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Transitioning Your Hair As The Seasons Change: Summer to Fall

fall hair color ideas

This article was a submission from professional and licensed hair stylist Tracy Proffitt. Find her on instagram at @tracyazgal. If you would like to share an article with The Zillennial, send us an email at

When Fall is in the air, we automatically want to get cozy with sweaters, blankets and fuzzy socks. The leaves are turning to warm shades of golden, brown and red. It is only natural to transition our makeup to warm and spicy tones. Our hair naturally darkens a bit because we are not swimming as much and the sun’s rays are not as abundantly shining down on our heads. It is fun to help nature out a bit and warm up or darken our tresses for the fall and winter seasons ahead. Here are some fall hair color ideas, for any starting out tone.


Add depth with some lowlights and a root smudge to your next highlight or balayage appointment. Your lowlights can be matched to your natural level, but warmer. You can even ask your stylist to add some strawberry or light caramel tones for a multidimensional look. If your stylist tones your lightened locks with a cool or ashy gloss shade usually, try a warmer tone. Warm and reddish tones are perfect for the fall because the color of fall is orange. Match the changing leaves by adding a little bit of warmth into your usual hair color. 


When it comes to fall hair color for brunette hair, go deeper with chestnut, mahogany or chocolate tones. It is easy for brunettes to go auburn with a demi-permanent gloss like Redken Shades EQ in a rich red or burgundy shade, and it will fade away in about 4-6weeks! Unlike the summer when you might want to add in some highlight, the fall is the perfect time to make your hair color a little darker than usual. Go chocolate brown or add in some deep red tones to beckon the cold months approaching.

Very Dark to Natural Black

Try adding some jewel tones by having your stylist highlight or balayage your hair to a caramel tone. Finish by glossing the lightened hair with violet, blue, or merlot shades for a pop of color. This is the perfect time of the year to add in a fun color without it looking too out of pocket. A dark purple or blue is a perfect color for winter. 

Will you be using any of these fall hair color ideas? What color transitions do you usually go through toward the end of the year? Do you have any suggestions that we missed? Let us know in the comment section below!

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