3 Fall Hair Color Techniques for Expensive-Looking Tones

Elizabeth Jakaitis | October 24, 2016 | 1:53 PM
Tipping technique by Michael Haase
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Tipping technique by Michael Haase
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Golden blonde color by Nadine Matar
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Ronze color by Katie Malone
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Ronze color by Katie Malone
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For clients who want to trade summer highlights for new fall hues, here are three trends and techniques ideal for refreshing color without making a dramatic change.


Michael Haase (@mmhaase), owner of Salon Platinum Black in Los Angeles, offers a fresh take on ombre with a technique he calls “tipping,” designed to use fewer sections and bolder colors to be a time-accommodating and high-fashion option for clients.

“For some time, I was looking to create a technique that took the ombre element out of hair, a very common, and in most cases, not very well-executed technique, and so typical and expected when it came to blonde on dark or color on brunette,” Haase says. “So I came up with ‘tipping,’ a design that brought elegance and couture to two-toned hair color.”

Using three to four partings on each side of the head with two to three sections, in each parting, tipping is created by painting a check mark on the sections, slowly descending along the side of the head to the back.

Golden Blonde

For transitioning blondes from summer to fall, D.C.-based colorist Nadine Matar (@nadinematarhair) recommends embracing warmth.

“Golden and copper tones are a great way to transition blondes between seasons without committing to a permanent color,” Matar says.

She also likes melting or root stretching to give clients a fresh take on their natural color. “By melting a color one level lighter than the natural base into the blonde ends, clients can embrace their natural color and have more shadows and dimensions through their ends, creating a cohesive blend between natural and blonde,” she says.

Matar added warmth and dimension to her natural level-5 client by feathering together three different shades at the base, midlengths and ends, creating a seamless blend of tones.


A new variation on an autumn classic, “ronze,” a combination of red and bronze, is a high-demand color this season.

The shade is accessible to many clients because it looks more natural than orangey coppers or blue-based red hues.

Ronze is multi-tonal and can range from cool copper shades to rich golden hues with mahogany undertones. Katie Malone (@katiemalonehair), a hair stylist at Helmut Salon in West Hollywood, California, created a warm, auburn shade of ronze for her client.

“I would say it’s all about working with the client’s skin tone to find the right color that looks like they were born with it,” says Malone. “The great thing is that ronze can flatter both warm and cool skin tones.”

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