If you’re anything like me you have been spending some serious time on Pinterest checking out the latest fall fashion trends. I love browsing through the photos and getting inspiration for the new season. I know most of you look to Pinterest for hair inspiration as well. As a professional stylist I have access to exclusive websites, hair shows, and training, giving me a leg up on the current cuts, colors, and styles.
After years of going to hair shows and researching to keep up with the latest and greatest in hair, I have realized that although very interesting and exciting, some of these new trends and styles are meant to stay on the runway and platform stage! This means that the cuts, colors and styles don’t always transfer to your everyday life, trends are amazing and inspiring but its my goal to take these trends and transform them for you in a way that is practical for your life.
When it comes to hair color its all about embracing the warmth! Cooler weather means our sun kissed skin will be leaving us soon and we will have to rely on our hair color to balance out the appearance of our skin tone. Adding warmth will accentuate your natural complexion, creating a glow and preventing you from looking washed out. So whether you’re a brunette, blonde or red head start envisioning your hair through rose colored glasses. ;-) I'm going to be your translator and break down the hottest colors of the season so you know what to ask for the next time you see your stylist!
Let's talk skin tone! You have three choices: warm, cool or neutral. If your complexion is warm, it might be described as peachy, yellow or golden. If it’s cool, you’ll see undertones of pink, red or blue. If your coloring is neutral, you will have a combination of some of the above. I hate to make things more complicated but there are three versions of warm, cool, and neutral. You're either pale, medium or dark, these levels must be factored in when deciding on the best color for your hair. Your stylist should be able to guide you through this. (Its good to know for yourself when choosing makeup and clothing colors as well.)
Brunette's, get ready to take your color up a notch! Simply ask your stylist to change the undertone of your already brown hair. If you feel like you're in a hair rut and always doing the same old thing, this is a great way to step outside of the box without doing anything drastic. Imagine mixing in some gold-copper for a warm chestnut look, this is an ideal hue for most skin tones. If you fall into the category of a medium, cool complexion you may want to try incorporating red-violet to achieve a rich milk chocolate color! Feeling a little edgy, ask for some dimension, by creating a lowlight or accent color in the hair. This can be done with multiple techniques (balayage, babylights, and root melts) and with a variety of colors. Natural looking coppers, reds, and caramel's are my favorite and what you will be seeing everywhere this season.
For blondes we will be seeing less platinum, ashy color and more golden, honey, and rosy hues/tones this fall. If you’re in love with being blonde, and worried about doing a lowlight, there are ways to keep your brightness but add depth to prevent your skin from looking sallow. To achieve this, I would consider a combination of babylights and strandlights. Babylights are delicate highlights created using very fine sections of hair to mimic the subtle, dimensional hair color seen on children’s hair. Strandlights are babylights little sister, think of individual strands of hair, sections so thin you can read through them! Using these techniques keeps you mostly blonde with subtle hints of color around your face (strandlights) and through the crown (babylights). I've been having so much fun carrying this trend over to the salon! It has been an eye-opening experience for my clients to see how adding warm tones back into their hair can change the appearance of their skin and bring the focus back to their eyes and face.
You know I'm a sucker for a brilliant head of red hair! From rich mahogany to glowing copper, I love them all. Trending this fall is what I like to call realistic reds and coppers, it’s time to set your hair on fire, not literally of course! I know you have seen those videos of stylists burning people’s hair on YouTube, don’t be scared. Imagine the leaves on the trees have begun to change, can you see the deep ambers, shimmering gingers, golden cinnamons, and russet reds? These natural tones are a great way to add some oomph to your hair and stay on trend with the season!
So whether you’re a blonde, brunette or red head don’t be afraid to try something new this fall, you have a breakdown of the latest hair color trends, a how-to guide on what colors are best for your skin tone and some techniques so you know what to ask for from your stylist! Or at least give him/her a better idea of what you want! ;-)
Next week I'll be going over the cuts and styles of fall, stayed tuned! :-)
Hi, I'm Jolene, I started my career in the hair industry over 12 years ago. I have learned a lot along the way, not just about being a hairstylist but about life. I'll keep you up to date on the latest hair color and cut trends of the season, educate you on all different kinds of hair products, styling tools, and everything life!