As the dark nights start to draw in many of us decide that a change in hair colour is needed to see us through the winter months.
Karen Fitzpatrick, Senior Colour Educator at the Francesco Group, shares her tips on achieving the perfect colour change and her advice on how to keep your hair healthy during the winter months.
"As the summer draws to a close many of us feel the need to change our hair colour to compliment the changing seasons. Our Summery blonde highlights can be exchanged for warmer Toffee and Caramel lowlights and those of us opting for a block colour can perhaps tone it down, add some warmth or even adopt more of a Plum or Copper shade.
"This years main trend has been the 'balayage', coming from the French word meaning 'to sweep' a fusion of colour, darker towards the roots blending out towards lighter hues at the ends, or even a more dramatic two tone effect with bold colour blocking at both roots and ends with contrasting colours. This is an easy technique to adapt through the seasons, as the lighter areas can easily be toned using semi permanent shades full of gloss, which give new life to the technique and a new look with little effort."
As we all know, these colder months can cause damage to our hair so here are some of Karen's top tips to tackle the main issues.
"As the seasons change and we crank up the heating, our hair can suffer from the central heating and the outside elements wind, rain and pollution etc. We therefore need to take special care of our hair's condition during the Autumn and Winter months. Particularly as we tend to use more 'depositing' colour rather than 'lightening' colours, as these colours are far more prone to losing their tone and vibrancy than their Summer counterparts.
"Shampoo and conditioner choices are of paramount importance, as everything we can do to keep colour fade at bay will not only keep our colours feeling fresh and lasting longer, but will also keep our hair in tip top condition and feeling great."
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