What's Big in hair in 2017?
Is colour contouring different from balayage and ombré? Well, the answer is yes! Although it's relatively new, the truth is, its been around for a long time and I personally prefer this method of colouring and have done for years. Firstly because it's highly personalised and you don't tend to over colour for the sake of it. Secondly, it's amazing for adding definition to your hair and can highlight cheekbones, skin colouring and your face shape.
I used to call it fashion colouring because I used it to enhance a haircut/shape and colour only where it was needed but contouring is a much better name because that's exactly what it is. See below for the exact definition of contour colouring.
What's is Contour colouring?
Contour colouring is a bit like contouring your face with makeup, you use colour to define and illuminate parts of your face and we do exactly the same with hair colour. A good example would be the photo above, this is subtle contouring and there is minimal colour but it is placed in the front sections to highlight the face and gently through the hair so that light bounces off and adds shine and shimmer. Contouring, when done properly, can create light and dark shadows making hair appear thicker in areas whilst adding dimension to precision hair shapes. Another good example is if you have a trendy lob and just want to lighten the front longer pieces and maybe a couple of pieces over the top to give the illusion of having lighter hair all the way through. Doing this would lighten without having to deal with a whole head of highlights and the dreaded regrowth that comes with it. The sky really is the limit with contour colouring because you can literally choose where you want the colour placed and of course choose more than one colour depending on your chosen outcome. I think a mashup of contour colouring and balayage is the perfect combo for natural looking colour that doesn't need a huge amount of upkeep.
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Rose Gold seems to have taken a back seat although I think it will creep back in for summer. NEON hair has been gaining popularity since last year and seems to have a firm place in the 2017 hair trends. It seems there is no colour that we can't go these days with these new super colours that were made even more popular by Marc Jacobs during his show last year. The thing to keep in mind with a lot of these colours is that if you are very dark you may have to have your hair pre-lightened before you can have Neon colours and that is a big colour job. Your hair will be lifted light enough so that the neon glow in the dark colours are rich enough to show and that means when the colour fades, as these bright colours do you will be left with lighter hair than when you started. That's just a heads up for anyone that doesn't realise this is the process before you are sitting in the hairdresser's chair. It's pretty and gorgeous but needs more upkeep. Make sure you find out exactly what the process would be for your hair type before committing so that you know what's involved in the process and what to expect.
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Forget the Kim Kardashian “wings” fringe because in 2017 it's all about the shorter middle parted fringe/bangs just like the beautiful Bridget Bardot. Just check out the celebs sporting this fringe and you will see how framing your face with a lovely BB fringe can really soften a hair cut. The perfect length seems to be somewhere between the eyebrow and just skimming the top of your lashes. These fringes tend to look better cut in a bit heavier too as the weight in the hair means it hangs better but if you don't like it blunt ask your hairdresser to just Deep point cut the ends to soften it up, this will keep the length but soften the ends. Fine fringes tend to do their own thing, and separate or part where you don't want them to, so a little bit of weight can combat this. The key here is to get the right length and angle and you will soon be looking like Bridget B!
Hair exfoliation what is it? Well, I think it's fairly self-explanatory but why do we need to exfoliate our hair? According to the intellectual's, it's to remove build up of all the products in our hair. Matrix sugar shine blow-dry starts at £50.00 including the blow dry. It's a silicone free sugar based scalp scrub that helps nourish your hair and remove all impurities as the water soluble crystals melt into the hair removing any product build up from the hair shaft. Alternatively, if that's a little pricey for you, head over to Pinterest for some DIY homemade hair exfoliation scalp scrubs! personally, I like this simple recipe:3 tbsp of brown sugar plus 2 tbsp of coconut or olive oil mix together and scrub away!
Link to recipe: Homemade Scrub
Super straight (blow-dry style)
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Super straight blow dry style is the new straight and it's different from the GHD straight of yesteryear. We looking at swinging smooth blow dried hair. It all starts with a good shampoo and conditioner and let's not forget my favourite product of the last 25 years the Hair Serum. A good blow dry is the key here you want volume at the roots but super straight smooth ends. Use a good boar bristle brush and smooth your hair by pointing the hair dryer down the hair shaft closing and smoothing the cuticles as you go. Imagine the amount of hair breakage you're saving yourself by not using the straighteners.
I'm not sure ponytails ever go out of fashion but this year's version is still messy but a bit more “done” That messy ponytail can take ages to get right but the good news is there is a ponytail for everyone. High or low messy or neat you can't go wrong with a ponytail this year. If you're looking for a textured ponytail try using some dry shampoo ant the roots to make your hair less silky. Then take a comb or teasing brush and gently tease at the roots all around your head. The scoop all the hair in a bunch smoothing any rough areas and band in the position you want your ponytail to sit. Pull out some random side bits to frame your face.
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Although Balayage was huge in 2016 I think 2017 will see even more people adopting this low key easy maintenance colouring technique. There is a lot of confusion for some people as they think balayage is a colour but it's the technique in which the colour is applied. I.e balayage means hand painted onto the hair and it's very personalised not foiled. You can have "foilage" which is a mixture of both and you can have any colour you want or your hair will go.
New versions of balayage include “strobing” and my favourite is the subtle “tortoiseshell” which is a softer balayage. Balayage should be a seamless blending of colours which is hand painted onto the hair where ever the stylists think it will lift and illuminate the client's own colour and I think it will be the go to colour technique for 2017 due to its versatility and easy maintenance vibe. Balayage is also great for colour contouring as described above.
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Unicorn mania is upon us and is it any wonder it's beautiful. From unicorn cafes to unicorn cakes it seems the world has gone mad for unicorns! So if you want hair like my little pony then the same rules apply as the neon hair and you may have to pre-lighten your existing hair to get this fab colour. Unlike neon colour shades unicorn hair uses more pastel shades and is more translucent although it seems some have gone for the deeper colours and they look just as good. Again check with your stylist how much you would have to pre-lighten your own hair first if at all and be aware of what's involved in achieving this fairytale hair.
Unicorn hair really looks good enough to eat!
Happy Hair Days