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As the heat starts to fad and cool nights begin to increase we think about how to prepare for fall. With the changing of the seasons often comes the changing of our hair colors.

Veteran stylist Anna Craig of Trashy Root Salon & Spa offers six tips to help you transition to your perfect fall look. As Pravana Artistic Educator and DevaCurl Specialist with over nine years of experience, Craig is extremely passionate about colors. Just follow these simple tips and you'll have your hair fall ready in no time!

Preparing for Fall

1. Deep Condition

Use a great deep conditioner a week prior to your dye appointment. You want to make sure you hair is strong and healthy. Make sure to do this around a week out — too close to your appointment will prohibit the color from fully penetrating.

2. Clarify

Clarify your hair to remove build up at least three days prior to you appointment. This will remove any access build up before you hair gets it's new fall look.

3. Hydrate

Use a hydrating conditioner for one week prior to your appointment, after your clarifying treatment. Hydrating conditioners are great to lock in the moisture without coating the hair too thick to prevent color penetration.

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A Gradual Transformation

Transitioning your summer locks to fall is a slow and steady process that allows you to have a gradual transformation that's done right!.

4. Add depth!

Slowly start to add depth back into your hair via lowlights. Just an initial shading. You don't want to go too dark at first.

5. Weave

Five weeks later, add more depth by weaving in more dark pieces.

6. Add more depth

Seven weeks later, add additional depth. For the majority of the time, this will be the final step of the fall color transformation. However, it may take additional time if you want your change to be even more gradual. Talk to you stylist about what is right for you and your curls.