Celebs are loving 'autumn orange' hair – could it work for you?

When you think about it, orange hair for autumn makes so much sense, it’s a surprise we haven’t done it sooner.

It’s giving Gilmore Girls, roaring fireplaces and crunchy autumn leaves.

Also dubbed ‘pumpkin spiced hair’ (of course), celebs including Cara Delevingne, Nicola Coughlan, Sydney Sweeney and Shay Mitchell have all jumped on the trend.

But dying your locks the same hue as the autumn leaves is a bold move – and once you’ve got orange colour in your hair, it’s famously difficult to get out again.

We spoke to Nicole Petty, hair expert at Milk + Blush to find out more about the seasonal hair trend – and if we should all be making a trip to the hairdresser.

Here’s what she had to say.

What is autumn orange hair?

Nicole says: ‘The colour is vibrant yet warm and rustic. It symbolises the warmth that the season embodies.

‘But it’s more than just one colour. The tone you choose is all up to your personal preference. For example, Cara Delevingne recently showcased a more toned-down look that is a warm, copper take on the trend that compliments and updates her brunette locks.

‘More vibrant looks have been debuted by celebs, such as Sydney Sweeney, Kendall Jenner and Stacey Solomon.

‘It’s an opportunity to stand out and look great while doing it – it’s not just a hair colour but a fashion statement.’

How do you know if it’s the right choice for you?

The good news is that this shade can be adapted to suit you.

‘For those with lighter, fair skin tones, the neutral shades of orange will look great on you, such as auburn or classic ginger,’ says Nicole.

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‘Meanwhile, medium skin tones with cool undertones in their hair suit those warmer shades, such as burgundy and auburn, while warm undertones look best with coppers or rusty shades.

‘And dark skin tones will look great with a coppery take on the iconic hair trend.’

How do you get autumn orange hair?

Firstly, when it comes to actually taking a trip to the salon, Nicole advises to take lots of pictures with you.

‘You’ll want to provide your hairdresser with a good reference photo of the shade and tone you’d like to achieve,’ says Nicole.

‘They’ll then be able to tell you whether they think that will suit your skin tone and figure out the best process to get the desired result.’

Also bear in mind that orange isn’t the easiest colour to get out of your hair, once it’s in. ‘Consider whether you want to go for permanent or semi-permanent hair dye,’ says Nicole.

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‘For a quick change that requires less long-term commitment, consider a semi-permanent colour that will fade quickly with washes and contains no ammonia.

‘Alternatively, for longer-lasting colour, permanent hair dye will stay in for six to eight weeks and remain vibrant, yet it will be harder to shift and require more regular maintenance.’

And the colour you achieve will vary depending on whether you’ve got light or dark hair.

Nicole says: ‘Hair that’s blonde or already bleached will act as a blank canvas and require fewer steps to achieve vibrant looks.

‘Dark hair won’t take the colour as well and could require your hairdresser to strip and bleach your hair before beginning the process.’

‘More permanent hair dye and longer processes that involve more chemicals could have a tougher impact on your locks, so consider your hair health before taking the plunge. And always visit a hairdresser, as they’ll be able to give you professional advice and assistance, so there’s no irreversible damage.’

‘Discuss semi-permanent options with your hairdresser if you’re after something less drastic.

And do what works for you. ‘Remember, what suits one person may not suit another,’ says Nicole. ‘Those not up for diving straight into the new trend should look at more subtle takes on the hair trend.’

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