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6 ways to update your client’s hair colour

Posted on 4th April 2016 by PROinsider
Never has there been so much innovation and creativity when it comes to hair colour. We’ve pulled together six hair-colour techniques that will upgrade your client’s look.

1. Rose Gold

What? Hair colourist Karine Jackson explains: “A blend of peach and gold tones, rose gold is a great choice for the SS16 season, especially for clients who want to update their colour without going too bold. It also suits most skin tones, and looks great on any age. It’s about creating a beautiful soft-focus colour.”

How? “Use a technique like ombré for a subtle transition, and to take the edge off bright blonde tones. To get the look, combine red, yellow and a touch of copper to create that rose gold effect,” says Karine.
Kit essential: L'Oréal Professionnel Majirel Permanent Hair Colour 50ml in 8.34 Light Golden Copper Blonde 

2.  Metallic

What? Grey isn’t just for grandma (or saucy literature): metallic, silver tones are appearing on tresses of any age – and are also huge with fashion-forward clients who want to tone their platinum locks down but still want something a little different.

How? “Opt for futuristic silver hues and team with dramatic blunt cuts,” says Will Eagles from Cream. Watch our how-to video to see Izzy Churcher from HOB Salons transform highlighted hair into metallic-grey tresses HERE 

Kit essential: Wella Professional Illumina Color in 10/1.


3. Denim

What? British Hairdresser of the Year Darren Ambrose explains: “It’s actually an ageless colour – I have clients in their 60s wearing a subtle denim blue, while teens and those in their 20s and 30s can wear a more vibrant version.” According to Adam Reed at Percy & Reed for L’Oréal Professionnel: “This colour is best on natural brunettes and any clients who have graphic hairstyles who need a little lift. The colour has a multi-dimensional effect, so it’s hair’s answer to the ‘fit and flare’ jean fit.”

How? "It’s easy to change most blonde colour into a high-fashion denim look by quick toning. You would need to pre-lighten the hair to get a really blue base. It will instantly change caramels to a more mysterious tonal palette too.” says Darren.

Kit essential: Maria Nila Colour Refresh in Azure 0.11 

4. Unicorn 

What? Think back to the ‘My Little Pony’ days, when you’d dream of having pastel tresses like your favourite cartoon unicorns. Now you can make that candy-floss-pink dream a reality for your fun-loving clients. According to Neil Smith, art director at Barrie Stephen, “The blonde and pastel pink colour is accessible to everyone, especially if they have the correct base tone to start from.”

How? The hair would have to be pre-lightened to a nice creamy white blonde, then the pastel pink and ash blonde would be dappled onto the hair to achieve the of these tones. The amount of maintenance needed comes down to the condition of hair, so suggest regular visits to the salon for pastel pink top-ups with a treatment and blow-dry.

Kit essential: Rusk Deepshine Direct Advanced Marine Therapy Intense Direct Color in Pink 
5. Sombre

What? Sombre is the softer option to ombré. Lots of celebrities have ditched the obvious ombré, and have opted for a grown-out summer colour; a subtle graduation from roots to ends, a change that is small but still makes a big difference. Seniz Alkan, senior colourist at Neville Hair & Beauty Salon, suggests, “Sombre is perfect for blondes, but also especially flattering for brunettes, adding soft gold, honey and caramel shades to lighten without the hassle of re-growth."

How? Lighter pieces are being taken up higher, particularly around the face, and the lower lengths of the hair have ribbons of colour running through. It’s important to keep the ends in good condition to enhance the colour.” says Seniz. 

Kit essential: Wella Professionals Brilliance Leave In Balm 

6. Strobing

What?  Inspired by the make-up technique of ‘strobing’ (using highlighters where light would naturally fall), colour is added to hair using different angles and methods, including sweeping and spotting, for the ultimate bespoke colour. Jamie Stevens of Jamie Stevens Hair, who developed the technique for hair, says, “Strobing is a stunning colour concept that works especially well for short hair as it provides depth and energy.”

How? “Take a normal beauty blender and cut in half. Depending on whether your client wants to achieve a soft or dramatic effect there are two techniques to follow:

Dramatic – section the hair into half-inch in depth sections, place foil underneath and place the beauty blender directly onto the hair to create the bold spot effect. Remember to alternate the colours.

Soft – Take a fine-weaved section, place foil underneath and, using soft sweeping motions, apply the colour with the edge of the beauty blender, sweeping from root to tip to create the strobing effect. It is the perfect technique to experiment with, allowing you to play with colours and tones, and great for both shoots and in the salon.

Kit essential: Precision Beauty Tear Drop Blending Sponge Assorted Neon Pink & Purple

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