Crack The New Colour Code: Our Tips For Updating Your 'Do

03 January 2014 by

Thanks to a combination of flattering catwalk trends and technical advances, a change of hair colour can lift more than just your spirits. Try the radiance of your skin, clarity of your eyes and even the condition of your hair...


It’s easy to appreciate gutsy milkshake shades on the likes of Miley and Gwen Stefani, but how do they work in reality? ‘It’s easier than you think,’ says catwalk and Garnier colourist Lyndell Mansfield. These candy colours are delicate and flattering, enhancing your natural hair colour rather than masking it. ‘Just remember to keep the colour change soft and subtle at first. You can always pump it up at another point.’

Crack The New Colour Code

Products To Try: Cool skin tones should opt for Kevin Murphy Colour Bug in Orange, £13.95, while warm skin tones will suit L’Oréal Paris Feria by Préférence Pastel Toning Conditioner in Pastel Lilac Lavender, £5.79.


During fashion week, warm caramel tones were replaced with rich colour. A blessing for autumn, a warm brown will instantly give a radiance boost to pale skin. The hit trend this season is for super-natural, multitonal colour, so request that your salon mixes in different tones to help you achieve this. In fact, adding different brunette shades can even have an anti-ageing effect on your appearance. Who knew?

Crack The New Colour Code

Products To Try: Try Garnier Nutrisse Crème in Dark Golden Brown, £5.49. For the ultimate youth enhancement, seal split ends with Living Proof Restore Repair Cream, £24.


While past seasons have been dictated by ‘go lighter or darker’ rules, the focus this season is much more on adding warmth or cooling down your hair colour. Red is one shade that lends itself to this new way of thinking, with cool henna hues at the crisp end of things and rich, smouldering coppers at the other. A subtle shift in tone either way can give the most English rose of complexions an exotic glow or bring a quirky, Karen Elson-like edge to deeper, golden skin tones.

Crack The New Colour Code

Products To Try: Try L’Oréal Paris Préférence Ombre Auburn for a cool finish, and lock colour in for longer with hydrating Oribe Masque For Beautiful Hair, £54.


‘Fashion is moving away from the golden Cara tones of summer and embracing a cooler, Scandi blonde,’ explains Lyndell. Done correctly, iceblonde hair can give skin and eyes a glacier-like clarity – and it’s this beautifying benefit that has inspired the latest at-home and professional colours. ‘Blonde colourants now concentrate on lifting the tone of your hair and killing any warmth, which often translates as “brassy” on such pale blondes,’ Lyndell adds.

Crack The New Colour Code

Products To Try: Invest in brightening and moisturising masks like Garnier Nutrisse Truly Blonde Maximum Lightener and Blonde D+++ Aftercare Conditioner, £5.49 for set.

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