Brunette balayage: The best seasonal shades to update your hair this autumn and winter

<span class="caption">How to give brunette balayage a seasonal update</span>
How to give brunette balayage a seasonal update

There’s good reason balayage has garnered legions of fans. Not only does it work with all hair types, lengths and colours, but it’s also brilliantly low maintenance.

Why? Because unlike traditional dye jobs, you don’t end up with roots when it grows out. So, rather than your standard six-weekly salon trip, brunette balayage requires far less upkeep to save you both money and time. No wonder it’s taking over our IG feeds as celebs like Selena Gomez and Margot Robbie rocking a balayage look.

Quick recap: Balayage is a hair colouring technique in which the dye is streaked through the hair by hand, rather than applied using conventional foils. The result is a natural look, where the colour gently graduates from dark to light and therefore grows out gracefully.

What are the most popular balayage trends this season?

2022 was the year where our hair styles began to heat up, thanks to an injection of warmth across each trend. ‘For lighter brunettes, golden blonde or dark honey blonde balayage is perfect for tapping into these warm tones, without going for a full-on fall look that’s too dark or orangery,’ says London-based, award-winning stylist, Gennaro Dell'Aquila.

For darker hair colours, brunette balayage 2022 means channelling shades of caramel, bronze and chocolate to give it a perfect autumnal or wintery hue, adds Dell'Aquila. And if your hair is slightly auburn? Try adding copper tones to give your natural tones a seasonal twist.

How do I work this into my grown-out balayage?

If your balayage has begun to grow out, chances are you’re after another fuss-free look for the new season. ‘Definitely go for a low-maintenance style, and ask your stylist about natural toning treatments that will add dimension and depth to your hair,’ says Dell'Aquila.

These tonal treatments will help soften older dye jobs which have turned bright and brassy, mellowing them for the change of season. Think turning bright summer blonde balayage into a golden caramel, and swapping honey hues for richer toffee shades.

What’s the best way to look after your hair as the season changes?

‘The best thing you can do this time of the year is to get rid of split and brittle ends and use deep conditioners, which will restore moisture as well as elasticity as the cold weather starts to dry it out,’ says Dell'Aquila. ‘Also, look out for biodynamic styling products that keep you looking good without sacrificing your hair’s health or style.’

And if you are considering a colour refresh? Look for natural hair dyes and herbal treatments that are gentler on your hair. ‘Not only will your colour become more vibrant, but these herbal treatments will also add shine and softness to your hair,’ says Gennaro. ‘These products are made of 100% natural ingredients, and give the desired hue with zero negative impact on both our environment and our wellbeing.’

How to do warm brunette balayage

I’ve been a devotee of balayage for a while now, not just because I like its natural look, but also because it’s the epitome of lazy girl beauty. I had my previous balayage done just after my daughter was born – at 18 months old, I’ve only just had to start thinking about sorting out my colour now that it’s grown out and morphed from balayage to more of a dip dye look.

So, I decided to enlist the help of GA luxury hair salons to give my brunette locks a seasonal refresh. After a quick consultation at GA Wimbledon Park – one of the five salons run by Dell'Aquila in west London – I had a plan of action to help transform my hair now that the mercury has dropped outdoors.

‘There are many ways for brunettes to inject some life into their colour for autumn,’ explains Dell'Aquila. ‘If you want to go lighter, consider a balayage style for a gorgeous multi-tonal effect. The perfect option would be bronze or caramel tones because they are warm yet sophisticated, but you can play around with the tones. Rich chocolate also makes for an interesting change in colour that will not only help to boost your complexion, but it will also make your hair look super glossy and healthy.’

I decided to go for one of the most popular looks for 2022 – bronzed wood. This warm red-brown colour not only suits the season, but it also works well with my leftover blonde balayage from summer.

To do this, my brilliant stylist Serena first of all refreshed my balayage to give it a more gradual look again rather than just touching the tips. Then, she added a herbal tonal treatment to mellow the shade and give it some warmth. The final look had auburn undertones, but still featured the flattering, face-framing caramel highlights which best suit my skin tone.

The result?

Pretty great. Not only did the colour look wonderfully warm and rich, but it also looked incredibly natural, which was my main priority.

Even better was the fact that my hair looked in unbelievably good condition – sleek, smooth and oh-so-shiny. Of course, a fresh dye job will do that to your hair, but the fact that my ginger tinge was thanks to a herbal treatment using only natural ingredients rather than a harsh chemical dye undoubtedly made a difference to keeping my hair looking to healthy.

So if you’re looking for a seasonal refresh for your brunette balayage, snap up a slot at GA Hair Salons. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

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