Hair: Show your true colours

The weather’s getting dull, drab and overcast but you can brighten up those dark days... with your hair, says Kirsty Bosley.

Hair: Show your true colours

Rainbow bright – our Kirsty tests the products

It’s hard to stay bright when the dark nights draw in. Autumnal colours come out of the wardrobe and the contrast on everything seems to be turned down. Adding rainbow splashes of colour to your hair is a fun way to lighten up this season. 

From dusky pinks to pale blondes and the brightest blues, dying your hair can make you feel like summer isn’t all that far away.

Celebrities are leading the way with bright colours, rocking clip-in flashes and full head rinses on the catwalk.

Singer Kate Nash is a fan of changing her hair colour regularly. She says: “I love changing my hair colour and have really gotten into it this year. I dyed my hair bright pink for festivals and I’ve recently gone platinum blonde. I use agadir oil to hold the colour.”

The great thing about this trend is that making a statement doesn’t have to be permanent.

 StarGazer hair mascaras, £3
StarGazer hair mascaras, £3

Hair mascara in bright neon shades adds flashes of colour that pack a huge punch with very little fuss. StarGazer’s range of 10 eye-catching colours looks outstanding on blonde hair, and can be brushed out to tone them down slightly. 

At £3 per wand, they’re great value for money and add a more subtle tone to darker shades. 

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They smell great too. StarGazer’s hair mascaras and range of hair gels and glitters are quickly washed out, making the transition from the dance floor a quick shampoo job.

Where gels and mascaras might leave a stiff residue in your hair, chalking is a classic way of adding flashes of colour with a more natural looking finish. 

Melon liquor brand Midori have teamed with Model’s Own to create a zingy green hair chalk the same colour as the drink. 

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Midori hair chalk from Model’s Own, £6
Midori hair chalk from Model’s Own, £6

The chalk is so vivid it works on dark hair too, you just seal it in with a spritz of hairspray. At £6 it’s cheaper than a double and lasts much longer!

If you’re going straight from work to a party and want to inject a vivid colour in an instant, brightly-coloured clip-in hair extensions work perfectly. 

Buy your own blonde streaks and dye them whichever colour you wish with vivid semi-permanent colours like Color Psycho by OSMO or Schwarzkopf Live Colour XXL.

Mixing these semi-permanent brights with a splodge of your usual conditioner can make more pastel tones too, if you want to go all over funky but not too bright. It worked well for Dame Helen Mirren and on January Jones too.

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