Thanks to famous faces like Gigi Hadid, Dua Lipa and Kendall Jenner—one could even credit The Queen's Gambit's Beth Harmon—there's a toasty colour trend dominating Hollywood.
Enter: Copper hair.
But is it really the hair colour everyone will be sporting this season? Amanda Tua, Founder & Creative Director at Amanda Tua Hair says "absolutely!", telling ELLE Australia that it's risen in the ranks thanks to its versatility.
"Copper is my most requested colour shade at the moment due to its versatility on many skin tones," Tua tells ELLE. "In winter particularly our skin becomes more fair, so the right copper shade can really warm up and enhance pale skin tones".
Further proof that cooper is the most versatile hair trend of the season? Certified style icon Emma Chamberlain, who made us want to cut and colour our hair platinum after her 2022 Met Gala look, just joined the copper hair community. Honestly? We're not far off joining either.
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And while the concept of copper locks can seem intimidating, it doesn't have to be. No matter whether your locks are originally light or dark, there's a way to nail the look without the fuss.
According to Tua, there are oh-so-many ways to incorporate copper into hair and for blondes, it's "as simple as changing up your toner".
"Ask your colourist for something warmer: think strawberry blonde or peachy tones. This can be done at the end of your usual highlight service. The best part about a toner is it will fade out, so it's a great way to test a copper shade against your skin tone and super easy to go back to blonde," says Tua.
And for brunettes looking to go lighter, fret not. The Sydney hair colourist explains that those who "are a darker base who already have highlights/balayage, switch up your toner and make your highlights copper to really see how the shade sits against your skin tone. This is a great low maintenance way to incorporate copper into your hair with three to six month regrowth upkeep."
If Gigi Hadid's warm locks are a source of inspiration, then high maintenance copper may be up your alley. And if you have the patience and time, Tua recommends tinting the hair from the roots to nail an "all over copper result" à la Hadid.
"Ask your colourist to match the level of your copper to your natural base colour. This will provide a shade that's flattering against your skin tone, with less noticeable regrowth. The roots will need to be touched up every six to eight weeks."
But with every colour change, comes maintenance. For copper locks, Tua explains that keeping the pigment vibrant can be the biggest struggle. "Toning conditioners are great at-home maintenance, they contain colour pigment to instantly intensify and brighten your colour in as little as 10 minutes," she suggests.But as for which products copper newbies should get their hands on, she admits she's a strong advocate for colour preserving masks and conditioners.
"I love Christophe Robin Shade Variation Mask in Chic Copper or for vibrant, punchy copper Evo Fabuloso Copper Colour Intensifying Conditioner."
"Try to wash hair in cool to luke warm water as hot water can fade colour prematurely [...] For best results, make sure you are visiting your colourist for a toner every eight to ten weeks to keep your copper fresh and vibrant."
There you have it, your copper journey is merely a salon trip away.