Color me fancy: Top color trends at the Emmys

All eyes are on the red carpet at the awards shows to see what the top celebrities are wearing, from their gowns to their makeup and — of course — their hair. At the Emmy Awards each September, we get a sneak peek at some of the latest hair trends for fall in terms of both style and color.

Let’s take a look back at the top color trends on display at the 2011 Emmys and find out what to expect to see at the 2012 awards.

Giuliana Ranci at 2011 Emmys

Ombre color

In 2011, the ombre hair trend was still going strong — from the red carpet to the city streets. At the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, Giuliana Rancic embraced the trend with her beautifully romantic side ponytail.

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Minka Kelly at 2011 Emmys

Face-framing highlights

Minka Kelly is so pretty that it would be hard for her to do anything wrong. But at the 2011 Emmy Awards, her look was more than pretty — it was drop-dead gorgeous. Her ladylike updo was the perfect complement to her lace Dior gown. And when it comes to color, her hair looked beautiful with soft, face-framing highlights.

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Rashida Jones at 2011 Emmys

Rich browns

Rich brown hair color, from chestnut to chocolate, was hot for 2011. At the Emmy Awards, our favorite brunette was Rashida Jones. Her hair color looked rich, glossy and fresh. Her slightly sideswept bangs and low side chignon looked fabulous with her strapless Alberta Ferretti gown.

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Christina Hendricks at 2011 Emmys

Racy reds

Red hair color was all the rage in 2011, from subtle highlights to full heads of vibrant red hair. One of our favorite redheads, Christina Hendricks, looked gorgeous on the red carpet at the Emmys. You might not realize that she’s not a natural redhead. She (with some help from her mom) dyed her blonde hair red for the first time at the age of 10, due to her obsession with the children’s novel, Anne of Green Gables.

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From the expert…

So what should we expect at the 2012 Emmy Awards? We talked to top stylist David John to give us a hint about what’s hot for fall.

“Fall hair color will be shiny, strong color,” John explains. “Cool single process blondes and brunettes are in. Highlights and ombre are out!! I am also seeing accents, tips and streaks of bright neon colors.”

Currently at the uber-chic Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon in Los Angeles, his celebrity clientele has included Suzanne Somers, Cheryl Tiegs, Courteney Cox and Dana Delaney. John takes face shape, skin tone, body type, hair texture and lifestyle into account before choosing the style and color for each of his clients.

Keep in mind

You don’t need to make a long commitment to a new hair color. You can try out different shades with temporary hair color that washes out in just a few shampoos.

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