Hair colours to covet

Whether you want a vibrant new look or a softer shade with added depth, this season’s top trends are all about finding your own style

A new season is the ideal time for a hair makeover. As the season turns cooler, warmer colours and an injection of tonal hues can complement your complexion and work wonders. We asked the experts from hairdressers Wimbledon and around which trends we should look out for.

What are your top autumn/winter tips?

Siobhan Jones, colour ambassador at Headmasters, says: “It’s all about finding your own personal spin on colour. Designers seem to have a much more playful approach to colour now. This means that vibrancy and play on tone is key. My favourite tones are pastels such as coral, rose and gold. Don’t worry if bold and bright is not your thing though, you can use a hint of these tones to make blondes and brunettes richer.”

According to Siobhan, blended colour is another key trend. This season, colours are shiny and multitonal with seamless colour blends that leave you wondering where one colour starts and another ends. Charlotte Cave of Charlotte Cave salons adds: “Winter colours should offer more sparkle and depth and create light where there is little – giving the skin a lift.”

To balayage or not to balayage

Balayage is the uber popular freehand hair colouring technique that gives a blended natural look with no harsh regrowth lines. Nikita Fisher, colourist at Jamie Stevens’ Clapham salon, says the trend shows no sign of abating. “During winter, blondes should go warmer so ditch the silver toning shampoo to achieve a warmer colour. Rather than beachy blonde balayage, golden honey balayage with warmer hues work better in winter. Autumn chestnut reds are also very popular,” Nikita explains. “My clients are loving subtle warm browns and copper mahogany hues.”

How can I care for my coloured hair?

In order to prevent fade and keep your locks in prime condition, Anabel Kingsley, trichologist at Philip Kingsley, suggests a weekly or twice weekly pre-shampoo conditioning treatment to smooth the cuticle. “This helps to restore lost moisture and improve strength and elasticity,” explains Anabel. “Work it into your hair with your fingertips and cover with a shower cap or towel to aid penetration. Leave on for a minimum of 20 minutes – an hour is ideal – and then shampoo and condition your hair as usual.”

In-salon treatments that help protect your hair are also key. “Personally, I don’t work without the magical Olaplex,” Charlotte Cave explains. “The Botox of hair care, it gives amazing results with a must have take-home treatment to use after the salon.”

How do I protect against styling damage?

Always use a detangling spray and a heat protection spray and try to limit your use of straighteners and curling tongs. To achieve curls, put your hair in small pin curls. When blow-drying, hold the dryer at least 12 inches away. Turn it off when your hair is ‘just dry’ as if you continue to apply heat to already dried hair, precious moisture will be lost.