Fall and Winter Hair Color Trends

We all need something to get excited about, especially during these trying times. One of the most exciting things about fall and the coming cooler weather (besides cozy nights by the fire in our comforting flannel while sipping hot chocolate topped with marshmallows) is fall hair color. While summer is light and airy, fall is a time for rich colors that work with all complexions. You may be losing your tan, but chestnut, burgundy, mushroom, and honey tones will have you glowing in no time and these are just some of the colors that work well with both brown and blonde hair. Contact Claude Marcel Aveda Salon in Old Town for help finding the fall style that you’ll love!

Whether you are lowlighting or highlighting, fall color trends are multi-blended, rich, and vibrant, adding dimension to your color. A shiny alternative to end summer hair that can be overly lightened by the sun, chlorine, and salt water. Color seals the hair cuticle and brings out its shine.



One of the most popular hair trends, and a specialty of our French salon, is balayage highlights, which consists of highlighted ribbons that start out more sparse at the top and become more abundant at the bottom. Unlike the ombre coloring technique, there is no distinct line between the two colors but more of a blend.

All of the colors below can be used as a solid base or as highlights, lowlights, and balayage. Your possibilities are endless, allowing you to transition to fall in style and giving you that new look you deserve.

It is important to always consider your natural base color before moving more than three shades lighter or darker. For dark hair wanting to go platinum or silver, the hair should be in good shape to begin with and expectations need to be set as dark hair has many stages of color to go through before reaching a white or light yellow color. Be patient and work with your highly trained stylists at Claude Marcel Salon to ensure you reach your desired results. Alternatively, a natural blonde who wants to go jet black should first consider her complexion. Your stylist can work with you to find the right tone to work with your skin color to make sure not to wash you out. We are dedicated to your satisfaction and want you to leave loving your new look.






Mushroom Brown
If you love brown hair but like it on the cooler side with no golden hue, mushroom brown is for you. Ashy in tone, this color combines both brown and gray highlights. It’s subtle yet highly effective, giving off a superb shine.

Another color in the cool tone category is espresso brown. Deep, dark, and rich with incredible shine, it looks great on all skin tones and works as an overall color or as lowlights.

Golden Copper
On the other end of the spectrum from the cool tones are warm tones such as golden copper. To achieve this look a red copper color is used for the base with baby-lights in a blonde color. When the hair moves it makes magic.

Cold Brew
This amazing balayage technique creates a look that is reminiscent of a cup of coffee with a splash of cream. Take your coffee light, add more blonde highlights or if you like it medium, add fewer highlights.

Update faded lackluster brown hair with bronze. This metallic color is shiny and quite stunning, giving your hair a multifaceted look as you swing your hair.






Ash Blonde
Ash blonde has gone viral this year with everyone wanting icy blonde hair. While golden blonde may not work in winter, ash blonde definitely does, and it works with many skin tones. Use it sparingly as a highlight or add more for a dramatic look.

A sister to ash blonde, platinum blonde is another icy blonde color that is perfect for winter. Pale skin tones with red lipstick and a white outfit outside in the snow is picture-perfect.

This combination of brown and blonde has many different varieties, all rich and tonal, and perfect for winter.

Smoked Marshmallow
Just the name alone sounds so cozy, doesn’t it? A great way to grow out platinum hair in winter, with dark brown roots melting into icy blonde. Makes you want to roast marshmallows over a fire pit in the snow.






First hitting the scene in fall of 2019, burgundy hair was such a sensation. And it is not going anywhere for 2020. Deep purple with a red hue is an amazing contrast to snowy white days. Use it as a highlight in a balayage, as a base or an overall color.

Ginger Beer
A color so rich you’ll want to drink it, ginger beer is a combination of three colors woven to create a rich, multifaceted look. Combining copper, brown, and red, it’s the perfect blend of warm colors to keep you cozy this winter.

Auburn is a tried and true color that’s been around for a while but is now being used in balayages and as lowlights, overall color, and even highlights.






Taking purple to a whole new level blackberry is your choice of purple tones over a black base. Go from bluish-purple to reddish-purple or somewhere in between to get the perfect mix for your skin tone.

Lilac is a beautiful color to highlight blonde hair or to use as an overall color. If you have dark hair, you will have to bleach first, but the contrast of lilac to dark hair is magnificent.

Using a dark purple with pink undertones, you can add plum highlights to any hair color or use it as an overall color. Perfect for balayage, too.

This color is the perfect blend of browns, reds, and purples that create a mahogany finish that rivals nature’s most sought after color. By combining chocolate brown, espresso, red, and deep purple, you can tweak the color to customize it.



Grays and Silver 



Gray hair has become popular for everyone these days, making baby boomers feel like they finally have something the millennials want. From silver to white hair, these tones work well in fall and winter and give hair an icy cool look.





Jet Black
Jet black is a commitment, but if you have the skin tone to match, it makes a bold statement in winter. Shiny, deep, and rich, you can’t go wrong with straight out jet black hair.

Black Sapphire
The only time black and blue feels good. Combine blue hues and black hues to create the perfect black sapphire with a multi-dimensional look.

Black Cherry
Black hair with streaks of cherry red is a rich combination for fall. Go as subtle or as dramatic as you wish.


When it comes to hair color, it’s all very personal. Come up with your own creations or use any of the above to carry you through fall into spring. Now is a time to give your hair a break from lightening and embrace the darker, richer tones for sleek and shiny hair. The choice is yours, but as always, it is best to go to a professional hairstylist than to try any of these colors on your own. Remember that box hair color can permanently damage your hair.

When choosing a professional, choose a stylist who specializes in color. Our experienced stylists have studied color and you might even call them color chemists. Not all color is created equal and not all colors are suited for your hair type and complexion. At Claude Marcel Salon, we are committed to you leaving our salon with shiny, healthy hair that you love.

So, how daring will you go this fall? Try a semi-permanent hair color to experiment without the long-term commitment. These colors coat the cuticle giving you the shine you want in the darkest and gloomiest of fall and winter days. Visit Claude Marcel AVEDA Salon for your seasonal update! Call to book a complimentary consultation or an appointment.


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Claude Marcel is artistic director and co-owner of the Claude Marcel Aveda Salon in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. His French architectural design hair cutting and styling technique creates a popular “groomed, ungroomed look”. He is also an educator teaching his much sought after French technique. He regularly teaches French beauty throughout North America. “I offer an opportunity for women to simultaneously find beauty and harmony with nature,” explained Claude. “I am delighted to contribute my talent to Aveda’s groundbreaking work. It has been an exciting collaboration.” Claude began his career in the United States in 1999 when he moved to Washington, D.C. to assume the role of Artistic Director and Training Manager for DESSANGE USA located in Washington, D.C. His clientele included ambassadors, senators, television personalities, actors, and more. He also served as training manager for various DESSANGE centers and performed hair cutting classes for L’Oreal at the SOHO academy in New York. Before moving to the United States, Claude worked for DESSANGE in Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Paris, and New York. In Paris, he was recruited by Jacques Dessagne himself to be the exclusive hairstylist for show business personalities and other dignitaries. In this capacity, Claude handled high-profile clients for television, movie, and stage work as well as haute couture fashion shows, premieres, and award shows such as the Cannes Film Festival.

CLAUDE MARCEL salon is a luxury AVEDA salon that combines creativity and quality consistent with any luxury brand, and an international dimension of beauty. At the helm is CLAUDE MARCEL, the world-renowned hair designer that was inspired by his mother’s classic French beauty. With her encouragement, he performed his first hair color and setting at age 12…his love affair with hair was born! Claude trains his team in the much sought after French hair cutting technique to deliver that timeless, chic, sophisticated, and customized look.



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326 S Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

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