Written by Evelyn Davies. Hairdresser. Creative writer. Instagram: @evelyndavieshair
Rose gold hair is a hot trend that has been dominating the warm color pallet.
Is it red? Pink? Or gold? This color leaves people struck on what to call it. It’s a mix of metallic gold with pinky-red hues. The color has the ability to be executed in many ways but I find the most popular is blonde rose gold. With so many different variations of rose gold, I decided to make this a simple guide.
Blonde Rose Gold Hair
Blondes have the ability to guilt-free experiment with color.
Rose gold is great for those blondes with yellow tones in their hair. Instead of fighting it, a rose gold tone will work with it, meaning you don’t have to lift out those yellow tones that make your hair look brassy, leaving it in better condition, but also with a unique eye-catching color.
Rose Gold Hair Variations
Vintage rose? True Rose gold? Champagne? There’s a lot of variations.
It is a hard color to cocktail at the color bar. So, take a picture to your hair stylist if you have an image in your head. True rose gold to me looks like, well rose gold! But I have experienced clients ask for a champagne tone, and not had the result they asked for in their head. So always take pictures. There’s a huge spectrum of warm blondes.
Vintage Rose Gold Hair
This is my favorite version for rose gold.
Vintage rose gold hair has an undertone to mute it down a little. Giving it an aged vintage effect. Almost a matt neutral hint to move away from bold obvious reflects of color. It’s not as dense as some rose golds. I think it has a more expensive finish. With a really nice two-tone iridescent feel. Now these words could mean anything to you as I’m a hairdresser but check my image below for a visual:
True Rose Gold Hair
This is a classic mix, gold, red and bronzy.
True rose gold to me has a bronze under tone.
This gives it a bit more ‘spice’ than the vintage muted tone. It’s a little closer to warm metallic hair color. It’s a light bronze with a red/pink hue. Like a light copper. Making it subtle and unusual at the same time. Again, check out the image below for a visual on what I mean by true rose gold.
Rose Gold Champagne Blonde Hair
This gives a nice more natural classy tone.
Now this color is not classed as a rose personally but it’s in the warm blonde family and it often gets tagged as a rose gold, so I want it to be featured. The champagne tones are a more yellow golden-based tone. They can have a reflect of pinky silvery hues, which is why this tone kind of crosses into the rosy family. Check my image below for a clear visual.
Rose Gold Peach Hair Color
The bolder variant I see popping up on Instagram.
Peachy pinky hues are so delicately beautiful. They add a veil of sparkly warm fun to blondes. I have also seen these tones referred to a ‘rose gold’ and it’s a warm blonde so I can see why. There are no rules to what you want to call a tone, but I think it’s nice if you and your stylist can speak the same language. Check out what I’d call a peach below:
Rose Gold Brunette Hair
So, this is even MORE complex.
The problem with going a darker tone is you lose the brightness of the orange-red pink hues in there. So, in order to have these tones peeping through, it may be realistic to lighten pieces of your hair for it to appear more obvious. It’s achievable but let me show you an image of rose gold brunettes. It looses the light behind the tone and doesn’t look as unusual.
As you can see, the brunette roses have multi-tones. To get that color to appear in your hair you may need to lighten it up. Also, we still have the different variations – though more subtle on a brunette tone. These tones can have more golds, reds, orange, pink, and even slight violets.
Looking after Rose Gold Tones
Getting rose gold can be hard and keeping rose golds can be hard.
I always recommend professional quality products for hair care. Washing less frequently in cooler temperatures helps with longevity. Also, heat protections and less heat styling can help. To top it up, toner conditioner treatments are perfect for adding hues at home whilst conditioning your hair.
Rose gold hair is a challenge.
Confusing right?? Try cocktailing it in the salon! We tailor every color.
We have to come up with the right formula for you. I’m hoping this guide gives you more clarity on what you’re looking for. Maybe even helps you and your hair stylist choose what’s best for you. And you’re ready and prepared to understand the process of getting rose gold hair.