Nude hair is this season’s must-have look. Get the right shade for your client with these expert tips.
As with contouring and strobing, nude hair colour is a beauty trend that’s making waves in salons, giving clients more natural-looking results.
“It starts with the low-maintenance hair colour we’ve been seeing with balayage and ombré,” says Michelle Finlayson, Essential Looks Artist for Schwarzkopf Professional. “Nude hair is a little easier to maintain, so it’s very universal and effortless-looking—a take on undone glamour.”
How to Get the Perfect Balance
Nude hair is all about finding the perfect balance between warm and cool that is most flattering for your client.
“Using a nude tone enhances what your client naturally has for a sun-kissed, youthful look,” says Finlayson. “It will bring out some of the natural highs and lows in the hair—just like if they were to spend a summer on vacation at the beach.”
Finlayson recommends Schwarzkopf Professional’s Igora Royal Nude Tones, which include six earthy tones from levels four to 12. “They are combinations of powdery beige tones and subtle rose chocolate tones,” she says. “You can match your client’s natural level or choose one level lighter or darker so that you’re living within that tone-on-tone family.”
The New Nude
With celebrities ranging from Taylor Swift and Gigi Hadid to Chrissy Teigen and Mila Kunis embodying the nude trend, more and more clients are going to want to emulate the look.
Schwarzkopf Professional has developed two tailored in-salon services: Soft Grading for an illuminating nude look and Pure Contouring for a layered nude look. “Soft Grading is for multi-tonal colour grading, which is very elegant and showcases the colour on darker hair,” explains Finlayson. “Pure Contouring is more minimalistic.”
Colour contouring with nude shades can provide a more customized result that helps accentuate the client’s face shape. “Paint light tones and dark tones where you want to accentuate and regress,” says Antonio Quintieri, top stylist and educator for Wella Professionals.
Quintieri recommends Wella Professionals’ Le Beige Collection, which is inspired by the desert and includes six shades from the brand’s Koleston Perfect and Color Touch. “Le Beige really reflects upon tones that are more of that neutral look,” he explains. “For example, one of the colours is a pearly brown. Envision that colour going on top of highlighted hair with a bit of gold in it. Instead of removing all of that gold, this makes it so much easier because it tones the hair so it’s natural-looking.” For nude hair, Quintieri says it’s especially important to know how to tone hair to neutralize unwanted colours.
As colour trends come and go, Finlayson and Quintieri both agree that nude hair is here to stay.
“Having natural-looking, beautiful colour that is simply enhanced based on your client’s natural features is never going to go away,” says Finlayson. “You have a full palette that brings you from spring to fall, so it’s not dependent on the season. It’s very wearable and fashionable.”
“It’s all about making your clients look beautiful,” echoes Quintieri. “That never goes out of style.”
Photos: Wella Professionals, Keystone Press Agency