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Your hair colour doesn't just have to be blonde, brown or black these days.

From your fave Starbucks drink to puddles of gasoline, colourists are taking their inspiration from anything and everything – with VERY exciting results.

Here are a few we're gagging to try…

1. Pumpkin Spice hair
Have hair as basic as your beverage with this new autumn colour trend, which sees hair dyed a rich shade of red with copper undertones. Looking to get on board? Ask your colourist for a "soft copper hue."

 

2. Oil slick hair
This one is perfect for brunettes, as it involves no bleaching. Shades of dark purple and green are layered onto brown or black hair, giving an iridescent look that looks strangely like a puddle of gasoline. The colours last longer than lighter shades like red and pink too, so there's far less upkeep involved.

 

A photo posted by Kasey O'Hara™ (@hairbykaseyoh) on

 

3. Colour-block dip dye
Could this look be any more Gwen Stefani? The rocker first stepped out with purple and black hued hair shortly after announcing her divorce from Gavin Rossdale, and she updated the ends to a brighter blue this week. Yes, you need some serous hair confidence to pull it off, but we love the results.

 

4. Sand art hair
This high-intensity colour burst is named after those childhood sand art projects we were all forced to do in primary school. Hair is separated into sections, with a layer of green, pink, blue or purple applied to each piece. Neon nostalgia… we love it.

 

A photo posted by Kelly 0 (@hairbymisskellyo) on

 

5. Opal hair
Go for a softer take on the 'rainbow hair' trend with this opalescent look. First, hair is lightened to a pearl pink colour (not too far off grey), and then layers of colour are added for a washed-out, lightly coloured look.

 

6. Pixel hair
This one has been knocking around since early 2015, but we're still trying to wrap our heads around the mind-blowing effect. The 'splashlights' effect is achieved by colouring square blocks of hair and then blending each section together.

 

A photo posted by Philip Ring (@phildoeshair) on

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Pastel hair, gray hair and sand art hair… they've been all the rage this year but unless you're blessed with fair locks they involve a LOT of work.

Bleaching every ounce of colour from your hair not only wrecks the strands, but it takes a huge amount of upkeep to keep your roots constantly covered.

Luckily for ladies with darker tresses, there's a new trend in hair colouring that's altogether more brunette-friendly: the oil slick.

Created by celebrity colourist Aura Friedman, the look mimics the appearance of gasoline or oil mixed with water – that purplish, greenish rainbow effect we often see on the ground after it rains.

Creating the oil slick look is surprisingly easy, as it simply involves layering a small number of colours onto the hair. "I find that when you take a dark purple and a dark green and layer them one on top of the other, you end up with this iridescent feeling," says Aura of her creation.

 

A photo posted by Courtney – (@phyrra) on

Using darker tones rather than bleached pastels has multiple advantages. The oil slick trend is "great for people who naturally have dark hair and don't want to go through a major bleaching process," Aura says.

"You don't have to lighten it so much to get it there, so your hair will be in better condition."

 

A photo posted by Sean Godard (@seangodard) on

Plus, darker tones last much longer than pastels and neons, so the oil slick look will see you right through to Christmas.

Win!

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