There ain't nothing like a change of the season to make you lust for a hair colour that is not your own. If you're blonde, the lure of the dark side for the colder months can be hard to resist, but anyone who's had the unfortunate experience of going it alone with a home dye kit — aiming for a warm and flattering mid-brown, and ending up with a reddish chocolate that makes you look like you have the complexion of a Finnish hermit — knows that changing things up for winter isn't as easy as it looks.
So this time around we're getting some help from the experts. We asked Brisbane's best colourists for their trans-seasonal hair colouring tips, so you can find your ideal shade for winter (and it might not mean going darker than your current shade!)
The talented team at Paddington's Mi Color suggest focusing on tone, rather than how dark you want your tresses to go.
"When changing colour, the first thing to consider is always your skin tone and eye colouring, regardless of the depth chosen. It's all about the tone; that's what really matters. An individual colour analysis by one of our stylists is the perfect start to any change."
"Not everyone suits the same brunette colour and there is an endless choice of colours when it comes to going brunette," says Mikey from the uber-cool Horse Meat Disco Salon in Stones Corner.
"When thinking about going dark for winter the main thing to keep in mind is tone. Make sure your hairdresser knows exactly what they are doing and what colour complements your skin tone. And remember, its not only blondes that have fun, so play with some colour, and enjoy the winter season."
Lose the Bleach
Our Newstead faves, Andre and Sandra from Revolution Hairdressing, think winter is the perfect time to give ombre hair the flick.
"With the change of season, our clients are waving goodbye to balayage and ombre and embracing richer, caramel, mocha and chocolate tones. Our pick is the original queen of balayage, Alexa Chung, and her stunning mocha/chocolate colour.
"When changing colours from one season to the next remember that hair colour must always match your skin tone. If you are an all-over blonde looking for a richer warmer tone over the autumn/winter season, then ask your stylist to utilise a warmer and deeper toner. This is a much easier option if you want to reverse it back to blonde when spring comes back around!"
Don't Skimp on Moisture
Hair colour guru and lead colourist at Luke Reynolds, Brendan Kahl, often sees hair that's been frazzled by a long hot summer.
"Generally for winter we tend to go darker, deeper or richer, but after a long hot summer hair is usually dehydrated. I can't stress enough: condition, condition, condition! Doing this ground work prior to your colour change will ensure an amazing, long lasting result.
"Replenish your hair's moisture and internal strength with regular treatments. Goldwell Dualsenses Color Extra Rich 60 Second Treatment provides nourishing care in just 60 seconds. To obtain the best results always see your professional colourist," says Brendan.
Get (The Right) Help
A bad colourist — someone who doesn't take the time to asses your hair and skin tone and listen to what you want — can be as damaging to your locks as a DIY job. Brodie from Rokstar Salonz says the most important thing when changing hair colour is choosing your hairdresser wisely.
"Always look for someone with a high level of expertise, rather than focusing on price point, and talk about what's required in the process. Photos are a great reference for your colourist, and help them to gain an idea of the exact change you are after," says Brodie.
"A good idea is to book in for a consultation with your colourist before hand to discuss the desired look, whether or not it's achievable in one visit, you're your budget. And always use salon-prescribed home care to maintain colour longevity."
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