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 trendiest 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
(Image credit: @demilovato)

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
(Image credit: @spaceykacey)

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
(Image credit: @micaelaverrelien)

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


Bright Cooper
(Image credit: @allisonmcnamara)

Get into this slightly muted, copper-toned color. 


Rinsed Red
(Image credit: Getty Images)

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



Melted Chocolate
(Image credit: @taunidawson)

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


Face-Framing Sunlights
(Image credit: @taunidawson)

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
(Image credit: @oursecondskin)

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


Dimensional Balayage
(Image credit: @jesushair)

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
(Image credit: @gabifresh)

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


Molten Brown
(Image credit: @alyssainthecity)

Au naturel color is always in season.


Honey Dipped
(Image credit: @beyonce)

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
(Image credit: @aimeesong)

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



Soft Blonde
(Image credit: @meganadelaide)

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


Warm Platinum
(Image credit: @justinemarjan)

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


Flaxen Blonde
(Image credit: @cynthiaerivo)

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


Smudged Sand
(Image credit: @gigihadid)

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
(Image credit: Getty Images)

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


Blue Magic
(Image credit: Getty Images)

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


Silver Surfer
(Image credit: Getty Images)

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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This article was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.

Associate Beauty Editor

Courtney Higgs is a Cancer sun, Libra rising beauty enthusiast with about six years of experience in the editorial space. She was previously Who What Wear's associate beauty editor after spending many years working on the West Coast edit team at InStyle Magazine. She graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a BA in communication studies and pivoted to editorial after spending her college years working in the legal field. Her beauty philosophy is simple: She believes there are no wrong answers and that discovering our favorite beauty products and rituals is a journey, not a sprint. When she's not geeking out over products, she can be found adventuring around L.A. with her fiancé; watching reality TV with their French bulldog, Bernie Mac; or relating way too hard to astrology memes.