Bleach-Free Hair Color Makeovers: Possible, And Gorgeous

the prettiest way to change your look, sans damage

Photographed by Marissa Jackson

For women with darker locks, hair-color changes can be loaded: Lifting color inherently damages hair, and when you're starting off with a deep hue, it's hard to avoid using bleach in the process. But while summer hair makeovers tend to be bleach-heavy (beachy blonde highlights or pastel pink, anyone?), the moodier palettes of fall and winter mean that there's less pressure to go that much lighter. Instead, we're feeling excited about super-subtle dye jobs featuring shades like dark chocolate and burgundy, and the kind of barely-there highlights that look perfect in the fading light. That means less bleach and less damage.

We grabbed three of our dark-haired editors and challenged celebrity colorist Christine Thompson of Spoke And Weal's Soho location to give them the perfect November hair makeovers, sans bleach. Click through to see what she created.