Fall hair from Redken.

“Less is best," Stanko says. "The trend is a little uncomplicated, a more lived-in color and that comes to life by highlighting from the mid-shaft to the ends of the hair. It adds dimension to the hair—a sexy undone sort of look.”

Stanko says there’s no need to take your fresh highlights all the way to the roots; that’s too Kelly Clarkson three years ago! Instead, think more Meredith Grey of Grey’s Anatomy or Sex in the City sweetheart Sarah Jessica Parker, whose textured locks were splashed on the cover of Elle magazine in August.

“The look she’s putting out, which is almost a little rooty with more of a concentration of color through the ends of the hair, is a fresh approach for fall and winter,” Stanko says.


“For a traditional blonde, you would go with a light caramel tone for a highlight,” Stanko says. “You can achieve that by deepening the hair overall with a toffee-colored glaze, and draw excitement by adding brighter pieces strategically through the mid-shaft to ends.”Stanko emphasizes that the goal is to customize the color based on how a woman wears her hair.“If the hair is worn up,” he explains, “You might brighten strands from behind the ear down through the ponytail.”This fall, it’s all about adding nuances of color, says Lucie Doughty, editorial director for John Paul Mitchell Systems

“I like to place color underneath and have glimpses of color coming through from the base,” Doughty explains. “It’s great to add dimension to curly hair, like adding different tones to the ends of the hair, so when you break up the curls you see these beautiful tones almost dancing through the hair. When you look at it, you don’t see the start or finish of the color, you just see that there are multiple tones.”


”For golden blonds, he considers a variation of platinum blond and strawberry blond to add a bit of warmth. The infusion of color for brunettes may include caramel, gold-auburn, and dark-blond hues.

“From clothing to makeup to hair, everyone wants to differentiate themselves,” Christo says. “It’s a way to stand out and make a statement.”And the statement is a bold one this season, according to master colorist Mary Katherine Hecht of the National Artistic Team for Pureology. “It’s not chunky, but it’s vibrant. Your hair is like jewelry, it’s your accessory. You always wear it and, if you take good care of it, you can change it constantly.”

One of Matrix's fall looks. 

”During any fall season, Harbinger suggests blonds introduce a color glaze, like a honey, for renewed sparkle and warmth. Since redheads see their color fade the most, she recommends low-lights or a color glaze in deeper, cooler red tones, such as strawberry or auburn. For brunettes, consider richer tones, like a caramel or chocolate glaze.“The richer chocolate colors are usually best for olive skin,” Harbinger adds. “Look into the pupils of the eye. With someone with brown eyes, you can see reddish or gold undertones. With green eyes, there can be yellow specks. These help the colorist get an idea of what colors are best for the hair.

”Most important, make sure the hair color you choose truly suits your lifestyle. Whether your daring or conservative, analytical or a dreamer, there’s a new hue that’s right for you.