From "controlled gold" to copper orange: professionals reveal their opinion on the most popular hair colors and looks of the season.
Hair color trends have never had so much to offer
There isn't even a hint of foliage or freshness in the air, but the fall hair color hype has already begun. Can you blame someone who longs for a change of season - no matter how, but especially now?
"After the summer months are over and people return from vacations and adventures of tying their hair in a bun, pampering it in the sun and bleaching it, they prepare to get back to everyday life," explains Mauricio Bermudez, Senior Colorist at Salon Suite Caroline in New York City, added, "The first few days of fall are like the first episode of a new season, and people want to make a fresh impression with renewed energy. Signaled with new hair color to yourself and to others that you are ready for the changes that a new season brings with it."
The decision in which direction your new look should go is a very individual matter. For some, autumn is an invitation to shine: "Summer is more relaxed, while autumn provides sophistication," says Douglas Cornwall, also known as disco tourist, master colorist at the Treehouse Social Club, about the appeal of a fresh, luxurious Color at the beginning of autumn. For others, it's about starting the season with a new color palette: "Fall wardrobe changes and complexions tend to get a little paler, so people typically want warmer or deeper hair colors," says Alex Brownsell, co-founder and Bleach London Creative Director. Still, autumn is the time of new beginnings, and change is change... You don't necessarily have to stick to rules or trends, hence the flood of fancy color treatments, from candied dip colors to bright neon tones. From "controlled gold" to copper red. Professionals give their opinion on the most popular hair color trends and looks of the season.
"I get a lot of requests for different shades of pink," explains colorist and R + Co collective member Richy Kandasamy. Of all the nuances in the sugar-sweet spectrum, he thinks peach-pink blonde is the most popular for fall: "If you use platinum hair as a base or canvas and add delicate, warm peach-pink tones, everyone will have their face glowing in fall," he explains.
While a deep jet black is always a natural choice for the cooler months, Kandasamy provides for the classic shade to be slightly modified: We will see a deep black with a shiny warm shimmer, "explains the professional. More about curly, frizzy hair To add dimension, Kandasamy recommends less strict, more delicate and seamless highlights in order to achieve a "glamorous and regal look".
"When autumn approaches and we wish to go deeper and more sophisticated with our tones, golden blondes are a good place to start," explains Cornwall, who recommends skipping purple conditioners and swapping them out for golden ones like the " Golden Blonde Mask "by Christophe Robin:“ Keep a little bit of lightness on your face to avoid color shock. The luxury look that is too perfect can be slightly softened by painting on top of it a little."
While red-tinged brunette tones are synonymous with fall, a cooler, green-tinged alternative is also worth considering: "I love a brunette that is anchored in jade that reflects a peacock green like a black pearl from Tahiti, instead of reddish brown that can spoil a rosy complexion, "explains Cornwall.
When it comes to finding the perfect shade for a natural blonde, sometimes the right balance between warm and cool is the answer. The solution: honey-wheat blonde: "Wheat blonde harmonizes with a person's natural color instead of creating a contrast," explains Jenna Perry, the colorist behind Chloë Sevigny's blonde hair. "It gives the look an 'I've just come from the hairdresser' - and still looks effortless."
"A deep, plump brunette is chic," says Perry, who recently gave Bella Hadid the mocha and chocolate treat she appeared with at Paris Couture Week and the Cannes Film Festival. The color reflects warmly in the sun, so it never looks boring."
"This year is all about copper," says Brownsell. Perry, who recently brought Maude Apatow and Grace Van Patten to this color, agrees: "Copper red is both sexy and playful," she explains. "I think this color is especially popular with people who want and are willing to make a bold change."
"I see a lot of people asking for depth at this time of year, be it by dim lighting or by deepening the entire shade," explains Los Angeles colorist Matt Rez, the master behind the dimensional brunette lengths of Eiza González and Camila Marrone. "Those who always love warmth will want to deepen their color in this world of tones," says Rez, providing that they opt for warmer gold tones or deeper espresso nuances.
Warm tones have been in high demand at Bleach London in the last few months: "In the summer we saw a lot of bright looks with [vivid red] or [real orange] in our community, but for the fall people also tend towards gentler red-brown tones," explains Brownsell, who has just launched a new copper toner that leaves a natural copper finish. For those who want a more subdued red, Rez recommends a neutral carmine red such as brick red "for a cooler overall effect".
As for cool color appliqués, Brownsell is enthusiastic about the demi-dip-dye hairstyle, which is gaining traction again in the festival season with the return of open-air concerts. "This is a great style for anyone trying out an experimental color for the first time," she explains of the technique of concentrating color at the ends that is extremely contrasting: "This is non-committal, fades quickly, and the tips can simply cut off if you want to start all over again."
To lengthen the summer, add a dose of sunny warmth: "Blonde can be warmed up a bit or refined with a soft root shade for a tealight candle shade of blonde," explains Bermudez. "It gives a rested, holiday-like shine and avoids the pale and pale complexion of the cooler months."