3 Hair Color Trends To Replace Last Year's Ombre

Changing up your hair color is a fool-proof way to shake up your look, but not knowing exactly what you want or even how to achieve it can lead to a year spent trying to undo your 'do. To help you avoid a dye-job disaster, we tapped lead color expert Greg Pike at the Ted Gibson Salon in New York City for this fall's top three color trends. Whether you're going for a painless and easy-to-maintain single process, fall-appropriate highlights, or punk-rock tips, these are the best hair-color trends of the moment to print out and present to your trusty hairstylist. No ombre, necessary!
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An All-Over Chestnut Brown—For low-commitment ladies looking for a high-impact change this season, opt for a bold single-process. For the fall, Greg recommends deep, warm chestnut brown—a universally flattering hue that channels the classiest of women (Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn, anyone?). Keeping your hair looking healthy and glossy is key to this timeless ladylike shade. Maintain the sheen with Ted Gibson Brazen Brown Shampoo and Conditioner.

Ted Gibson Brazen Brown Shampoo, $24.95, Brazen Brown Conditioner, $19.95, available at Beauty Bar.

Ashley Garcia Photo Photographed by Tracy Wang
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Golden Highlights—The colder months tend to bring out the pasty in us all. To compliment your complexion without looking like a fake-and-baked beach bum, stick with highlights consisting of coppers, honey tones, and golds. When talking to your colorist, Greg recommends asking for "balayage, which involves free painting the highlights directly onto the hair without using foils. The result is a really natural sun-kissed look that's more modern." Maintaining highlights is a full-time job, so make sure to arm yourself with the right products. Try Ojon Color Revealing Shampoo and a light styling cream to maximize the brilliance of your new streaks.

Bumble and Bumble Brilliantine, $21, available at Sephora; Ojon Color Revealing Shampoo, $22, available at Sephora.

Rachel Comey spring '12 Photographed by Dan McMahon
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Porcupine Tips—If you're over ombre (and who isn't?), but you're still hankering for something high-drama, this look is probably just extreme enough for you. A process like this can work on anyone, since you can choose whatever shade you want. The important thing to remember is that this is still a color treatment and needs to be done correctly — don't try this at home! Once it's done, treat your hair to a restorative conditioner and color-friendly oil on the ends, to maintain a soft, manageable texture.

Couture Colour Pequi Oil Treatment, $32, available at Couture Color; KeratinPerfect PerfectSilk Keratin Enhanced Conditioner, $24, available at Sephora.

Stefanie Dijie Photographed by Mark Iantosca
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