If a new-season handbag is considered an easy way to update your ensemble, changing your hairstyle – specifically, your hair colour – is the ultimate. Like hitting the refresh button on your entire look, a new hairstyle can be utterly transformative, giving every outfit you wear an instant lift and bringing your style into the now.
Just like sculptural handbags and square-toe sandals, these are the hair colour trends the style set are obsessed with right now. Just make sure you put your hair in the hands of a professional colourist for a truly personalised take on the trends, one that factors in your hair type, complexion and face shape (insider tip: book at a L’Oréal Professionnel salon so you can be sure of an expert eye and the highest quality colour).
1/ Shadow roots
Good news for blondes: grown-out roots are making a comeback. As seen on the likes of style queens Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan, ‘shadow roots’ offer a gentler colour option for both your hair and your complexion, one that looks less harsh than continuing bright blonde from root to tip. “Your colourist will work to achieve a smooth gradient of colour, with the roots close to your natural shade,” explains InStyle beauty editor Bettina Tyrrell. “Thin, scattered highlights painted right up to the scalp will help with blending and prevent the look of stark regrowth.”
2/ Full-bodied colour
“We’re seeing a shift from balayage to a head of cohesive colour - think rich brunette, black or auburn shades,” confirms Bettina. “A full mane in one colour can give the impression of length, density and volume.” Combined with mirror-level shine, full-bodied colour also works to make hair look as healthy as can be. Look to Salma Hayek’s glossy dark-toned tresses or Italian It-girl Georgia Tordini’s rich chocolate for inspiration, but make sure to enlist an expert to create the look on you. “Your colourist will decide if a semi-permanent or permanent treatment is right for you,” explains Bettina. “They will know just by looking at the condition of your hair if it can handle the colour you want and not break off in the process, while at home you may not.”
3/ Two tone
For a look with undeniable edge, the cool crowd is favouring one thing only: two-tone colour. Case in point: singer Dua Lipa, who has boldly brought back the top-deck trend (that’s blonde on top, chocolate underneath for those playing along at home) – a style we haven’t seen since Christina Aguilera first made the look famous in the early 2000s. “We’re seeing celebrities embrace bold colour choices and I believe this will eventually trickle down to the everyday person,” says Bettina.
4/ Honey blonde
The Danish street style stars own this one: honeyed blonde tones. Think face-flattering golden highlights and buttery blonde hues à la arbiters of style Pernille Teisbaek and Anine Bing. “For a while we were afraid of warm tones in our hair and it was all about purple shampoos and toners to keep brassiness at bay, but caramel and honeyed tones are returning,” says Bettina. Guess who’s already jumped on the bandwagon? Pretty much the entire suite of Kardashians, who have each experimented with honey blonde tresses this year.
5/ Custom highlights
Look beyond balayage and add lightness to your locks care of cleverly placed highlights. The latest buzzword, twilighting, sees colourists mixing babylights with balayage to achieve natural-looking dimension in the hair, while face-framing highlights can lift your entire look. “There are a lot more face-framing highlights out there, as well as peek-boo-highlights which look natural and enhance the colour you already have,” says Bettina. It’s a look that demands an expert eye and deft hand from an experienced hairdresser who will consider your hair type, cut and colour history, as well as skin tone, face shape and eye colour to determine the very best approach for you.
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