The perfect compliment to fall’s fashion colour palette is a rich, multi-tonal brown hair colour. Sassoon Salon Toronto’s Colour Director John Beeson shares his tricks for taking blondes to the darker side this season.
1. Don’t go too dark too quickly.
Going straight from a bright, bleached blonde into a brunette should go through stages by adding in low lights or mid-lights in darker tones. “Adding strategically placed medium brown shades in caramel to the interior of the hair is a great way to slowly transition from summer to fall,” says Beeson.
2. Consider skin tone to choose the right shade.
Pick a shade that will help enhance skin and make the eyes pop. Whether it’s a warm caramel or cool reddish-auburn, show them you’re an expert and they’ll trust your help when it comes to shade selection (and not Pinterest).
You may want to advise your clients to try out some new makeup shades after their transformation. They should darken their lashes and brows, and play with pinks, cool reds, silvery metallics or plums, but avoid orange or peachy shades if they have cool-toned skin.
3. Double check your client’s hair care habits.
Make sure clients aren’t going to wash all your hard work down the drain with the wrong shampoos and conditioners. Beeson recommends sending them home with products specifically designed for keeping colour-treated hair shiny and bright. They may not be used to the care or products needed for brunettes.
4. Get creative with multi-tonal magic.
Incorporating multiple brown tones will give the hair more depth and movement. “Using several shades and tones of highlights/slices can keep a new colour change looking very natural and more discreet as hair grows out, allowing months between visits,” says Beeson.