Seven stylist-approved autumn hair colour trends to update your look

Although we’re moving into autumn and winter and saying goodbye to warmer climes, it does give us a chance to switch up our look for the new season.

Whether that’s combat boots and cable knits or Halloween-inspired makeup, there are plenty of autumnal trends to get stuck into.

But don’t forget your hair.

There’s no need for a complete makeover, but if you colour your hair, a subtle change to lean into seasonal trends can give your tresses a stylish update.

Lisa Shepherd, one of the most awarded and profiled female colourists in the UK today – and the only female hairdresser with products on shelf in Superdrug – has shared on the seven hair colour trends we’ll all be asking for this autumn.

1. Warm golden and copper tones 

‘Hair colour trends for autumn will warm up,’ says Lisa. ‘Think soft coppers and rich shiny golden tones.’

Normally, you’d neutralise any brassiness with a purple shampoo or toner, but for these warmer hues Lisa recommends a golden colour-enhancing gloss like this one from her brand, The Hair Boss.

2. Ombre is still in 

Lisa says: ‘We all fell in love with grown-out colour during lockdown (we kind of had to) and we’re pleased to say this low-maintenance colour style is still in, but with some creative updates.

‘It isn’t just the brown-to-blonde ombre that we’re used to seeing, for autumn you’ll see multi-tonal shading, from bright colours to mocha ombre. We love!’

Before you visit the salon for this look, check out their Instagram or customer reviews. Some colourists specialise in creative techniques while others might not have the experience to do the well-blended ombre you’re after.

3. Reds and roses 

In the same way our lip colour choices move towards red and berry tones, our hair colour choices are getting pretty rosy this autumn.

‘Reds and rose colours across the entire colour spectrum are in, so whether you want a pastel hue or a red hot red then now’s the time to consider this,’ says Lisa.

Red tones do tend to fade out of the hair quickly, so invest in a salon-quality and colour-safe shampoo to make the most of it.

4. Warm black and brack

‘If you haven’t heard of these colours before, they’re basically a multidimensional take on black hair that makes it full of light and depth,’ Lisa says.

‘Sometimes a flat black colour can look a bit severe, intermixing a subtle brown-black shade (aka brack) can be just the style you’re looking for. ’

We can all be tempted to reach for black box dye when we want to go darker, but try to avoid this if you can. It can be difficult to get an even tone, and can be damaging and time-consuming to remove if you change your mind.

5. Money pieces and babylights 

When a colourist mentions money piece highlights, they’re talking about two strands of hair on either side of your face being lightened. If they’re talking about babylights, this is a technique where foils are used to create tiny and delicate highlights that look less stripy and more sunkissed.

Lisa says that these are, ‘another lockdown-inspired trend that isn’t going anywhere.’

‘Face-framing money piece highlights and subtle, natural babylights are still in fashion for autumn 2021 in whatever colour you want them.’

Celebrities from Beyoncé to Dua Lipa showed off their blonde money pieces recently, so you’ll be in good company if you try the trend.

6. Platinum 

‘Platinum hair never really goes out of style, but does need commitment and regular maintenance to ensure your hair stays healthy,’ says Lisa.

A purple or silver-toned shampoo and conditioner, used every few washes, should maintain that icy hue you’re after.

As bleached hair is prone to breakage, bond building and regenerative masks are also a must.

7. Chocolate tones

Deep browns never truly go out of style, but they’re coming back in a big way over the next few months.

Lisa says: ‘Rich chocolate tones are a huge autumn hair colour trend.

‘Whether that’s all-over colour or rich, chocolate highlights it’s perfect for autumn and winter to add warmth and depth to your hair colour.

‘Keep your chocolate tones looking vibrant and rich with my Corrector Drops in Brunette.’

The blue tone in this will take away any brassiness without compromising on colour depth. A shine spray or oil serum will give you the shine boost you’re after, too.

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