With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, Scotland-based colour expert Suzie McGill shares her secrets for achieving the perfect pink and red hair colour results. From how to find your client’s ideal shade for their skin tone to ways of keeping the colour long-lasting until their next appointment, these tips are a must-read!
Bold and fiery red tones are a great way for your clients to make a statement this Valentine’s Day. Whether it’s worn all over or as a splash of colour, this is a fantastic choice for clients who want to experiment. Red hair is perhaps one of the most high maintenance colours, and clients will need to be aware of these tips to look after their colour at home to ensure it’s long-lasting!
PRO TIP : Use colour saving and depositing products to keep the colour vibrant, as well as hair masks to keep hair colour sealed in.
A cherry red tone is a more subtle option than fiery red. It adds extreme shine to the hair and brightens up the complexion, making it a beautiful hair colour choice for most clients. This shade particularly works well with medium and darker skin tones, complementing their complexion and allowing their eyes to really pop.
PRO TIP: Reducing the use of heated styling tools will also prevent fast colour fading.
A merlot red wine hue is the perfect balance between warm and cool, and is flattering on all skin tones. This is also a great choice if clients want to add red to their colour but want something a little less high-maintenance. The beauty of this shade is that it can be tailored to the individual and can be made darker for just a subtle sheen on brunette hair and to avoid having too much warmth in the hair.
Pastel pinks are going to make a huge comeback this year, especially as we head into spring. This shade is great for clients who are looking for something that will fade out more quickly and want to add a subtle blush of colour to their hair. For clients with light blonde hair, a toner can be used to easily create this look and give their hair a romantic update.
For clients looking for a more intense pink shade, a cotton candy/bubblegum pink is a fantastic choice. Warmer skin tones should choose this shade instead of a pastel hue as it may result in them looking washed out. Like vibrant red shades, clients will need to come into the salon more regularly to keep this shade looking its best, alongside using at-home colour care products. If your client is a brunette, they will need to have their hair pre-lightened before opting for this shade.
A trendy rose shade is a great option for clients looking to add a more subtle metallic tone to their hair. Being a combination of cool and warm tones, this works well on all skin tones. This shade also looks great paired with a dark root for a more effortless, grungy appearance. Paired with loose, beachy waves, this is a must-have look for 2022.
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