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Get Your Hair Autumn Ready

We may be in the middle of a heatwave, but we’re heading into autumn and it’s time to get ready to offer clients new, seasonal styles and update their colour.

Nathan Walker from Trevor Sorbie for L’Oreal Professionnel says dark hair can start to look dull as the seasons change: “In much of the UK, the summer sees the sun rise to a peak of around 60 degrees; that’s four-times higher than in the mid-winter,” he explains. “So how does this affect hair? The simple answer is there is less light reflected so hair appears duller. Other major factors are the dehydrating effects the summer has had coupled with us all starting our central heating up and further dehydrating the hair. The environmental effects from the summer also influence the surface of the hair, often roughening the cuticle layer and again leads to less light reflecting, so causing a dull look and feel.”

But brunette clients are in for a treat this autumn with a multitude of products available to transform it from lacklustre to luscious. “We all know high shine products, whether it’s nail polish or a skincare product, changes seasonally and hair needs this too. I’d prescribe an initial in-salon treatment with Metal Detox from L’Oreal Professionnel, this will remove any metallic deposits from the summer that could be making the hair look dull, then over this a shine intensifying acidic colour such as L’Oreal Professionnel Dia Light which can be just clear or can replace some of the depth lost over the summer.”

Nathan gives his top tips for darker hair this AW23…

  1. For me the gentlest ways to enhance the look and shine of darker hair is to use a colour that enhances the shine, such as L’Oreal Professionel Dia Richesse contains softening waxes to really smooth the roughness of the cuticle and enhance the shine.
  2. Recommend an autumn haircare regime, the needs of hair in the winter are primarily great hydration and protection from the constant change from cold damp conditions outside to warm, dry conditions inside.
  3. As temperatures cool, make sure darker tones are warm, with plenty of depth and high gloss. All-over block colours are popular right now, but don’t be afraid to add panels of darker tones for contrast and interest.