Popsugar August 16, 2023



"Bropper" Is the Hottest Hair Color For Fall


Like matcha lattes and the Dyson Airwrap, the season's coolest new hair trend is a winning combination of two separate things. If you're shopping around for a bold new fall hair color, allow us to introduce you to "bropper," a brunette twist on the seemingly unstoppable copper hair trend.

It's no secret that red hair has been dominating over the last two years with everyone from Megan Fox to Lily James, Kendall Jenner, and Ciara wearing the look. But as we head into fall, that vibrant hue is getting a cozy update. As seen on stars like Lindsay Lohan and Kehlani, bropper hair is darker and a bit more sultry, making it perfect for the moody season that's approaching.

To learn more about the bropper hair-color trend for fall, keep reading.

What Is the Bropper Hair Color?

As you may have deduced from the name, the shade combines brown and copper, making it a great in-between color for natural brunettes looking to switch things up without going super dramatic. "Bropper differs from typical copper by blending natural brown base tones in with golds and red," Lauren Mildice, a colorist at Maxine Salon in Chicago, tells POPSUGAR. "This neutralizes the unwanted orange element in most coppers and creates a softer effect, rather than a glaring orange tone."

The nature of the color makes it easy to achieve on a naturally brown base, but that's not a requirement to get the look — you'll just need to put in a little extra work to get there if you have naturally blond or black hair. "Bropper is achieved by blending painted pieces of copper, amber, and brown shades of varying depth and lightness throughout the hair," Mildice says. "This technique is customized based on a client's thickness, texture, and lifestyle." The end result is a beautiful mix of brown, copper, and amber tones. "It's more of a cinnamon bronze rather than strawberry blond," she says.

How to Maintain Bropper Hair at Home

Though red hair colors aren't as temperamental as blond ones, you'll still want to ensure you're properly caring for your new style. "Quality shampoo and conditioner is so important," says Mildice. "By picking the wrong one, you could end up stripping the color out. The more steps you take to protect your color, the longer it will last." She recommends the Kérastase Chroma Absolu Shampoo and Strengthening Conditioner. Cool water is preferred when washing to help prolong the vibrance of the dye.

Using a heat protectant when styling with hot tools is also critical. "It creates a barrier between your hair and the heat," she says. We like the L'Oréal Professionnel Vitamino 10-in-1 Color Care Leave-In Conditioner for this, which offers protection up to 450°F.

Bropper Hair-Color Inspiration

See more examples of the bropper hair color ahead.

Bropper Hair Color on Kehlani

Kehlani's take on the bropper hair-color trend is a little more muted and brown than others.

Bropper Hair Color With Loose Curls

The bropper shade looks flattering on all skin tones and can be customized by a professional to really highlight your features.

Bropper Hair Color on Long Hair

When topped off with a gloss, the color catches the light beautifully, showing off the gold highlights.

Bropper Hair Color on Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan's new hue is the perfect example of bropper hair.