These 4 Shades Of Balayage Are Trending For Fall

It pays to be patient when it comes to fall hair color. Even if it's been months since your last appointment, it's better to score your dream shade mid-September than regret lowlights in August. In fact, if you've been holding out until now, you're actually golden.

That's because the latest hair-color trends are all rooted in fresh tones applied as beautifully-blended balayage. That is, subtle, hand-painted color that requires minimal upkeep, is universally-flattering, and is particularly easy to infuse into grown-out summer highlights or on virgin hair.


From honey gold and cinnamon copper, to a creamy blonde and smoky cocoa, scroll through our slideshow to find the trending looks to ask for this fall. Spoiler alert: They're all so gorgeous, it'll be the push you need to finally go all in on sweater (er, cropped cardigan) season.

Golden Honey

Fall doesn't have to mean giving up your blonde. But if you want to transition your bright tone to something that feels more autumnal, a honey-meets-gold balayage is the perfect way to score a flattering, warm undertone.

Pro tip: Amy Clark, stylist at NYC's Rob Peetoom Salon, tells us that a honeycomb tone looks best with dimension and shine. "You can ask your stylist for some babylights or foils in the face frame area, and then gloss over it to tone and give your hair a natural looking shine," she suggests.
According to Stephanie Brown, colorist out of SoHo's trendy IGK Salon, blonde with a gilded base is big right now. "Those pretty golden, buttery blonde tones are beautiful when transitioning from summer to fall," she says. But the best part? "I find that it looks good on everyone."

Cinnamon Copper

Experts from L.A. to NYC agree that shades of trendy red color show no signs of slowing down. There are numerous ways to test out a crimson undertone, but the pros we spoke to recommend a cinnamon-meets-copper balayage blend for newbies.

Pro tip: Liv Virden, a colorist from L.A.'s Nova Arts Salon, tells us that if you're going for a golden copper lift, it's important to bring lots of photos. "Show the shades that you like, and the ones that you don't, so that your vision comes to life in a way that looks natural," she says.
Colorist Ryan Pearl tells us that the sombré (subtle ombré) technique can be used on any base shade to blend it closer to copper. "You'll get that lived-in look with true copper around the hair shaft, and the lightest tones focused at the ends and around the face," he explains.

Creamy Blonde

Similar to the ash brunette shade that's been trending this season, creamy blonde balayage keeps the hair bright, while balancing warm and cool tones. According to colorist Morgan Parks, rooting your color is a great touch for anyone who wants to go super blonde with minimal upkeep.

Pro tip: "The most important thing to remember with a neutral blonde is to make sure your strands stay hydrated," Parks says. To do so, she recommends using a lightweight hair oil between appointments.
Here, colorist Cody Smith used the balayage technique to weave a bright-blonde color through a dark base. He then smudged the root with a soft brunette hue, which eases the grow out.

Smoky Cocoa

Celebrity colorist Nikki Lee recommends this subtle cocoa hue for anyone who wants to spice up their black or dark brunette base color for fall.

Pro tip: Lee reports that you can go months between appointments when you ask for a balayage tone that's only a shade or two from your natural color. Then, to keep hair healthy, she recommends an in-shower mask — like the one from her line, In Common — about once a week.
The "smoky" undertone is that autumnal brunette sweet spot between an ashy brown and a toasty caramel highlight.
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