Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice: Embracing the Fall Color Trend

Pumpkin spice hair color is a captivating and cozy trend that perfectly encapsulates the essence of autumn. This warm and inviting hue draws its inspiration from the vibrant tones of pumpkin pie, cinnamon, and nutmeg, creating a rich and luscious blend that's both visually striking and comforting. The pumpkin spice hair color typically combines shades of deep red, burnt orange, and subtle hints of golden brown, resulting in a harmonious and multidimensional look. It's a color choice that evokes the warmth of a crackling fireplace and the earthy charm of fall foliage, making it an ideal choice for clients looking to embrace the seasonal spirit and add a touch of autumnal magic to their hair.

"It’s only fitting that pumpkin spice is most prominent during the Halloween season, especially since it lurks around and pops up everywhere like a villain in a horror film. Pumpkin spice can be found virtually anywhere come fall: candles, hand soaps, candy, and, of course, the OG Starbucks drink. If it's possible to pumpkin spice it, chances are the fall-ready version already exists". -Byrdie

One of the standout features of pumpkin spice hair color is its versatility. Stylists can tailor the shades and intensity to suit a wide range of skin tones and preferences. Whether it's a bold and fiery statement or a more understated, natural look, pumpkin spice hair color offers a spectrum of possibilities. This trend beautifully complements various hair lengths and textures, making it accessible and appealing to a broad client base. As autumn arrives, clients seeking a stunning and seasonally inspired transformation can confidently turn to pumpkin spice hair color to capture the enchanting beauty of fall in their locks.


CHOOSING A SHADE: Undertones of copper, gold, and warm browns are available in all different levels of darkness or lightness, allowing pumpkin spice hair to appeal to everyone any time of year.

MAINTENANCE LEVEL: High. These tones fade fastest, so it’s important to use color-saving shampoo.

GOES GREAT WITH: “It’s the perfect transitional color for a brunette," Connors says. "A little bit of warmth can create the appearance of natural highlights.”

SIMILAR SHADES: Gingersnap, cinnamon, auburn, copper

PRICE: $10-$30 for store-bought dye, $50-$200 at the salon

Autumnal transition brings a rich palette of warm and cozy hues that can transform looks and spirits. 

Fall Color Palette, the hues that define this season:

  1. Rich Reds: Deep, wine-like reds reminiscent of the changing leaves are a classic choice for fall.

  2. Warm Coppers: Shades of copper and ginger add warmth and vibrancy to hair, mirroring the golden hues of autumn.

  3. Chocolate Browns: Rich, dark brown tones evoke cozy vibes and are perfect for clients who prefer subtler changes.

  4. Honey Blondes: Soft, golden blondes capture the essence of fall sunlight, creating a sun-kissed effect.

  5. Bronze Highlights: Incorporating bronze highlights adds dimension and a touch of luxury to any hair color.

Other Fall Color Techniques to infuse the fall color trend into your clients' hair:

  1. Balayage and Ombre: These freehand techniques create a seamless gradient from darker roots to lighter ends, ideal for showcasing fall-inspired colors.

  2. Color Melting: Blend multiple shades together using a color melt technique to create a harmonious, natural-looking transition.

  3. Foilyage: Combining the best of foil and balayage, foilyage creates a high-impact, blended look with strategic foil placement.

  4. Root Smudging: Soften harsh lines by smudging the root color into the rest of the hair, creating a more natural regrowth.

  5. Low-Maintenance Color: Offer low-maintenance color options that require less frequent touch-ups, such as a rooted color approach.


Embracing the fall color trend is an exciting opportunity to showcase your creativity and expertise as a stylist. By mastering the techniques and products discussed here, you'll be well-equipped to offer your clients stunning fall-inspired hair transformations. Approach each appointment with enthusiasm and confidence, and let the magic of the season shine through in your work. Your clients will leave your salon not just looking great but also feeling the spirit of fall's warmth and beauty.