Autumn is a great time to change up your hair colour.  Many of us go from lighter, blonder shades to deeper ash tones or even deep reds to reflect nature’s shift up.

This year, beautiful shades of burgundy wine are everywhere, so if you fancy a hair colour change we’ve found some of the hottest hair colours being shared right now, and some tips for you to get a similar result at home. 

There are a few techniques to get the wine hair look:

Pre-pigment: Firstly, Henna is translucent and gets deeper with every application, so if your hair is very light or very dark, try pre-pigmenting your hair with a red henna to get the base result, then follow up with Henna and a little indigo for greater depth.

Leave it for long enough: Those of you with medium brown can achieve this by applying Henna a couple of times and leaving for four to six hours.

For those with blonde to light brown hair, a longer time will be necessary – from 7-8 hours.  You may want to consider leaving overnight if you want a faster result.

 Soak the Henna in Lemon first:

The acid means that the Henna gives a much richer, deeper tone then when mixed with water. 

Consider Indigo:

Henna with just a teaspoon of indigo blends from 10/90- to 50/50 indigo/Henna. It’s best to use less, then add a little more as it’s easier to tone down coppery tones, then to remove dark ones.  It’s Pure Auburn and Chestnut may also help. 

For everyone:

It’s vital to do a strand test to see how long your hair needs to go the colour you want and to get the blend right.  Our guide to ‘Things that can affect the result of your henna hair dye’ should help you.

After you’ve left the colour on for your amount of time (usually up to six hours for deeper shades), leave your strand test for two days. 

If it’s not quite deep enough, try a little more indigo.  If it’s not rich enough, you need to leave it for longer.

If you want a balayage effect, create two shades of dye – one with indigo in a higher percentage.  Apply using a brush in sections, finishing with a point (so it doesn’t just go in a line across the hair) and use the lighter shade across the bottom.

Deep colours benefit from regular root-touch ups, so be prepared to maintain your colour regularly. You will also want to keep it as healthy and shiny as possible so consider using Amla powder as a regular treatment to help boost the gloss naturally.

This is especially relevant for those with curly hair.

For more advice on colouring your hair with organic henna, ask our hair colour experts now 

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