Kirsty Judge shares autumn/winter 2023 colour trends

We hate to say it, but the days will get shorter and the nights longer as we slowly go into the colder months. Your colour clients will soon be asking for a season refresh, so it’s time to feel inspired as Kirsty Judge, salon manager and Rush colour team member, shares what’s hot this A/W.


Kirsty on Brunettes for AW 2023

Kirsty: Brunettes never go out of style, but for autumn/winter 2023, they are glossier than ever. The high-shine brunette trend will be one of the hottest trends this season. This colour-trend is perfect for those who are already brunette and want to enhance their hue. It’s also great for blondes wanting a complete colour transformation…time to go darker and take a break from the bleach.

Kirsty: Your blonde clients may want to start with a bronde or light-medium brunette hue to avoid a drastic transformation. Alternatively, they can gradually add brunette lowlights and caramel ribbons into their hair for a more dimensional take on the trend before fully taking the plunge. They may need to get their colour done more regularly to ensure the colour takes to the hair and stays vibrant.

Kirsty Judge colour trends

Kirsty: For your clients with a brunette base, a chocolate hue is one of my favourites to add a glow to their complexion and allow their eyes to pop. Super-dark brunette tones like dark chocolate and Espresso (almost black) will also be trendy this autumn/winter. These have more of a cool tone and are particularly flattering on darker skin tones. They have a richer appearance and give the hair a mesmerising shine. They also are beautifully paired with blue/green eyes to make them pop.

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Kirsty on Blondes for AW 2023

Kirsty: For blondes, we will see clean, almost ‘pearlescent blondes’ on trend this season. With the Barbie movie coming out earlier this year and Pamela Anderson hair going viral, it’s not hard to see why these bleached blondes are coming back on trend. Pearlescent blondes are a fuse of creamy and icy blonde and should look picture-perfect. This means no regrowth or brassiness. Have a thorough consolation with your clients wanting this shade about maintenance and at-home colour care.


Kirsty on red hair for AW 2023

Kirsty: For autumn/winter, red hair always comes back on trend. With an array of redhead shades, there’s a hue for every client, no matter their skin tone. Red tones are particularly great for adding warmth and a glow to your client’s complexion, and if a client doesn’t want to opt for an all-over red shade, they can add highlights/ribbons of red through their hair to give it dimension and shine. 

Kirsty: One particular red shade that will be huge this year is Mahogany. This is a richer, darker red hue, and it will give an impeccable shine to the hair. It will be particularly great for brunettes who want a subtle pop of colour while updating their hair for the new season.

Kirsty Judge

Gemini hair… another prominent trend for AW 2023

Kirsty: Gemini hair will be another prominent trend – a fun, two-tonal hair colour, as we have previously seen on stars like Billie Eilish. I think the most popular pairings will be dark brunette/black with a vibrant shade like green or blue and blondes with pink/peach tones. This trend also looks great when pairing two vivid colours for clients who want even more of a statement look. 

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