The latest colour trends and techniques span the whole spectrum of shades, from ultra-natural looks to super-graphic treatments to bright, bright colours. With best practices and tips from some of the pros, we navigate through it all in this three-part series.
Key looks: “Lived-in” hue, stonewashed, smoky
The trend: This is where natural technique is married with less-than-natural colours, even looking at platinum finishes, or what Dana Lyseng, Wella Professionals top artist, calls the “granny grunge” trend, incorporating a variety of grey-silver tones in a washed-out, stonewashed finish. She explains even “beautiful mixtures of mermaid tones—seafoam greens, teals an turquoise tones—has a cool feel and is a bit smoky and matte; not as much shine, but colours that look stonewashed, lived-in and slightly gritty.” Guy Tang, hair guru and Pravana guest artist, adds, “The ‘lived-in’ hair colour trend is one that we’re going to be seeing for a while. Clients are looking for low-maintenance colour, so the ombré can fade with less frequent touch-ups.”
Make the switch: For clients who are not quite ready to take the full-colour plunge, Lyseng recommends mixing some of the popular “mermaid tones” in subtle hues, by pairing them with “chocolate-toned base colours and some peekaboo teal pieces in a soft, more professional way.”
How to get it: Tang recommends “doing both lowlights and balayage at the same time, adding lowlights from the roots to mid-length and creating highlights at the ends, connecting the two in the middle.” He suggests that this can also be done with brighter colours. To add those subtle pops of colour, Lyseng recommends “starting with a heavy painted ombré or balayage the root shade; the teal can be applied after the lightener is taken down and is an easy way to create a multicoloured finished look.”
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