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Beauty Tips — 10 October 2013

As sunny summer days begin to fade, so does summer hair. Gone are beachy blonde highlights and tousled, carefree waves. Instead, the seasonal hair transition gets serious with deep brown hues, golden amber blondes, and spicy reds with sleek, structured styles. These hair color changes correspond to fall colors introduced in fashion and makeup. The lightened locks of summer don’t play out as nicely when skin tones get pale and clothing captivates with a bold, earthy brilliance. We tend toward darker tresses, as if there is some unwritten rule.
That leaves us with so many choices and so many colors. How does one choose? A good solution is to sample a new twist on the ever-popular ombre hair color. This multi-tonal color trend gives even the most undecided fashionistas the best of both worlds: two hair colors in one! For autumn, ombre gets softer with a more blended look than the starkly contrasted version seen earlier in 2013. Note the difference here on a Hollywood celebrity famous for hairstyle savvy, Jessica Biel. Like it?

Jessica Biel’s Summer Ombre Color

Jessica Biel’s Autumn Ombre color

Click here for more celeb ombre inspiration.

To get this fall fad at a salon, ask your hairstylist to give you a warm base color with soft balayage highlights on the last couple inches of your hair and around your face, a few inches lower than your part. Balayage is a technique for highlights that are painted on hair with a brush. Perfect for blending two tones in all the right places!

Dark Brown Hair with Mahogany Ombre

Honey Blonde Ombre Tips

Ombre has become so in-demand that you can even buy do-it-yourself kits to try at home, but since this look can be tricky to achieve without cosmetology training, it’s best to leave it to the pros.  Professional stylists learn how to choose colors to flatter your skin tone and style. Ask about related new hair color techniques that add flair like dipped-dyed ends in colors custom selected to pack a punch. Too shy to try? Make it hassle-free and spray it on, chalk it up, or add clip-in extensions for temporary chic. Go out and get lots of compliments, then make it permanent.

Red Clip-in Hair Extensions

Have some fun at the salon and embrace change. The timing is right…it’s the season of change and vibrant color. Make it work for you!

Check out more ombre information here.

Readers, what type of change did you make with hair color that you either loved or regretted? Care to share? We’d like to hear about your experiences!

About Author

Lorraine Letcavage
Lorraine Letcavage

Lorraine has been involved with the beauty school industry for over 5 years, having been employed as a copywriter, editor and blog writer for Empire Education Group. Most of her career has been in Education, as she has a passion to learn and share knowledge to benefit others. She has a BA in English and enjoys writing newsletters, marketing material, and informative pieces for various companies and websites. A self-professed beauty product junkie, Lorraine reads about all the latest trends and uses her connections in the salon industry to stay current in cosmetology.

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