The Hair Color Trends Our Editors Are Obsessed With For Fall

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If spring is for new beginnings, then fall was made for reflection. In terms of hair, we're sourcing our color inspiration from the biggest trends we've seen this year, then interpreting the looks to make them fresh and fun for autumn. While a new cut is great (and we have endless inspo), there are far more ways to elevate your look with an infusion of color.
What's catching our eyes and filling our camera rolls with Instagram screenshots? Cream soda blond, bright blue tones, and pumpkin spice lowlights (per the sweater weather season, of course). Even Cherin Choi, L.A.'s in-the-know colorist, confirms that playing with pigment (even the temporary kind), is going to be big this season. "I recommend transforming highlights to a shade of brunette with a simple gloss," she says. "It washes out over time and is a great way to try something new for the fall."
Whether you're craving a few ribbons of balayage fallayage color, or a full-blown hair change, now's the time to take the plunge. Ahead, a ton of Instagram hair color ideas — for all lengths, textures, and commitment levels — that are inspiring our editors right now.
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"I'm really into navy hair right now. It's a great way to be bold, but it isn't as in-your-face as, say, baby pink or rainbow hair. I've been saving tons of blue hair inspiration on my Instagram and I'm really considering taking the plunge this fall."— Mi-Anne Chan, Beauty Writer
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"Pour me a nice, tall glass of cream soda blond, please. I am in love with this bright blond base with ribbons of warm lowlights for fall." — Cat Quinn, Beauty Director
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"I’m obsessed with this fallayage look. It’s subtle enough for people who rarely color their hair, like me, but has enough pumpkin spice tones to add dimension." — Kelsey Castañon, Beauty News Editor
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"Call me a copycat...and I’d answer. I know I said that I want Taraji’s tapered cut, but I want her hair color, too. It’s not too drastic — she’s still her natural dark brown in the back — but towards the top is where it's amazing. Her stylist, Tym Wallace, gave her this gorgeous deep orange that I love. Best believe I’ve screenshot this picture for my colorist, too." — Khalea Underwood, Beauty Writer
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"I'm pretty adamant about lightening my hair come fall, but a cool blond doesn't quite scream pumpkin spice lattes and cozy sweater weather. Instead, this warm caramel blend is the epitome of the perfect seasonal color."—Sam Sasso, Beauty Editorial Assistant
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"Like any conversation you have with a psychoanalyst, it eventually goes back to your relationship with your mother. For me, any conversation I have about hair leads to me dishing about the emotional trauma I sustained as a result of having to chop all my hair off after I went platinum. It's prevented me from making any big changes to my hair, however, I would like to try this nice, cool-toned medium brunette that’s just a few shades lighter than my natural color. Just a few more sessions and I'll be ready... maybe."— Rachel Krause, Beauty Writer
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"Why cover up your grey roots when you can make them a major look instead? I'm loving silver hair for fall — it's bold and vibrant and can work on any skin tone. If you're too nervous to dye your own hair (like me), a grey weave or crochet is just as lit." — Anissa Richmond, Video Producer
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"My wardrobe tends to be a sea of black during the fall and winter months, so I love Zoë Kravitz's bleach blonde color. It gives a nice pop of brightness and edge to a dark fall wardrobe." — Lilac Perez, Associate Casting Director
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"I have a condition that my colorist, Kari Hill, calls blondorexia, where my hair is never light enough for my liking. Yet somehow, against all odds, I saved this image weeks ago and can't stop thinking about it. It's root-y, yet glossy, and feels so incredibly badass to me — plus it's easy to maintain and perfect for fall." — Lexy Lebsack, West Coast Beauty Editor
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"As a natural redhead, I have sworn to my mom — and every hairdresser I've ever met — that I'll never touch my hair with dye. But I have to say that I'm obsessed with the way that this multidimensional color is both bright and shiny. It has me thinking about getting a hair gloss to accentuate my color." — Megan Decker, Beauty Production Assistant
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"But if I wasn't sworn to a dye-free hair existence, I would go for this style in a heartbeat. Cool and undone grown-out roots with buttery blonde shafts and textured layers — it's perfection. At the very least, I'll be copying this cut." — Megan Decker, Beauty Production Assistant
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"Even though it's blue, this look is giving me warmth. Blue is such a beautiful color on deeper skin tones and if you can get the color this dark it's not as crazy as other unnatural hues. Navy locks for fall is a yes for me!" — Courtney Yates, Partnerships & Distribution Coordinator
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“After a Halloween hair disaster last year, I was left with a ring of rusty bronze color around my head that has only gotten more awkward as it’s grown out. I thought the summer sun would brighten it up, but no such luck. In search of a solution (and to bring it all back to one hue), I’m inspired by Shay Mitchell’s coffee-colored strands. It's beautiful, but also the best way to bring my curls back to uniformity for the fall.” — Valis Vicenty, Beauty Writer, Snapchat Discover
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