All Tressed Up

Revamped your wardrobe for winter? Spruced up your make-up bag? If you've updated clothes and make-up for the new season, don't overlook your hair!

"Seasonal change is something I encourage at least twice a year," says Carolyn Newman, colour director at Charles Worthington.

"Go lighter and fresher for spring/summer, and richer and more defined for autumn/winter. It's very definite this season, which is reflected on the catwalk with glossy accessory trends like patent."

Give your tresses some seasonal colour attention and take your hair from post-summer drab to winter season fab.

Hair-colour trends often reflect the ever-changing styles we see on the runways each season. "Autumn/winter will see the return of different blocks and panels created within the haircut for a strong yet feminine look," Newman explains. "This can either be made soft if you favour the natural look or more intense for a more edgy look." As for colour, Newman notes a move towards radiant cool tones. Here are her tips for what's hot in winter hair.

"Chocolate tones with a touch of black give movement and texture to hair," Newman reveals. "Smoky brown hues, royal brown and nearly black are all ideal shades for brunettes this season."

"For winter, blondes can either going a little creamier and whiter, or darker," Newman predicts. "Go for tones of neutral blonde, cool beige or steel ash blonde."

"It's a great season for redheads. Rich cherry red, red violet and ultra mahogany are hot this season," Newman recommends.

If you're considering a colour revamp for winter, cut and style are all-important, but your skin tone has a big impact on what shade suits. Fiona Wellins, Colour Me Beautiful consultant, has this advice for choosing the best hair colour to pull in those compliments. Try using a scarf in hot pink (cool) and bright orange (warm) to reveal what colouring best sets off your skin tone.

"Skin with bluish undertones are best suited to cooler shades," Wellins advises. "Black, dark ash brown to light ash blonde tones will work best with your skin tone."

"Those who have freckles or a golden colouring have warm undertones to the skin," Wellins says."Highlights in gold or copper, or red lowlights will work well for warm-toned skin. Darker hair suits reddish browns, which are good for an overall tint. To go even darker, opt for chocolate brown rather than black."

Whether you've gone Gwen Stefani platinum blonde or Dita Von Teese dark,keep new colour glossy, shiny and healthy throughout the winter months by doing some essential prep work.There are three key steps you can take for keeping your colour for longer.

"If you have coloured hair, always use colour-protection shampoo and conditioner," Newman says.Try: Schwarzkopf BC Colour Save Shampoo, $23.50; Redken Colour Extend Rich Defender, $32.00; Wella Professional Colour Reflex Shampoo, $22.95; ghd guardian shampoo. $35.

"A treatment mask once a week is great for giving your hair a moisture boost," Newman advises.Try: Kerastase Reflection Chroma Riche Masque, $55; Schwarzkopf Professional Essensity Intense Curing Mask, $29.95.

:: WASH ‘N’ GO
"If your colour fades or looks lacklustre, wash-in wash-out colours will add shine and enhance your colour," Newman recommends.Try: John Frieda Luminous Colour Glaze, $19.95; Clairol Nice'n Easy Colourseal Intensive Conditioner, $5.99.

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