Here’s how to find out if the copper hair trend is for you

Copper hair trend

Ready for copper? (Image: Getty/Instagram)

Copper has a moment.

Yes, it’s usually a fall color, but celebrities are now embracing the soft ginger hue for the spring months.

Recently seen on Kendall Jenner and Barbie Ferreira, honey-colored copper tones are back in fashion.

In keeping with the ‘lived in’ look that has dominated hair throughout the pandemic – first due to a lack of choice as hairdressers were closed, then as a welcome low-maintenance step – copper hair can be easy to work with.

Changing your natural color is easy if you want to embrace the tone of the moment.

Lead hair colourist Zoe Irwin, who works with Wella, tells “We’re seeing copper hair everywhere at the moment – from the Netflix series The Queens Gambit to celebrities like Kendall Jenner.


Barbie’s subtle new look (Image: Instagram)

“Tonal copper hair also works incredibly well with a wide range of tones, from greens to jades and sages.

“People have also become a lot more playful with their hair color since the pandemic.

“We learn to play with color and use it as a form of self-expression.”

So how can you tell if the shade is right for you?

Zoe says you have to think about your skin tone to know where you sit on the copper tones scale.

Celebrity Sightings in Paris - February 28, 2022

Kendall is off Copper (Image: Marc Piasecki/GC Images)

She explains: “Similar to finding the perfect red lipstick, finding the best copper shade is all about your skin tone.

“It could be a softer maroon with yellow undertones, or it could be a deeper red base.

“There are so many tones in the copper palette, it really is a versatile shade.

“If we look at the celebrities who wear this copper shade, they are all very subtly different, but they all match the skin tone perfectly.”

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Anya Taylor-Joy in the Queen’s Gambit (Image: AP)

How to switch to copper if your hair color is extremely dark or light

Zoe says, “The copper hair color is pretty easy to achieve across a range of hair colors, simply because there’s a shade of copper for everyone.”

For Bleach Blonde: Opt for a soft strawberry glaze.

For deep brunettes: Multi-dimensional shades applied to brunette to create a more customized copper/rust tone.

She adds, “Hair glazes are fantastic for people who want to add copper tones to their hair, as they offer an ultra-natural, color-true result that adds tonality and a healthy shine.”

Try using a color-applying mask at home to replicate everything you’ve done professionally in a salon, like this Wella Color Fresh Mask in Copper Glow.

One thing to note about this shade is how quickly the color can fade.

Zoe says she’s often been asked for tips on keeping color “fresh” as people struggle to “maintain that healthy look.”

“The porosity of your hair affects how your color fades,” she says.

“The raised hair cuticle in porous hair can allow the color molecule to leak out, causing the color to fade faster.

“I recommend using color masks weekly to ensure your hair is in optimal health.

“Not only are they great at conditioning and strengthening hair, but they also leave a beautiful copper tone that helps revitalize color between salon appointments.”

Copper doesn’t have to be that heavy.

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