It’s that time of year again, when my hair just absolutely gets on my wick. I’ve not had it cut since last December, and my last colour was a (slight) disaster …here’s how it looks at the moment:
Don’t get me wrong, it’s perfectly good hair, it’s in good condition, it’s long, it’s healthy, the colour (finally) is okay. It’s just … dull. And shapeless. It just kind of hangs around, getting in my way, and I spend half my time with it tied back, just to keep it out of my way.
So, this week, I’m heading to the hairdresser to get it changed up a bit. What do you think I should do with it? First person to mention pink mohican (yes, Seona, I’m looking at you), gets a filthy look, but serious suggestions are welcome! I decided, however to consult some experts on what this seasons trends are. Some of them I’ve replicated below:
“Spring colour uses a palette of apricot, honey and vanilla tones. These suit paler complexions and fairer hair. For the brunettes, rich russets and caramels peak through natural chocolate tones. For summer, blondes have paler violet tones and bright platinum streaks. Some vivid shades of copper or magenta may be placed in strategic areas of interest to be on show or peek-a-boo colour. Darker hair is sun streaked using a technique called sun blushing. It is taking highlights a couple of shades lighter than your natural colour subtly under your parting to minimize any re-growth. This is a very popular technique in our salons especially as the credit crunch means frequency between visits may be lessening.”– Gina Conway, Ambassador of Hairdressing, Aveda Lifestyle Salon & Spa, Wimbledon and Fulham
“This spring/summer sees colour become more natural yet playful. The inspiration for these looks are from Marc by Marc Jacobs’s S/S10 runway collection, which is full of brightly coloured bows. Colour is softly progressing from autumn/winter through to spring/summer 2010. The rich hues of deep coppers have infused to coral peaches like an expensive piece of fabric. Keeping the root area natural or richer and working mutational soft tones through the mid lengths and ends. If you have naturally wavy or curly hair a great technique is to colour each individual curl as they naturally fall, this is a brilliant way to add definition. It’s all about creating texture but still keeping the colour shiny and well conditioned. For shorter styles keep the colour sold and richer if darker think cacao meets espresso, if your lighter keep your blonde locks in fab condition; high shine is the key. Remember your hair colour is an accessory so make sure it enhances your eyes and skin tone and makes you look amazing.”
– Amanda Dicker, Artistic Director, The Chapel, L’Oreal
“There are three main colour trends for S/S10, these are:
1. For ‘Notice Me Individuals’ colour takes on a bold experimental edge with splashes of intense colour from Geranium Red to 24 Carat Gold Blonde in hidden obvious sections contrasting with a muted all over tone.
2. The ‘Soft Touch’ is where hair is coloured in pretty shades of woven strands mimicking a sun kissed effect on a darker shades as well as lighter shades.
3. Our glamorous ‘Sensual Silhouettes’ is where hair colour resembles the Hollywood starlets from the past and of course the present. All over shades of one colour, whether blonde or brunette, are gorgeous.”
– AJ Blackadder, Technical Director, Andrew Barton Salon
“Rich chocolate is in for s/s, along with copper, rusts, and strawberry blondes – really rich multi dimensional shades are back. Caramel blondes, strong chestnuts, shades with a lot more warmth in are key. Lavender slices underneath a blonde give the element of movement that is so essential this season. The emphasis is on multi tones especially for blondes and coppers – at least 3 or 4 shades, but keep to the same tone so it’s not a huge contrast – so no more than 2 levels difference between the three colours and stick within same shade, e.g. red copper, copper gold and rich copper. We’re moving away from bright light white blondes so really look for gold shades and depth.”
– Brett Walker, Manager and Head Colourist, Michael Barnes Salon
“For spring/summer it’s all about blondes and rich chocolates. The colours are quite natural and full of warm tones, the blondes are leaning more to baby blondes with pastel highlights while the browns are very rich and luxurious with caramels running through. Although there is a big wave of rich deep Ribena purples making a come back, the sun will reflect these reds beautifully, the purples are more for the younger clientele.”
– Tracey Devine, Salon Director, Angels
Do you change you hair with the seasons? Do you follow hair trends? And finally my hair, HALP!