An indulgent affair in the past, hair colour has become a very common way to spruce up the look of your hair in recent times. With more and more hair colour styles coming up every other day, hair colour enthusiasts have a plethora of styles to choose from while the newbies are curious to try these lucrative hair colour styles. While the effects of a clean-up may last just for a few days, colouring your hair is the best way to transform your look and add newness to your face.
“Hair colour is a very important part of an overall personality of the client and we always make sure that we advise them what will look best on them,” says Celebrity Hairstylist Vaishakhi Haria, L’Oréal India’s Artistic Ambassador and Founder of Splash The Salon. Initially, there were a few options to choose from but today we have a bunch of hair colour styles that can suit every visage and hair type. You’d be surprised to know that you can also give your tresses a thicker illusion by playing with the right hair colour styles.
“Hair trends keep changing from time to time. Most of us try to keep up with the changing fashion. With hair colour also it is a similar situation.
However it is really important to make sure that the changing trends don’t overpower our look,” explains Haria. Before jumping onto the hair colour bandwagon, it’s important to understand your hair type and fix upon a definite look or result that you’re expecting out of your hair colour like volume, contrast, texture and more and then decides your hair colour style. “For clients who have straight, dense long hair, we prefer to opt for classic highlights and mix it with a global while for clients with naturally free-flowing movement in the hair & a little bit of wavy texture we prefer a balayage hair colour,” confirms Haria.
“For deciding the right hair colour we always check multiple factors. First and foremost is the client’s entire personality whether they are subtle or whether they are bold. Next comes the eye colour, the skin colour and the hair texture. If the client is restricted to their profession & is not willing to go very bold with hair colour then we have to suggest accordingly.
Checking the undertone of the skin is also very important as it determines whether we can use cool tones on the overall hair colour or warm tones,” explains Haria. So now you know that before picking a hair colour style, you must factor in your features, hair texture, skin tone as well as a personality since they can all help you determine the best choice of hair colour style for you.
Here are a few hair colour styles that could make your deciding process quicker and easier.
If you’re planning to get a hair colour done, it’s next to impossible that you wouldn’t have stumbled upon the term balayage. It’s the hottest trend in the world of hair colour styles and gives you a look that really looks amazing. It’s one the most preferred styles at the moment and so you’ll find many celebs across the globe opting for this. “Balayage is a freehand colouring technique without the use of foils. It gives you the freedom to choose whether to go with a dark or light finish. Overall, balayage gives your hair a natural look,” explains Haria.
“Ombre, a shadowing technique that blends one colour with another. The hues from the roots are dark and gradually move towards a light tone,” says Haria.
If you want to achieve a dream-like contrast on your tresses that showcase a different hue from different angles, ombre is the right hair colour style for you. It’s an easy way to give your hair a plush look by employing just two to three colours.
This is one of the oldest and most utilitarian hairs colour styles. Used by many women of age, this style helps you conceal all your whites and greys to maintain a fresh and youthful look. Previously black was the only colour choice, but today the shade range has expanded considerably.
Since your greys and whites are much more evident at the roots, the global hair colour style helps. “Global hair colour is a technique where the hair is coloured with a single tone from roots to ends. However, we have tweaked the classic way of global colour in the past few years. We use two-toned colours also sometimes for doing global hair colour. It gives a beautiful shadow effect,” shares Haria.
This hair colour style was a rage in the early 2000s. Everyone wanted to get highlights on their tresses for a sharp and chic look. “Classic highlighting is a foiling technique where some strands of hair are coloured in a systematic pattern. They’re coloured from roots to ends with a sectioning pattern which leaves some natural hair in between each foil,” says Haria. You can go for this look if you wish to add drama by simply colouring a few locks.
“Every month our hair grows about half an inch to 3/4 inch. Root touch-ups are a monthly routine for some clients. This type of hair colour is done for clients with greys. It’s done to cover the greys. Some clients carry a certain look for a long time. They also prefer to get their roots done from time to time to maintain the colour,” shares Haria. Roots are best suited for people with most whites and greys on the crown area or for people who wish to maintain their hair colour style on the roots.
This hair colour style is perfect for people who are afraid of exposing their scalp and roots to colour and chemicals. “For this technique, pick a hair colour lighter than your actual hair colour for a soft look. The roots are untouched, colour is applied from mid-length to end, giving a subtle fade effect,” explains Haria. You can also chop off the ends easily to get rid of the coloured look.
“Bored of flat hair? Lowlights will help you contour your whole look with a natural base tone. They will give you a shadow effect which will add to the depth and volume of your hair,” says Haria. The most wearable version of highlights, lowlights is the best hair colour style for adding a soft and subtle hint of colour and drama. It’s perfect for beginners too.
“As the name suggests, reverse balayage works on getting your natural hair colour. It is usually for those who are looking to darken their hair colour,” shares Haria. You can get this hair colour style if you wish to stick around the natural tones of your hair.
A. Yes, it is safe to colour your hair. You can use ammonia-free hair colour to minimize damage. Don’t compromise on the quality of the hair colour.
A. You can maintain coloured hair by using hair care products that are specially crafted for coloured hair. Also, reduce heat exposure and keep applying a nourishing serum.
A. Depending on the hair colour style you choose, your gap can be anywhere between 3 weeks – 6 months. In any case, you must not colour your hair before waiting for 20 days (minimum) after your previous session.
Also read: Choosing hair colour based on Indian skin tone
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