The top hair hues and colouring techniques that will be in for the upcoming season.
1. Next level ombre: splashlights
Just call this halo-effect colour ombre’s little sister. It’s meant to look like a ray of light is constantly hitting the hair, making it perfect for clients who like to live life in the spotlight. This can include crown lights—a bold style for those wanting a unique look—or fringe lights, which draw attention to the eyes and cheekbones), or a subtle gradation on the mid-length to create shine and dimension on long hair. Search Twitter/Instagram for the hashtag #splashlights for more inspiration from Redken artists.
2. Graffiti-inspired colour placement.
Roch Lemay, Matrix’s education and events director, says bold streaks of colour—in shades spotted on the runways, like sangria, cobalt blue, cypress green and bright yellows—can be used against lighter hues to create 3-D, transitional shading to create beautiful outlines. The key is to pick a color base that works for your client. Blondes should try an icy platinum. Dark reds can do a deep ox blood shade, but rich gingers, strawberry blondes and warm bronzes are also good bases. This season, neutral bases should have cool yellow undertone. “With any of these bases, add a 3D dimension with MATRIX Color Graphics lift n’tone or lacquers,” says Lemay. Mix bold colours with soft cuts for a contrasting effect.
3. The Mallen streak.
We never thought we’d say this, but streaks are back. They’re purposeful, artistically placed and in a trendy shade: grey. Sassoon Colour Director John Beeson says a well-placed Mallen Streak accents a beautifully tailored shape, and can be re-adapted into different styles. “Amplify the lines of a client’s haircut by painting a bold and dramatic Mallen Streak under the parting of the hair. Build colours tone-on-tone to give hair a three dimensional quality. Use tones inspired by nature such as browns, bronzes and silver-toned beige for a modern and elegant look.”
4. Blurred lines.
Give clients a multi-tonal look they want using Redken’s new Blur Brush (available in October 2014). The brush, which has long bristles to distribute formula more evenly helps create gentler hair colour transitions between shades and creates a third tone when two colours are blurred together. This can create stark, edgy styles or more natural looking highlights. Blur horizontally, vertically or diagonally for contrast, ombre highlights or soft movement. Use two shades with two to three levels of difference for best results.
5. The top blonde hue: chambre
Icy, cooler blondes have always be in during the cooler weather, but with peachy pastels becoming a huge colour trends this past spring, the big blonde shade of the season, according to pro blonder Kim Vo, Blonde Ambassador for Schwarzkopf Professional, is “chambre,” a fusion of champagne colour with an ombre technique. This toned down blonde with subtle gradation is created using freehand balayage highlighting that incorporates cotton as a barrier, using IGORA COLOR 10.
6. Sunset-inspired shades
Lily Allen already started this colour trend with her sunset ombre hair. For colour-loving clients, amped-up shades inspired by the sky are going to be big. Think fiery, copper reds, golden hues and voilets. Robb Dubré, Kenra Professional® Senior Artistic Director says this kind of hair colour is all about “the subtle delineation of tones and strong diffusion of light.” Click here to download artistic colour placement charts for fiery red and sienna brown.
7. Hot shade: Punky purples
With many celebs rocking pastel purple hair this year, it’s no wonder orchid shades are still popular heading into fall. Sue Pemberton, two-time NAHA winning colourist and Vero K-PAK Color International Artistic Director, offers two rock-inspired takes on this new colour trend using Vero K-PAK Color Intensity Color System’s new shades: Titanium, Orchid, Magenta, and Light Purple. Try horizontal slices for maximum colour vsibiity on the surface, hidden vertical slices for subtle bursts of colour, or diagonal slices for a diffused colour effect. The results can be pretty bright, so she advises using Clear Mixer to control the intensity, and starting with a level 9 or higher for maximum vibrancy.