The late autumn and early winter bring about a mood change. Subtle tonal changes of natural light, the sparkle of artificial lighting and the different textures of clothing, emerging fashion trends, and a change in people’s spirit, can all affect personal choice when it comes to selecting or updating hair colour.
TIGI European Technical Creative Director, Kerrie O’Reilly, is all too aware of how seasonal changes can affect clients’ colour goals. She explains: “As we move from autumn into winter, clients are wanting to shift away from the blondes and lighter shades we saw in the summer. However, that doesn’t necessarily have to mean taking their hair colour darker. A great way to update their look for the cooler months is to add shades of copper, gold and mahogany, which give hair extra warmth and richness.”
Kerrie shares the top 10 hair colour formulas for the winter season ahead, created by the TIGI International Technical Team, to inspire you and your clients over the coming months.
This is an ideal shade for clients wanting to enrich their deep blonde palette. Moving away from the golden or sandy barley shades of the summer, Winter Barley adds notes of copper and mahogany for extra warmth. Whether its applied as a global toning technique or freehand, this is a simply stunning shade that clients will love this season.
50g Gloss 8/34
+3g Gloss 6/53
+2g Gloss 7/44
This is a great shade for clients with a deeper palette that want to keep elements of brightness through their hair. Toning lightened areas with these hues of muted copper, gold and mahogany adds rich saturation, and complements the contrast between hair colour and skin tone.
20g Gloss 7/35
+ 30g Gloss 7/4
Vivid coppers are always a firm favourite for when the autumn/winter season returns. This year, we’re utilising pure tones of Mix Master copper and gold to create a striking yet purposeful shade that will give show-stopping results when skin tones are less bronzed.
20g Mix Master /44
+ 10g Mix Master /33
+ 30g Gloss 00/ Clear
Fun, strong, bold, and vibrant, this vivid shade needs no introduction! Although the tone has become more saturated with accents of mahogany for the winter season, it’s still as luminous as ever.
55g Gloss 66/65
+5g Creative 55/66
This formula is perfect for intensifying deeper shades. Balancing both warm and cool tones helps to customise your clients most flattering result, and here we have used a combination of ash gold and mahogany to create a velvety finish.
20g Gloss 4/85
+20g Gloss 5/3
A beautifully delicate shade that complements a variety of complexions, Maple Leaf hints at the autumnal season whilst still remaining muted in its reflect. When used as a toner for lighter pieces, this shade can create a wonderful contrast against deeper brunette bases.
35g Gloss 7/35
+15g Gloss 7/2
This shade of Indigo is perfect for clients that want to be vibrant whilst remaining very much on the cooler side of the colour spectrum. It’s not only great for statements toners but also works well as a tone enhancer for deeper colour palettes.
30g Gloss 55/22
+10g Gloss 7/2
+2g Mix Master /8
This shade is a wonderfully delicate autumn hue that’s great for softer skin tones. By infusing small amounts of mahogany to an iridescent palette, Hibiscus is a lovely way of creating a multidimensional result for different lights. In some lights it will be a beautifully soft and subtle shade, but as the light moves you will see hints of rose flickering through.
40g Gloss 7/35
+3g Gloss /55
Butterscotch is a great shade for clients that want to stay on that beautifully platinum level of a 10. It’s a subtle tonal reflect that will gently soften any raw tones (caused by the sun), and adds an element of warmth to brighten up complexions heading into this chilly season. It’s enough to put a spring back in any step!
30g Gloss 10/03
+5g Gloss 8/34
Amber is a very welcome shade for the winter palette, as it brings Peach hues into the colder season. For clients that love metallic shades or are playful with rose gold toners, this shade is a great alternative to get them feeling brighter and more festive. And what’s more, it’s still on a light enough level for those ‘forever blondes’.
30g Creative 9/4
+5g Creative 77/46