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Hot hue: How to make the rose coloured hair trend work for you

We called it: 2016 is the year of rose gold. You saw rose gold digital accessories, jewellery, manicures, and anything else that could receive a metallic upgrade was thrown into rose gold splendour. Even Pantone declared rose quartz (same difference, really) the colour of 2016.

As the year inches to a close, the rose gold torpedo shows no signs of reaching its end. Instagram, the visual bible of all that is trendy in fashion and beauty, has registered another unexpectedly rosy movement — rose coloured hair. For further justification, even celebrities like Elle Fanning, Kylie Jenner and Blake Lively have become fast adopters.

This is not the revival of pastel pink hair so coveted two years ago. Rose gold hair is typified by a warm, rose coloured base, and streaks of blonde or peach, compatible for all skin tones. Rarely wholly uniform, rose coloured hair is forgiving of darker roots, which makes growing your hair out far less frustrating than a regular bleach job. A rose gold dye job typically lasts between five to seven washes before fading, so if you want it to last, start out with a more vividly pink option.

Those contemplating revamping your ‘do for the festive season can look to these variations of rose coloured hair for inspiration.

Peachy rose gold

Sienna Miller saw the trend coming in 2013 before social media did. This peachy-toned dye job is the quintessential rose gold hairdo, styled with beachy waves on Miller for added spunk. If it works on the red carpet, it’ll work practically anywhere.

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Coppery rose gold

The most professionally-acceptable rendition of rose gold hair is arguably the one Emma Roberts features, where the “gold” leans more copper. It’s a little like a 2016 rendition of strawberry blonde hair, except with soft pink shifts when the hair catches light.

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Go from a dusty, purply rose to blonde tips with this reverse ombré hair job. It works well with washes thanks to the deeper tones, so opt for a dark gradient should you want to cross over into 2017 with rose tinted hair.

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True rose gold

A rose gold dye job in its truest form pairs dusty rose, hints of peach, platinum and blonde, with no exposed roots to form a hairscape of soft, morning sunrise-esque hair. It may be a small challenge to maintain, so only go for this extreme dye job if you’re willing to splurge a little on colour preservation products.

Photo: Aubrey Nelson 

Beatrice Bowers
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Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.