How to get on trend A/W colour

“Just like fashion, hair trends evolve and develop each year. Hair is the ultimate fashion accessory and today’s consumer has become increasingly aware of this. Unlike jewellery, hand bags, shoes or belts, hair is the one accessory women wear every day. Hair colour trends are the perfect way to reflect the season’s latest fashions by injecting them into any hair-cut.


Bronze medal: bronze no longer means third place – this A/W it takes the top spot on the podium, making the catwalk shine in rose-gold’s and coppers for this Autumn Winter ’14. The added pink toning of these metallic colorings brings a new contemporary edge to these beautiful shades for this season. If you’ve been contemplating a change in your hair colour for this autumn winter, don’t limit yourself to one shade. The season’s hottest new shades are multi-tonal—think sun-kissed blonde with deeper honey undertones, hazelnut brown spun with fine streaks of gold and copper enhanced with dark woody layers. The look is highly individualised, in keeping with this A/W catwalk themes, and makes for hair that’s rich and uniquely chic. To achieve the effect our team of colour experts at Russell Eaton in Leeds and Barnsley use Wella professionals Illumina colour, the perfect modern hair colour created to give mull tonal shimmering colour results whatever the tone you are.

Rose Gold colouring in particular is back and taking the world by storm. Not content with being only the summer’s hottest trend, it’s now transcending the seasons to challenge the chocolate shades of autumn winter 2014/15. A mix of copper and white gold, there is actually no “natural” rose gold.  Rose gold is different and fun, and looks equally great with a tan or for those with pinkish undertones in their skin. Jewellery and make-up aside, the huge trend of Rose Gold – for jewellery, make-up and hair colouring – is only getting bigger! I hope the ever increasing use of these beautiful tones will encourage more and more of you to try it. The best way to get this look? Alternate a golden blonde with a light strawberry-red highlight – alongside a fine vail of peach pink". Whether it’s in fine slices, vails of colour, as a Balayage or a full root-to-tip change – go with a rose gold base colour and add in some expertly placed blonde to make the colour really shimmer.

Down to earth: A soft palette of subdued sage greens, dusty pinks, duck egg blues and earthy animal tones. It’s ultra-natural; ethereal almost. This trend is very current at the moment and translates really well into salon colouring. If clients are looking for super low maintenance hair colour this is the trend for them. Russell Eaton are working with soft Ombre’s, old tired highlights with muted tones, and a new colour range from Wella professionals called ‘Instamatic’ – which offer some of this seasons’ latest hair colours , pinks, greys and blues. These colours are perfect toners and give hair a modern new look for A/W.

Over the rainbow: A rainbow of shades, that range from pops of bright’s and neon’s (even orange) that clash rather than complement.

Here at Russell Eaton we’re using fine veils of brighter colours placed throughout the underneath sections of a fringe or the underneath layers of a haircut – in an exclusive Russell Eaton style of for “Hidden Colour”. This way, the brighter colour breaks through the haircut creating a burst of intense colour that can be exposed when the hair moves. For this we use the latest product innovation from Wella professionals – ‘Freelights’- which lightens hair in a soft and gentle way. We lighten a section underneath a client’s hair and then tone this section with a brighter, pastel or more contrasting shade. This exclusive technique makes a real impact when applied to this season’s biggest hair colour trends such as Navy or a soft minky grey tone. This can then be exposed when the hair is worn up, creating a colourful playful up do or top knot.


Grey is the new black: no more hiding the grey – it’s there for all to see but in shades of iridescent silver and gentle touches of grey dotted throughout the hair. The silver-grey trend has been massive over the last few seasons and comes straight from the Chanel catwalk shows. The trend has seen celebs like Kate Moss embrace their natural greys, creating softer highlights as well as introducing panels of muted grey tones to their look.  Grey is an amazing colour to use as it instantly gives hair a cooler tone and ‘more worn in’ feel. Grey works well amongst highlights and neutralises unwanted yellow tones. When mixed with pinks and dusky lilac colours grey toning really comes into its own. This pastel feel to hair has now moved from summer into this autumn/winter, and greys tones are one of this season’s hottest colours.


Double platinum:  the palette is whiter than white, shiny and full of health. 

This is a trend that does not work for all, but if your natural base is light enough the ‘bright white clean blonde’ can look amazing, particularly on shorter hair styles when it creates a strong fashion forward look.”

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