The 50 Best Hair Color Trends You Need to Know for 2018

Some look super natural, and some definitely...don't.

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If you're ready for a change, you're in the right place. Celebrity stylists and Instagram tastemakers are always inspiring the latest hair trends. Here, we've captured our very favorites — whether they're shockingly cool (Snow White hair, anyone?) or they just make the blondes, brunettes, and fiery redheads of the world look really, really good. After that, consider our short hair ideas, ombre inspo, and favorite braided hairstyles!

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TREND: Toned-Down Brown Hair

Anne Hathaway paired her fair skin with a color that’s on the cooler side, with sable and coffee colored browns. Kattia Solano, founder of Butterfly Studio Salon in New York, calls it both classic and romantic, and says it gives her skin tone a more porcelain finish.

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TREND: Rose Gold Hair (With a Twist)

Fall into a more updated version of the ever-popular rose gold trend. We’ve seen rose gold everywhere, but Rebekah Nash, a colorist at Cutler Salon in New York, says to add a fresh spin with subtle copper undertones. She says Iskra Lawrence’s major hair change earlier this year is a “darker, more natural version” of the tone.

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TREND: Copper Hair

Not to be confused with brassy, Nash says that singer SZA’s new copper color looks great on both dark and fair complexions. "I couldn't be happier about it," says Nash. "With this pop of color against her warm brown skin, her face glows."

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TREND: Sombré Hair

In the past, ombré hairstyles have been anything but subtle. However, Nash predicts that the rise in popularity for animal prints will have people looking for hairstyles that best complement their walk on the wild side. This style encompasses both medium and dark color hues, and as Ashley Tisdale updated her severe ombré, it will make your outfit and other features shine.

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TREND: Maple Hair

Best for brunettes, Issa Rae's hair color combines orange and violet tones and reflects beautifully on darker, warmer skin tones, according to Nash.

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TREND: Burgundy Hair

Pinterest fans can't get enough of deep red tones, like Megan Mullally's oxblood-colored locks. From brighter hues to more rich shades, there is definitely interest (read: pins galore) in this autumnal color.

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TREND: Honey Hair

As more and more celebs continue to go blonde, Saoirse Ronan's honey hued hair is the perfect transition from summer fun to fall flair.

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TREND: Pops of Gold Hair

Keep your fall months warm by adding gold tones to your hair, a method that's ideal for those with darker complexions. “Warm tones with golden highlights are best,” says Solano.” However, be sure to stay away from too much warmth or red tones, as you don’t want to wash out the skin’s natural glow.”

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BLONDE: Cool Ash Hair

Just a hair deeper than grey, this ash blonde on Jane Fonda at the 2018 Oscars is an incredible option if you're not yet ready to embrace fully silver strands.

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BLONDE: Beige Hair

There's little variation in this soft, light shade of blonde, which is what makes it so special. It has an even more dramatic effect if it closely resembles your skin tone, like you see here with Nicole Kidman.

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BLONDE: Softly Contrasting Hair

Marion Cotillard's surprise transformation from brunette to blonde is sure to inspire others. What makes her switch different from other blonde makeovers? Soft brown roots and her still-dark brows. The intentional contrast is both pretty and convenient, as it will allow her hair to grow out with less maintenance. "Ask your colorist to put a darker semi-permanent color at the roots while leaving the face frame and the ends lighter, allowing for purposeful roots," recommends Clairol Color Director James Corbett.

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BLONDE: Margarine Hair

With so many platinum blondes trying to keep their hair cool-toned, it's refreshing to see a yellowy blonde that looks so fabulous. The key to Claire Danes's shade: It's buttery, not brassy. Keep your color happy with Winsome & Wisdom #BlondeMoment Shampoo.


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BLONDE: Balayage & Babylights Hair

Los Angeles colorist blends two highlighting techniques — balayage and babylights — for bright, beautiful dimension, similar to Jennifer Aniston's hair. She also adds a rooty look so her clients "can wear it longer without having to get it touched up as often."

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BLONDE: Ashy Blonde

Call it whatever you'd like, but Emilia Clarke's blondish-gray hybrid hair color is out of this world. Grounded by black roots, this modern look is goals incarnate.

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BLONDE: Lightly Toasted Hair

Charlize Theron has struck a perfect balance with this polished-yet-natural-looking shade of blonde: It's rich and warm without being brassy, light without washing out her skin, and dimensional without looking overly highlighted.

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BLONDE: Snow White Hair

If you're thinking about taking the platinum plunge (seriously, it's a commitment),time to get real about preventative hair care. "If hair is previously colored or highlighted with bleach, make sure you do a deep treatment at least a week before your process," Elizabeth Hiserodt, a colorist at , told . Try the Carol's Daughter Rhassoul Clay Softening Hair Mask.


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BLONDE: Dainty Babylights Hair

These delicate highlights hit the hair scene in 2015, and they've since gone mainstream in 2018. "These are similar to balayage and ombre techniques, but more subtle shades of blonde are placed in the hair to create soft, natural look," says Johnathan Breitung, owner of Johnathan Breitung Salon and Luxury Spa in Chicago.

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BLONDE: Nude Hair

Nude hair is about balance. "There's an even amount of both warm and cool tones, which cancel each other out to create a neutral color," explains , senior colorist and educator at in New York City. Bonus: They're very flattering on all skin tones. "Neutral colors are trendy because they're so easy to wear," says O'Connor.

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BLONDE: Snowlights Hair

With "snowlight" highlights, shimmering pieces of pale blonde scatter across the top of the head like — you guessed it — snow. Try this to get a sparkling lift for your fall hair color, then use Khlorane Sun Lightening Spray with Chamomile and Honey to bring out the highlights.


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BLONDE: Strobed Hair

Strobing, the popular makeup technique that highlights where the light would naturally hit, has recently become popular in the hair realm, as well. "Hair strobing is an individualized highlighting that is specific to one's hair color, face shape, and skin tone," explains Moon. If you want hair that makes you positively glow, ask your stylist to customize your highlights to your specific features.

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BLONDE: Multifaceted Platinum Hair

If you're bored of solid platinum, this type of blonde is perfect for you. "Multifaceted blonde is a new, fun take on platinum blonde hair," explains Breitung. "When you look at someone with multifaceted blonde hair in different lightings or from different angles, you see a beautiful mix of colors, almost like an opal shell."

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BLONDE: Gray-Gray Hair

If you're thinking about letting nature run its course, now's the time — women are actually dyeing their hair gray. Like with platinum blonde hair, be sure to eliminate any brass or yellow tones by using a purple shampoo like Clairol Shimmer Lights a few times a week.


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BRUNETTE: Dark Chocolate Hair

Meghan Markle makes a case for deep chocolatey hair that never goes out of style. At first glance her strands seem to be all one shade, but look closer and you'll notice some caramel highlights emphasizing her waves.

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BRUNETTE: Ash Brown

Going ash brown is a great option if you want to try — but not commit to — the gray craze. Ideal for cool skin tones with pink undertones, ash brown has bits of blue and gray that give the color its ashen, nearly-gray base.

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BRUNETTE: Brunette with Blonde Hair

Selma Blair's bright, golden highlights are so plentiful on her dark brown hair, it's as if she's both a brunette and a blonde at the same time! Bring out the highlights on dark hair with John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Multi-Tone Revealing Shampoo.


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BRUNETTE: Face-Framing Highlights Hair

The majority of Sutton Foster's hair is a dark brown, with light brown highlights framing her face. The look is edgy without being over-the-top.

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BRUNETTE: Carob Hair

This rich shade of brown is warm without crossing over into reddish territory — as so many warm brown shades do — making it super-flattering on all different types of skin undertones.

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BRUNETTE: Super-Subtle Ombré Hair

This season's ombré looks nothing like the almost dip-dyed look of ombrés past. In the case of Sofia Vergara, her length and ends are only a smidge lighter than her crown, and the transition is truly seamless.

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BRUNETTE: Skintone-Complementing Hair

Lupita Nyong'o's rich brown shade is close in tone to her skin, creating a monochromatic yet multi-tonal look that enhances her skin's gorgeous glow.

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BRUNETTE: Bronde Hair

Ahh, bronde — this hair color trend will never die. And for good reason. A color that sparkles blonde in the light, and goes chocolate in shadow? We will always be on board with that.

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