Want to tone down your blonde hair and get a richer look for the holidays? Luckily, we’ve got expert advice on how you can choose a darker, low-maintenance hair color that will warm you up on those cold winter days!
‘Tis the season to change up your hair! Leilah, 18, visited the Pierre Michel Salon in New York City to get an awesome blonde hair makeover, and the results were stunning. Darkening your hair for winter is tricky, since you don’t want it to be a huge transition if you’ve been rocking lighter hair. Colorist Joanna Pinto and stylist Mia Moore gave us the how-to on picking the perfect shade to transform your blonde hair!
Joanna wanted to give Leilah a hair makeover that would suit a college student. “She wanted a darker color, closer to her natural color, that wouldn’t require much maintenance,” Joanna said. To achieve this, Joanna kept Leilah’s ends brighter for an ombré effect, then toned and warmed up the rest of her strands. “We did a medium brown base, which I extended midway down her head, and painted lots of lowlights,” Joanna explained. “While at the sink, I weaved in thin slithers of honey highlights just to keep her hair line softer, and warmed everything up with a honey gloss.” Since Leilah wears her hair light in the summer, this method allowed her to get a richer look without the change being too harsh!
As an added bonus, darkening your hair on top like this will make it a little less obvious when your roots grow back in. To polish off your new color, try asking for this specific trim: “We took off some length and framed the face,” explained stylist Mia Moore. “I lightly texturized the ends by ‘deep point cutting’ to give the hair some movement, while still keeping it full,” she said. Finish with a melt-in balm like the Shu Uemura Touch of Gloss Brilliant Styling Balm to smooth flyaways and add shine. Beautiful!
HollywoodLifers, tell us what your winter hair goals are! Do you want a richer color?