Fall is one of the most anticipated seasons of the year, when a whole new vibe takes over. There's the back to school rush of getting the kids out the door, and all the planning and preparation for the rush of friends and family with the holidays to come, but it's also an exciting time of year to make some changes of your own—like a rich, deep tone for your hair to match the season. Here's a guide to going darker from the pros at Madison Reed.
If you're looking to change up your look, but want to go for a trial run first, try these options:
Go for Lowlights
Going darker doesn't always mean completely changing your hair color. If you like where your hair is now and want to take a more subtle approach to going to a darker shade, try placing some sporadic lowlights in your hair. What's a lowlight? It's basically a highlight, but with a darker color, and it goes inside your hair (while highlights are usually placed on the outside). It's a beautiful new take on color.
Go Darker in Stages
Whether it's your first time going dark, or you've done it for ages, the general rule of thumb is to take it in baby steps. Going dark is a big change, and has the potential to make you look like a completely different person. If you are a creature of habit, try taking the color one shade at a time, and gradually work your way to your goal.
Try a Semi-Permanent Gloss
If you're looking for richer, more vibrant tone, but you don't want to go with a completely different color, a semi-permanent gloss is perfect. It gives you just the right shine and richness you might be craving (especially after those summer months) and can be the perfect alternative to going for a complete change.