Metallic hair: Autumn’s super pretty colour trend

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This year we’ve seen a fair few colourful hair trends take hold: from watermelon to peach, to pastels and even rainbow tones! So, what colours are actually left when it comes to hair hues? Enter: metallic hair. Yes, really. These pretty hair colours have taken over our Insta feeds and have left the entire All Things Hair team practically green with hair-envy.

So, if you’re looking to get some seriously shiny locks, click through our gallery above or scroll down to discover this autumn’s hottest hair colouring trend!

Metallic hair: This autumn’s super pretty hair colour trend


metallic hair plait
Metallic hair. Credit:

So, before your mind conjures images of metal-plated tresses, we think it’s only fair that we explain what metallic hair is! Metallic hair works pretty hues, particularly pastels, and gives them an iridescent look. And it’s this glossy, high-shine effect that gives your hair colour a ‘metallic’ finish. Neat, right? Credit: @nellieduclos

silver metallic hair
Metallic hair: Silver fox has a new meaning. Credit:

When working with grey hues, adapting it into a metallic tone will give the result of silvery or pewter coloured hair – which will also help add dimension and depth to sometimes flat, greige and charcoal tones. Got a huge crush on ombre hair? Then it’s your lucky day, because silvers are a great option for pairing with icy blonde roots.  Credit: @makeubeautifull

After ombre locks without the metallic finish? Then you’ll want to tap into another of this season’s super hot trends – grey ombre (AKA grombre)! You can check out some seriously cool grombre Instagram inspiration, here.

copper peach metallic hair
Metallic hair: Copper tones? Credit:

Not feeling metallic hair as the main aspect of your look? Don’t fret: because this trend also looks great when applied as highlights. That’s why we love this coppery updo by @shelleygregoryhair. Try working your metallic tones into warm rose gold or other pink hues, to help to make your halo braid truly pop! Credit: @shelleygregoryhair

Editor’s tip: If you want to help keep your metallic hair’s vibrancy last as long as possible, try and use a shampoo and conditioner specially formulated for colour-treated hair. We recommend the TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Colour Vibrance Protection Shampoo and Conditioner (Both 500ml, £3.69*). 

Metallic hair: braided purple hair
Braided purple metallic hair. Credit:

Want to create an oil slick-inspired look? Then make a statement with pretty pastel purples, by keeping your pearlescent tones to your roots and mid lengths. Why you ask? Because this is where light naturally hits your mane first – so this will make for an extra high-shine metallic ‘do. Warning: eye protection is required when looking at this ‘do! Credit: @kristti.warner

Metallic hair: peacock hair with high shine
Pearly peacock hair. Credit:

And finally, if light pastels and barely-there hues aren’t really your thing, then don’t despair, because the metallic hair trend also extends to darker colours! Remember the peacock hair trend, that we spotted recently? Well, the good news is, that you can tap into 2 (yes, really) hair trends at once! Just work your peacock-inspired hues with an iridescent finish and you’ll be the source of envy for all your friends! Credit: @nealmhair

Can’t get enough of metallic hair? Need more hair colour inspiration? Then click here to keep up to date with all the latest hair colour trends!

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