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9 Low-Maintenance Shades to Wow Your Classmates on (or Off) Zoom

August is almost up, and that means school is in session.

Whether you’re attending in person classes or watching lectures via Zoom, you’ll no doubt need a fresh autumn shade to show off on the first day. But with social distancing in place for the time being, salon appointments are hard to come by. A low maintenance upgrade is definitely the way to go. Low maintenance doesn’t necessarily mean lowkey. A quick color refresh can make a big impact.

Check out these 9 simple color solutions to get you back to school in style.

1. Deep Chocolate

Addison Rae isn’t messing around with this deep brunette shade. Just a smidge lighter than an espresso tone, we’re loving this multi-dimensional hue. A dark shade sans highlights is an excellent option for fall.


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2. Balayaged Curls

Looking to keep it light for your first few months of class? Take a hint from professional hairstylist Tiffany Hunter and go for a striking but simple balayage on those curls. This aesthetic is easier to maintain than all-over highlights or a super-bright blonde.


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3. Root-Bearing Red

This might be a (red) hot take, but this fire shade can totally work with limited salon visits. This all over hue might require a long initial appointment. But with an inch of visible roots, this hot af red is grow-out approved.


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4. Deep Brunette Fade

Another stellar shade for those with darker strands. Let your natural near-black shade fade into a warmer chocolate color a la Shay Mitchell. This subtle transition will stun your classmates without all of the fuss and feathers.


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5. Platinum Ends

Can’t let go of summer? No need to tone down your entire ‘do with this banging blonde hue. Take your base color down to a more natural shade but leave the ends bright and bubbly for a lived-in look that’s autumn-approved.


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6. Taupe Accents

Money piece highlights were all the rage this past summer. But these standout strands will be a bit harder to maintain once classes are underway. Tone it down to taupe for a much more lowkey take on this retro trend.


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7. Light Chocolate

Kylie’s bronde was a big summer mood. But her new chocolate strands are taking us straight into fall. This beautiful warm brunette has everything we’re looking for in a back-to-school hue.


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8. Copper

This one is for all the redheads heading back to class this fall. We’re channelling all things autumn with copper colors this season. Washout-ready and totally chic, lowkey copper tones are the ideal alternative to high maintenance ginger shades.


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9. Dreamy Beige

Rework your summer blonde into a dreamy beige. A few expertly placed lowlights is all you need to take your seasonal lightness down to a fall-centric aesthetic.


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