Now that the winter season is almost in full swing and the temperature is dropping towards single digits, it’s time to rethink your approach to beauty. Spray tans should be swapped with gradual tanning solutions that give you a hint of colour (rather than a heavy hit of bronze), facial oils should be introduced into your skin care routine to keep dryness at bay, and new makeup colours should make their way into your daily kit to complement the cooler weather ahead.
As for your hair, winter is the perfect opportunity to experiment with hair colours that steer away from predictably summery hues of honey, caramel and coffee. We spoke with L’Oréal Professionnel Guest Artist, Jordan Hone of Sloans, for his hair colour recommendations (inspired by the latest red carpet looks) this season, plus his expert tips on how to replicate each one and the best way to look after your new hair colour.
This season’s blonde shade is all about an all-over application that’s neither brassy nor too white; it’s the perfect balance between warm and cool tones.
Who it suits: Got fair skin? Listen up. “I think the paler your skin tone, the lighter you can go with your hair,” says Hone. “If you have a cool undertone to your complexion, then you are better suited to a blue-based hair colour like platinum, champagne or a bright blonde.”
What to ask for: For those that want to go from brunette to blonde in the salon, Hone has the following advice: “it will be a gradual process of several appointments, where we would start by applying highlights, then get to a stage where we could apply an all-over lightener. This is important to maintain the integrity and condition of the hair.”
The latest slew of red carpet images have confirmed that a warm, chestnut brown is the way to go if you’re looking to update your brunette hair colour.
Who it suits: The best thing about this hair colour is that it suits just about everyone. In particular, Hone says: “It may sound like I’m contradicting myself, but those with a ruddy complexion actually suit warm brown tones in their hair. It can enhance their facial features and be more flattering than a cool brown hair colour.”
What to ask for: At the hairdressers, ask for a warm brown colour that has undertones of red and gold. “This colour can be achieved by using a L’Oréal Professionnel Semi Permanent Gloss to add shine or a L’Oréal Professionnel Permanent Colour to give depth and cover greys,” explains Hone.
If a dark-as-night hair colour is good enough for Kendall, Bella and Gal, then it’s certainly good enough for us.
Who it suits: This dramatic hair colour is best for people with a lighter skin tone. “The idea is to create a contrast between your hair colour and your complexion,” says Hone. “If your hair colour is too close to your skin tone, your features will disappear. A cooler to pale-olive skin complexion would suit this jet black tone.”
What to ask for: The trick to nailing this colour is to ask your hairdresser for a semi-permanent or permanent black colour that has cool undertones.
This article originally appeared on Beauty Crew.