From caramel blonde to burnished cherry red and icy platinum, here’s a roundup of hair colour trends to try this season.
Paint it red
Bold, bright red is easily the one stand-out colour for fall and winter. From Alexander Wang to Marc Jacobs, models were seen sporting rich garnet to scarlet hues. If you’ve been contemplating a bold colour change, now is the time. A burnished cherry red or a fiery crimson is indeed a refreshing change from the over-done brown. “When applied properly, red can be worn by any age group. But care needs to be taken as it looks cheap when overdone. The good part is that red is easily achievable on Indian hair, especially the burgundy hue; it doesn’t require pre-lightening. Moreover, it fades into a beautiful copper brown shade,” points out Tejal Shah, Owner, Little Beyond Hair.
Think pretty lilac with its colour-correcting blue undertones, an electric blue replete with sci-fi vibes and a fun, flirty purple unicorn – add a wash of unexpected bright to our look by rocking these hot hues. “As eye-catching as a full head of magenta may look, the 100 per cent pre-lightening process is going to take a toll on your tresses. Pop colours don’t last for too long and look awful once the colour begins to fade,” highlights Tejal. However, if #unicornhairdontcare is your mantra, don’t you stop yourself from flaunting the colours of the rainbow. Just make sure you don’t miss your hair spa appointment.
Reinventing the old
Ombre and Balayage are two techniques that will never go out of style. Yes, there will be improvements and customisation but the techniques will continue to be used. The colours used will vary as per the client’s requirement and personality.
“Major care needs to be taken while nailing the Ombré trend. If your hair colourist isn’t experienced enough, there might be a visible demarcation line – a clear indicator of Ombré gone wrong. The blending effect has to be gradual,” shares Tejal. To get the trend bang on, keep the roots dark, and the lengths a warm golden blonde.
Balayage is a good option for those who want super low-maintenance locks. A technique that is mostly surface painting, it allows the hair to grow out beautifully. “You could say, Balayage is a blend of highlights and Ombré. In the Ombré trend, the colour change is prominent only towards the ends, and many clients don’t get the feeling of getting a hair colour. Balayage is more like a free hand technique that delivers a natural, sun-kissed look, sans foil or meche,” says Tejal.
Want to unlock your artistic freedom? Well, there’s no better way than playing around with multiple colours within a palette. The colour melting technique seamlessly blends highlights with your natural hair colour, creating a spectrum of shades. Think natural shades to bright blondes. Also, unicorn hues – if you’re brave enough! The colour melting technique and effect is trending high. It’s in demand from the client and colourists thoroughly enjoy creating rippling colour effects with this technique.
Invented by NYC-based colourist Stephanie Brown, the ‘cold brew’ is all about swirling neutral and golden tones down the hair – just like the colours of coffee – from darker expresso at the bottom to a lighter brown on the top. The creamy highlights work wonders on naturally dark blonde hair.
50 Shades of Grey
While flashes of bubblegum pink and sky blue are causing a stir on social media, it’s classy platinum that’s having a moment in 2018. A-listers from Kim Kardashian to Hailey Baldwin have been seen flaunting oh-so-gorgeous grey locks, and so are the models at the Jean-Paul Gaultier, Chanel and Gareth Pugh catwalk shows. #SilverHair has a whooping 1,100,000 Instagram posts, a number that’s getting higher by the day. “If going all white is too bold, opt for golden shades with warmer tones,” advises Tejal.
- Make a statement with caramel highlights thrown over a warm or dark chocolate base.
- Hints of auburn add a warm, autumnal vibe.
- Transition to ash tones with a blonde that gets warmer and lighter toward the ends.
- Thick ribbons of golden blonde give soft brown roots an instant pick me up.
- Beautiful brunette with coppery undertones is perfect if you don’t want to paint it red.