Blonde Roast Is the Latest Coffee-Inspired Hair-Color Trend for Fall

Starbucks defines blonde roast as “lightly roasted coffee that’s soft, mellow and flavorful.” Colorists on Instagram, however, are defining it as a gorgeous blend of blonde and brown that may be cool in tone but instantly calls to mind a hot cup of goes-down-smooth coffee. It’s the latest java-inspired take on highlights, following cold brew, iced caramel latte, and salted caramel mocha.

Blonde roast is a stunning way to combine shades of darker brown with shades of lighter blonde without an unnaturally stark contrast — think toasted coconut, but with more blending throughout the length of the hair. South Florida-based colorist Olivia Smalley says it’s dimensional and multi-tonal, calling it “an ashy bronde with a cool metallic finish.”

“Trending: #BlondeRoast A hybrid combo of cool metallic ash tones on brunette hair,” Smalley writes in a caption accompanying an Instagram photo of her client’s long, glossy hair. She reveals that she used Kenra Blonde Bronze Metallic to tone it and get the beautiful results.

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????????❗️Trending: #BlondeRoast A hybrid combo of cool metallic ash tones on brunette hair. ⠀ ⠀ I’ve been told “you only do blonde hair” not true. I’m a Blonding Specialist, meaning lighting hair is my specialty. It’s what I love! ???????? ⠀ ⠀ ☕️????What size would you like #blonderoast this fall? Tall, Grande, Venti… do they make a bigger size? Tag your brunette friends who want to go lighter!????☕️ ⠀ ⠀ For those of you going to ask the toner, it’s @kenraprofessional 8BrM which is Bronzed Metallic my favvv. ⠀ ⠀ #Omgartistry #oliviasmalley #socialsavvystylist #blondespecialist #cosmoprofbeauty #daviehairstylist #fortlauderdehairstylist #miamihairstylist #socialqueen #blonderoastplease #blonderoasthair #blonderoastbrunette #bronzedmetallic #kenraprofessional #kenracolor #allure #alluremagazine @allure #bronde #brondehair

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As the hashtag starts to take off on Instagram, it’s clear that colorists are creating blonde roast looks that go nearly white-blonde for some clients’ strands while staying in a medium-brown realm for others, but one thing is clear: it’s a delicious approach to marrying the best of blonde and brunette shades for those who don’t necessarily want their hair color to be as warm as their coffee.