This Is How NYC and L.A. Girls Are Dyeing Their Hair This Winter

When it comes to nailing down hair color inspiration for any season, we can always count on the chic ladies who inhabit the coastal hubs of NYC and L.A. to show us what's hot. Whether we're tapping the chicest celebrities, the most stylish influencers, or the expert colorists making it all happen, we know we can look to those to the west and the east to show us the way. 

This winter, the hair color inspiration is off the charts. While we typically see an influx of deep, rich hair colors dominating this time of year, the tastemakers we love most are dyeing their locks every color from the blackest blacks to brown-on-brown highlights and even some high-velocity colors palettes we just can't get enough of. 

Keep reading to see the 20 best new hair colors for winter, and prepare for major hair envy.


Black Magic

It doesn't get much deeper than Demi Lovato's inky, near-black color. We love that the intense darkness still reads as elevated and doesn't come across costumey.

Mahogany Monotone

From root to tip, Kacey Musgraves's rich mahogany hair color is a win. We love the shine and texture she's serving here.


Henna Hued

This blazing rust-colored hue will keep you warm all winter. 

Bright Cooper

Get into this slightly muted, copper-toned color. 

Rinsed Red

This Is How NYC and L.A. Girls Are Dyeing Their Hair This Winter: Zendaya


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When Zendaya debuted this fiery red hair on the red carpet recently, we immediately earmarked it for winter hair inspiration. After all, nothing says winter quite like a deep red hue. 


Melted Chocolate

This brown-on-brown highlight situation is perfect for those who want to reserve lighter highlights for the warm months. 

Face-Framing Sunlights

This winterized take on face-framing highlights looks like a kiss of natural sunlight against the rest of Shay Mitchell's deep brown hair.

Lived-In Lights

This color screams, "I woke up like this." It's effortlessly cool.

Dimensional Balayage

Not ready to ditch the color you spent all summer perfecting? This delicate balayage packs the perfect amount of warmth to keep your strands feeling fresh until the snow melts.

Hand-Painted Caramel

Little touches of caramel throughout a curly brunette coif are always a good idea.

Molten Brown

Au naturel color is always in season.

Honey Dipped

When it comes to flawless hair color (or anything else, for that matter), Beyoncé can do no wrong in our book. This chocolate brown, winter-appropriate departure from her typical golden-blonde tresses is no different. But she didn't totally lose the light—just check out those subtly lifted ends. 

Lifted Brunette

Don't blink. You'll miss this subtle highlight situation.


Soft Blonde

This toasty blonde is soft, bright, and pairs perfectly with those winter whites.

Warm Platinum

Taking platinum blonde from summer to winter is as easy as toning down the bright white to a softer, more natural hue.

Flaxen Blonde

Is there anything chicer than a bleach-blonde moment on a natural crop?

Smudged Sand

Gigi Hadid makes a case for taking your blonde to the borderline of the lightest brown, and we're picking up the vibe for winter.


Metallic Rose

This Is How NYC and L.A. Girls Are Dyeing Their Hair This Winter: Hunter Schafer


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Winterize your pastels with an ash base that sets the stage for the color to come right through.

Blue Magic

This Is How NYC and L.A. Girls Are Dyeing Their Hair This Winter: Amandla Stenberg


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We can't get enough of this array of blue intricately woven into Amandla Stenberg's jumbo box-braids. 

Silver Surfer

This Is How NYC and L.A. Girls Are Dyeing Their Hair This Winter: Cardi B


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Cardi B is no stranger to switching up her hair color to suit any occasion. This metallic take on the grandma hair trend is the modern twist your winter deserves. 

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