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Find the most flattering hair colours for your skin tone with our pick of the autumn trends. These hues can enhance your complexion, eyes and the quality of your strands.
Choosing a new season hair colour is no easy decision. You want something that’s on trend, easy to maintain and, above all, flattering. Get it right, and your fresh hue will do so much more than simply lift end-of-summer spirits; it will give your eye colour, skin tone and bone structure a welcome boost, as well.
But, between all the bronde, microlights and ronze, how do we find our perfect shade? We’ve chatted to Marc Trinder, Art Team Director at Charles Worthington, to decipher the quirks and benefits of each trend. From the blonde that makes your eyes sparkle to the highlights that illuminate skin, read this advice before you make that hair-changing trip to the salon.
Hair Colour Trends: Sombré
Ombré’s subtler sister sombré sees lightened ends take a softer turn, to recreate the look of lengths that have been gently kissed by the end-of-summer sun. Beautiful on every hue, from mousy blondes to deep brunettes, a scattering of fairer highlights through the tips can enliven the dullest hair.
But it’s not just your hair that reaps the benefits, says Marc, who notes microlights 1 to 2 shades lighter than your strands, focussed around the face, can really illuminate your skin tone. He adds: Even if your hair is dark, a few microlights which brighten can really enhance your skin tone, and instantly make your eye colour pop.
The trick is for your colourist to work in the highlights in a soft, subtle way which bleeds into your base colour. There’s no room here for streaky slices or bold chunks, it has to look seamless.
Where a deeper blonde that catches the light looks beautiful in summer, an icier tone has set in for autumn that sees us reaching for the bleach. Pale platinums work well in shades that are close to the wearer’s complexion and cool-toned skins, though they can be a match for warmer skin if the blonde has a slight buttery tone.
It’s a daring look, to be sure, but it holds big benefits for those with pale green or blue eyes. The expert verdict is in: cool, Scandi blondes improve the sparkle and clarity of your peepers.
Arguably the most popular hair colour trend of the season – or indeed the year – bronde fuses blonde and brunette tones to create a multi-tonal caramel hue. A slight shift along the shade spectrum determines how well the shade will flatter your skin. And by flatter, we mean bathe complexions in fatigue-reversing warmth.
If your skin has a naturally warmer tone, embrace seamless ribbons of golden shades. But, if your skin is cool, Marc advises avoiding hues that are too yellow.
A cooler shade of light brown or dark blonde with ashy sun-kissed highlights would work best, he says, noting that gold on cool skin can leave the wearer looking a little drained.
Multi-tonal hair will be sharing the spotlight with blocky brunettes this autumn, after solid dye jobs hit the catwalks at the AW15 shows. It’s good news for those who find highlights fussy and brunettes who want to enhance their eyes, as the minimal, slightly dramatic look puts the focus on facial features.
If you have brown eyes, Marc recommends picking up the eye colour and recreating that as a solid block. But don’t go too deep, he warns – go with the slightly lighter tone of the eye, not the darker. This look is super chic.
The most wonderful thing about ronze’ – the name given to a mash-up of red and bronze hair hues – is that it lends well to warm and cool toned hair, so almost anyone can pull it off.
It can flatter any skin tone if the right level of warmth is applied, says Marc. Everyone has a natural skin tone of cool or warm, and there are cool and warm reds, so choosing the right one is vital.
On the cool end of the scale, crisp auburns amp up shine and lend the skin a rested freshness, while the other sees richer, orange-toned reds enhance a warm, more golden complexion.
Before your mind darts to visions of sci-fi silver streaks and tinsel-like strands, bear with us while we explain what we mean when we applaud metallic hair. Glossy coppers, reds and golds weaved through your lengths read less like foil tones, and more like a softened sheen that makes hair appear more radiant.
Want in? Hari's in London offers a service called New Metallics, which sees a shade of bronze swept freehand in random sections of your locks. The technique ensures there are no hard lines - just glistening slivers of hair that reveal themselves as you move, creating the appearance of a luminescent warmth.