When it comes to beauty trends, nothing is ever really out. That being said, there are looks that naturally come and go — especially when it comes to hair color. Thanks to social media, it’s easy to see that all of a sudden, your friends, favorite influencers, celebrities, and even regular folks are getting dye jobs in similar, gorgeous shades. That’s how trends are born, after all. Which got us thinking: How can we get ahead of what’s next in hair color? By heading directly to the experts, of course. We talked to top colorists who have firsthand knowledge of what hair colors are going to blow up in 2019. They aren’t psychic (at least we don’t think so), but they’re listening to their clients’ needs all day at the salon — and some of those clients happen to be major trendsetters.
Lucky for us, these hues are decidedly wearable. Some are easier than others to achieve (we’re looking at you, pastel), but each can look incredible on just about everyone. Your new hair-color vibe for 2019 is right ahead. You’ll probably want to bookmark this.
Capri says that a dirty brunette’s highlights don’t “compromise a brunette’s brown hair,” meaning that they shouldn’t lean too far into blonde territory. For example, Ciara’s hair is still a rich, pretty brown, but it’s illuminated with neutral highlights.
Colorist Rachel Bodt loves the faded pastel hair trend color 2019 because it’s more of a wash of color, as opposed to a saturated pastel. “It’s less of a commitment and looks just like a little blush on the hair,” she explains. It’s a hint or even a cast. Model Ariela Soares rocked a light-blue hue for the Marc Jacobs Spring 2019 runway show.
Hairstylist Andrew Fitzsimons got Khloe Kardashian to this pale-pink hue by using a temporary hair color. “I’ve been playing with spray-on colors lately and have been so impressed with how much these types of products have improved in recent years,” he tells Allure. “Khloe and I were chatting about it and she’s always down to push boundaries, so I used the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray in Pastel Pink so she could see how it would look. She loved it so much, we did it again [last] week for Good American.”
It’s not surprising model-turned-actress Emily Ratajkowski is rocking one of 2019’s hottest brunette shades. In this gorgeous selfie, posted and styled by hairstylist Jennifer Yepez, Ratajkowski’s voluminous waves bring out each cool-toned highlight in a subtle, natural way. This brown is anything but mousy. It’s ashy and of course, cool — in every sense of the word.
Colorist Rachel Rodt assures us that cool brunette highlights work on everyone with brown hair — not just the stunning Tiffany Haddish. But you have to choose the right cool-toned shade. “With my olive-toned clients, I try to keep the shade on the neutral side,” explains Bodt. “On my golden-brunette clients, I keep it more ashy.”
For an easy Living Coral hue at home, try a color-depositing conditioner, such as Overtone’s Pastel Orange Deep Treatment. On blonde and light-brown hair, it’ll turn strands a light peach, like you see here on model Mariana Zaragoza during the Marc Jacobs Spring 2019 runway show.
It’s not often that Julia Roberts surprises us with a hair transformation. The A-lister has been oscillating between medium-brown and blonde shades, and curly and waxvy textures for quite some time. While promoting her new movie Ben Is Back, Roberts shocked us all by debuting a shade that looks a lot like Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year: Living Coral. The peachy hue brightens up her wholesale hair face.
There are so many perfect dark blonde color shades trending right now, it’s hard to pick a favorite. It’s low-maintenance, pretty, and a great way to winterize your blonde hue. Beyoncé recently tried a version sometimes called “chocolate chip cookie hair.” It’s a combination of warm brunette hues and strategically-placed light pieces. And it only gets better as it grows out. Massachusetts-based colorist Amy McManus tells Allure, “as a [client’s] roots keep coming in, the color gets more beautiful with depth up top and a dramatic dark-to-light feel.”
Gigi Hadid’s hair color has taken on a natural, mushroom hue as of late — and that’s a good thing. Maryland-based colorist Yokasta Perez coined the name “mushroom blonde” after mimicking the cool tones of the fungus on a client. It’s a surprisingly low-key way for brunettes to go lighter and blondes to go darker and switch it up this year.
Jennifer Aniston’s signature dark brown hue looks a lot like what Whiteroom salon co-founder and stylist Elisabeth Lovell calls “fall cooldown hair.” She originally did the color for a client whose warm blonde hair har turned brassy in the sun. She canceled it out by blending the client’s roots with an ashy, light brown and then a “very light pearl” shade around her hairline. It’s a no-fail combination that is working splendidly for Aniston, and can work for anyone who is trying to update their blonde color. “[It’s] quick and easy, and gives your old highlights a whole new look,” she tells Allure.
While red hair is always stunning, Bodt says many clients shy away from the hue because they think it comes off too “fiery.” Dusty copper Vietnamese hair, on the other hand, still gives you that gorgeous red shade, but a little bit toned down. Bodt describes the color as looking as if it’s muted by dry shampoo — in a good way. “I love this color because it’s warm, yet not over the top,” she says. We can’t get enough of Riverdale actress Madelaine Petsch’s light copper hue, made even more fresh with loose waves.
Let white blonde take a back seat in 2019 for this fresher take on platinum hair. Bodt dyed model/actress Andreja Pejic’s hair what she calls “antique gold.” Pejic rocked the color at the Rome International Film Festival premiere of her movie, The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Unsurprisingly, Bodt says this shade makes her think of “old Hollywood glamour.” Antique gold hair takes on the color of champagne thanks to a mix of warm and cool hues. It’s a little more beige- than ice-blonde, but equally as stunning.