Fall and Winter 2009 Haircolor Forecast

Sure, we’re just hitting the hottest part of the year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk fall trends right now.

As temperatures begin to cool down in the upcoming months, so will haircolor with more sophisticated cooler brunettes and blondes.  Tracey Cunningham, Redken Creative Consultant for Color, and David Stanko, Haircolor Consultant for Redken, have the latest in fall haircolor trends, professional haircolor products to achieve these trends, and consumer tips to communicate with their colorist and to adjust to the “coolest” looks of the season.

“Small adjustments can help consumers update their look from season to season,” explains Cunningham.  “When summer comes to a close, I plan to cool my clients’ shades down this fall/winter season with Redken’s new Color Gels Ash Blue creating sophisticated, cool shades.  A color is said to have “cool tones” if it tends toward blue or violet, such as platinum blondes, ash browns, and plum reds.”

Trend #1:  Brunettes


“Brunettes will go to a whole new level this fall/winter with an overall cooler base.  Think Fergie’s shade; her lighter highlights really show through her dark, chestnut base making her haircolor look so flawless and effortless.” – Tracey Cunningham

Trend #2:  Blondes


“Blondes will be blonde this fall – think Drew Barrymore’s cool, nearly platinum blonde shade for this inspiration.  Client’s can often be concerned with the cost to achieve and keep the perfect shade of blonde, but I find that women cut back in other areas rather than haircolor as it’s one of a consumers’ most prominent and most seen everyday accessory!” – Tracey Cunningham

Trend #3:  Redheads


“I brought Lindsay back to her original roots as a true redhead.  This fall/winter, redheads will be more sophisticated, and playful with their beautiful shade, with deep red tones and a few cool, blonde highlights throughout to enhance the red even more.” – Tracey Cunningham

Things to know before you visit your salon this fall:

* Try to walk into the salon with your everyday “look,” so your colorist can get a feel for what you’re comfortable with.

* If you have the time, do a little research into color science.  Knowing the difference between terms like demi-permanent and permanent color can help you and your colorist communicate more efficiently.  Study up with Redken’s glossary.

* Your colorist is there to work with you to achieve beautiful color.  The more you can explain what you want, the better the collaboration will be.

* If you are going in for “corrective color” – to correct color results you are unhappy with from a prior coloring experience – be prepared for a longer visit, as your colorist may need to remove old color and then recolor your hair.

Salon Prep Check List:

* Bring your inspiration: Photographs and examples of haircolor you love will help you and your colorist explore your color options – and ensure that you both mean the same thing when you say, “honey blonde” or “scarlet red.”

* Know your history: Be prepared to tell your colorist about any prior color services, whether it was highlights last year or a color gloss last month.

* Trust your colorist: Listen to your colorist’s expert opinion. During your color consultation, he or she will consider your desired result, then evaluate your hair’s condition and look at your skin tone and coloring in order to create your custom color formulation.

*Ask questions: If you hear a color term you don’t understand, don’t hesitate to ask your colorist for an explanation. Remember to inquire about maintenance – how often you’ll need to return to the salon for touchups, and how to best maintain your color at home between visits with Redken haircare products.

  1. ali

    August 11, 2009 at 7:02 am

    look at me, being all trendy and stuff ;)
    (although, whatever, I’m way hotter than Fergie. heh)
    .-= ali´s last blog ..we’ll just keep swimming. also #dunkindonutsisgross. =-.

  2. Darcey

    August 11, 2009 at 7:09 am

    Like I promised the BF, who prefers my hair on the darker side, I will be trendy and go back to my more brunette roots when Fall comes around. Then again, if you look at my new FB profile pic from 1985, I was certainly not born with dark hair…
    .-= Darcey´s last blog ..Moving killed me dead =-.

  3. Kerri Anne

    August 11, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Natural brunette with many streaks of The Red right here. I’m excited to transition fully back to my natural color this Fall. It’s time.
    .-= Kerri Anne´s last blog ..What Is The What =-.

  4. Lauren McNeil

    August 11, 2009 at 8:59 am

    My natural hair color is the color of Lindsay’s hair above, but now I’m curious about adding the bits of blonde to enhance the red–I’ll definitely be checking that out to see if it works for me and my hair! Great post.

  5. Tracy D

    August 11, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Is it just me or does Fergie’s hair look a shade or two too dark at the crown of her head? It looks a bit too black. I do like her darker shade, I just disagree that it looks “flawless and effortless”.

  6. Tammy

    August 13, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    That is the prettiest shade of blonde I’ve seen Drew in! She looks great! Fergie needs to go back to her gorgeous caramel blonde. As for Lindsey, red has always been my favorite on her.
    .-= Tammy´s last blog ..Beauty Bloggerati’s Favorite Drugstore Cosmetic Beauty Buys =-.