Hair shadowing: The hair colouring technique you need to know this winter

Jeanette | 18 November 2016

Celebrity-endorsed hair colouring? Count us in!

Okay, before we start, we know ‘hair shadowing‘ doesn’t exactly sound like a revolutionary trend. After all, everyone tends to lean towards darker hair colours when winter hits, right? However, not everyone wants to endure the sometimes arduous process that can be hair colouring – especially for those with much lighter locks! But that’s where hair shadowing can step in to save the day. Want to know how? Then scroll down and discover more about this simple colouring technique!

Hair shadowing: Winter hair colouring made easy


Hair shadowing: All Things Hair - IMAGE - Gigi Hadid's darker autumnal/winter hair colour
Is hair shadowing responsible for Gigi’s more autumnal hair hue? Credit:

So, what’s the big deal with hair shadowing? Well, the idea behind it is that you don’t need to re-colour your whole head of hair to achieve a darker, more winter-appropriate look. In fact, if you ask for hair shadowing, your colourist is most likely to give your mane a ‘rooting’ effect, with the help of a gloss or glaze, to work in natural-looking, darker hues to your tresses. Credit: @gigihadid

The end result is a hair colour that looks like you’ve effortlessly transitioned from summer-appropriate bleach blonde to more sultry autumnal tones! Just remember, the key to nailing this look is to keep your hair shadowing subtle by only darkening your colour a few shades.

Still not entirely convinced? Well, word on the street is Gigi Hadid’s and Jennifer Lawrence’s recent hue changes are down to this unique hair colouring hack. Yep, we thought that might help change your mind!

Editor’s tip: Thinking of trying hair shadowing for yourself? Well, why not take a leaf out of Gigi’s book and work it with effortless waves? Just use a straightener (here’s how!) and TRESemmé Runway Collection Make Waves Shape & Memorise Cream to help create those casually tousled curls. Not only does it help shape your waves, but the memorising formula ‘remembers’ your waves so you can revive them with a simple scrunch!

And don’t forget to use a wash and care duo that’s been designed to help keep your colour vibrant, like the Dove Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner, which have been formulated for use with dyed tresses, specifically.

Has this hair shadowing article got you curious about rocking a different hue this season? Then don’t forget to head over to our Hair Colours page, for all the latest shades and celebrity inspiration to take your fancy!

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