With more clients embracing darker shades this season, we break down three ways for you to refresh your brunette colour.
What it is: Trending on social media this year, Tiger’s Eye is inspired by the gemstone and includes a combination of a dark brown base colour with lighter tones like gold, caramel or bronze.
Why Clients Will Love It: For clients who may want to ease into a transition from light to dark or who aren’t ready to take the full plunge into brunette, Tiger’s Eye can be a great way to get them on board. “When you look at the gemstone and what the trend is based on, we see almost a level four or five at the root, something that looks like a level seven gold and hints of a level 10 to brighten it up. For a warm melting of colour, you can do tone-on-tone—picking up bigger sections of hair and toning them down a level of each other. Tiger’s Eye is a great option for transitioning blonde clients who want to go a bit deeper and to warm up colour this fall with warmer tones— similar to a hair painting or ombré technique for a soft melting of colour.” — Krysten-Ashley Garrod, national artist for Goldwell Canada
Go-to Colour Line: Goldwell Colorance “Using 8gb, 9gb and 10gb in Goldwell’s Colorance line, and using all three tones and just picking up some bigger sections. It’s demi-permanent, so longevity-wise it’s not going to completely alter their colour and it’s something we change up in their next visit.”
What it is: Similar to contouring, draping uses hair colour to shape and accentuate the face using a soft blend of tones. It’s an easy technique for colourists to provide brunette clients with refreshed yet multi-dimensional colour.
Why Clients Will Love it: Draping adds texture and depth to your clients’ hair colour and is low-maintenance. “Brunettes don’t want to be blonde, they just want to have some variation in their hair. Draping offers the opportunity to have some texture in the hair without looking highlighted. It’s about using a placement technique within your chosen colour palette. Starting with a deeper root, we see mixes of different tones of brown that layer on top of one another. With draping, you’re working in diagonal sections and layering the colours in a much more soft and subtle way. As the hair moves, you get some exposure of the tones.” — Crystal Brown, colour ambassador for L’Oréal Professionnel
Go-to Colour Line: L’Oréal Professionnel Dia Richesse: “For draping, I do a lot of open-air, freehand techniques. If they have some existing depth in their hair, I would likely put some lightening into their hair and illuminate it a little bit. I would follow that up with an application of deposit-only colour, like DIA Richesse. It depends on what base you’re starting on, but unless I’m covering white hair, it’s very rare, that I make a brunette with anything other than DIA Richesse.”
What it is: This easy add-on colour service is great for accentuating brunette colour and prolonging its radiance.
Why Clients Will Love it: With colder temperatures on the way, hair can lose its shine. While clear glosses tend to be a go-to for many colourists, colour glosses not only help keep hair shiny and healthy looking, but also
add subtle nuances of colour for extra dimension. “When I work on brunette hair, I don’t like everything to be one tonality or one colour as I think brunette hair can look monochromatic very quickly. With a lot of brunettes doing grey coverage, you really need to bring the shine and warmth back for a full-body feeling of the hair. Lots of times I just gloss with a colour like gold or copper or chestnut or cherry, just so you’re not asking the brunette to be different. And when the light hits the hair, that top surface is much more reflective, the cuticle is protected and you’re going to get beautiful reflection of colour.”
— Dana Lyseng, top stylist and platform artist for Wella Professionals.
Go-to Colour Line: Wella Professionals Color Touch Relights: “It’s a lovely line that doesn’t come in levels of depth-only tonalities. So, I can top coat with whatever will make my client’s hair look more beautiful. If the hair is really lacking shine, you can top gloss it with gold and get a shinier finish. The colour will actually look better if you gloss it with a colour, as opposed to a clear option.”