Despite rumours of a heat wave, autumn is here, and it has us hankering after a hair colour update. Whether you want a drastic change or a new-season tweak, there’s an autumn hair colour trend to suit every taste. What’s interesting is that advancements in colour technology mean we’re seeing new tones coming to the fore, also thanks to in-salon products like Olaplex, we’re able to push the boundaries of colour experimentation without the risk of damage. In short, this autumn the hair colour trends top of the agenda are both seriously creative and downright beautiful. Intrigued as to what’s trending? We spoke to Zoë Irwin, Wella Professionals UK colour trend expert, who recently won the Creative Talent award at the Creative HEAD awards. Keep reading for the five autumn colour trends Irwin is backing…
“Tones in hair are moving to a more futuristic feel because of the development of toners in the last two or three years. This means hairstylists are able to work in a completely different way, so we’re seeing new tones and beautiful blends of one trend with another. We’re coming from a time when everything has been made slightly ashy or flat metallic tones, but now what colourists are doing is blending these with softer pastel colours—for example, flatter kinds of rose gold where the undertone is soft and metallic, but you have a peachy or pinky colour coming through.”
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“There will also be soft tonal plays in hair, which will see a mix of cooler tones with warmer ones put over to create an almost futuristic feel.”
“The influence of the ’70s with the tan and brown clothes for autumn/winter means that baked earthy tones and mellow, almost yellow, amber shades are coming through. Red hair with soft tones is a big story this season.”
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“The ’80s are also a dominant theme for autumn/winter—colour becomes highly pigmented and saturated. For the first time in a long time, you’re starting to see purple-reds and ultra-bright, garish, neon-type reds; think damson tones and vibrant, vibrant coppers.”
“Browns are moving to more of smoked-wood effect, so we’re laying more earthy flatter browns and what we are calling a ‘flat amber.’ Because of this futuristic feel, you get an ash tone that has an amber wash over it. Once again, these are new tones that have not been around before, but flat amber is set to be a very dominant colour.”
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“We’re still exploring the grey palette, taking hair from dark to extremely light and then putting lots of different metallic flat grey and purple green grey tones on top of it. For this, the colour is based more towards the ends.”
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“Another interesting trend is the mixing baby lights with balayage. You have one section of baby lights and the next section is balayage, so you’re getting a blend of the two. [Ed note: Baby lights are super-fine highlights that blend with the base colour, while balayage is when the lightener is painted onto the hair using a freehand technique, both give a more natural effect.] This is what clients are demanding, so colourists are working a lot on these techniques. You have a blend that goes through to the crown, but most of the colour is concentrated on the ends.”
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