Copper looks great on almost anyone, it’s true. This ginger-ish shade is a stark contrast to the nectar blonde trend that was everywhere last year. It has many fans, including Kendall Jenner, Ciara and Phoebe Dynevor. It will soon be everywhere – if it hasn’t already, you can find it on Instagram or TikTok (or IRL).
This versatile color can be worn in a variety of ways: auburn with blonde highlights a La Ciara, chestnut Red like Sweeney, and more fiery like Hadid chose during this year’s fashion month. Jenner kept her darker roots which added a touch of contrast to her copper.
Copper trends allow some to be more adventurous, taking risks with orange shades.
The more timid can still keep their wheels turning with more auburn tones. It’s no surprise that Instagram’s #copperhair has been viewed over 1.1 million times and TikTok has seen it viewed by over 92,000,000 people.
Don’t be fooled by the popularity of this trend. Olivia Casanova, a New York City colorist warns that copper can be a daunting task. She admits that red tones tend to fade quickly.
Rachel Bodt, a New York City-based colorist, previously explained that colorists are skilled at picking the right shade for an individual (taking into consideration factors such as eye color). This job is best left to professionals. Bodt says that a good rule is to choose a color that is similar to your skin’s undertones.
Copper hair can be used in many different ways, as we have already mentioned. “Copper can swing in many directions so most skin tones will do well,” Amanda Moore, a colorist at Gem House Salon New York City says.
You will need to bleach and dye your hair more often if you have naturally dark hair. Moore recommends that you visit the salon every four to eight week for a root retouch to keep your color vibrant.
Casanova suggests that those with darker hair try a gloss to achieve a copper-like look. Casanova claims that the gloss will fade slowly, unlike dye.
This is best for those with more subtle copper colors. It won’t give you that dramatic, tangerine-y look. Casanova states that whether or not you can use a gloss depends on the color of your hair and how extreme you want it to look.
Moore suggests that you use a shampoo without sulfates for your hair’s upkeep. She explains that sulfates can cause soap bubbles, but are too harsh on our scalps. “They dry out the scalp and strip hair of the color they’ve invested in.” Moore recommends that you use a conditioner without parabens. This will prevent grease buildup and not dull your shine.
Ron Robinson, a cosmetic chemist, previously stated that “sulfates may over-strip skin oils which can leave it dry and susceptible to allergic reactions.” Therefore, sulfate free shampoos are better for sensitive scalps and hair with color-damaged.
Casanova swears to Davines’ Alchemic range, which includes color-depositing shampoos and conditioners. This will keep your hair looking vibrant and hydrated. Another great option is the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Deep Conditioning Mask. This mask works to fix straight hair, curled hair, and coiled hair.
- Alchemic Conditioner Copper $33 AT DAVINES
- Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask $38
Copper hair is not easy, but it’s possible. The color is a great match for almost everyone so it’s a low-risk situation with high rewards. Don’t let us take this as gospel. We have seen celebrities jump on this trend.