Celebrity Hair Color: How to Switch Up Your Look for Fall

The minute you find yourself reaching for a pumpkin spice latte, it’s time to rethink your hair color. The new season encourages bold statement colors and richer hues. We went to Carlos Rodriguez, a senior hair colorist at Sally Hershberger in LA, to break down fall’s trends, share some celeb inspiration and, of course, pro tips! 

1. Bronde


“The bronde look is here to stay,” says Rodriguez. “No one does it better than Jennifer Lopez. It’s beautiful and elegant and looks natural. The sombre effect makes the golden strokes look seamless. Go for golden butterscotch tones that are a bit cool.”

TRY: Protect your color. We like Redken Blonde Idol Sulfate-Free Shampoo, $18, amazon.com, to maintain your vibrancy.

2. Blondes

“Blondes will be winter’s icy cool tone as we see in Charlize Theron’s hair,” says Rodriguez. “It’s a flaxen blonde.”
TRY: Months of chlorine and salt water can damage your hair. Try L’Oréal Professionnel Fiberceutic, amazon.com. “It’s literally botox for the hair. It’s even applied with a syringe,” says Rodriguez. “This product gives hair perfect balance and replaces lost proteins and moisture.”

3. Brunette

“Brunettes will be a rich chocolate with a chic, edgy twist à la Selena Gomez,” says Rodriguez. “It’s all about breaking it up with threads of copper to give it reflections of light so the color’s not too dense or flat.”
TRY: Using a weekly masque, like Rene Furterer Karité Intense Nourishing Mask, amazon.com, will help preserve your color. “It uses elements of plants and flowers to restore the hair to its origins,” says Rodriguez.

4. Redheads

“Redheads will be sizzling hot, think the boldness of Debra Messing with bold ribbons of copper as an accent and to add fun,” says Rodriguez. “It’s solid and vibrant.”
TRY: To avoid premature color loss, don’t wash your hair more than once or twice a week. “And before you step out, turn the water down to cool and give your hair a rinse. This costs absolutely nothing and it’s one of the best secrets in maintaining your freshly colored hair. It helps to close the cuticle layer of hair and lock in pigment,” says Rodriguez. As a color-boosting bonus, we like John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss, amazon.com, which can complement at-home or in-salon color.

5. Rainbow Bright

Rainbow Bright
“For fun hair colors, we will be seeing pastels of rosy pinks, muted golds and soft lilac,” he says. “To achieve these shades, you really have to be willing to make a commitment. First and foremost consult your colorist for a consultation. Ask lots of questions and make sure you’re 100% aware of what you’re walking into. It’s going to require regular maintenance every six to eight weeks so make sure you’re ready to go bold.”
TRY: The bleaching required to get these shades can do major damage to strands. Revive hair with a once-a-week treatment like Rita Hazan Weekly Remedy, $42, ulta.com to restore health and shine.