Jocelyn Has New Hair Colour

March 25, 2010 by  

If you read here often, you know I’m a big proponent of looking like your real self.

There is nothing demanding a reaction , nothing saying “HEY!! Look at ME ME ME!”.

You met Joce in Jocelyn Is A Bright Winter. You saw her with more makeup than she normally wears and her hair pulled back.

How does knowing that she is a Bright Winter, from her Colour Analysis, guide us in choosing hair colour?

  1. No red if it’s not natural in your hair. It is terribly hard to get a real looking red from a bottle. This applies to every Season, except perhaps some Autumns where copper and auburn can be more forgiving. Shimmer, NEVER stripes.
  2. No heat from orange, copper, chestnut, mahogany, rust, or auburn. Those colours made her skin muddy, so why would we put them in her hat?
  3. Respect the natural colour. I would describe it as medium brown. Medium dark, medium warm. A colorist’s dream.
  4. Be very, very careful messing with the natural colour. Winter has this clear skin possibility that is unequalled in its force, but yellow smashes it to smithereens.
  5. This Season means that Winter is blended with a trace of Spring. If you look at the personal colour palette for the Season, there is a hint of yellow sunshine. You might not even notice it unless you were holding True Winter’s purely cool palette next to it. So don’t go putting buttercup chunks in here. We are still working predominantly in Winter’s dark realm. This feels like when the days get longer at the end of February. It is still a dark, cold, frozen time, but the sun is starting to hold a degree more warmth. Like the world feels right now, in fact.

It is a testament to Joce’s colorist that she pulled off this colour. I have never, even in a magazine, seen such a correct transformation back to natural hair colour. The half-blonde is gone. The natural colour will grow back invisibly. I still stare at it everyday. Nobody could have achieved a more flattering shade.

When it is right, hair colour can absolutely clear and perfect skin tone,  just like the right drapes can.

Below are Jocelyn’s Before and After hair colour pictures. You can see how the yellow in the hair clouds the face with yellow and dulls the overall sharpness of the effect. Even the lips and whites of the eyes are too yellow. The gorgeous girl is drowned out by that yellow hair that far too many women have. The hair colour is fine in itself, but what’s the point if it’s not pretty on you? There are way more NON-blondes out there than the number of women forcing this hair colour.

Jocelyn’s hair color correction is so beautiful that it’s hard to stop looking. It harmonizes effortlessly with who she is. This is Jocelyn every day, no makeup. Fresh, young, natural, unbelievably right. Power in the best way, the subliminal way.

I’m sure that if we asked her, Joce would tell us that she feels so much more relaxed and sure of herself, finally communicating precisely what it feels like to be Jocelyn.


24 Responses to “Jocelyn Has New Hair Colour”

  1. Kristina on March 26th, 2010 11:56 am

    Hi Christine,
    I love this site as well as A Greener Tea. Great reading always!
    I’ve watched the video where you analyze Jocelyn. I’ve read the article above. I realize that this is a case where I’d have to see it in person to be convinced, and I mean this in the most respectful way. There’s of course the case of monitors showing photos differently and also the fact that we only got to see the very last part of the analysis in the video – but I find it really hard to agree on the Clear Winter result for Jocelyn.
    She has the most beautiful, dark eyes and a lovely peaches and cream complexion. Her rosy cheeks are gorgeous. When I look at the first picture in this article and the video from the other article, I’d say she was a Spring of some kind, quite possibly Clear or Warm Spring. Winter? No way. Although she’s absolutely gorgeous in the second photo above, I don’t get the aha moment when I look at her new hair color, I’m sorry to say.
    It might be my monitor. It might be that I would need to see the “bad” colors on her to really get it. It might be just me.
    Any thoughts on this?

  2. Christine Scaman on March 27th, 2010 6:03 am


    A thoughtful question you ask. My thoughts might be

    - that this confirms the fact that PCA is only definitive when done in person; photos introduce a thousand uncontrolled variables
    - that I might have gotten her Season wrong (possible, but there was someone else in the room filming who is quite good at this, and the 2 of us were never in disagreement)
    - if you were to flip some hair colours around in your head, which would you have thought would look better?surely not the blond? I honestly can’t think of one. For me, this is exactly what you said, an “aha” colour.
    - what is it about her exactly that doesn’t work as a Winter for you? There is certainly black in her eyes. Do you feel she looks too light, or too gentle?

    As you well know, PCA is entirely about what the skin will support in terms of heat, darkness, and saturation in order to appear most perfect. Any more Spring yellow on Joce made her skin too yellow. She absolutely dominated colours any less intense than Winter’s.

    Though her particular combination doesn’t appear aggressive, and nor does Em’s in Emily Is A True Winter, when you see her in clothing, any soft, light, pastel, or faded disappears. In Winter’s blackened shades, they balance.

    A Bright Spring I would think might be former First Lady Laura Bush. Those turquoise, flipped-up eyes are quite Spring. But she has a softness. Her edge is not sharp. Just as there can be dark True Summers who can fool you into thinking they’re Winter, so can Bright Spring fool you into thinking they’re Winter but they lack the ability to wear the very darks. Their appearance and character is not that aggressive.

    If you go to, you’ll meet Lauren Battistini. She is a Bright Winter with similar coloring to Joce. She doesn’t appear to have Winter’s hard edge, and yet her skin is perfected only by that degree of colour intensity. Tell me what you think.

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  3. Jay on March 27th, 2010 7:59 am

    This young lady is very beautiful but I would love to see her with slightly darker hair. I think this new colour is slightly ageing and grayish looking for someone her age. But then as was said in the first post it’s maybe the monitor settings and the light where the picture was taken that makes it look this way.

    I work with a lady who has Bright Winter colouring – her hair colour is a bit deeper but her skin is paler and her eyes very blue and with the bright clear colours she wears she looks fabulous.

  4. Kristina on March 27th, 2010 8:08 am

    Hi Christine,
    Thank you so much for your reply!
    I’ve been thinking a lot about this since I wrote my post yesterday. I think to answer your questions, what goes on in my mind is this:
    – I don’t doubt your skills. At all. I just don’t see what you see, and I WANT to see what you see and what you conclude, in order to LEARN. I want to get it! :)
    – Jocelyn, to me and on my screen, comes across as a soft person in coloring. Not soft as in “Soft Autumn” for example, but “less sharp and edgy” than a Winter. When I looked at Color My Closet, I can definitely get that Lauren is a Bright Winter. I don’t see that she and Jocelyn have the same coloring. Again, this might very well be a question of photos, my screen, etc. Lauren looks contrasting, sharp, clear. Jocelyn looks all rosy cheeks, creamy-peachy skin, medium brown warm hair. A gentle feeling, not Winter’s sharpness at all (and I don’t put any value into either of those terms, they’re equal to me, just different).
    – I get like a “Marilyn” feeling when I look at Jocelyn’s coloring in the before-pictures. Warm-ish, rosy, very striking in its richness. I especially love the last photo of the “Jocelyn is a Bright Winter” article, the one with the beautiful pink drape. When I compare it to the photo of the new hair color I don’t see “rich, peaches-and-cream, rosy”. What’s striking in her other photos is flattened, somehow. (I don’t mean to sound disrespectful, Jocelyn is simply gorgeous. I’m talking about the colors.)
    – I actually think the warm brown color with the warm blonde looks great with her skin! But I agree with you, Christine, when you say that this has to be seen in person. I don’t doubt that for a second. You’re the analyst, I’m the pupil. :) I get that orange tones wouldn’t suit her, but the warm blonde looks in tune with her coloring and makes her dark eyes really stand out. In the darker hair color I don’t get the “extraordinary coloring” feeling anymore. Again, I can only go by what is shown on my screen, and I haven’t been there for the whole process.

  5. Denise on March 27th, 2010 8:33 am

    Another opinion –

    I did have the “aha” experience looking at Jocelyn’s new hair color – my feeling was “she looks real – like herself.” I’m also a bright winter and a couple of things I’ve heard from sci-art analysts about myself ring true for Joce’s pictures as well. 1) Bright winter’s need color in every outfit – just black isn’t nearly as good as black and a light or bright color. (On me light is better than bright with black). 2) I was told that on me all of the other colors are better than black by itself.

    I don’t know if this holds true for all bright winters, but I think it’s definitely true for me. Based on Lauren Battistini’s pictures I’d say it’s true for her as well. Probably also Jocelyn based on the pictures. I wonder if Kristina’s question is more about Jocelyn wearing black, and if she’d feel differently seeing the new hair color with some of the drapes. Jocelyn, Lauren and I all lack the dramatic “wow” that other winter types get when they wear black by itself.

    I also wonder if bright winters generally have more of a softness to them than other winters.

    Thanks for a thought-provoking discussion!

  6. Kristina on March 27th, 2010 8:34 am

    Hi again,
    Just to clarify – when I say I get a “Marilyn feeling” about Jocelyn’s coloring, this is what I mean:
    I know Marilyn had blue eyes, but the feel of this coloring is what I get when I look at Jocelyn’s before-photo. My screen might very well be deceiving me though!

  7. Kristina on March 27th, 2010 8:44 am

    Hi Denise,
    Good point! It might very well be the black, the solid dark color, that throws me off. I don’t know. It comes across as lifeless on her to me. In the photo with her new hair color I miss her rosy cheeks and I’m not mesmerized by her dark eyes in the same way as before, they just sort of disappear into all that darkness… But maybe another color would change all that!

  8. Christine Scaman on March 27th, 2010 3:20 pm


    I think you’re quite right here. Getting hair colour perfect is a process that I think few women achieve in one correction. It took me 4. You have to work with your colorist but I remain open to suggestion. For a first step, this one was more remarkable than most of what I see. I believe Joce could wear a darker shade with a touch less ash. I don’t know the formula that was used, and I’m no hair color chemist, but a deeper still-neutral brown would be a step in the right direction. It would look a little richer. I don’t think this skin would support anything too dark though. I think of Amanda Peet before she did something silly with blonde, perhaps this

    Thank you for your thoughts.


    I’ve been a veterinarian for 20 years and I’m still a student. I make mistakes each day and learn from every client and staff member I work with. Anyone can be wrong at any time.
    If you met Joce, I don’t think you would describe her skin as peachy. She is certainly not yellow, as Marilyn was. Rosy, yes.

    I wasn’t precise when I compared her to Lauren. I wanted to show that neither of them is extremely dark. Imagine too, Lauren without makeup and 20 years old. She wears very contrasting clear makeup, which of course balances her perfectly, but it also heightens that impression from Lauren-having-morning-tea. Everyone has their own taste, but I thought the blonde made her face chubby and without bone structure. It took Bright Winter’s contrast to clear the white of the eyes and make her amazing eyes crisp.


    I agree with every word. I’m a Dark Winter and not particularly dark. I also can wear black, but it is far from my best, especially if it’s alone. I need it broken with another of my better darks. Bright Winter needs black&color. Only True Winter is best in B&W.
    Bright Winter is a little lighter, yes. The men also. They’re George Clooney (probable True Winter) to Zac Efron. Efron is a “gentler” version, but probably still a Winter.

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  9. Jay on March 27th, 2010 3:44 pm

    That Amanda Peet colour is gorgeous and I think would look lovely for Jocelyn. Good call.

  10. Ellen on March 28th, 2010 12:24 pm

    I agree that it’s mostly the black that’s deceptive; I’m so used to the colours of my hands (I think to some extent, we all are), so I tend to enjoy experimenting my using them to cover different parts of pictures. If I colour the black of Joce’s shirt, I see a *creamy* complexion, with a soft hint of healthy cheek colour. I think a contrast colour near her collar would help. Also, if she’s wearing black (not charcoal), then the picture looks a little overexposed, so her hair/brows might give the appearance of being lighter, too.

    While the yellow blonde with regrowth doesn’t look too bad, covering up either part shows that her natural colour is infinitely more flattering. It’s possibly the contrast in colour that was captivating. I think, should she decide to go darker, she’d want to darken her brows and/or get some form of golden blonde woven in (in the most subtle of ways, like sparkling sunshine), so the overall effect in those areas would be the colour it is now :)

  11. Jeannie on March 28th, 2010 1:40 pm

    There is really some good information here. It does explain how a Bright Winter could be mistaken for a Cool Summer…not quite as intense as a True Winter and not being about to wear pure black a well as a True Winter. Also, I think True Winter being able to wear B&W but a Bright Winter better in Black and color is a example/definer. My mother in law is a True Winter she looks great in b&w but I have to wear black/white and a color.
    Through the debate it is probably explained better than anywhere else I have read…bright winter’s not being quite as intense and not having such a hard edge.
    I do see were Jocelyn could have less ash in the new haircolor but it is hard to recreate the natural pigments and high/low of a natural hair color.

  12. Jeannie on March 28th, 2010 1:44 pm

    I would love to see of picture of your coloring to compare since you know your a Bright Winter.

  13. Adriane on March 28th, 2010 2:59 pm

    What an intelligent and interesting discussion! Thanks Kristina, Christine, and everyone else who contributed. I can see both reactions; e.g. preferring Jocelyn’s “before” coloring; the *seemingly* peaches and cream skintone, the Botticelli rosy cheeks, the vivid dark eyes, light hair, and also experiencing an “aha” moment after viewing her very natural and holistic appearing “after” hair color (possibly especially in person). I wonder if we risk being optically “seduced” by certain elements in the “before” images: the dazzling drapes contrasted with the rosy skin and yellowish hair, the flattering and dramatic makeup which further enlivens the colors on beautiful Jocelyn’s face, the lighting in the room and especially on her face (isn’t a very specific type of lighting used during the draping process; one which highlights the face and the nature of the drape interactions with the face?) and further, the fact that Jocelyn is wearing her hair pulled back (or covered by a hair cap, in some of the images.) All of these elements might act to hyper-focus the effects of her coloring and features. Now, I agree that a slightly darker and less ashy hair color might work even better yet. With that new hypothetical shade in affect; with the same makeup as was used at the end of her draping process; with her hair pulled back so as to expose every facet and nuance of her face with a beautiful, colorful outfit; with similarly hyper-focused lighting, just as was used during the draping process, and even, perhaps, a similar facial expression (so to replicate all of the “before” elements or variables), we might see dramatically enhanced vision of the current “after” photo we are commenting upon. I don’t know, of course. Just a thought! :)

  14. Christine Scaman on March 29th, 2010 11:50 am

    I analyzed a Bright Winter woman of Chinese origin today, a Bright Winter. She came in wearing all black, usually a sign of a possible Winter.

    For such a dark person, we found that something about light colours created the youngest, most illuminated face we strive towards, even with Summer’s lights.

    Yet, True Winter was a bit morose, deepened the shadows, though not to the terrible extent of Autumn’s colours. And yet, Summer was flat on her. On Bright Seasons, what happens often is that there is too much yellow in the skin with True Spring drapes, but the skin is its youngest, most glowing. Once I erase the yellow, it is perfect.

    I thought a lot about this discussion while I watched her skin. I think what Denise meant was that Bright Spring has a luminosity that True Winter lacks. Right on, Denise. That is exactly the essence of this Season. Intense colour, but with brilliance. The brightness is dazzling. Even the fabric is shiny, because it creates highlights in the folds and with the light, that make the colour even more radiant with light. Luminosity is KEY.

  15. Denise on March 29th, 2010 7:44 pm

    Luminosity is exactly the right word!! Until I discovered the 12 seasons approach, I vacillated between winter and summer. True summer colors look a little flat/boring/gray on me. True winter colors make me look a little harsh, intimidating, older. I wouldn’t have said morose, but it’s a great description. The spring colors do give my skin a glowing but yellow color – and not a healthy looking yellow.

    In the right drapes the colors and I both looked luminous. I’ve been thinking of the colors as having a “light and bright” look or “stained glass” “light shining from behind them” feel. Bright but with some delicacy (without sharp intensity) almost captures the idea for me. Bright and luminous are terrific key words for me when I shop.

    Christine, your comment about your last client looking best/youngest in the lighter colors was interesting. I’ve also been thinking that the lighter colors in the palette are best on me. Light and dark is good. LIght and bright is good. I’m not so sure about dark and bright.

    Thanks for helping me refine my thinking!


  16. Denise on March 30th, 2010 6:09 pm

    Hi again,

    Thinking of our discussion, I wore a black and white jacket with a bright raspberry blouse (instead of the black or white I used to wear with it). I got 4 compliments before I even got to my office! And two people commented that I had lost weight and looked really good.

    From now on, I’m pairing B&W with color!

    Thanks Christine!

  17. Christine Scaman on April 1st, 2010 2:44 pm

    So, Kristina’s usual discerning eye and good taste has helped us clarify some important points here that I had not grasped as well before.

    Denise, Your reactions to colour and combinations are an exact repetition of what happened with Joce’s skin and the Chinese woman’s. Joce’s skin is not yellow at all; her own description is “red and white”, which is pretty accurate. The right palette is noticeably lighter than True Winter’s and very much lit from within. There is a delicacy, like a geisha, but it’s not particularly dainty or fragile, perhaps because it’s so cool and clear.

    I don’t think all black looks great on anyone. For one, it’s not imaginative or vital. It’s so somber, and maybe too safe. True Winter does well in B&W, but nobody else pulls it off as well. Bright Winter could if the design were active (instead of True Winter’s quiet and simple look).

    But Bright does better in black&icy or black&bright; they can also wear more than 2 colour blocks and incorportate more “theater”, like shiny bright-colored purses.

    Dark Winter does B&a warmer dark best. Of the 3 Winters, I think this group does the worst in black alone, white alone, or B&W alone. Add in a color from their browner, warmer palette, and suddenly any of those 3 combinations works. Fascinating stuff.

    Thanks to everyone who took part. I feel I’ve really sharpened my comprehension and opinion. And I like to be precise. :)

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  18. Lauren Battistini on August 13th, 2010 9:59 am

    Hi Christine!

    How are you doing, love? I want to comment very quickly on the Bright Winter subject Jocelyn. I noted that you had listed my coloring as being very similar to hers.

    You and I are colleagues, though we’ve never met in person, and pictures of me don’t always tell the whole story as to my coloring. It may be hard to see coloring accurately online.

    I will tell you that my coloring is entirely different from Jocelyn’s. Completely different hair coloring, eyes and skin color. While her skin looks to me as though it can turn ruddy pretty fast, and there is a peaches n’ cream effect to it, my skin falls in the olive category.

    I also have a much higher level of contrast in my personal coloring than she does. I’m a dark brunette with hair that naturally highlights in the sun to contain light gold streaks. My eyes are very light, a combo of blue and green, and my skin is olive and tans very easily.

    Jocelyn has a softer brown color hair, brown eyes and skin that is much fairer than mine. She actually looks like some Bright Springs I’ve analyzed in the past.

    What I’ve noticed in PCA is that several different types can fall into one color category, so it’s not to say that she can’t be a Bright Winter like me. It’s just that our coloring is completely different, and I want to point that out here.

    You do excellent work, and I don’t mean this post in the least to be argumentative. Rather, I’m wanting to clarify that my coloring is much different than Jocelyn’s.

  19. Christine Scaman on August 14th, 2010 5:32 am

    Hello, Laura,

    You’re completely right, of course.

    Pictures are part of the problem. IRL, I still find similarities between your hair colors, though Joce’s natural hair color has been colored over for years. Nobody ever looks exactly like their pictures. You know when I finally understood your coloring, was in the article you did on choosing the right blush, for Associated Content, I think it was. In the close-ups, I could see that you have a much lighter eye and very different skin color.

    Joce’s skin is what you say, quite fair, though not ivory. It also has that smooth, almost a child-like fine texture that I see quite often in stronger Spring blends, even men, maybe you do too. Her skin is red and white mostly, ruddy yes, and tans a cool brown. Her eyes are black-brown. And also, just as you say, she is a lot like many Bright Springs, now that I’m beginning to see more of them, but she can balance the shiny dark sapphire drape.

  20. cheryl anne on September 23rd, 2012 6:25 pm

    She is a dark summer!
    You aged her by about 10 years with a too deep, one toned, ashy brown hair color, severe hair style and black clothing.
    Her eyes sink back into their sockets, the dark area around her nose is emphasized and her eye expression lacks lustre.
    If you squint your eyes the black in her blouse will grab your attention first. It is too deep for her and drains the lovely soft pink in her complexion.
    Bright Red Lipstick is gorgeous on a Clear Winter but would absolutely over power this young lady. A muted rose lip gloss is about as much color as she needs, though I think a neutral would still be her best!
    She has a strawberry and cream complexion that is cool yes, but too florid for a winter.
    Her before picture doesn’t work because the yellow gold hair color is too strong and too well yellow.
    Any kind of drama never works well on a Summer-soft and cool is best. Think of what the heat of summer does to vivid Easter hues.
    Summers more than any need lighter highlights. A light ash brown with beachy highlights hair color and soft navy blue blouse would be ideal!
    Think Jennifer Aniston not Meghan Fox!

  21. Christine Scaman on September 24th, 2012 3:53 am

    Thanks for the comment, Cheryl Anne. There’s so much to think about here,

    - that new hair colour is chemical to cover the old bleached blond ; to manage the relative lightness of BW to TW or DW, and to introduce the neutrality in terms of warmth of BW, ash was used. I maintain that the hair colour of the Bright Seasons is so special and clear that colour chemistry cannot replicate it. These women should leave their hair alone. This was better than before though – but you’re right, the hair alone could be Summer’s
    -if ever anyone with a critical eye, as yours is, could make an observation to convince me to never do online or video PCA, it would be yours. Joce looks dull, boring, and grey in Summer’s pastels. Lavender lips would be grey. I agree that bright red lips would be too much, but on young women of any Season, the stronger lip colours look too much to me, like they’re playing in Mom’s makeup, because the power isn’t in the face yet -and this is especially so on a Winter, with the good pigment and definition of the lip. I agree she needs sheer rose lips, but not muted… clear!
    - not sure if you know from reading here, and this applies to my feelings about any industry, but I don’t place any faith in “conventional wisdom”. That’s part of why PCA went out of favour years ago. It keeps blinders on people, keeps us too rigid about the wrong rules so we miss the truths. Any Season can be florid.
    - I’m not big on hair rules across wide groups, like all 3 Summers. Light Summer and highlights, usually great, maybe not quite as yellow as beach but certainly some version of yellow. True could work except nobody ever gets the highlight correct as silver beige and it’s always too warm. On a Soft…would Kate Middleton look better with highlights? Not to my eye, but some of that group would, like AngJolie, again if they could get the colour right as cool taupe. They’re usually too caramel-warm.
    - Joce does have peaches and cream type skin. She also has black eyes that snap and looks fantastic in black and very saturated turquoise. I see her often. Never have I doubted that she is a Winter who adds in the magic of Spring’s fragility of colour and texture. Big black blocks under the face can be a little aggressive on BW, they’re better in Black+BrightWarm.

    I appreciate that you took the time to share your thoughts. I wish you could see her in person.

  22. Ashley on September 25th, 2012 9:03 pm

    I think her hair looks nice. On my monitor, it is not a flat ash-brown; I see a golden tinge in much of it.

    I had wondered about her wearing all black at first, but it looks like you mentioned that, Christine.

  23. Sian Jones on September 13th, 2013 12:46 am

    I know im a bit late in adding this post but I most respectfully disagree with her hair. As a blond she looked young, vibrant, pretty and alive and glowing. As a mousy colour she lost her pretty look, drab, boring and no vibrancy at all. Sorry.

  24. Christine Scaman on September 13th, 2013 4:36 am

    No apology needed, Sian. You need to have seen the blonde on the real live woman to fully get how poor a choice it was. I think Jocelyn could agree today that it bordered on goofy. It’s hard enough in our world for a woman to get taken seriously. I agree with you about the brown – which is exactly why I advise Bright Season women to never colour their hair, because chemical colour cannot approach the natural quality their hair has. So an ash brown was used to tone the excess of yellow and approach the natural darkness level. Although it was a bit flat, as ash can be on any head, and the graying inherent in ash is the last thing that flatters this type of colouring, it was good that the natural colour grew back in with no transition line or further chemical adjustments necessary. Today, her hair is like sparkly cellophane brown, really beautiful.

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