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Hairstyle Colour Trends for Autumn-Winter

By Lizzie Fox - Colour Specialist @ Sally Montague Hair Group

Themes of wildly imaginative fairytales contrasting with a ghostly darkness appeared on the catwalk this season. At Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander McQueen, models embodied ethereal elegance. This trend would suit brunettes and darker bases, with palettes ranging from blacks, mauves, burgundy and smoky greys. Global hair colour portrayed depth with a romantic shine, as seen at David Koma.

At Ellie Saab the runways were awash with ombré locks, ranging from burgundy, nude, blueberry and black into raspberry, creating a multitude of tones. At Alberta Ferretti, indigo, ocean blue hues, tarnished copper shades and embellished metallics shone through the darkness highlighting the texture of the hair. I fell in love with the dark ombré technique, which I will recreate using deep raspberry and copper shades, either globally or partially.


Art and print were very popular throughout the A/W14 collections. Styles ranged from Renaissance to Art Deco, incorporating reds, maroons, mustards and browns to create warm, beautiful colour combinations as seen at Prada and Louis Vuitton, where edges and panels of colour were placed along chevrons in the hair in an Art Deco fashion with a modern twist.

Rainbows were seen in a geo-print at Clover Canyon, giving brightness to this trend, having taken inspiration from stained glass windows. Similarly, a watercolour effect was seen at Burberry Prorsum, fading brush strokes within loose swirling chiffon, gently smudging colours together. I'll enjoy playing around with different shapes and placement in the salon and trying out the watercolour effect on hair. I will achieve this by blending two or three colours using a transparent colour in-between to create the smudging effect.

Soft palettes and earthy animal tones also crossed the catwalk this season. Subdued sage green, dusty pink and duck egg blue were seen at Gucci, while Gareth Pugh combined cream, white and embellished metallic in his sculptural and surreal collection, forecasting fresh and clean blondes with a hint of soft colour.

At Givenchy, a large combination palette was portrayed through python, leopard prints and butterfly wings, using a rich biscuit and toffee base, blended with spearmint, beige and primrose. The collection continued into pale apricot and chocolate hues. I'll be using very icy and creamy toners on blondes to ensure shine and diluted tones to create the different hues of apricot, mocha and beige.

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