Bronde, Halo Highlights and Interlacing? The Hottest Hair Color Trends DECODED!
If you’re totally over the highlights or bored of requesting block color, we’ve got good news for you! Your new hair doesn’t have to be a battle of blonde vs brown anymore. There’s a whole mass of modern multi-tonal color techniques out there to try. Balayage, halo, ribbons, and bronde – they all need to be added to your glossary of hair talk terms stat. Here's what you need to know!
From rich, warm blondes to subtle ombre tints and lifted surfer girl locks, your time in the hair chair will never be the same again. The new hair color trends for autumn/winter 2014 are made for women that want their tresses to look soft, natural, and beautifully sun-kissed all year round.
Note: If you’ve just finished growing out your color and pledge to stick to your natural locks from here on out, we suggest you look away. Now.
Traditionally you’re either blonde or brown. But to hell with the rules! Why should we have to choose between the two anyway? Going ‘bronde’ means you can have all the sophistication of a brunette with the added depth of an elegant blonde.
This color technique works particularly well against warmer, darker skin types, reducing the contrast between hair and skin tone for an all over shade harmony. The perfect option for a girl that’s looking for a color change without venturing too far into blonde territory. We know how scary that can be.
Mario Charalambous, Technical Director at Richard Ward says: “Bronde color placement can be used to highlight specific facial areas. For example, it can lift and enhance cheek-bones or elongate the neck by adding lighter tones in this area. It's great for enhancing or concealing!”
Ombre has pretty much gone global and then some. But we’re glad it’s sticking around on our beauty radars. By definition, it involves adding a subtle and gradual tint for a naturally faded finish. The end result should look lighter on the ends and soft at the roots, creating a beautiful warming effect.
The possibilities are endless with this trend as you can tailor the strength of the colors to your taste. Whether you want to make a subtle transition into caramel ombre or flashes of cherry red, it’s your choice.
Go as natural or as bold as you please and enjoy low maintenance, fuss-free tresses. It frees more time up for shopping.
So what if we’ve seen the last of summer? That doesn’t mean you have to wave goodbye to heavenly sun-kissed locks. Balayage has been around for a while, but thanks to celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker and Alexa Chung, it’s set to be the most popular hair color request of 2014.
Balayage is a French technique which translates from the root word ‘to balay’ meaning to sweep. It's a highlighting technique applied freehand with no foils and designed to give a more natural finish. Now we're listening...
It's perfect for anyone looking for less regrowth and a soft level of lightening without the harsh demarcation lines you can get from normal highlights. Ideally, hair should be mid length to long with layers or texture to allow the color to settle on the hair and blend in. Need a more winter appropriate look? Use the same technique but finish with a warmer, deeper gloss.
Sweeping sultry color and less time in the salon chair – sounds like a serious win.
A fancy highlighting method designed specifically with short hair in mind. Halo highlighting is all about the placement of color within a cut to emphasize the shape and style.
Ordinary highlights can wind up looking quite 2D and flat on shorter hair. But this technique avoids that dilemma all together since they are only placed around the front.
Color is smudged through the top surface layers to lighten the complexion. Then voilà! Healthy looking locks and a peachy glow to go with it. Now that’s clever coloring.
The best news ever for girls with thinner hair. Floating lights involves placing graduated color away from the roots down the length of the hair shaft, building on the intensity as you get further down the hair.
Ideal for adding 3D definition and creating the illusion of thicker hair. It’s the it girl’s alternative to over-styled dos.
The Ribbon Technique
Thin ribbons of hair from beneath your parting are separated and colored to create flashes of luminous color and multi-dimensional texture.
Jaclyn Smith, Creative Color Director at Jo Hansford, explains, “This is color contrasting for women who want to play with color, in a subtle way. We develop the color so the different shades set off the other tones in the hair.
This new freehand color technique gives the effect of free-falling color, entwined to create soft movement and a fresh new look.”
Perfect for brunettes looking to enhance their base color and reflect warmth with hidden bands of copper, bronze and cinnamon or for blondes seeking soft buttery highlights to neutralize strong platinum tones.
The red carpet color treatment if ever there was one. This technique is achieved by plaiting the hair and painting the color on freehand. The dye is always lighter, creating a glistening effect when it catches the light. For that reason it works better on hair with a slight wave or kink as opposed to poker straight in order to really show off the shimmer.
It’s very wearable and easy to maintain as there’s no structure through the color. Polished boho chic and one painless growing out process. It’s SO worth it.
Ombre's bolder sibling, dip dye, involves a strong contrasting line of two shades, usually darker at the roots and lighter at the ends. This look is often used with pastel hues to create that fun, festival vibe. Think Lauren Conrad when she went My Little Pony pink, Jessie J, and Kylie Jenner.
The new twist on this trend is making the dip dyed ends longer so that you have much more bold color than natural - are you brave enough?
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Article published by Lareese Craig