As trends continue moving towards warmer tones, find out why you’ll want to add “haze glazing” to your colour vocabulary— and repertoire.
Who said glazing is only for doughnuts? Glazing is a warmer, more natural- looking approach to glossing that helps add illumination to the hair, giving your clients the appearance of a sun-kissed glow that goes beyond their skin.
“I think this is one of the microtrends that’s being dictated by social media,” says Fay Linksman, manager at Wella Studio in Toronto. “I’m seeing a lot of throwbacks with a vintage feel. Things like sepia filters can really set the pace and tone [for hair colour trends]. And when I think of that warmth, it’s about creating an almost candlelight glow.”
“It can be really flattering on many different clients, no matter what age they are,” says Nicole Pede, an Essential Looks Artist for Schwarzkopf Professional based in Aylmer, Ont., and the 2019 Contessa-winning Ontario Hairstylist of the Year.
What is Haze Glazing?
“You start out with a fairly natural- looking technique—rooted in classic techniques like balayage or babylights— to create pockets of light and depth in the hair. Then there’s an overall glossing on top of that, which warms it up depending on the direction you want to go; whether it be ginger-inspired or honey tones, or even moving into coppery shades.” — Fay Linksman
Pro tip: Linksman says haze glazing is ideal for clients with hair that’s level five and above. she recommends using Wella’s Koleston Perfect ME+ pure glossing service, which utilizes one of the brand’s core shades mixed in equal parts with their 1.9% pastel developer and colour post treatment for a cast of warmth that doesn’t jeopardize the hair’s highs and lows.
How to Get There
“With a warmer tone you definitely need to have an in-depth consultation with your client because there can be a taboo with warm or gold tones. People can be concerned with it looking brassy, so having inspiration photos and discussing how warm they want it to be is key.” — Nicole Pede
Pro tip: Pede suggests diluting colour with Schwarzkopf Professional’s Igora Vibrance 0-00 clear glossing treatment, which is an easy backbar add-on for natural brunette clients who want a warmer, multi-dimensional look without significant colour commitment.
Why Clients Will Love It
“Some people can’t pull off silver or ash; it just washes them out. I think haze glazing is great for the warmer-tone client. And if you look at the Pantone Color of the Year [Living Coral] and
the inspiration that comes with it, it’s a warmer coral, which may be where the push toward warmer tones is coming from.” — Nicole Pede
To Break or Not To Break?
When you should consider breaking the base colour.
According to Linksman, “breaking the base” is a great way to warm up and brighten a client’s overall look.
“If you’re looking for warmth, base- breaking can really be your friend. It means you’re pretty much under- developing a colour with a level that’s much higher—that’s more suited to highlights—but it’s having an effect on the natural hair colour that’s in between,” she explains. “Painting in pieces and slightly breaking the base can give colour an amazing finish overall.”
When to avoid? Aside from a client who prefers cool, ashier tones, Linksman says breaking the base isn’t advised for clients with previously coloured permanent colour. “You might be dealing with regrowth and may get an unpredictable result if you don’t have a keen eye for base shifting.”