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Smarter Style: Hair Color Trends

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Those of us devoted to our haircolor routine fall into two camps: those of us who do it for fun, and those of us who do it for necessity (or what we think of as necessity!). 

Those in the "fun" camp enjoy changing up their color every few months or so and relish the freedom that comes with getting to be a redhead one day and a blond the next. The "necessity" camp either started going gray pretty young (I started getting enough gray to be really noticeable at around 30) or for whatever other reason (maybe your blond hair is your signature but your natural tone has darkened) feel the need to maintain something different than what Mother Nature endowed you with.

No matter what camp you fall into, staying up-to-date on trends makes sure your dye job never gets dated. Trends for fall include:

Bright or pastel offbeat colors: Pink streaks seem to be big with my mom friends these days, and I've seen green and blue as well. It's daring and maybe something you shouldn't try if you work in a more conservative field, but can be super fun if you have a little more freedom.

Ombre color: A darker color close to the head descending into lighter color and highlights. Done right, this looks like summer beachy blond grown out naturally (think the way yours might have changed when you were a kid), done wrong it looks like you are just not maintaining your color properly.

Warm blondish brown: This happens to be the hair color of both my children, so I love it. This works with a lot of skin tones and you can do a lot with it: add red or golden highlights, dark brown lowlights, or leave it as it is.

Of course, the best color is the one that looks good on you. What haircolor trend are you trying this fall?

by on Sep. 28, 2012 at 1:30 AM
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by June on Sep. 28, 2012 at 10:40 AM

I don't think I fit into either of those categories.  I've always like the red tones (that are natural in my dad's side of the family), but I don't have enough of them.  So, I color my hair dark auburn.  But, I only color every 3 months.  By the time I color again, my hair is it's natural color.  I've found a hair color that fades faster, but there's no line of demarcation as it grows out.  It's also more natural so it doesn't damage my hair.

by on Sep. 28, 2012 at 10:50 AM
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 that's me.  HOWEVER, this am I found a HUGE grey hair...we might start dying again LOL!

Quoting onecuteladybug2:

When I was younger, I would color my hair on a whim... These days, even with gray showing up, I am still au natural... at least for now.


by on Sep. 28, 2012 at 10:56 AM

 I do not color my hair.

by on Sep. 28, 2012 at 11:00 AM

 I had the Ombre done.  I like it.

by Jenny on Sep. 28, 2012 at 12:08 PM
I'm gonna stick to my color. Thanks. :)
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by on Sep. 28, 2012 at 2:04 PM

I use black.

by on Sep. 28, 2012 at 3:26 PM
I used to color it for fun as a teen. I don't color my greys now but they are getting noticeable.
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by on Sep. 28, 2012 at 3:38 PM
I haven't colored my hair since high school...
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by on Sep. 28, 2012 at 4:27 PM

 Not following any trends, just depending on my hair colorist to make me look good.

by on Sep. 28, 2012 at 5:25 PM

I color my hair to hide my gray and also color my hair lighter than my natural shade since as I've gotten older my face has gotten paler so my dark hair was just too dark.  I color my hair ash or champagne blond and because my natural hair is dark it doesn't come out too light - just right.

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