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Marie Robinson on Hair Color Trends

Celebrity Colorist Marie Robinson Reveals Pre-Fall Hair Trends

Marie Robinson's client list looks like, well, the A-list (Naomi Watts, Liv Tyler, and Taylor Momsen recently sat in her chair). Robinson, who works out of Sally Hershberger Salon in New York City, is also one of the most sought-after colorists for beauty campaigns and color changes for films (from what she's told me, directors can get verrrrrry specific). I consulted her about what her well-heeled clients are doing to transition their hair from summer to fall.

Are women coming in to take out their summer highlights?
These last few weeks, it seems like women are touching up their blonde one last time before it gets colder. But I'm also seeing a lot of people going to strawberry blonde. It's a way of slowly going to red or brown for winter so you don't freak out when they miss being blonde.

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Is it just a flat strawberry blonde, or are you putting in highlights or lowlights?
I've actually been doing this thing where I make the roots a reddish brown that fades into blonde. It kind of goes from a copper to a gold to a strawberry with the tips really blonde, kind of ombre. I think people are liking having definition but they don't want stripes or chunks of color. It's a new twist.

What is the trend in hair color for fall?
Brown, but a cool, mink-y brown. A lot of people bring in that Estee Lauder ad with Hilary Rhoda.

What other celebrities do people want to copy, hair color wise?
[Model] Lily Donaldson, for blondes. Jennifer Aniston. A lot of times people bring in pictures saying they want a drastic change, but they don't really want to change the color as much as they say. They never take it as extreme as the pictures they bring in!

WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 9 years
i know is fall/winter, more darker colors but in my hair i love my highlights my skin just glows, so i'm keeping them.
mlen mlen 9 years
o i always like to go as extreme as it looks- i love changing it up! but looks like i'm a month ahead of trend haha cause i went strawberry blonde in the beginning of august and auburn lowlights are next!
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
I like what she said about the ombre hair thing. It's a new twist on those chunky stripes of hair. Also, when will people stop doing that blond on top of black thing? Ew.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I think people tend to go darker in fall because that's what hair naturally does. In the summer, we outdoors more and hair gets sun bleached, then in winter and fall I guess fades back. Personally I like my hair on the darker side all year long but I like to play with color so I changed it up this summer
coachluvr33 coachluvr33 9 years
So true. I always think I want my hair darker until they show me the color swatches at the salon and then I freak out. A swatch of dark blond looks like dark brown when you are very blonde like me. I would love lowlights, but I am chicken. EEK!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I don't really understand why you'd want to go darker for fall/winter. I like to keep my hair about the same color all year so it's more natural looking. I like what she said at the end of the post about how people never want to go as extreme as they think they do. That is so true.
ffemt1201 ffemt1201 9 years
yeah, I know...same thing every fall/winter season. that's like in the Devil Wears Prada when the stylists say something about florals for Spring...LMAO
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
this isn't anything new! People always go darker for fall/winter. I had highlights for the first time this summer and they are way too much of a hassle so I'm going dark brown this weekend. Guess I'm on trend!
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