Fall isn’t just the season for Pumpkin Spice Lattes. It’s a time to experiment with bold hues, update our wardrobes, hairstyles, and fall hair colors. Just as the leaves around us embrace change, transitioning from bright green shades to stunning red, orange, and sienna hues, we too can trade in our sun-kissed, highlighted hair for darker, richer tones.

As we wave goodbye to warmer days and tuck away our bright sun dresses in preparation for sweater weather, it’s time to embrace a new hue, and a new you!

In this blog post, we will share 6 tips and tricks on changing your hair color for the fall season. 

Tips and Tricks for Going Darker in the Fall

1. Try out lowlights

Lowlights are a great way to go darker for the fall without committing to dyeing all your hair. Lowlights are exactly the opposite of highlights: they are darker pieces of hair, dyed underneath layers and around the neck to provide dimension and movement to the hair. They’re a great way to give the hair a richer, vibrant look, and fight faded highlights. Opt for darker lowlights under layers with finer pieces in the front to frame your face. Remember, darker shades tend to be a lot warmer than the cool, ashy toned blonde you may have been sporting this summer! You don’t have to completely kiss your sunny locks goodbye, though. Adding lowlights is a great way to maintain some of that sun-kissed feel while still transitioning into a swoon-worthy fall style.

2. Consider the autumn palette

Once fall hits, you may find yourself asking, “what color should I dye my hair?” Simply look around you to find inspiration! The fall color palette includes beautiful burnt reds, warm golden tones, chocolate hues, and deep browns. This fall season, hair color trends like red accents in brown hair, copper strands, strawberry blondes and pink undertones are surefire way to make heads turn. Also, the most important thing to consider when choosing your new hair color is to match your natural hair color, and simply go a few shades darker.

Darken your hair progressively, picture of dark brown hair

3. Consider your skin tone

Skin tone plays a huge role in which hair color will look the best on you. The first step to picking your perfect shade is to look at the undertones in your skin. There are 3 classifications for undertones: warm, cool, and neutral.

The fastest way to tell is to take a look at the veins in your wrist; if they’re blue, you’re cool-toned; if they’re green, you’re warm-toned. Or, do a quick color test by holding up a shirt in a shade of blue or green beside your face, then holding one up in a shade of yellow or red. If your skin looks better beside the blue or green shirt, you have cool-toned skin, otherwise, you’re warm toned. If your skin looks great beside both shades, you likely have neutral toned skin.

Here is a cool video on how to select what color works for you: part 1 and part 2

For cool skin tones, you don’t need to go much darker with your hair color, as this could come off quite harsh – stick to darker purple and blue based hair colors like champagne blonde or strawberry blonde. If you have a warm skin tone, try out earthy colors like ebony brown and mocha brown, with golden or red highlights. Of course, the best way to choose a hair color that works with your complexion is to have a consultation with a professional colorist before taking the plunge.

Sidenote: have you ever considered trying out ombre hair extensions for the fall? It’s the perfect way to experiment with color without actually dyeing your hair. Check out what a difference it can make: 

ombre hair extensions

This is the 220g Ombre Chestnut Luxy Hair extensions set. 

4. Go darker progressively

Dyeing your entire head a dark color in one go may seem tempting, but it can be a shocking change for most; the best way to avoid color regret and to ensure healthy locks along the way, is to darken your hair progressively. Darkening your hair one shade at a time will ensure that your new hair color doesn’t look too forced or unnatural (unless that’s the look you’re going for). Dye your hair one shade darker each appointment and slowly work towards your color goal.

5. Don’t forget about the brows!

Remember that dyeing your hair darker means you need the brows to match! This means that you’ll either need to find a new product to fill your brows in with, or you’ll need to tint them to match. For the most natural look, the general rule of thumb is to pick a shade that matches the lightest highlight in your hair. Be sure to visit a brow professional to have them assess your eyebrows for the perfect tint. Most brow bars use vegetable-based dyes that come in shades of black, dark brown, and light brown so you can be sure to find the perfect complement to your new ‘do. May your eyebrows always be on fleek like this:

6. Color treated hair needs TLC

It’s no secret that dyeing your hair dries it out. Keep your hair looking healthy and shiny by using hair products specifically designed for color treated hair. These products are way more moisturizing and nourishing than regular shampoos and conditioners, and preserve your pigment by using the right shampoo for your hair color. Opt for an alcohol-free and sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, which will be less likely to strip the hair of its color or dry it out even more.

Also, go easy on the heat when styling your hair, as this is the biggest factor in fading color. Opt to air dry rather than hair dry and refrain from using hot styling tools, as these can scorch the hair, open up the ends, and cause the dye to slip out. If you must use hot tools, use a low to medium heat setting (we recommend 120C/250F.) Check out our tips for fun heatless hairstyles, and try curling your hair without heat!

Another tip is to use dry shampoo more! The more you wash your hair, the more your color will seep out, and the faster it will fade.

Finally, give color depositing shampoos a try if you feel that your hair colour is fading quickly. These products act as a stain for your hair and are very temporary, but are a great solution for those times you just can’t make it to the hair salon.

Are you planning to change up your hair color for the fall? Any experiences from the past that you’d like to share with us? Be sure to comment below, we love hearing from you!


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