How to Transition Your Hair Color From Summer to Fall Like a Pro

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“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall,” F. Scott Fitzgerald once said. The first step towards reinvention? Changing up your hair color, of course. “It's all about making [hair] richer, warmer, or cooler, as well as getting rid of unwanted tones from the sun and elements,” says colorist Aura Friedman, who suggests cleansing hair with Malibu C Hard Water Wellness Shampoo to undo the damage of fade-inducing sunlight, chlorine, and seawater. Once strands are detoxed, you can recalibrate your choice shade, she says. Here, the most sought-after pros weigh in on how to tweak your hair color come autumn.


<cite class="credit">Photographed by Theo Wenner, Vogue, January 2017</cite>
Photographed by Theo Wenner, Vogue, January 2017

For blondes, there's no time like fall to embrace warmth. Why? Because “ashy and beige shades wash out your complexion,” explains Rita Hazan, the woman behind Beyoncé’s blanched lengths. Mèche Salon’s Matt Rez agrees; for glowing color with a graceful grow out, he first creates dimension with butterscotch lowlights, then bolsters highlights with a golden gloss, he says.

John Frieda Color Refreshing Warm Blonde Hair Gloss

$11.00, John Frieda

Leonor Greyl Soin Repigmentant Color-Enhancing and Nourishing Conditioner in Venetian Blonde

$65.00, Leonor Greyl

Better Not Younger Silver Lining Purple Butter Hair Mask


MAY11 Blonde Restoring Hair Oil

$83.00, MAY 11


<cite class="credit">ANNIE LEIBOVITZ</cite>

Before lightening up, a brunette must go darker. "Usually brunettes get brassy in the summer, so go one or two shades darker with your single process to counteract any unwanted orange or red tones," says Hazan. For movement and pop, Rez likes to paint on soft ribbons of honey highlights, especially around the face.

Redken Color Extend Brownlights Blue Toning Sulfate-Free Shampoo

$23.00, Redken

dpHUE Color Boosting Gloss + Deep Conditioning Treatment

$35.00, dpHUE

Madison Reed Radiant Hair Color Kit


Davines Alchemic Conditioner

$33.00, DAVINES


<cite class="credit">Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, August 2019</cite>
Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, August 2019

Whether washed-out ginger or eye-popping vermillion, avoid cool undertones. "Warmer tones, like auburn, tend to be more flattering," explains Hazan, who is partial to a solid color for redheads. To maintain vividness, the stylist's three-minute in-shower Ultimate Shine Gloss will protect color while giving it an extra boost. If you do want the balayage treatment, tone highlights with a copper or strawberry hue, adds Rez.

Joico Color Infuse Red Shampoo

$19.00, JOICO

Moroccanoil Color Depositing Mask in Bordeaux

$28.00, Morrocanoil

Overtone Ginger Coloring Conditioner

$32.00, OVERTONE

Biolage ColorBalm Color Depositing Conditioner

$27.00, BIOLAGE


<cite class="credit">Photographed by Karim Sadli, Vogue, May 2014</cite>
Photographed by Karim Sadli, Vogue, May 2014

When the temperatures begin to drop, nothing suits jet-black hair like a cool-girl violet or a red tint achieved with gloss. But if it's simply more dimension you desire, deep cinnamon baby-highlights are key: "They add sparkle when the hair moves."

Christophe Robin Shade Variation Mask

$53.00, Christophe Robin

Overtone Rich Black Coloring Conditioner

$29.00, Overtone

Redken Shades EQ Gloss Demi-Permanent Color

$14.00, REDKEN

Herbatint Permanent Hair Color Gel


Originally Appeared on Vogue