Autumn- and Winter Hair Colors
As the leaves transition from bright green to reds, oranges, and sienna tones, autumn and winter is the perfect season to experiment with bold hues. From updating our wardrobes and hairstyles to daring to be different with fall hair colours, we too can trade in our sun-kissed, highlighted hair for darker tones.
So summer has passed and the sun dresses and tanning lotion are no more, so what? Just like the leaves on the trees, it’s time now to introduce a new hue, and a new stunning you! Here are our 6 tips and tricks for autumn- and winter hair colours.
- Try lowlights
Don’t want to commit to dyeing all your hair? Lowlights are a great introduction of darker colours for the fall season. Lowlights are the counterpart to highlights: darker pieces of hair, dyed below layers and encircle the neck to create deep dimension and flowing tresses. This treatment gives hair a richer, more vibrant look, and combat faded highlights. Choose darker lowlights under layers with a few strands in the front to frame your face. Tip: Darker shades are often warmer than the cool, ashy blonde you may have had tried this summer! Don’t worry, those sun-kissed locks won’t disappear. Adding lowlights will maintain some of summer’s glow while still transforming your hair to a chic fall colour and style.
- The autumn palette
“What colour should I dye my hair?” It’s a common question as any season changes, summer or fall! For fall, inspiration is all around you – from the leaves to the change in fashion. Fall’s brilliant colour palette includes rustic burnt reds, warm gold tones, deep browns, and decadent chocolate hues. Want to make heads turn? Opt for fair hair colour trends like copper strands, strawberry blondes, red accents (for brown hair) and pink undertones. Tip: When selecting a new hair colour, match it to your natural hair colour and go a few shades darker.
- Skin Tone
With most aesthetics, from makeup to fashion, skin tone is always considered, and that includes choosing hair colour. Step one, look at the undertones in your skin. There are three types of undertones: warm, cool, and neutral.
What the best way to determine your undertone? Flip your hand over and take a gander at the veins in your wrist; if they are blue, you’re cool-toned; if they are green, you’re warm-toned. Or, hold up a shirt in a shade of blue or green against your face, then hold up a shirt in a shade of yellow or red. If your skin looks amazing against the blue or green shirt, you have cool-toned skin, and if not, you are warm-toned. Looking fly beside both shades? You probably have neutral toned skin – lucky you!
Are you cool? There is no need to go copious amounts darker with your hair colour, as this could be drastic and “harsh” – so choose darker purple and blue based colours like strawberry blonde or champagne blonde.
Are you warm? Earthy colours like mocha brown and ebony brown combined with golden or red highlights are a great choice.
Tip: For the best results, always consultant with a hair professional on the best hair colors that will work for your complexion and individual style.
Tip: Ombre hair extensions are a great option to “test the waters” with color.
- Go darker with time
Even thought dyeing your entire head of hair a dark colour is tempting, it can be an extreme change for most. Avoid hair color regret and ensure healthy tresses by taking a progressive approach to darkening your hair. Tip: Darken your hair one shade at a time at every hair appointment. This way your hair colour transformation doesn’t look unnatural or shocking – well unless you really want to turn heads, right around!
- No brow left behind!
Darker hair = darker brows. You will need to fill your brows in with a new product, or tint them to match your new hair colour. For a natural look, choose a shade that emulates the lightest highlight in your hair. Tip: Visit a brow specialist to assist you in finding the perfect tint. Most brow bars or spas use vegetable-based dyes that are available in shades of black, dark and light brown.
- TLC for colour-treated hair
Always use hair products specifically formulated for colour-treated hair, ensuring your beautiful tresses are looking healthy and shine bright. These specially designed products provide deeper nourishment than regular shampoos and conditioners, and shield pigments from fading. Tip: Use alcohol-free and sulphate=free products, which are less likely to fade hair of its colour and damage it even more.
Turn down the heat when styling your hair, it’s the biggest contributor in fading colour. Tip: Air dry rather than heat dry and minimize your use of hot styling tools (like hair straighteners, etc.), as these can singe hair, leaving open ends and allowing the dye to leak out. Also, read our tips on 26 Ways to Care for Coloured Hair.
Come see us to find just the right colour for you! Give us a call on 01386 841123 to book your appointment at MODE, Hairdresser Chipping Campden, servicing Blockley, Broadway, Stratford-upon-Avon and beyond.