Just because the seasons are changing doesn't mean we have to let go of all summery things. Highlighter will keep us glowing and highlighted hair will keep us looking sun-kissed.
As for the latter, we just need to update our look to be seasonally appropriate. Instead of the bright, golden blonde balayage we've been seeing all summer, we're thinking of switching it up to something a little smokier. That's where Instagram's newest hair colour trend comes in. According to Allure, the buzziest way to go blonde is by dyeing your hair a shade of "toasted coconut." Yes, that name makes us feel immediately hungry. No, it doesn't involve putting actual coconut in your hair. Keep scrolling to see "toasted coconut" hair.
As you can see, toasted coconut hair is different from the traditional balayage we're used to seeing, as the highlights don't undulate with the hair's deeper tones. Instead, as colourist Ami Rexroth told Allure, "It's a very rich, dark root that softly transitions and melts into blonder ends." Essentially, it's a modern 2018 take on traditional ombré hair.
People who already have brunette hair will find this colour trend especially easy to pull off since the base shade is already there. All it takes is progressive lightening on the ends.
That also means it's pretty low-maintenance. Since it's basically a more modern, updated take on ombré, the hair will grow out naturally without any harsh lines or colour separation. That's ideal. After all, just because summer holidays are coming to a close and we're heading back to work and school doesn't mean we're abandoning our laissez-faire summer beauty vibe. Low-maintenance hair colour for the win.
If you want to stay as blonde as possible, model your hair after this look by expert colourist Johnny Ramirez. It's overwhelmingly blonde, save for sandy-brown hair at the roots.
It doesn't have to be cool-toned blonde, either. If you prefer warmer, more golden-blonde hues, look to this example, also from Ramirez. It's a subtle take on the trend, with the lightest parts of the hair placed out front around the face.
Proof that toasted coconut colour suits any length, even—no, especially—a choppy lob.
How gorgeous is this colour on Nikki Lee, the co-founder of Nine Zero One Salon?
Here's another toasty hair colour, also courtesy of stylist Shaylee Blatz at Nine Zero One. This hue looks almost exactly the same as a coconut latte.
Once your colour is done, pair it with tousled waves, like Nine Zero One stylist Morgan Parks did here. It's a winning combination, yes?
We'll end the toasted coconut hair inspiration with this image from Morgan Parks. These mermaid tresses...We can't look away.
Now please excuse us while we book a salon appointment. In the meantime, be sure to check out the cult L.A. hair line that's just launched in the UK.