Changing up your hair colour or style is often easier said than done – spending 6 hours in a salon chair will attest to that fact. Regardless, it’s a fun way to update your look, add some confidence, and refresh your style. If the cool weather has you itching to do something bold and new with your look, we’ve taken all the guesswork out of new season style with 6 different ways to refresh your look this winter.
We spoke to Trish Spessa, owner and colour specialist at Fluid The Color Salon, for the expert tips on the different styles to try this season (plus how to maintain them).
Rich, coppery hues might just be the colour of the season. If you want a copper kick that still looks natural, be sure to ask your colourist for orange undertones. Orange tones occur naturally in redheads (unlike violet or blue undertones) meaning you can go vibrant and fiery without looking overdone. Alternatively, if you want to lean into burgundy shades, experiment with violet and blue undertones for a rich finish. If you just want to try red for the season, there’s no need to commit to a full change. For a pick-me-up that won't take months to revert, request your colourist to gloss your lightened strands with a demi-permanent red gloss.
Dark hair with light highlights
We’ve all heard the rule before: go lighter in summer and darker in winter. While this routine suits some people, this season we're going against the grain and lightening up dark brunette locks with light highlights. Warm up a pallor complexion and add some natural-looking dimension with carefully placed summer-y highlights. The result is an instant bronze – no false tan required!
Blonde with warm balayage
Let’s be honest – maintaining platinum blonde locks is, at best, an annoying drag. At it's worst it can be seriously detrimental to your bank balance. This winter we’re warming things up by adding warm balayage to blonde locks. It’s still blonde, just easier to maintain! For inspo, look to Blake Lively’s darker, more natural take on blonde hair. Gigi Hadid is also known for vacillating between cool and warm-toned shades, but we have to admit we love her with a darker, warmer look.
This is the cool-weather appropriate take on the colour pop trend we’ve been loving this year. An iteration of the rose gold hues of 2016 & 2017, sunset blonde takes the delicate pink shade and gives it a fresh oomph of cool. Sheer, peachy and with blood orange tones, sunset blonde is the hair colour interpretation of late afternoon sunlight. For something more wearable, opt for a more pearlescent shade and less orange. If you need to lighten your hair to reach the right tone, Trish suggests a luxurious pampering hair treatment to restore moisture and shine.
If you’ve ever wanted to try bangs, this is the sign you’ve been waiting for. As Trish says, “the cooler months when there is no humidity is the BEST time to try out those new bangs you’ve been wishing for.” This season, the only style worth asking for is curtain bangs. The hallmark hairstyle of French girls, curtain bangs are swoopy, middle-parted and drape either side of the face. Think Brigitte Bardot. Easy to achieve and even easier to maintain, they give off that effortlessly cool vibe we envy of Alexa Chung and Aussie-girl Steph Claire Smith.
Ready for a chop? This season everyone is going to their hairstylists desperate for a big change and, more than ever, getting a chop to achieve it. Short, curly locks are the easy way to completely change up your look (and give it a health kick at the same time – split ends, be gone!). More versatile than you might think, you can opt for ear length or shoulder length and have layers added to flatter your face shape. To keep those curls lush and bouncy, Trish recommends using Original & Mineral Seven Day Miracle Treatment & Number 4 Reconstructing Masque. Apply to towel dried hair and wrap with a warm, damp towel for 20 minutes. Seriously, your locks will be lusher than ever.
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