Are you a sucker for the latest hair style? Can’t wait to get your mitts on this month’s Vogue to head straight for the Hair Trends in the Beauty section?
Or you just love browsing new looks? If you’ve answered yes to any of the above, this is for you.
Hair and beauty styles change with each passing season, and each one tosses up a bunch of brand new looks and designs.
The recent awards ceremonies, such as the BAFTA’s in the UK and the Oscars in the US, are a great time to showcase a daring new craze, or exaggerate a current one.
This year, the old favourites of dip dye, ombre and balayage were conspicuous by their absence.
Instead we appear to be returning to a much more polished and sophisticated style of understatement and class.
To explain further, here are the fashions in the hair industry that we predict you’ll be seeing a lot more of this year:
This was seen frequently on the red carpets at the start of this year. Interlacing is a dyeing technique where the hair is washed, dried and then plaited before the dye is applied.
The stylist paints the dye on freehand, which means it only touches parts of the exposed part of the plait and not all of it.
This achieves a gorgeous natural look, especially if the dye applied is in a lighter colour, as the hair looks like it is catching the light in a sunlit way.
This technique works best on longer hair and hair which is not dead straight, but has a slight wave or kink in it. This is because to show off the glistening shimmer, the hair looks better with a little natural wave.
The great thing about this method is that it is easily applied so in theory you could do it yourself. It grows out beautifully so no dark roots, and it is extremely easy to maintain. A must try at home.
A dyeing technique that is all about shorter cuts. Halo highlights are ideal for short hair as they are specifically designed to put emphasis on the cut and shape.
Halo highlights are basically colour placed within the cut to make the style pop and stand out.
Typically with shorter cuts and highlights, the way the colour is applied can make the hair look quite flat and two dimensional. Halo lighting puts a stop to all this by placing the colour around certain areas of the hair to maximise the cut itself.
Usually shorter highlights tend to have them all over the head, but halo highlights scatter them only at the front, hence the name – halo.
The colour is delicately smudged through the top layers of your head only which in turn lightens up the whole complexion.
Halo highlights are meant to frame your face by making it look as if there is a spotlight on you at all times. This is done with a light dye on the top of your head.
THE RIBBON TECHNIQUE
This technique is similar to the balayage method in that, the idea is for the look to mimic the sun hitting your locks in a natural way. Think flashes of light on your hair or a sun-kissed look.
In the ribbon technique, strands are literally pulled from under the parting and then painted freehand to create luminous, bright bursts of colour.
This is to bring texture and dimension to the underneath. Any colour or brightness can be applied, from highlights to lowlights. And it works well for any colour, blondes, and redheads but probably best for brunettes.
Jaclyn Smith, Creative Colour Director at Jo Hansford, explains, “This is colour contrasting for women who want to play with colour, in a subtle way. We develop the colour so the different shades set off the other tones in the hair.
“This new freehand colour technique gives the effect of free-falling colour, entwined to create soft movement and a fresh new look.”
The colour is ideal for brunettes who want to add a few copper shades, or some red, bronze or pumpkin blasts. Or even for blondes who want to go bronde without the commitment.
Finally, a dip dye technique for girls with thinner locks. The only trouble is you have to go to the salon to get it done.
Floating lights is a tricky application that involves placing colour that slowly graduates away from the roots along to the length.
The colour gets deeper and more intense the further along the hair shaft you travel. This creates an illusion of thicker tresses and also more texture and definition.
Billie Crago of The Chapel, London says: “Imagine the colour is barely there at the roots and then slowly builds up intensity down the length of the hair.
“You can create a floating light that offers as much contrast as you like to the natural colour but still allows little commitment.
“For fine hair, it adds bulk and a 3D effect, and for thicker hair, where normal lights get lost, you achieve beautiful colour that appears to have just evolved rather than looking too ‘done’.”