For blondes, there’s no time like fall to embrace warmth. Why? Because “ashy and beige shades wash out your complexion,” explains Rita Hazan, the woman behind Beyoncé’s blanched lengths. Mèche Salon’s Matt Rez agrees; for glowing color with a graceful grow out, he first creates dimension with butterscotch lowlights, then bolsters highlights with a golden gloss, he says.
Whether washed-out ginger or eye-popping vermillion, avoid cool undertones. “Warmer tones, like auburn, tend to be more flattering,” explains Hazan, who is partial to a solid color for redheads. To maintain vividness, the stylist’s three-minute in-shower Ultimate Shine Gloss will protect color while giving it an extra boost. If you do want the balayage treatment, tone highlights with a copper or strawberry hue, adds Rez.
When the temperatures begin to drop, nothing suits jet-black hair like a cool-girl violet or a red tint achieved with gloss. But if it’s simply more dimension you desire, deep cinnamon baby-highlights are key: “They add sparkle when the hair moves.”