Written by Evelyn Davies. Hairstylist, creative writer. Instagram: @evelyndavieshair
Wanna know what’s now? Got an appointment and can’t decide? Let me breakdown our current color trend for you.
So, we’ve been trawling through our resources for this year’s winter current trend inspo and it’s time for balayage to go to block, multi tones to turn opaque and dull to super shine.
One thing I noticed that was a general influence for this season was our favorite edge era – the 90’s. We all knew our face-framing highlights had evolved into the chunky money pieces over summer and be prepared to see more colors with a monotonal look or color panels emerging through. Like our money pieces, going are the multi fine-highlights and were bringing back block. Wave goodbye to those delicate balayage’s and say hello to solid color if you want to stay on-trend.
DARK DARK DARK –
Timeless, elegant, and bold. Cliché for winter right? True, but hey, we love a classic. Shiny darks with a super high-end gloss is a dominant color gracing the hair industry. Dark is the opposite to… well light! So, you got more chance of light reflection, giving you a high shine. Not just that but the hair color tends to hold longer than your toned blondes, vivids, and medium tones. Making this color a great option for those clients looking for longevity and simplicity. Not only that but it can cut your appointment time in the salon, leaving you free to spend more time doing whatever it is that fills your soul.
However- the fact it lasts so well in the hair can prove a little problematic in a salon if you decide to change from this tone. Bare in mind future you. If you’re a hair color chameleon I’d suggest avoiding a permanent dark color. Removing dark permanent color can be a thing of nightmares for us hairdressers… It can be quite a slow process – Timely and costly. It’s best with a dark color to go for something less invasive than a permanent color plus I find demi/semi-permanent gives a much higher gloss effect. Which is what we’re after right?
SHE BLOCKED ME –
Fan of fantasy hair? And happy to rock something a little different? This is the trend for you. This technique doesn’t have to be super bold in contrast and you can make it as subdued or as daring as you fancy.
Split block color emerged over summer and it’s here to stay. Colors tend to be more on the warm end of the spectrum executed in salons and it’s kind of a cool way of going half-sies. Can’t make your mind up? I’ll have my left side dark and my right side caramel, please! However, influencers all over social media have been going very contrasting and I’ve seen velvety black against baby whites, acid greens, deep purples, and whatever cool-concoctions they can get their hands on for something a little different.
Also under this trend category is the peek-a-boo panels. Slices and panels of fashion color are the perfect way to give your hair a funky pop. Without the commitment of a full hair over-haul, the placement can vary to be hidden for a secret flash, or striking for an all bearing obvious streak – Pardon the pun – I think this trend gets me a little excited.
Still a big favorite in fashion, chunky face-framing money pieces! A great way of highlighting your skin tone and trying something a little different. 90s-Esque, and super quirky can be rocked in a more subtle-similar-toned effect, or, if you’re feeling bold give it a vivid punch of color. Either way, the trends bang on, and it’s definitely the most popular of the block techniques emerging.
POST COVID –
Now, who’d have thought this whole virus is affecting color trends emerging? Well, it’s a thing. Covid had us in lockdown so long we began to embrace our natural pigment. (eek) I’ve seen some beautiful icy greys and silvers on clients with natural grey. I’ve got the feels for this winter color and there’s nothing more I love to see than people embracing their natural beauty.
As well as icy, the fully dark trend is a technique that is a little easier to maintain if we go into another wave of lockdown. Like I mentioned it lasts well, it’s less commitment and if it does get to the point people are desperate to cover-them-roots, it’s an easier attempt than home hi-lighting. (I personally do not advise home coloring at all) Not ideal for my fellow stylists but we totally get we are all in difficult times.
So, there you have it. Our tonal trends. The fantasy techniques and even the situational factors affecting our color fashions. Whatever you decide to opt for on your hair – stay colorful 🙂