The Hair Color Trends That’ll Be Huge For Fall 2017

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Hair Color Trends Fall 2017
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Some women never experiment with their hair color: It’s not that they were all blessed with the perfect shade of chestnut brown or naturally butterscotch blonde locks, but rather, they’ve never experienced the transformative powers of an on-point dye-job. But no matter if you’re a hair-color veteran or an ombré newbie, know this before you visit the salon this year: Redken’s Global Colorist Justin Isaac thinks flat, single-process color is out.

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“Trends like balayage and babylights will continue to remain popular,” he told us while forecasting the top hair color trends of fall 2017 for us. “But the term ‘hair painting’ will be one to watch.”

Isaac, who says most of his clients look to Instagram and Pinterest rather than the runway for inspiration, predicts that a less-done look is going to hit its peak this year. In colorist speak, that translates to carefully placed highlights and all-over strobing—especially for curly-hair ladies, he said. And while these might mean more time in the chair at first, the color will be low-maintenance, so you can lengthen the time between visits.

“Hair color will be the new makeup,” he said. “With the current climate of the world, hair color is an opportunity for self-expression, so you’ll continue to see vibrant shades—whether it be a full head of rainbow color or a more subtle pastel—grow in popularity.”

Click ahead to see the top trends for fall 2017 in action so you can stay ahead of the curve.

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Hair Painting
Hair Painting

"Most traditional highlight clients are still foiled but hair painting and free-handed application techniques will definitely grow," Isaac said. "It’s a perfect way to balance the natural look those clients are looking for with a less “done” feel and no line of demarcation in between salon visits."

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Hair Painting
Hair Painting
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Hair Painting
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Hair Painting
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Strobing for Curly Hair
Strobing for Curly Hair

"Hair strobing is when you use, dark, medium, and light color to create movement in the hair while respecting the natural texture," he told us. "It involves tricking the eye: It's not about up or down movement, or side to side movement. Strobing is about colors dancing and movingly just like you would see lights strobing on a screen. It's inspired by the makeup trend of strobing. And Most of the time, colorists will straighten curly hair before coloring, so we’ll see more colorists work with hair in its natural state when applying hair color."

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Strobing for Curly Hair
Strobing for Curly Hair
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Strobing for Curly Hair
Strobing for Curly Hair
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Strobing for Curly Hair
Strobing for Curly Hair
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Vibrant Colors
Vibrant Colors

"Deep blues and greens for dark hair like Midnight Edge, as well as reds and oranges for lighter hair will be huge," he said. "If you’re not ready to commit to a full-on bold look, try a peekaboo color application with hints of violets or blues. Try a semi-permanent color like Redken City Beats, which will let you give the trend a try but washes out in 12 shampoos."

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Vibrant Colors
Vibrant Colors
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Vibrant Colors
Vibrant Colors
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