirez | Tran

What to ask for: Ultra-natural, bronde highlights

"Bronde has become quite popular this year so there are many examples of the look, and most colorists know how to achieve it," says Ramirez of this flattering shade. The best part? It's great for blondes for fall, because it lets them play with a darker color without the shock of a chocolate brown.

Upkeep: Up to five months if you don't have grays, five to seven weeks if you do.
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Photo: Courtesy of Capella Salon.
Stylist: Shai Amiel
Salon: Capella Salon

What to ask for: Warm-blonde balayage

Want to go lighter for fall? This option's perfect for you. "Her hair tells the story of having a great summer vacation," Amiel says. "Ask your colorist for a warm-blonde color on random pieces throughout your hair." Amiel notes that the contrast is very important, so he hand-paints his highlights to achieve the effect.

Upkeep: "The tighter the curl, the longer this lasts," he says, but in general it's about six months. Opt for sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to get the most longevity out of the color.
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Photo: Courtesy of Nine Zero One.
Stylist: Riawna Capri
Salon: Nine Zero One

What to ask for: A deep, rich chocolate-brunette

If you're over your summer highlights, this is a great way to tone them down. Capri used a neutral-colored gloss to allow the lighter pieces to peek through here, creating tons of dimension. "We're calling Nina Dobrev's hair color 'almond-truffle' — not too warm, and not too cool; just right and perfectly neutral," Capri tells us. "It's great if you want to take the bleach-blonde down a few levels; just enough to make it rich and luscious."

Upkeep: Depending on how fast your hair fades, you can come back in for another gloss every month or so.
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Photo: Courtesy of Ramirez | Tran.
Stylist: KC Carhart
Salon: Ramirez | Tran

What to ask for: A warm, brunette color with subtle highlights

Bronde is having a major moment in L.A. — but there are many variations on it, which makes it such a versatile choice (and explains its popularity). "This is good for fall because it's rich, warm, and complementary to many skin tones," Carhart says. To achieve a similar result, get highlights, tips, and a rich, warm gloss, she instructs, and then come back in every month or so for a color gloss to keep the color true.

Upkeep: The color will last for up to six months.
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Photo: Courtesy of Cie Sparks.
Stylist: Heather Cie
Salon: Cie Sparks

What to ask for: Rich chocolate-brown

"This color can really warm up most skin tones, and it's super low-maintenance," Cie says. Note that "rich chocolate-brown" means different things to different colorists, so always bring a photo with you. "A picture is truly worth a thousand words, and is everything to a colorist," Cie says.

Upkeep: As long as you don't have grays to cover, this will last for three to six months, Cie says. She tells her clients to use Oribe's Gold Lust line to maintain the color's richness.
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Photo: Courtesy of Cabin West.
Stylist: Brian Fisher
Salon: Cabin West

What to ask for: A soft-mahogany base with balayage highlights throughout and a chestnut color glaze

Bored with traditional blonde highlights? Fisher suggests warming them up for autumn. "The seasonal shift to fall is a good time to tone down the golden tones with the muted warmth of colors still found in nature," he says. "This color is inspired by rich wood tones, like teak, mahogany, and cedar." Here, Fisher lightened the base and added brighter pieces around the cheekbones and eyes. "The placement is great on wavy hair to add definition to the layers and texture; on straight hair it will read a bit edgier."

Upkeep: Fisher recommends a color gloss every six weeks to keep it fresh.
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Photo: Courtesy of Ramirez | Tran Salon.
Stylist: Cherin Choi
Salon: Ramirez | Tran

What to ask for: Vibrant, crimson single-process color

"This color is a creamy crimson — and not for the faint of heart," Choi says. "If you're committed and ready to go red, ask for your base color to be either lightened or colored to red with a one-process color. Then, to really achieve the richest version of it, a color line like Pravana Red should be applied over it, on dry hair."

Upkeep: Hard to say. "Red is a high-maintenance color; it fades quickly and is hard to remove, so I wouldn't do it if you fantasize about having a blonde or gray hair moment anytime soon," Choi says. "Upkeep really depends on how often you're going to wash your hair; the color will last you longer if you can learn to wash your hair less."
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Photo: Courtesy of Ramirez | Tran.
Stylist: Johnny Ramirez
Salon: Ramirez | Tran

What to ask for: "Lived-in" color (strategically placed blonde highlights and a neutral base)

Ramirez's signature "lived-in" color is perfect because you can get it now, and then grow it out over the next six months. Since it's a technically demanding style, he suggests bringing in photos of the same look from various angles. (Check out the Ramirez | Tran blog for more views.)

Upkeep: Every six months, less if you need to cover your roots; if you do, anticipate visiting the salon every four to six weeks.
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Photo: Courtesy of Salon Benjamin.
Stylist: Abbey Heerwagen
Salon: Benjamin with Negin Zand

What to ask for: Caramel highlights concentrated on the bottom half of the hair

For a touch of warm blonde that will grow out during the winter, take Heerwagen's advice. "Ask your colorist for natural highlights that play off the depth of your hair," she says. "The trick is to keep the depth [the dark pieces], so the soft, natural highlights have something to pop off of."

Upkeep: "The great thing about this color is that since the lights are kept off the scalp, it's super low-maintenance!" Heerwagen says. That means up to six months between appointments.
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Photo: Courtesy of Nine Zero One.
Stylist: Tauni Dawson
Salon: Nine Zero One

What to ask for: Subtle hazelnut pieces concentrated on the bottom half of the hair

When done correctly, these golden highlights will last well into spring. "For blondes, this is a great way to transition into the season by bringing depth and richness into your hair," Dawson says. "For brunettes, this is great way to soften your look."

Upkeep: "Since this color utilizes a natural base, the upkeep can be very minimal," Dawson says. "It really is up to the client's preference." To keep color fresh, she instructs her clients to use Oribe's Shampoo for Beautiful Color.

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Photo: Courtesy of Capella Salon.
Stylist: Shai Amiel
Salon: Capella Salon

What to ask for: Hand-painted, baby-fine highlights

Amiel painted random curls by hand to mimic the color found in children's hair after a summer in the sun, and then topped it with gloss. "It's subtle, but has enough pop that catches your eye," he says. The trick? It's all about placement. "It's important to take the time and analyze how the hair flows before you decide where to add lighter pieces," he says.

Upkeep: To prevent damage, Amiel says to limit these highlights to three or four times a year.
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