Stylist George Papanikolas of the Andy Lecompte Salon has worked with clients like Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Mila Kunis, Jessica Stroup, and Sarah Michelle Gellar. We asked him how to darken up for fall:
SARAH HOWARD: Why do people go darker for fall and winter?
GEORGE PAPANIKOLAS: Naturally, hair gets darker in winter and fall because people spend less time in the sun. Usually, after a summer in the sun, hair can get really bleached out and needs to be refreshed, especially if you color your hair.
HOWARD: When to lowlight as opposed to dye?
PAPANIKOLAS: Lowlights are a great way to richen your existing haircolor without having to go dramatically darker. You would only dye your entire hair if you want a dramatic change.
HOWARD: How many shades should one change?
PAPANIKOLAS: Just because people say to go darker in the winter doesn't mean to go from blonde to black. Instead, opt for a few caramel lowlights for blondes. A rule I like is to never have the lowlights be darker than the root or base color, otherwise you end up with a stripy effect.
HOWARD: Tips on maintaining darker color hair?
PAPANIKOLAS: Don't shampoo for at least two days after you darken your hair, so that the color can fully adhere to the hair. Then, try to go as long as possible between shampoos to prolong the vibrancy of the color.
HOWARD: Any special products to use?
PAPANIKOLAS: Color safe shampoos are a must. I like Joico's K-Pak Color Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner. It's really gentle on color treated hair and will maximize the vibrancy of the color while, at the same time, repair any damage done during the coloring process.
Sarah Howard is the editor of Beauty Banter.