Award-winning celebrity hair stylist, Dionne Smith gives us the lowdown on the hottest shades for your hair this autumn.

Lockdown has seen many of us opting for low maintenance hair-styles over the last few months and with the very likely scenario of a potential second wave coming, making it once again hard to arrange colour appointments and touch-ups, simple hair-cuts or styles will no doubt be the go-to for the foreseeable future.

Giving us another way to make our crowns stand out, award-winning hair stylist Dionne Smith who styles the likes of some of our favourite celebrities including Oscar-winner Regina King, Kiki Layne and Venus Williams, to name a few, recommends switching things up by using colour to refresh your autumn look.



Dionne shares her advice on the top five spicy hues that will not only revive lacklustre post-lockdown hair, but the low-maintenance colour means you can forgo the touch-up appointments too.

Pumpkin Spice 

Pumpkin spice hair colour


The drink of the season is also the order of the day when it comes to your hair colour, the perfect update to brunettes who are looking for a multi-tonal and glamorous update, ask your hairdresser for a mix of copper and caramel highlights.



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Naomie Harris with her Espresso roots and mahogany balayage

This deep dark hue is dark at the root, with a mahogany balayage, for those with dark hair this is the ultimate low-maintenance colour by keeping the roots natural meaning less root touch-ups. Ask for mocha brown balayage to be painted on framing the face and around the ends.


Auburn Red 

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SZA giving us Chaka Khan vibes with her auburn ‘fro

The perfect entry to red. Red is the colour of the moment and season, however cherry reds and bright reds require maintenance. An auburn red is the perfect transitional colour for the new season, and unlike the bright scarlets, this more natural-looking hue can be kept vibrant with at-home colour-maintenance.


Sunkissed Blonde 

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Ciara with her Sunkissed Blonde hair

I predict many of my clients who go for icy blondes and all-over bleach will be opting for warmer sunkissed blondes, the ultimate goal is holiday hair. Babylights are placed in the areas that the sun would hit with natural brown used around the roots and in-between.


Warm Gold 

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Statement gold box braids

For natural hairstyles, weave in gold extensions into a protective braid style. This beautiful gilded gold will add a luxe update for autumn, whilst box braids keep this hair even more low maintenance.

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