This summer, all eyes will be firmly on Rio for the Olympic games, but it’s the beautiful Brazilian girls’ hair colour that’s caught my gaze. I’ve just returned from my client Ana Beatriz Barros beautiful wedding and while I was there I was struck by how so many of the Brazilian supermodels have beautiful, healthy, done-but-not-done colour. This super natural, barely there colour is the new suit all shade – just as make-up has moved past contouring to non-touring, and Kate Moss is creating her favourite nude lip colours for Rimmel, barely there hair is the new colour to covet. Balayage is the perfect way to lighten up for a super natural summer look while keeping the hair lovely and healthy – a key element in the Brazilian girl look. Healthy colour is so important – there’s nothing sexier than a shiny, natural shade, and Ana’s Balayage gives sun kissed ends with some brighter shades around the face, which work really well for the camera as well as in real life.” ‘Healthy’ really sums up the Brazilian poster girl – healthy, strong body, beautiful healthy luxurious hair. If you’re not quite there on the hair strength then I can’t recommend Viviscal Professional enough, it’s a simple food supplement to feed your hair and I’m seeing amazing results in my clients who have been using it for at least 3 months.
The business of colour has never had a more exciting opportunity. With the growth of balayage and more creative colour techniques; the best ever shade choices and formulas and an increasing demand for stunning locks, driven by social media, our salons should be booming.
Remember when salon colour menus were a thrilling list of full-head, half head, T-bar, block colour (someone wake me, I’m drifting off to sleep at the very thought of it!). You’d choose your tone (blonde, brunette or red for the adventurous!) from a shade chart and sit back and wait for the foils to kick in.
As I look back over the year it’s scattered with highlights (no pun intended!) It started with a bang with the launch of Jack Howard at Paul Edmonds, and what a brilliant collaboration it’s been. Working alongside such a caring talented man with a brilliant team where everyone has made me feel so welcome has just been fantastic.
The recent rise of the dandy has got to be a good thing for hairdressers and barbers because it brings with it a huge opening to up-sell products and hair colour to our male clientele.
From this season’s honey rose gold, to chic burnished coppers and the hottest hue du jour, ronze, redheads (or rather hints of red) are having a moment.