Colour update: Blonde
It’s time to warm up. “The latest blondes have a slightly ‘contoured’ effect, where soft golden hues and creamy, buttery blonde shades are paired with slightly darker roots,” say Monique McMahon, Colour Director at Sydney’s QUE Colour salon.
Colour update: Brunette
Rich espresso and deep chocolate strands with “burnt butterscotch gold and shadowy roots are the new brunette – but they still have a subtle pop of brightness”, explains McMahon. “These look beautiful on those with an olive complexion and dark brown or green eyes.”
Colour Update: Red
Out: the brighter tones of last season. In: peachy, pastel, strawberry-blonde reds, says McMahon, noting that these more subtle shades suit those with cooler complexions.
Colour update: Black
“Ditch the ombre that had a tendency to veer toward orange and go back to sold, strong, healthy-looking colour,” advises McMahon.
Techniques to try
The newest colouring techniques take their cues from makeup.
Contouring: This method take into account your face shape and uses colour (usually, no more than two shades darker or lighter) to spotlight and conceal features. L’Oreal Professionnel now offers contouring – visit lorealprofessionnel.com.au to find your nearest salon.
Strobing: Like hair contouring, but with highlights placed where the sun hits. A slightly shimmer gives a glowy effect.
Melting: Jennifer Lopez’s chocolate-to-caramel colour is a good example of “melting”, a skill in which colourists employ several shades to blend highlights with a base colour for a seamless melting effect.
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Sarah Tarca is a former neat handwriting champion whose skills involve applying lipstick without a mirror and artfully disguising 8-month regrowth. For the last 15 years she’s worked for the likes of Cosmopolitan, Girlfriend and Marie Claire as features writer, editor and beauty director, before leaving Oz for a professional vagabond life (“digital nomad”) in permanent euro summer. A beauty, travel and wellness obsessive, she currently writes for a bunch of digital and print titles both in Australia and abroad, and sometimes even posts on her blog ciaoamica.com (that is, when she’s not posting extremely belated travel pics on her instagram @tarca).