Top Colourists Predict the Biggest Colour Trends of Winter 2017
Come winter, we always feel like switching things up. The weather might not bring about the feelings of freedom, boldness, and fun that summer does—but our hair colour can, right? Before making any permanent changes, we checked with a few of the top colourists in the business to discuss cool-weather hair trends.
Each one mentioned the colours they see blowing up this winter. A few are old favourites with a modern twist (ombré is still going strong, guys), while others are brand-new. So, you heard it here first: These are going to be the biggest hair colour trends for winter 2017.
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"It's warmer and more blended with a softer contrast," says George Papanikolas, a Matrix celebrity stylist. Celebrity colourist Matt Rez of Ramirez-Tran in Beverly Hills agrees, noting, "We are shying away from ash and cooler colours. Blondes have golden pops rather than the white tones, brunettes warm up with cinnamon bronze that melt into brighter ends, redheads are going orange-based with strawberry."
"It's a low-maintenance and graceful grow out as warmer colours require less lift and damage to your hair," Rez says. "Plus, nine out of ten people look better with warm tones in the right places. Ash tones can be ageing, dull, and won't bounce as much light. The key is warmer highlights on a neutral, natural base."
"To get it, ask for freehand-painted highlights if you're a dirty blonde (natural 7 and up). If you're brunette, go for more golden warmth, baby lights (super fine weaved highlights) starting higher up with foils," Rez says.
"Some of my most die-hard blondes are coming in requesting their roots shadowed," says Tiffanie Richards, a colourist at Nunzio Saviano Salon. "I never thought I'd see the day."
She continues: "Instead of leaving your highlights uniform from root to tip, tone them to a shade or so lighter than your natural hair colour. Leave the blondest bits around your face. Not to be mistaken for an ombré, the roots are typically only shadowed about an inch to an inch and a half."
"Of course, we have seen shades of platinum coming in and out for years now, but it's back and even bolder," says Ariel Hauck, a colourist at Ramirez Tran in Beverly Hills. "Icy blondes, beige blondes—it turns heads. Expect to be with your colourist for the whole day, it may even take a second appointment to get it perfect."
"This colour is nothing like fast food, it takes time between consultations, formulating mixing, application processing, washing, glossing or toning, and blow-drying," adds Larry Raspanti, a colourist at Whittemore House Salon.
"I've noticed more clients moving toward a fiery red hue," notes Hauck. "It's gorgeous on the right skin tone! Expect to spend about an hour in the salon to have it done—as it happens to be a pretty easy process. Make sure to bring in photos to your colourist for exact colouring so they can give you the shade and tone you're looking for."
"We are seeing stars like Madonna and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wear this creamy hue. It's a change from the wintery ice-blondes to a more neutral shade, which is flattering on more skin tones," explains Papanikolas.
He continues: "Have your colourist double-process and highlight using a cool, high lift tint at the base. This gives a vibrant blonde with a creamy finish."
A beachy ombré is, yes, here to stay. "It has seemed to take a turn for the subtle, though," says Richards. "Girls are no longer coming in requesting the dramatic ombré effect. Instead, they want something natural-looking, like it could have happened at the beach. Because of that, it's flattering on most hair textures and has a life span of six months to a full year. This colour—assuming it's not a transition from a colour correction—is usually pretty quick. I would allow one to two hours tops."