Most of us feel a bit gloomy as the days get shorter and the weather gets colder and at the same time the arrival of the new year often inspires us to give ourselves a little refresh and a new visual identity. As we explain in this blog piece, it's most important to sit down with a professional and have a real hair conversation to think about what suits the real you and what would feel right! But if you're looking for ideas generally, we show below that you don't need to go too far from your current shade to make a big difference to your appearance and mood.
1) Ice blonde
Winter is the time to go cold. If you have fair skin, then you might look paler than ever if you're not careful with your hair colour. Avoid darker tones, and keep your colour palette as cool as your skin. With ice blonde tones, you can look pale and interesting rather than washed-out.
If your skin is not very pale, or you're worried about the root upkeep involved with going super blonde, then you can still experiment with this style. Try an ice blonde ombre look, starting with ash brown and gradually growing lighter. This style is great with medium to long hair, particularly wavy locks. If you're wearing a dark coat in winter, then your icy hair can make for a stunning contrast against it.
2) Black with chocolate highlights
If you have naturally dark hair, you might find that you look drained when winter rolls around. Raven black locks can look severe and gloomy, so tone them down with subtle highlights. Chocolate brown can help lift your look without lightening it too much and taking it too far from the dark beauty that you're trying to preserve.
This colour looks great with all lengths of hair. If you've got a textured look, then adding chocolate highlights can help show it off. Why not try this colour combo with shorter hair? It can really help to bring out the funky, choppy aspect of your style.
3) Spicy red
Redheads can embrace rich, auburn tones when winter rolls around. Take it a step further by adding cinnamon-toned red highlights to the mix, for a colour that will warm you up when a cold front hits. This is a deep, complex colour that lifts red hair. If you're concerned about your hair looking flat, a touch of spice can really hit the spot.
Rich, cinnamon-enhanced auburn hair looks fabulous when worn with jewel-toned clothes in winter. If you have warm skin tones, you might find that this is a great way of embracing red without it clashing with your cheeks.
4) Pastel tones
Want to really shake things up? If you've always dreamed of dying your hair a wild colour, then this winter could be the ideal time. If you want to go for pink or blue, we suggest thinking twice before going for bold Barbie colours. Really bright colours can give you a tired, pale look in winter. Instead, it's the perfect season to experiment with pastel tones.
Pastel pink or blue can be used as highlights to lift your hair, but also look fabulous as an all-over colour.
Whether you know your next hair move or you're looking for honest advice and ideas, we always offer free 30-minute consultations and every first-time appointment allows for complimentary additional time for a lengthy relaxed chat before you begin. Be sure to pop in for a coffee if you're near our salons in London, Horsham, Sevenoaks, Marlow, Tunbridge Wells or Verbier, Switzerland.