September 9, 2013
As the leaves turn color, you might be eager to change the hue of your hair as well. It's only natural - while those sunny highlights may have been fun for summer, you're likely seeking something warmer and richer for the new season. Change is a good thing, and there are many ways you can switch up your hair color, whether you're going for a subtler difference or a dramatic switch. Consider these options before you head to your hairdresser or take the plunge with an at-home dye job, and you'll be bound to fall in love with your new autumn look.
While blonde hair is typically associated with summer, there are ways to update the shade to make it feel more appropriate for fall and winter. If your beachy highlights have started to blend together, consider adding in a few low-lights to break it up and keep your hair from looking drab. Just remember to keep the tone consistent for the blonde base. For instance, if you have golden highlights, opt for warmer brown low-lights, but if your blonde has more of an icy tint, go for an ashy, darker shade. Finer highlights are best for hiding obvious root growth.
If you're going to the light side for the first time, you'll want to consider your skin as well. For example, pale complexions with blue undertones are well-complemented by a cooler blonde, while olive skin tones look best with neutral blonde shades that have a hint of warmth. People with darker skin tones should be wary of going to the extreme with blonde as it can end up looking fake. One way to avoid an artificial, bleached-out look is to incorporate some honey highlights around the face or fade to a subtle blonde ombré effect at the ends.
Blonde tends to get a little brassy from sun exposure, but a toner can help to resolve that. Any hair salon can apply one - instead of dyeing your hair, it will help to get your blonde back to the spectrum you want, whether that's a pale platinum or a sandy shade. Keep in mind that as your tan fades this season, you want to avoid a blonde tint that could wash you out. While that bright, buttery color might have looked natural with your summer glow, it could make you look paler going into winter. Also remember that using an ultra-nourishing conditioner as bleach can be harsh on the hair and dry it out. Spritz on the leave-in Phytomist Instant Hydrating Conditioner to soften your locks and protect your color from fading from exposure to UV rays.
From lighter chestnut to deep espresso, there are endless shades of brunette that can be stunning for fall.
If you have paler skin, think about including some highlights, which can help to make brown hues less dramatic against your light complexion. Colorist Marie Robinson, who has styled the hair of Natalie Portman and Anne Hathaway, told Allure magazine that ash brown is flattering on any skin color, but caramel highlights can help to warm up a dull complexion and add dimension. - Just avoid this hue if you have reddish undertones to your skin.
Ombré continues to be a major trend, but keep in mind that it doesn't need to look extreme. You can tell your colorist to have your color fade just two shades lighter if you're looking for a subtler effect. Again, keep the tone in line with the color at your roots, as a cool ombré looks strange against a warm base brunette and vice versa.
Auburn is always a popular choice for fall, because it's a perfect fusion of brown and red and looks surprisingly flattering on a variety of skin tones. Consider a burnt sienna if you have golden skin or a rich mahogany color with a reddish cast if you have olive to dark skin.
While most women may fear they can't go red, the color is actually very wearable - it's all about finding the right hue to complement your complexion. Plus, fiery hair looks especially striking with the leaves turning a similar shade.
Amy Huson, a colorist at the Marie Robinson Salon in New York City, told Cosmopolitan magazine that if blondes want to try out a red shade, it's best to opt for one on the strawberry-champagne side. It won't feel like too drastic of a transformation, but it will give your complexion some rosy warmth. Terms like "strawberry" and "copper" will steer your colorist in the right direction.
If you want to maintain your golden locks from summertime, Huson said that you can it's possible to compromise by dying the hair just one shade darker and one shade redder. A warm blonde already lends itself to reddish hues, so it all depends on how rich you want the color to be. Remember that red hair tends to oxidize with exposure to sunlight or minerals in water, so it's important to use the right shampoo. Phytocitrus Restructuring Shampoo can protect your pigment while revealing a more vibrant shade.