Hairdressers are back in business – and it’s the perfect opportunity to get your hair cut and coloured in a new style for the summer. Whether you’ve got four-inches of re-growth or slapped on a home colour, there are lots of new colour trends and techniques waiting for you when you visit your colourist.
With research suggesting that all you lovely blonde clients are the most loyal salon-goers out there, Marcello Moccia from Room 97 Creative in Wakefield and current North Western Hairdresser of the Year with business partner Karen Perry from Leeds, details some of the techniques your colourist might talk about – and how to wear them.
The five highlight techniques every client should know:
- Foil highlights
Traditionally used on blonde hair, highlights add a sun-kissed, natural finish along with depth to the colour. Ideal for those with long or short hair, these add dimension to colour on brunettes or redheads. Foil highlights are the traditional highlighting technique, using foils to separate each coloured section which leave hair with a fresher, brighter look to the overall finish.
- Balayage highlights
Balayage literally means to paint. This French freehand technique is usually applied through the ends rather than the roots for a grown-out, casual finish. It’s ideal if you are looking for a natural colour, with no regrowth. It’s incredibly low maintenance which makes it a favourite colour choice. It’s your colourist’s expertise that comes into play as they apply sections freehand to create a graduated, more natural-looking highlight effect – less stripy, more dimensional.
Soft, super-fine highlights are placed round the face to add a sun-kissed effect. They add a multi-dimensional effect and are perfect for more mature clients. These delicate, white-blonde highlights mimic your blonde so it looks like hair has been lightened by the sun. Unlike highlights, they are more subtle and are a great way to introduce some colour to your style without anything too drastic.
- Ribbon highlights
These thin sections of contrasting colour are placed around the roots for added depth. Perfect for fine hair and curls, these are similar to balayage but aren’t only focused on the ends of the hair. Ribbon highlights begin with a solid colour base, after which a lighter shade is weaved through the whole hair – like ribbons. It’s another great way to add some depth to finer hair.
Lowlights add depth to one-shade colour, adding multi-dimensional tones. Unlike highlights, which are lighter than the base colour, lowlights are hints of colour darker than your base colour – adding contrast and a quick-fix to those who want to break up the solid look. These are perfect for brunettes who are looking for extra depth and drama to their hair.
A multi-dimensional balayage result, finished with a gloss for a natural looking and luminous-looking blonde. It offers minimal re-growth so is perfect for those looking for a more low-maintenance look. Usually a gloss is applied at the end of the service for shiny, luxurious finish.
Lead shot and French Balayage shot courtesy of L’Oréal Professionnel