Style & Beauty

Desert Rose Is The Pretty Pink Hair Color That Is Trending For Spring

Do you know someone who could pull off this look?

Every week, it seems there’s a new hair style du jour. Already this year, we’ve longed for glitterage, ghosted looks, denim dye jobs and even peanut butter and jelly hues. The sky is the limit for creative colorists across the country.

If you have a soft spot for the Southwest, the next hue you’re going to crave is desert rose. This muted dusty tone comes from a colorist in St. Louis. Caitlin Ford painted the now-viral hue on her hair model Lauren Stubbs.

She used a softer orange tone than other rose gold colors of trends past, and balanced it with a blue-green. As a result, strands take on a mauve and magenta tone with movement. Some of Stubbs’ platinum strands shine through for extra depth:

Desert Rose 🌹 🌵 The palette for this look was very inspired by my good friend @caitlintyczka who I consider to be the queen of muted, dusty tones! She knows her stuff when it comes to the color wheel. I wanted to create something very southwestern feeling with the color and pattern! The light band you see is my model @laurenehairmodel ‘s blonde, which I toned beige before coloring. I used @matrix #socolorcult to create this look as well as their Total Results #Rebond system to keep Lauren’s hair healthy and shiny during her service. 🌹🌵🌹 #matrixpartner #thebtcteam #btconeshot_festival18 #btconeshot_unconventionalcolor18 #btcbigshot_creativecolor18 #btcbigshot_editorial18 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #behindthechair #modernsalon #americansalon #esteticausa #beautylaunchpad #dustyrose #dusryrosehair #mutedhair #drainbow #hairgoals #colorfulhair #hairideas #besthair #framar #festivalhair #coachellahair #coachella #coachellafashion

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Her coloring technique also sets the shade apart from other rosy tones. She taps into images from the desert and paints horizontal lines like those on eagle feathers and coon tails. She uses “a deep, smoky, cooled-down magenta” and grey for the strips.

It’s not only beautiful. The multi-tonal shade is especially meaningful for Ford. The stripes in the hair make her nostalgic for coon tails from her childhood.

Desert Rose 🌹🌵The whole time I’ve been throwing stripes in hair has pretty much been nostalgia for my old scene kid coon tails 😂 I like to think this is the grown up version of coon tails. Who wants to rock this at Coachella? Maybe I can make you a wig version. 😉 I created this look with @matrix #socolorcult and I used their #rebond Shampoo and Conditioner system to keep @laurenehairmodel ‘s hair in great shape during her prep. #matrixpartner #thebtcteam #btconeshot_festival18 #btconeshot_unconventionalcolor18 #btcbigshot_editorial18 #btcbigshot_creativecolor18 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #behindthechair #modernsalon #americansalon #esteticausa #beautylaunchpad #dustyrose #dustyrosehair #mutedhair #drainbow #hairgoals #colorfulhair #hairideas #besthair #framar #festivalhair #coachellahair #coachella #coachellafashion #alternativefashion #fashionisart

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Ford also shared in one of her Instagram shots how she keeps her clients’ colored hair healthy. She relies on the Total Results Rebond system from Matrix. This multi-step regimen essentially strengthens hair and protects it against future damage. As a result, it’s especially beneficial for colored or processed strands, even if your dye job is more natural and simple.

Crazy For Color

This color is definitely shaking things up. Stubbs, her desert rose hair model, shared this fun video on her Instagram in order to show the shade in action.

#hairmodel #featherhair #dontfall #caitlynfordhair

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No need for rose-colored glasses. In fact, this desert rose hue looks lovely in any light. Will you go dusty rose next?