The 5 Hair Colour Trends You’re Going To See Everywhere This Spring
We’re talking about the ‘sombré’ — ombre’s much cuter, and much more natural, protégé. We may be stating the obvious here, but sombré literally translates to ‘soft ombré’. Think super blended colours, subtle shade graduation and a lived-in look. It’s the perfect middle-ground between the piece-y and dimensional balayage, and the often contrasting dual tones that came with previous ombré techniques.
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With the red carpet as our source of hair inspiration, we’ve spotted a handful of new colours being dished out: think chocolate cake brunette, biscuit blonde, fairy floss pink and cream soda… they’re seriously delicious, minus the guilt. “What I love about these tasty shades is that they’re really interesting but easy to wear,” says hairstylist Anthony Nader. “There’s something for everyone this season – those with a lighter base can go for something like biscuit blonde or cream soda, or those with darker hair can opt for chocolate cake brunette. Anything goes!” Here are the new-season hair colours to indulge in.
Creamy and golden, this delicious hair colour features both warm and cool tones that can instantly brighten up warmer complexions. In the chair, ask for “a full head of fine foils with a dropped root (they’re usually staggered and start an inch from your roots), along with some balayage sections for extra depth,” says Jordan Hone, Director of Sloans North Sydney and L’Oréal Professionnel Guest Artist.
Good to know: This hair colour looks best when it’s regularly styled with a hot tool. “A loose wave allows natural light to hit different areas of the hair and in turn, it can help the tones shine through,” Hone explains. It’s also a colour that can be quite technical to achieve, so expect to sit for a few hours in the salon.
Serve it with:
Kérastase Masque Ultra-Violet Anti-Brass Blonde Perfecting Violet Masque: Use once a week to increase manageability and knock out any orange undertones.
Aveda Wooden Mini Paddle Brush: This must-have tool helps distribute oils from root to tip to improve shine overall.
Cloud Nine The Original Wand: The conical shape allows you to create soft waves that don’t look too structured.
This season sees the brunette colour move away from having ashy undertones and make its way towards a more vibrant hue that shows off warm accents, just like yummy, fudgey swirls of icing. “Ask for balayage highlights that can add a touch of brightness to your deep brown hair,” explains Hone. “This colour is all about decadence and is perfect for golden skin tones.”
Good to know: Hate visiting the hairdresser? You’re in luck. “This is a low-maintenance colour that just needs to be touched up every six to 10 weeks, and you can wash and wear, meaning minimal styling time (just make sure you keep your hair hydrated with good quality at-home care products),” advises Hone.
Serve it with:
TONI&GUY Blue Shampoo: It boosts shine and prevents brunette hair from colour-fading.
L’Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Nutrifier Conditioner: It’s infused with coconut oil to seriously soften and hydrate dry locks.
Joico Defy Damage Protecting Shield: This mist melts into hair and can protect it from environmental and heat damage.
Don’t worry, it’s not as shocking as you think. “This delectable colour is a more neutral take on a warm blonde and contains mahogany brown and gold tones,” explains Hone. “It’s also a versatile shade that creates a glow around the face and is the perfect colour for a cool blonde to transition to a warmer spectrum.”
Good to know: The best thing about this blonde colour is that it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to maintain. “Expect to be back in the salon every eight weeks to three months,” says Hone. Plus, we think this low-key hair colour looks just as pretty slicked back in a ponytail as it does styled out.
Serve it with:
Schwarzkopf Professional Hyaluronic Moisture Kick Micellar Shampoo: This shampoo refreshes and deep cleans without stripping your scalp of much-needed moisture.
Wella System Professional LuxeOil Cream Elixir: Smooth this onto damp hair to eliminate fly-aways and speed up blow-dry time.
R+Co Neon Lights Dry Oil Spray: Mist this all over dry hair to up the glow factor of your coloured hair.
We’ve seen this pretty colour make waves on the red carpet, and this snackable shade works perfectly IRL, too. “The trick to a good fairy floss pink hair colour is one that boasts a variety of deep and light tones mixed together,” explains Hone. “Light skin tones should opt for a lighter pastel pink tone, whereas medium to dark skin can experiment with darker pink hair colours.”
Good to know: It’s a high-commitment colour that requires some serious prep, especially if you’ve got black or brown hair. “If you have dark hair, your stylist will need to pre-lighten your hair over several visits, which can be achieved with foils,” explains Hone. “It’s a financial investment; expect to come back to the salon every three to four weeks.” As for at-home styling, “dry your hair straight, then use an iron to create soft bends in the hair,” says Hone. Effortless and chic, we like it.
Serve it with:
Kevin.Murphy Re-Pair.Me Wash: Pea and silk proteins strengthen hair without weighing it down.
ghd platinum+: This lightweight hair tool is super versatile and can heat up in as little as 20 seconds.
Marc Anthony Dream Big Volume: Sprinkle this into roots and ruffle with fingertips to add grit and build texture.
But this phenomenon isn’t exclusive to just breakups. For Talisa Sutton, founder of Badlands Studio, it was the birth of her daughter that inspired a whole new look. “I spent my whole pregnancy growing out my hair, and while I loved the length, once Lúa was born, I felt like it was time for a change,” Sutton tells Gritty Pretty. “A chop signified the beginning of a wonderful new chapter – and there is less for her to pull on now!”
So, why do women (and some men) feel compelled to chop off their hair following a significant life event?
According to Tara Hurster, psychologist and founder of The TARA Clinic in Sydney’s Bondi Junction, it’s normal to change our appearance as we grow. “When we are experiencing a lot of change in our life, changing our appearance can be a way of having something you can control amongst all the things outside your control.”
For new mothers, “Beyond the potential practical aspects of short hair being easier to handle, birth can be a powerful experience and some women may see themselves differently after experiencing such an impactful event,” says Hurster. “This may lead them to want to have their external appearance showcase how they see themselves internally.”
The good news? When done right, a new hair cut can boost self-esteem. “When we receive compliments or attention from others it can help to lift our confidence,” Hurster adds. “A new hairstyle can definitely leave people feeling powerful, strong, sexy and proud.”
Anthony Nader, founder of Sydney’s RAW Anthony Nader, has seen it all. “My salon team has definitely had some of these ‘post’ [i.e. post-breakup, post-baby] examples sitting in their chairs over time, that’s for sure,” Nader says. “We all know the signs to look and listen out for when these times arise.”
His advice? “Go to a stylist that you can trust first and foremost, and one that knows you and your lifestyle best. There could be a number of factors that you may not have considered. Does [the new style] require blow drying every day, and have you got the time for this? You may want the same full head of foils as your girlfriend, but is this colour going to work with your skin complexion?”
Before you sit down in the hairdresser’s chair and mutter those three magic words – “chop it off” – give yourself a few days to mull it over, first. “With regards to a breakup, wanting a fresh start or new look can help with the grieving process and give you permission to see yourself differently,” says Hurster. “I would encourage you to sleep on the decision for a few days to ensure that it is your internal voice talking, rather than rash emotions.”
According to Hurster, it’s important to take a moment and consider the purpose of the change. Is it to get back at someone? Is it an attempt to please someone else? Or, is the new ‘do an exciting change? If the answer is the latter, Hurster says, “Go for it!”.
They say a change is as good as a holiday; a mini makeover gives hairdressers a chance to be creative and explore on-trend hair cuts and colours. However, communication is key, explains Nader: “You and your stylist need to break down the consultation so there is absolute clarity on both sides before the tools get picked up.”
Suffering from a case of post-chop regret? Keep calm and remember: hair grows back. You have two options here. Option one: book another appointment with a reputable stylist to discuss your options. Or, as Hurster suggests, “Embrace your new look and run with it! The way to do this is stand tall, hold your head high and lean into this new you with confidence and poise.”
There’s a hot new hair colour cropping up in our Insta feeds, and it’s not Pantone’s 2019 Colour of the Year, Living Coral — which is actually divine btw — or the overdone millennial pink.
We’ve got a hunch that the hue for summer will be *drum roll* lilac. It’s fresh, fun and just a little bit grown up.
If you need further proof that this dusty purple shade is where it’s at, consider this — searches for lilac hair inspo on Pinterest have exploded by 1,077 percent.
Plus, from the looks of it, Lady Gaga just went lilac so you know it’s gonna be big.
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Is lilac the hue for you? We asked international award-winning hair stylist Anthony Nader — who heads up the RAW Anthony Nader salon in Sydney’s Surry Hills — for his thoughts.
“For those of you with pale porcelain milky skin complexions, this rainbow colour is going to work a treat for your complexion,” Nader told 10 daily.
However, if your skin tone is too warm, you might want to chat with your colourist about other options as “it’s going to make your lilac strands look ruddy.”
In terms of hair colour, lighter is better as a starting off point for going lilac.
If your hair sits within the dark blond to light-medium brown range then you’re good to go.
“Lilac is going to work for you because your natural base is so light and therefore when you have your colour process done it won’t take hours sitting in the salon,” Nader said.
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A lighter base also means your mane stays healthier during and after the colouring process.
“The main factor is the health of your hair — strands will still be in tip-top condition as they won’t blow out with all the bleach applications.”
“To upkeep your smooth, sweet lilac hair shade, you should also invest in a cosmetic colour shampoo,” Nader told 10 daily.
“That’s going to keep your strands looking incredible and full of colour pigment between salon visits.”
Nader even had some tips for when it comes to doing your makeup with new lilac locks.
“Experiment with soft hues, a stained lip or a stained cheek or go more adventurous with a winged cat eye.”
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That’d be a no, at least according to Nader.
“I never recommend home colours as they only lead to disasters, and then you have to get a salon to fix up your ‘creativity’ which will most likely cost you more money and time in the long run.”
It’s best to leave going lilac to the professionals.
“This application takes precision and time — especially if applying bleach and peroxide if needed.
Your stylist will be adept at making sure your lilac goes on evenly, so it “looks like a million bucks and not like you got it from a lucky dip.”
Sure, it might take time out of your busy schedule but think of it as some well-deserved ‘me’ time.
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Feeling festive in Lilac 💕 I’ve lusted after this colour on many a Pinterest Board and am so chuffed I finally braved it! Whenever I plan a change I suddenly love my normal hair – anyone else?! But I just went for it & my whole hair is now silver blonde; then they used a combination of toners to make it lilac with silver ends for a really metallic, glossy & more natural finish. The kids think I’m crazy, the school mums had a bit of a look 😅 But I’m swishing it around like a proper fashionista and Twilight Sparkle was always my favourite 🦄. . Colour @obatch7 Salon @hareandbone Esher . #lilachair #violethair #mumstyle #whatmamaworemonday #purplehair
So, you’re gonna go lilac — what do you ask for when you hit the salon?
“I always suggest taking a few references — and by this I mean no more than five, otherwise you might accidentally put your hairdresser on ‘sleep mode’,” Nader advised.
“References are perfect because that can also determine the intensity of the shade desired and the pro’s and con’s about how it’s going to work with your hair type.”
Once you and the stylist have settled on a shade, then the lilac fun can get underway.
We’re a pretty fashion-forward bunch here in SA, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look to the world to see which hair trends are going to be huge in 2019. We’ve rounded up eight nations sporting hairdos that we love and are ready to wear in the new year; because who *doesn’t* want to have a good hair day every day?
In Colombia, women are staring to embrace their natural hair more and more, and many are growing their fro’s long. This allows for bounce that is slightly weighed down, and the ends? Sheer curly perfection.
‘Body’ and ‘bounce’ are two words that describe the beauty aspirations of Brazilian women, and the same words could be used to describe their hair. Healthy, voluminous locks in warm, rich tones will always be muito bonito.
When it comes to hair in 2019, the Brits are going to be veering away from Royal-inspired tresses and getting edgier with their style. This super-short bob with a choppy fringe is going to be everywhere – we’re calling it.
Instead of poker-straight locks, 2019 is going to see loads of South Korean women sporting a more tousled bob, just long enough to graze their chins. This style is great because it manages to look effortless and chic at the same time.
Just like South Korea, Japanese women are going to be all about the bob in 2019. Theirs differs slightly in that they are leaning more towards the straight ‘n stringy look with a fringe to frame the face. It doesn’t get much cooler.
Women in India are famed for their long, thick and lustrous locks, but next year many of them are going to be opting for significantly less length. They’ll be trading it in for sleek bobs and lobs, with longer layers at the front.
The biggest hair trend from Down Under is less about length and style, and all about the colour. Balayage is the go-to technique, and it is versatile to suit any hair colour – from chocolate brown to light and bright blondes.
America is a big place, which means that there’s more than one hair trend that’s going to blow up in 2019. One of them is the glass-hair trend, which is originally from South Korea and is all about achieving a smooth, shiny and polished look.
Another biggie is going to be elevated box braids. Whether it’s winding them with string or ribbon, or maybe adding charms and other accessories, this trend is all about the details. We’re feeling it.
DOES BRUSHING YOUR HAIR REALLY MAKE IT GROW, OR IS IT JUST ANOTHER OLD AGE BEAUTY MYTH?
Somewhere along the way, we agreed that brushing your hair a 100 strokes a night would keep it healthy and growing long. But does brushing your hair really make it grow? While this myth is about as lovely and real as Santa Claus, there are some legit ways to make your hair grow longer and faster.
We’re in an era where we are leaving some old beauty myths behind. While our grandmothers and mothers believed in shampooing often and brushing hair vigorously for a healthier look, we now know another reason your hair isn’t growing any longer.
You might be brushing it too often and too aggressively. Not being gentle on your scalp or hair strands while brushing can lead to thinner hair, or even worse- hair loss.
That’s the opposite of what you’re going for, right?
The two main ingredients if you will, for when you’re deciding on the right brush for you is either a nylon/boar bristle brush or the classic 100% boar bristle brush.
The nylon/boar bristle is better for those of you with thicker hair texture when you want to give your scalp a tingle with the tips of your bristles as the nylon has strength to it.
Whereas the 100% boar bristle is the good old all-rounder that works on all hair types and also gently distributes the natural oils evenly.
Check out our top 10 list of what our clients ask us that we will help you for your next brush investment.
The 5 Best Brushes For Fine Hair
The 5 Best Brushes For Damaged Hair
Our image of beautiful Kerryn with Anthony brushing her hair on set was a complete BTS moment and we couldn’t of even planned this at the conception of our VOGUE shoot.
It’s crazy how something some this innocent became the finished result, so thank you Bonnie for snapping away while Anthony was brushing Kerryn’s hair……..it’s an epic shot.
On that note we may add that the brush used here was a Mason Pearson Handy size 100% boar bristle.
We retail all the Mason Pearson ranges and colours which you can also find www.sydneysalonsupplies.com.au/mason-pearson.html if you cant get to us in person.
Have a wonderful Christmas and well-earned New Year’s break RAW fans and many heartfelt thank you’s to the fantastic 2018 you gave us we really do appreciate.
Cheers to 2019 and to investing in the right bristles for your hair strands to have a healthy longevity.
The RAW team x
HOT SUMMER HAIR SERUMS
You know the poor innocent serum does still get a bad rap doesn’t it!
But if you use it properly your hair strands won’t look oily or dirty which,
we know can happen at some time when hair styling.
We’re big fans of using a serum and our clients are too but why?
Here’s our top do’s & dont’s for when your using this liquid gem in a
* Always apply your serum on damp hair strands and then blow dry in.
By doing this the serum and the other styling products you’re layering the
hair with, will absorb far better than on dry hair.
The serum in this case will never make your strands appear oily nor dirty
and will dry…………….which is key.
* Squeeze a few drops into your palms and then lightly work them through
your mid lengths and ends then finally the root area ‘if’ needed.
If you feel you need a few drops more because of the density of your hair,
then squeeze a few more drops and re apply.
But always think twice here before you take the plunge.
* For unruly course/curly/frizzy hair strands, a serum will be your always
be your bestie for the Summer months ahead.
Blow drying on damp hair with your serum applied will always give an end
result of mega high voltage shine factor.
* Never apply directly onto the root area as this will be the sure sign your
just got caught in a rain down pour.
* Be mindful when investing in a serum that you can test it before, so you’re
not wasting your hard-earned bucks.
Keep in mind that the heavier the oil, the oilier it may appear which will
also weigh down your hair strands quicker.
* For those of you with finer strands just keep in mind to go easy when
applying your serum and don’t be heavy handed.
Remember less is more.
Have a wonderful Christmas and New Years RAW fans and also the biggest thank
you for your support for 2018 we really appreciate your ongoing loyalty.
Can’t wait to see you on the other side and look out for our January issue
of VOGUE for our next campaign.
WHO LET THE WIG OUT OF THE BAG?
We have to confess it was us and guilty as charged but, we bet you couldn’t have guessed that our model featured is sporting one, did you?
It’s good right?
In this month’s VOGUE campaign, we wanted to voice that its totally a-ok to slip on a wig if your heart desires.
Be it a night out, a formal occasion, drinks with the girls, or as simple as going to the mall there’s really a “no access area” at the end of the day so this is your time to explore the beauty world of wigs.
The reason why we popped this #LaceWig on our beautiful international model is that, Mili has fine long dark hair and we wanted to change her look completely.
Check out her website if you don’t believe us. https://www.imgmodels.com/mili/london/development/portfolio
We may note that before the shoot date one week before this #HumanHairWig was 100% brown and long, so we gave the unit (another name for wig) a honey blonde balayage colour application and razored it to precision, gave the mid lengths a twirl with a #GHD flat iron so the end result had a RAW undone cool vibe to it.
Wigs can look absolutely natural which when done right………. looks beautiful.
Our main aim with this month’s campaign is purely to say and show you that you shouldn’t be afraid to try a wig.
If celebrities and models are sporting these on red carpets, tv interviews, and fashion events well why can’t we?
You may not notice to the untrained eye but, do you think Jennifer Lawrence, Taylor Swift, Cate Blanchett, Emma Stone, Heidi Klum and the list goes on and on about how these stars have needed that extra longer length because they may have a sharp jawline bob existing? Or maybe adding a little extra thickness on the sides above the ears for volume?
Or dare I say adding a fun fringe piece to change your look up for the night?
Have we opened your eyes wide open yet with the secrets on how celebrities and models trick us?
We’re going to finish off by saying that when you go to the wig shop make sure you do/ask the below pointers and enjoy the new you in the making.
Have a great month RAW fans and feel free to ask us any questions about the new you in the making.
Celebrity stylist Anthony Nader has tended to the locks of pretty much every star you can imagine. In fact, he is so used to dealing with five-star clientele the last time I was in his award-winning Sydney salon RAW we had a conversation that went something like this …
“Wow. That girl was super pretty,” I said, staring after a client who had just left the salon.
“Yes, she so was,” responded Anthony, before asking a salon assistant if she was a regular.
“No,” said the assistant, blinking hard.
If I remember correctly the assistant’s got a little high-pitched right about this moment here. Which made both Anthony and I pause briefly. But then he looked at me and I looked at him and we shrugged at each other before he said “No idea who she is.”
To which I rather cleverly responded, “She totes pretty though eh?”
And then we got right back to whatever it was we were talking about before I spotted this undeniably beautiful woman. Which was probably our families or some random beauty industry tittle tattle or how much Sydney property is these days.
Look, I admit it. It’s not a traffic-stopping story in and of itself, but it does prove a point – and an important one. Anthony Nader is a world-famous, celebrity stylist who doesn’t much care for fame and glory. The fact is if you’re famous he’ll treat you exactly how he treats everyone else. That is – with respect and kindness and dead professional hair advice.
And he should probably get some kind of award for that frankly, but the industry doesn’t really work like that. Which is a shame. But there you go. Anyway – guy is talented and a decent human being too. Plus, he can help you find the stylist you’ve always dreamed of and in doing so, ensure you get the hairstyle of your dreams.
And here’s how you do that … you ready?
“There’s one simple way to do this,” says Anthony.
“One very simple way that I have always believed in and I swear by today even after close to 30 years in this business. And it is … word of mouth. Ask your friends, your family, anyone who has hair that you love.
“If you see someone on the street and you love their hair ask them who cuts it, who colours it, who styles it. Don’t ever be afraid to ask that million dollar question “Who does your hair”?”
Once you discover this magical salon book yourself in for an appointment just to talk ideas. Correct. Tell the salon staff you want to come in and talk to their stylists about what sort of work they do and also, get their ideas as to what they they think will work for you.
Take a reference or two (tear out a page of a magazine or screen shot a style you love) and be honest with the stylists you speak with about why it appeals to so much. Listen (that’s a big one!) LISTEN to what said stylist then tells you. And be prepared to consider a style that’s similar to if not the exact one you had in mind.
A good stylist will be able to interpret the style you love and be honest about whether it will work for you or not.
“It may not be a good cut for you even if Beyonce or J-Lo has it,” says Anthony.