'Tis the season for pumpkin everything and yes, even for your haircolor! With its rich blend of coppers and golds, Pumpkin Spice hair color is trending this fall. To learn more about this Autumn-inspired hue we turned to an expert, hairdresser and L'Oréal Professionnel Artist Alexa Smith.
What Is Pumpkin Spice Haircolor?
From mocha to chocolate to caramel, over the years a number of food terms have been used to describe haircolors. Smith says that this is because it gives both a clear visual of the result as well as a vibe and a feeling that is associated with the words. Naturally, in a season where pumpkin spice reigns supreme, it was only a matter of time before this fall flavor inspired its very own haircolor. "Pumpkin Spice hair is rich, warm, copper or gold dimensional haircolor that mixes a few shades for a natural and seamless look," Smith explains.
Get the Look
Pumpkin spice hair is easy to customize for every skin type with different shades and undertones. "This is a great trend for anyone, but especially for those who live in an area with drastic season changes" Smith shares. "In the fall our skin begins to change, we lose that summer tan which means we need to change our makeup and hair to best complement our features." Hairdressers can help you achieve this change in a few different ways. They can soften the colors around your face-lightening things up a bit-or they can add warmth and richness to the overall tone and color of your hair. Often your hairdresser will assess which method is best based on a combination of your skin and eye color. "Fair skin can pull off more of the vibrant, copper colors, whereas if you have a medium or darker skin tone you may be better complimented by gold or red-violet shades," she says.
How to Maintain Pumpkin Spice Haircolor
If you opt to embrace pumpkin spice this fall, make a note of the color you started with. Smith explains that with any haircolor your maintenance will depend on the difference between your natural base and your new hue. "The closer you are to your natural color, the softer the grow out," she says-meaning this is an easy transition for redheads or gals with warm brown hair. It's also important to keep your hairdresser's technique in mind. Did you go for a few subtle highlights or an all-over color? "If you opt for a highlighted look rather than an all-over base color you can go a few extra weeks between touch-ups," she says. As always you'll want to invest in shampoo and conditioner that has been formulated for color-treated hair to help to maintain the vibrancy of the shade. If you feel you need a refresh between color appointments, consider booking a gloss which will help to add shine and richness to the color.