Not that it makes a difference to those of us who live in South Florida’s tropical paradise, but the fall season is here, and as the saying goes, life’s too short to have boring hair. Now, let’s go with the flow and mix it up with autumn-inspired color. Here are five color trends for the season. Which one are you willing to rock? Feel free to weigh in on your favorite shade at the end of this post.
Gilded Strawyberry Tones
This trend uses a subtle highlight to play up the warmer gold, strawberry blonde, or red-ish base, whether natural or done with dye or gloss.
A copper color can be tricky because you don’t want your highlight to read brassy, but when you err on the side of gold, with just a touch of red undertones, the result is the perfect rich fall shade that’ll look incredible at golden hour.View this post on Instagram
See how golden highlights make curls look vivacious, while a transitional amber-tinged tone keeps it from looking overdone? The result is fresh and modern, but still subtle.View this post on Instagram
This summer has been all about bright, glossy tones — which aren’t going anywhere — but the fall is the perfect time to take your color a little cooler, more muted, and less Barbie Blonde.
Balayage is a great technique for mixing a cool, dusty blonde highlight into long hair, because it looks even radder when your dark roots grow in.
Want to really take it to the next level? Icy gray-blonde highlights are unexpected on jet-black hair, but when they’re focused on the ends, the overall look is both soft and hip at the same time.
Cold Brew Color
NYC-based colorist Stephanie Brown says the “cold brew” color trend will continue to be big for fall. The name is a bit deceiving, because we’re not talking about plain coffee, rather a play on varying degrees of the cream that’s added. It’s about the “swirling of neutral and golden tones down the hair,” Brown explains. “Just like when you pour a little bit of milk into your coffee.”
Popping soft, caramel-colored curls with sun-kissed blonde highlights is like ordering your cold brew with a half-pump of hazelnut. It’s so subtle, but makes all the difference.View this post on Instagram
A shadow root — also called gloss smudging — is the perfect complement to the sunny summer highlight you already have going on, and actually looks cooler as it grows out.View this post on Instagram
Daniel M, a colorist at Nova Arts Salon, tells us that he’s playing up rich brown colors for fall. “Fall is the best excuse to give your hair a nice break from bleach,” he says. “Opt for a warm brown — it’ll take your blonde back to a natural brunette. But keep a touch of highlight or a rich gloss, to keep it from looking flat.”View this post on Instagram
There’s another saying: good seasons start with good beginnings. In this instance, it’s appropriate for healthy hair. So release your fear and #AskKarlinesSalon for some autumn-inspired color. We’re just a call or click away.