Hello again! We took a brief hiatus from blogging but now we are BACK and excited to share our tips and tricks with you.

With the transition from summer to fall, we hear the question “Should I color my hair dark for fall?” very often. As much as we LOVE fall hair colors, this bold change may not be best for everyone. We always want you to look and feel amazing so we asked our stylists for their opinions and put together some practical advice on fall hair colors. Check it out!

Just Ask Us!

In all honesty, significant hair color changes should really be done by a professional. For those of you just looking for a subtle change, at-home jobs are usually just fine. Unfortunately, it’s incredibly easy to make a noticeable mistake when you’re going for a major change. You could end up with a patchy job, an unflattering shade or you could even have an allergic reaction to the color itself. Most importantly, a dark color-mistake can be difficult (and expensive to fix).

The stylists at Balayage have years of experience with finding the perfect shade, unique to your complexion as well as extensive knowledge of the color application process. We understand that going from blonde to brown can be scary, which is why we always encourage our clients to ask us as many questions as possible. Have a certain celebrity hair color in mind? Bring in pictures! Pictures help us get a better sense of what you’re REALLY looking for since sometimes words just aren’t enough. Mostly, we want you to feel comfortable and confident that we have your best interests in mind.

Don’t Rush Into It

We do not recommend deciding to change your hair color on an impulse decision. This tends to be a recipe for tears and panic. Instead, talk to your stylist about a gradual transition – consider adding some lowlights two to three shades deeper than your current hair color. This will help make the change less of a shock and more natural, also allowing for time to establish the perfect shade. The truth is, everyone loves a good ‘bronde’ head!

Avoid Straight Black Color

It might seem like a good idea to go straight for the most dramatic look, but our stylists don’t usually recommend it. Straight black color is not only incredibly difficult to pull off well but it’s also not that simple to maintain. More importantly, changing a previously black color to a lighter one is possible but the hair is almost always jeopardized. The change back to a light color would take several lightening treatments and you would not be able to leave the salon with your hair exactly the way you want – it’s a process.

Especially for people with naturally lighter hair, consider the more natural dark options such as a deep espresso brown. Our stylists agree that avoiding the ink-black color will give you the dramatic difference you’re looking for but is much more manageable!

Consider The Maintenance

Even though people with naturally dark hair vow that it’s low-maintenance, a dark-hair color job isn’t exactly the same. Sun exposure, hard water, pollution and some shampoos can ALL change the integrity of your dark hair. We always remind people that are committed to going seriously dark about color protecting products. Of course – we can’t forget about those pesky roots! Be prepared to either embrace the dual-colors or see your stylist every four to six weeks. We all know changing your hair is bitter sweet! 🙂

Most importantly, we want you to know that we’re here to talk through any concerns you might be having when it comes to a major hair color change. We’re always happy to give you our honest opinions and offer flattering, cost-effective options that will make you look and feel amazing. At the end of the day, we want you to walk out of our salon looking and feeling like a million bucks!

We want to hear from YOU! What other questions do you have for our stylists regarding fall hair colors?