Hairstyle by Vernon Charles for Clairol (39757)

It’s not just the leaves that are turning fabulous shades this year. Designers everywhere are touting bold, bright colors in everything from clothing to accessories and hair color. Those brilliant, monochromatic colors–hot pink, flaming red, parrot green and taxicab yellow–make a statement in swing coats and jackets worn over a sheath dress, pants or a slim skirt. Argyle sweaters, preppie stripes, ladylike gloves and purses accentuate the look.

“There’s no quicker way to rev up your color statement than with a richer, brighter hair color,” said Clairol color master Vernon Charles. “Watch other heads turn your way when you enter a room looking radiant, confident and glowing.” Vernon recommends Beautiful Collection hair color. It’s a full range of non-peroxide, non-ammonia colors in brunette, blonde, red and fashion shades.

“Because this hair coloring line is semi-permanent, it is especially gentle for relaxed hair types,”explained Charles. Hair this season is all about being loose, soft and flowing. The natural looking colors of Beautiful Collection also blend gray. It doesn’t lighten your hair, but it will give you a deep, rich tone, add shine and leave your hair silky soft, shiny and beautiful.

“To give yourself a more intense look, try a color like Gold and Honey Brown, Amethyst or Wine Brown to enhance whatever color you have now,” he suggested.

Whether it’s relaxed or natural, pair that sassy new hair color with a hairstyle that is low maintenance and easy to manage. Super straight styles are out. Add makeup that accentuates your eyes and outlines your luscious lips. Choose a single clothing item–dress, top or skirt–to “pop” your color statement, then add classy, elegant, but more neutral tones to accessorize. “It’s razzle-dazzle and controlled at the same time,” concluded Charles. “In a word–it’s beautiful!”