Okay, I know, I know – auburn? For Autumn? Groundbreaking. We’ve seen it all before – the longing for autumnal auburn hair returns every time the leaves start to fall, and exquisite orange heads of hair seem to be popping up everywhere. (Just ask TikTok, where #gingerhair is currently trending with over 100 million views).
And yet, I’m just as in love with it this year as I have been in years gone by. There’s something about gorgeous ginger locks (and converting to them) that just feels so right this time of year. I think it might have something to do with the falling crimson leaves, the Halloween pumpkins, and the bonfires – not to mention the frankly frightening amount of pumpkin spice lattes I’ve been consuming this month.
The great thing about red hair is that it’s flattering for every skin colour and hair type. Plus, there’s an endless array of shades to choose from. Go for subtle and natural – with soft strawberry blonde, natural-looking ginger, or a warm auburn like that being rocked by Gigi Hadid in Fashion Weeks across the globe. Or, opt for a bit of *drama* and go for vibrant red, or blazing orange à la Bella Thorne.
If you’re not quite up to a full-head transformation – why not add a pop of ginger in one of 2021’s fave styles. We’re talking face-framing highlights, colourful accents, and balayages in oh-so-autumnal shades of red and fiery orange. Dreamy. This year’s edgiest twist is a full head of black or dark brown with a shock of bright colour thrown in the mix. Bonus? It doubles as the perfect goth-but-glam Halloween look.
If you’re ready to take the plunge (or if you need a little more convincing), here’s all the inspo you need.
By Beth Ryan