As we inch towards the Spring season, it’s a great time to start checking out new colour and style trends and planning a fresh new look. A few new shades and hues are starting to dominate look-books for the coming season and quirky combinations seem to be a recurrent theme.
These bold and beautiful colour options have emerged as the result of new developments in colour science and techniques. From Aveda’s new colour contouring practice of ‘eclipting’ to Redkin’s stunning hand-pressed ‘Hologram’ hair, or the combination of balayage and ombre creating the ‘flamboyage’ effect, there is certainly no shortage of opportunity to select a hue that’s best for you.
Look past the fabulous celebrity looks you find online and make the first consideration your own skin tone. The litmus test for this is whether the colour looks great on you without a shed load of make-up. If you are not sure, book time to get a colour consultation with your hair dresser or alternatively, look for a hair salon that specialises in colour and don’t be shy to ask for their look book. If a salon truly specialises in colour, they should have plenty of images to show you.
While you’re chatting to your colourist, ask about getting your hair prepared for colour treatment. A cold winter can leave scalps dehydrated, with hair brittle and more porous than normal so a little pampering in advance of your colour appointment can go a long way. A general rule is not to wash your hair the day or night before you’re booked in, but it is ok to apply a hot oil or deep conditioning treatment 48 hours prior.
Post colour care is essential and helps to prevent fade, whilst keeping your hair healthy. It’s a really good idea to select a specialised product that is best matched to your fab new colour and your natural hair type. Talk to your hairdresser about your options and shop around for the best prices as many salons do charge a premium price.