Mix It Up with New Colors and Sassy Styles
By: Don and Jen Patronelli
When trends change as often as magazine covers, how do you freshen up your look for the fall season? With summer hair drying in the rearview mirror, it ’s time to check out autumn’s new crisp, rich deep hair colors and short, sassy textured haircuts.
This season try on a cropped style fora switch. Take those long beachy waves and give them a chop. Shoulder length is where sophistication begins this fall. This haircut is versatile. By day, you can smooth your tresses out to have a beautiful sleek, layered haircut, and by night you can use a quick twirl of a curling wand to gain sassy, flirty waves. Try combining this haircut with some caramel blonde balayage over a chestnut base to add dimension to your hair, and when you twirl your curling wand the dimension pops even more.
If simple glamour is more your thing, try a smoky brown or a crisp platinum blonde color. With every hair in its place, cut the length to your chin and add a dramatic fringe to top it off. All eyes will be on you as you strut your stuff! Long gone are the days when you must go dark in the fall and light in the summer. Switching up your hair color for the turn of the seasons will definitely make you feel renewed.
If you are a little more geek chic, look no further than a pixie cut going long or short. While still a very classic cut, this style offers the on-the-go fashion-forward professional lots of texture for easy styling. Kick it up a notch by adding a fashion panel of any rainbow color. This accentuates your personality just enough to keep them guessing.
Looking for a longer version of sexy? The shag is full of texture, movement, and is very versatile for both the wash-and-go girl and the blowout queen. This haircut looks great wet, air dried, or heat infused. The shorter option is the gypsy shag (think Joan Jett with her shaggy rock n’roll style) with a modern elegance we call the SSS factor—strong, sexy, and sassy. This haircut is a favorite of the season because it’s for any hair type and any face shape. With the shag, focus on panel coloring or baby lights, and less on the balayage (layering from dark to light), to create more depth in the back and light toward the face.

Remember always to consult with your stylist to find the perfect look for your face shape and the perfect color for your skin tone. Don’t be afraid to try a new, trendy style—you’ll soon realize a new look is exactly what you needed. And if bold change isn’t your thing, subtle modifications can be made to any style as you evolve into a trend-setting fashionista!

Jen Patronelli is a senior stylist at Dsparada Color Salon in Raleigh.
Don Patronelli is the owner of Dsparada Color Salon in Raleigh. Learn more by calling 919-790-1707 or visit www.dsparada.com.