What is it about cold winds a-blowin' that make us crave, nay, need a hair change? Sometimes it's a yearning for bangs, sometimes a shorter cut. But often, it's an update to our hair color. Whether it's going darker or lighter or brighter or redder, getting a new look in time for the holidays is in order — hey, it's almost November. So, we reached out to hair-color genius Dana Ionato at Sally Hershberger Salon to tell us exactly how we should update our hair hues for cool weather.
Ionato delivered with ideas for hair shades all over the spectrum. Yes, she even has an update to the now-ubiquitous ombré (sombré, anyone?). So, whether you're looking to enhance your natural shade or go totally technicolor, now is the time to give it a shot. Click through to steal all of this pro's best ideas — and clip your favorite for your next salon trip to make sure your new shade kills it.
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For blondes, says Ionato, it's all about adding dimension this season, but in a whole new way. "Blondes should try adding brown to their color — but not with lowlights," explains the colorist. "I'll put a light brown root onto the blonde hair, and then while it processes, I'll push it down the hair shaft every seven minutes or so, leaving out the ends with the intention of throwing a few hand-painted highlights where they need to go." Ionato says that this technique is perfect for blondes who want to go low-maintenance (you'll only need to touch up your color every four months or so) without fear of brassiness.
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If you crave a bright pop of blonde, Ionato encourages clients to embrace face-framing highlights for a boost. Says the pro: "Placement is key — you want to create some dimension and have it fade a bit lighter, just where the layers end. Balayage is the best way to achieve this, so ask for hand-painted, thin, ribbon-like highlights."
If you have light highlights and still feel bored with your 'do, Ionato suggests embracing color — but only on select pieces. "I actually love this whole neon, rainbow trend, as long as you don't do your entire head," she says. "If you put a few of your blonde highlights in a color for fall — green, royal blue, deep burgundy — great! It will fade out in no time." Why not get a little crazy with some old-school Manic Panic
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Ionato encourages deep brunettes to embrace an even darker shade for winter. "Darker is better, because deeper hair reflects the light differently," she says. Depending on your skin tone, going cooler and deeper can flatter lighter skin, as the very last of summer tans fade away.
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Calling all ombré fans! There's a new version of this look to try: sombré, which Ionato describes as a softer, more toned-down look. "With this look, there's no drastic change from dark to light. It's a more modern, soft version of ombre," she explains. "It's much less stress on bleached-out tips." If you already have ombré, getting this look can be as simple as adding a soft, chestnut-y glaze all over your hair.
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If you're not a fan of highlights, Ionato assures that solid, single-process shades look totally fresh in cooler weather. Even better? Choosing a shade with a bit of an earth-toned base — olive green for darker shades, and mauve tones for light ones.
Ionato associates winter with shades of rich, dark chestnut. So, if you're convinced that your natural shade of brunette is totally 'blah,' you're actually in business! The color pro loves enhancing natural brunettes with a tiny touch of highlights toward the bottom of the hair — or simply bumping up a natural shade with a gloss to enhance that God-given luster.
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Girls looking to enhance naturally sandy hair needn't go to extremes. Sometimes, a slightly enhanced version of your natural hue is much more flattering than being convinced that you have to be blonde or brunette. "Think milk chocolate, with lighter golden highlights," says Ionato. She urges clients to leave the red out of this shade, and embrace ashier, cooler shades of gold.
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Finally, if you're a redhead, Ionato urges that this is the season to really go for the garnet. "Synthetic reds are big right now — a true red
red," she says. Additionally, Ionato explains that it's important to consider your hair's texture when going scarlet. "If you have any frizz, stay with a deeper red, to add more shine to your hair." (P.S. If you need extra help in the shine department, Ionato loves Sally Hershberger 24k Texturizing Balm
— scrunch a bit into your locks to enhance your brand new hue.)
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