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COLOUR FOR WINTER 2005
Introducing the new Golden Romance collection from Clairol Nice’n Easy – five golden shades for the warmer months. Ranging from medium blonde through to dark brown, there’s a deliciously warm shade for everyone.
We asked Belinda Jeffreys, Australia’s leading colourist, whose celebrity client list includes Sarah O’Hare, Megan Gale, Toni Colette and Russell Crowe, for her colour predictions for the upcoming months. “Right now haircolour is all about warmth”, explained Belinda. “Cooler ash tones don’t work as well against paler skin, so look for shades with a rich gold base”.
It seems the upcoming season is all about brunettes. “I’m seeing a lot less blondes…”, Belinda commented. ‘It’s definitely the brunettes who are leading the way. And the direction is coming from Hollywood – look at Reese Witherspoon, Drew Barrymore, Charlize Theron and Brittany Murphy - they were all confirmed blondes who’ve now switched to beautiful rich, brunette shades”.
The brown shades are where all the action is this season and Nice’n Easy’s Golden Romance collection offers three beautiful colours to try at home – Natural Light Golden Brown, Natural Medium Golden Brown and Natural Dark Golden Brown. “I love these new browns”, comments Belinda. They cover the spectrum from chestnut, through to mocha and mahogany. They’re a great foil to creamy skin tones which means they suit most people in Australia, and because they contain Clairol’s new ColourSeal Gloss conditioner, they’re great for the hair, making it shiny and healthy, right through the six week colouring cycle”.
Moving into the red shades, Belinda recommends looking for a brown-based shade. “Reds should be warm and tonal...” New from Nice’n Easy is Natural Lightest Golden Brown, a delicious auburn with a soft, natural hazelnut overtone. “This is a great shade for people who’ve had blonde highlights and want to move back to a more natural brown shade. The gold base in this colour will fill the bleached highlights, giving an all-over red-brown colour with natural looking variations”, explains Belinda.
If you do want to stay blonde, Belinda recommends avoiding ash blondes which feel a little cool for this time of year. “Generally, blonde shades for spring are more solid shades, which reflect warm tones of strawberry, biscuit and caramel”. The new Nice’n Easy Natural Medium Golden Blonde is a beautiful option. “This is a lovely golden hue”, said Belinda. “It has built-in highlights of caramel and honey which are softly flattering to paler skin. I’d also recommend this shade if your hair has been over-bleached and stressed. Because of its gold base, it will soften and warm your haircolour, making it look shinier and healthier”.
“Overall, these Nice’n Easy Golden Romance shades work beautifully because they’re all so wearable. Having a gold base rather than red, they compliment the skin, optically help to smooth any blemishes and enhance your eye colour” said Belinda.
COLOUR FOR SUMMER 2004
Congratulations to Dieter Mersmann of Wildlife Hairdressing in Sydney on recently being crowned Hairdressing Technician of the Year. For those of us not up on hairdressing terms that means he is not only an expert with colour and all things chemical like perms and straightening but also has an eye for what is happening in hair fashion.
Gabrielle McCarthy, editor of Virtualhaircare.com, interviews Dieter Mersmann on the latest trends in hair.
Gabe: "What are your predictions in colour for the coming season"?
Dieter: "For spring/summer I feel that soft pastel coppers like the Apricot tones will feature heavily along with creamy and golden blondes for those with lighter hair. If you prefer darker shades then solid golden browns. All over colours are in rather than high lights but if your preference is for less solid colours then your high or low lights should be strong chunky but of soft tones so as not to be stripey".
Gabe: "What are the most requested colours or colour techniques in the salon at the moment?
Dieter: "Definitely colour changes like blonde to dark or dark to blonde. People are generally changing their colour more often. This is not a problem as long as it is done professionally and keeping the hair in good condition remains the top priority".
Gabe: What do you think it is most important, for a client to tell you, so that you can get their colour right for them?"
Dieter: "I like to do a good long consultation and get as much information as I can from someone. Pictures really help to explain what someone wants. I also like to know about how much you want to spend as keeping a colour well maintained can get expensive as its not just about what you spend first time but every time and if you can afford it".
Gabe: "What are your favourite products right now?"
Dieter: "It's a new shade of colour from Goldwell which adds a soft bronze shimmer to dark brown hair".
Gabe: "What are your tips for looking after your colour at home?
Dieter: "You need to use shampoos and conditioners that help to keep your colour looking fresh. I love Goldwells Colour Glow shampoo which comes in 5 different shades to suit your colour. Also the new GHD Treatment Mask and Angel Tears".
SPRING/SUMMER PREDICTIONS 2004 from Emilio Cataldo of Cataldo’s Canberra.
We asked Emilio, one of Australia’s most awarded hairdressers, to help us shed some light on what we will all be doing with our hair colour this summer.
“Colours will be "sun-kissed" creating the natural effect of salt water and sun, but recreated in the salon to avoid the damage that sitting in the sun to create this effect would do. The colours are placed in the hair so that they look graduated, darker at the roots to light at the ends which is what gives it this natural effect”.
FOR SUMMER 2003
your sporting a head of beautiful highlights then sorry your 'out'.
Well that's according to all the predictions right now. A solid
all over colour is the look the hue, well something to suit your
skin tone, if you get this wrong with an all over colour then
you will know about it as it can be unflattering leaving you with
dark circles beneath the eyes or blemishes that you had never
noticed before. If you would like to find out more on choosing
a colour to suit you then use this link.
Luppiono of Luppionos in Sydney had this to say on
are so last season. This summer we're creating solid blonde colours
with the same kind of tonal variations produced by sunlight."
· We all know the summer sun will naturally lighten your hair.
By the ends of summer a natural blonde will have three levels
of colours, darker at the roots, lighter through the mid lengths
and really blonde on the ends.
we're using AVEDA 97% naturally derived permanent colours to recreate
this sun-kissed tonal variation in the salon (and saving our clients
from sun baking to create the perfect blonde.) Maintenance Tips:
· Hair grows faster in summer, so be religious with your trims.
Book a maintenance check every six to eight weeks.
knocking on the door, some of us might choose that radical really
blonde look, check
out this article on what going blonde is all about!
above courtesy of George Giavis, the Blonde room, Woollahra, Sydney.
FOR WINTER 2003
is the big story this winter and the colour is cool brown, with
a velvety richness, think Sarah O'Hare's latest colour change,
or is she a Murdoch?
so many varieties of brown there is always one to suit your skin
should you wish to try it out. The cool flavour of these browns
is supplied by an underlying violet tone rather than those orange
or copper browns. Don't go getting too much burgundy brown though
unless you want to look like your granny. Complement this with
the vast array of new violet shades in eye and lip colour and
you are set for winter.
darker however, which is what going 'brown' means for most of
us, can be quite dramatic. It's often more easily done in small
steps rather than one large leap. You can easily feel too dark
and hate it unlike ending up too blonde, well there's no such
thing is there!
are some tips when changing your colour:
darker doesn't necessarily mean ruining the condition of your
hair because it can be done using less damaging methods like semi-permanent
colour. Because they are conditioner based they are good for your
hair. There are also a couple of pitfalls if you try doing it
yourself like ending up a little on the green side due to the
effect your old colour will have, so always get this sort of colour
change professionally done.
brown can feel boring especially if you were very blonde or bright
before but it doesn't have to be like that. Using highlights of
differing shades of brown and caramel for instance, gives extra
interest and texture to your style. Take small steps to your final
target shade by darkening your hair gradually over a number of
weeks by having retouches. This helps you to not only get used
to your new look but gives your hair the chance to build up its
new colour and help it last longer without fade.
sure that you are choosing a colour that will suit your skin tone
and not drain it of life. It's possible to find out if a darker
shade will suit you by simply dropping into your nearest wig shop
and having a play. A simple guide is that if your skin and eye
colour are very pale then darker looks won't suit. If you have
dark or medium eye or skin colour, brown shades will suit.
can be a problem if your hair was very dry or very light before
you decided on your deeper look. Always use colour protection
shampoo and a conditioner. You can even refresh your colour between
applications with a matching colour tint shampoo available from
from the team @ Wildlife Hairdressing in Sydney, Australia.
to ask your hairdresser for:
all about getting 'the look' and the trend for using shaded "under-colour"
in your hair gives your hairdresser a versatile technique for
use on many different types of cuts.
matter what style you wear, this colour technique can add thickness,
texture and definition to almost all hair cuts. With the move
away from the short sharp 'geometric' shapes to the 'out grown'
styles we have recently seen gracing the catwalks, this type of
colour work adds a definate edge to what could otherwise look
as if you just didn't get your regular trim.
so you know exactly what we are talking about, we have raided
our files for images that show off this latest trend in all its
variations. Always remember that certain colours suit certain
people so check out our choosing
a colour to suit you to
find your perfect colour match.
ends can be defined using darker under colours.
hair can be made to look thicker by placing a darker colour
under blonde tones.
use of dark under colours does not have to be dramatic to
the dark colour used in the lengths at the back around to
the fringe area gives continuity to the look if your hair
is very layered.
longer hair you can use this type of colouring to add interest
to a classic style.
you are feeling daring, combining dramatic colour and cut
can really work well.
images above from
this picture we have one of the most extreme versions
of this look. Here a silver ash blonde is used above
a blue black to turn a very simple style into something
Hughes at Mieka Hairdressing in Melbourne designed
this look but to show us this can also be extremely
subtle, the image below uses the merest variation
in blonde tones which range from a beautiful vanilla
blonde to a deeper caramel blonde to provide the
this shorter style from Lee Preston, we have
a rich chocolate brown underneath an even richer honey
gold. For the shorter shapes, the added thickness
provided by the darker colour really enhances the
shape of your cut.
next three images are from Caterina Di Biase
of Heading Out Hair & Beauty, Melbourne.
In this shot to the left, caramel highlights and
a warm brown are used on top of a deeper flat brown.
these two shots, vibrant copper and mahogany reds
are used on the upper layers, whilst deeper brown
reds are used on the lower, giving definition to the
neck and jaw line...very useful if you feel you are
lacking in this area.
of trying out one of these colours, then why not ask your
hairdresser to log on to VirtualHairCare to check out our
examples to make sure you get exactly what you want. Oh,
do remember colours vary depending on your screen settings!
you are bugged by those grey hairs or just want to find out how
you can colour your hair in under five minutes, check out one
of the simple and easiest options below:
month we are featuring the colours of Tracey Hughes from Mieka
Hairdressing in Victoria, Australia. Tracey recently achieved
a first at the 2002 Australian Hair Fashion Awards, sponsored
by Schwarzkopf, becoming the first ever hairdresser to be nominated
as a finalist in 3 of the award categories. Of these she won 2,
one of which was Creative Colourist.
we thought it would be great to get her thoughts on what will
be gracing our heads over the next few months.
cuts getting stronger and more geometric or with asymmetric fringes
colours need to complement them. We will see less highlights and
more colour peeping through from bench upper layers of hair. Colour
will also be more dramatic and bold".
out the black and red image at the top of this page to get the
idea of what Tracey is saying, and this look below:
But what about colour tones?
colours we shall be seeing more of are the violet browns, and
yes, the red black combination. The one thing we will be seeing
less of is blonde!"
When someone walks into your salon what do you really want them
to tell you to make sure they get what they want?
want to know about their life style, do they have time to spend
on their hair at home, do they need their hair to be tided back
for work etc. Clients walk in looking one way but this may not
be true for every day so I need to know that so that they get
something that really works for them".
Could you give us a tip that would help all us deal with our own
hair and not have bad hair days!
to work with what your hair does naturally, don't fight it, you
will be making your hair a lot easier to handle".
pic's above from Tracey's portfolio.
Santo and The Tremayne Creative Team have given us some great
ideas on what to do for 2002.
are lightening up for the summer months and blonde hair colouring
is big news. Colours are not as gold as the previous seasons and
are becoming more muted ads even feature pastel, frosted shades.
All colours are very tonal with several shades of the one colour
used to create the overall looks, this results in multifaceted,
luxurious colour that moves with the hair.
is beautiful. They feature shades of blonde that are perfect for
every skin tone. Miami, Sahara and Glamour Blondes feature shades
of cool vanilla, pale biscuit, sand, wheat and caramel.
cool down for summer with maroon and copper overtones used as
the foundation for contrasting pieces of glistening gold to lighten
up the look.
are also lightening up with cool shades that shimmer with
health and vitality. Tan, Velour and Suede browns combine to give
brunettes a stunning signature colour.
like to emphasise that each colour formulation is created to bring
out each persons individual beauty by assessing skin tone and
cut and coloured hair that is healthy, gleaming and looks effortless
completes the total look.
to Alfredo Santo and The Tremayne Creative Team.
How from ARTec sent us a whole pile of great tips for what's happening
in colour no matter what shade we are, her catch phrase being
'Cooling Down In Summer 2002':
will see a lot of multi-tonal blondes with soft ultra-lights,
and colour will definitely compliment the feminine movement that
is curl and wave this summer. Curl and wave making a come back,
thanks to pop icons Kylie and Mandy Moore".
brunettes this summer, the focus will be on shine and condition,
and texture and movement. We will see a lot of brunettes with
soft wisps of creamy blonde and camel combinations, with and overall
reds will have a slight violet or blue violet overtone, which
will cool the hot copper and fiery red tones of the winter colours".
final tip for summer is "not to let your colour fall victim
to the dangers of chlorine, UV rays and the extra shampooing that
occurs after endless days at the beach and in the sun". As
a true ARTec girl she maintains that the only way to achieve and
maintain your colour throughout summer is to invest in an ARTec
Colour Fade Prevention Program.
ARTec for details and tell them we sent you on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Edet at Ménage
a Trois, Neutral Bay, Sydney, says "colour is all about
shadows and bringing definition to cuts using different colours
to create those shadows". At the salon they are using two
to three colours on each client and selecting them to suit your
skin tones and and lifestyle. For summer Isabelle predicts that
colour trends will be towards the "radical".
courtesy of Menage a Trois
and notes from 2001:
better to ask what will be happening in colour than Alyson
Schoer of BBR in Surry Hills. "Colours will be rich
and velvety but still very wearable. Intense plums and garnet
reds, with just a hint of gold added into them to take the pink
edge off, will be the colours of the season". We also
discussed a trend for blondes to be going 'au natural' after years
of homage to the saying 'always a blonde'. It seems we just don't
have the time for high maintenance colour like blonde any more
and a simple natural look is the big request at the moment.
Nader of Raw Sydney winner of "Image of the Year
2001" for a collection of looks including one of the
ones in the side column. He feels that 2001 is a return
to the 80's but without the need for asserting feminine power.
"Women have the power now, they don't need to dress or wear
their hair that way to prove it. Colour will reflect a sexy edge,
soft browns and toffees, more solid/all over colour's to work
with that 80's mood"
because we love these shots below so much, we felt you had to
Di Biase from Heading Out Hair & Beauty in Melbourne,
Jeffrey of Synergy Hair in Sydney, picked up the title
of 'Most Creative Colourist' at The Australian Hairdressing
Industry Awards, with her collection for summer depicting curl
and her concept that reds are the 'new blonde'. We asked Belinda
about the coming season and she told us that they will be "dark
flat colour's that still shine with health and these shades should
be applied to all of your hair in 'slabs' to get a two-tone
Belinda also had a lot to say regarding the return of straight
hair which she also predicts for the season ahead. She specializes
in permanent straightening, so look out for our up coming article
when it's released.
the country we have some other excellent predictions:
Tracey Colebrook of
Shibui are predicting
"a year of strong bold hair colour and the return of the
fringe" for 2001.
Emery of top Perth salon
Lee Preston Hair predicts for the coming year "bold
and exciting colours" and in her words "don't
be scared to see lots of colour" in 2001. "Different
shades such as cool blondes with warm reds will be mixed together"
she says. And yes, she is also predicting "large
sections of different shades". Lisa, by the way, is one of
the finalists in the 2001 Australian Colourist of the Year competition,
so good luck Lisa from the team at VirtualHairCare!
out though, having witnessed some of John Galliano's creations
for his European spring summer 2001 collection, his hair team
had come up with some far from blended highlights. Large cream,
almost white swathes of hair were cleverly inserted into long
straight flowing locks. These were not the skunk "stripes" from
the parting of a couple of years ago, as their starting point
was hidden, but they were not far off. So also look out for this
trend as the year progresses.