Cider & Spice & All Things Nice: The Latest Hair Trend To Keep You Cosy This Winter


It’s officially winter and we’re all permanently on the hunt for all things cosy; fluffy loungewear with mega hoods, extra large furry slippers and huge mugs of hot anything with whipped cream and marshmallows (like the hot chocolate eyeliner trend we covered a little while back). When it comes to beauty looks, we’re on the same vibes and the newest, hottest hair trend currently making waves on Instagram is about to solve all of our problems.

This hair trend is a throwback to autumn and at the same time, oh-so-perfectly wintery. The autumn-inspired cider and spice hair trend was coined by Californian hair stylist and skilled balayage-extraordinaire, Ryan Weeden. Ryan has been flashing the trend across his account to his almost fifty thousand strong Instagram fans and spoke about his colour invention to Allure.

Cider ➕ Spice By @ryan.weeden #ryanweeden

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The cider and spice look is all about rich and multi-tonal colours. Not quite brunette, nor blonde or red – this palette has aspects of all, like a cinnamon-infused, Christmas market beverage. See the connection now?

• golden strawberry swirl •

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Ryan’s version of his famous style incorporates auburns, browns and both warm and icy bright blondes into one, thickly painted on, modern day balayage. The application is done with large, chunky sections, giving extra body and bounce to each look. A style that goes beautifully with all skin tones and hair types, this winter creation will have us all trying to get that pre-Christmas appointment booked in. Stylists nationwide, watch out.

Really into Warm Balayage right now. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire 🎤🎶🎵 By @ryan.weeden #ryanweeden

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The secret to creating the cider and spice look is the layering of the multi-dimensional colour, creating thickness, depth and warmth. It’s super natural but almost impossibly colourful simultaneously, with warm brown and auburn lowlights, stroked with coppery blondes, increasing towards the ends of the hair. The brighter and significantly ashier blonde highlights come through thicker towards the face, brightening the entire front of the head and around the jaw and cheekbones.

Soft Tigereye Collaboration by @sadiejcre8s + @ryan.weeden #ryanweeden

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The latest hair trend of the season lends itself perfectly to soft, wintery waves and plaits on layered hair, of all lengths. It’s the perfect accompaniment for a thick, chunky knitted jumper and oversized scarf, this season.

The look is flexible depending on where the hair is starting on the colour palette, and can be worked with more or fewer tones depending on overall desired finish. Therefore, seekers of this trend, ensure completing your homework on Instagram and Pinterest before your appointment, so images can be taken in and shown to the stylist in charge!

SNIP SNIP #haircut #texture #shag #anhcotran

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In his chat with Allure, expert Ryan does warn that this technique of seamless balayage and the particular combination and blend of colours is very difficult to perfectly achieve. He says, “make sure you feel 100% confortable that your expectations can be met, otherwise, it can go terribly wrong”. Eeek. Better leave this one to the balayage experts then.

For those with a darker natural starting point but still craving some warmth this winter, try the root beer hair trend instead!


What are your thoughts on the cider and spice trend? Would you be willing to give it a go? Share your thoughts with us in the comments on Facebook and Twitter.

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