We reckon it’s about that time of year when the feeling of ‘new year, new me’ has officially worn off and you’re in need of a pick-me-up. They say that change is as good as a holiday, so why not switch things up? And why not start with a new hair colour? Especially when the hair trends in 2019 are so fun and flattering.
Updating your hair colour can make a world of difference to how you feel, not to mention take years off your face when done correctly. However, a DIY dye job has the potential to go pear-shaped fast, so we recommend leaving it to the professionals.
A trip to the salon isn’t always as simple as making an appointment and showing up with unwashed hair. The colour process can get complicated; depending on the condition of your hair, how much pigment is already in your strands, and how extreme the makeover will be.
We caught up with L’Oreal Professionnel’s Canadian Ambassador and L’Oreal Colour Trophy 2018 judge Guylaine Martel to find out exactly what you need to know for your next hair colour consultation and what colour trends to look out for in 2019…
Thinking about updating your look with hair trends from 2019? Here’s what you should know about getting a new hair colour:
Choose the right colour for your features as well as your pocket
Don’t believe everything you see on Instagram. A colour treatment isn’t always a quick and easy process. Generally speaking, your stylist will use products that remove artificial pigments out of the hair first, then proceed with caution to the next step: lightening.
The number of sessions you require will depend on how many layers of dark pigment your stylist needs to work through. If you are short on time, or your budget is tight, your stylist could recommend a quicker colour technique that will perk up your hair colour without breaking the bank. Just make sure you consult your stylist (who knows your hair) and not the internet.
Before you pick a colour, there are a few risks you need to know about:
- During the consultation, your stylist should be upfront about any potential outcomes that could be caused by the development phases required to achieve your desired colour.
- You should receive a written quote outlining the price and how many sessions you will need.
- Keep in mind that taking hair from dark brown to blonde is always healthier when done on virgin hair using the correct colour procedures and technical colour mixing ratios.
- Hair that has already been altered chemically is always risky; but if it is done slowly, lifting dark to blonde can be done in a healthy way.
Once you achieve the desired result, you’ll need to come up with a routine for upkeep:
- Before you leave the salon, purchase the recommended products as a good home care routine is vital in order to keep your hair in optimal condition. Your hair stylist will be able to tell you what your hair needs or recommend more affordable alternatives.
- Be sure to book in-salon treatments at least once a month to help maintain hair fibre strength.
- Your stylist will also be able to advise on the best colour touch-up technique; for example, T-panel or hairline tints, or even baby lights for balayage. The frequency of these touch ups will depend on how fast your hair grows.
Hair colour trends for 2019:
Solid Global Colours
Probably the easiest of the bunch, this technique involves a straight-forward, solid colour that’s applied all over your head. A solid colour, which would usually match your skin tone, is most commonly used to cover greys or to refresh a natural hair colour.
It’s the natural evolution of colour techniques like ombre and balayage. Colour melting involves blending your highlights in with your base colour so flawlessly that you don’t know where one colour begins and where the other ends. Multiple shades are used to create the effect, and the technique could even make the most vivid pastel shades look like they just grew out of your head naturally. No more unsightly stripes of colour.
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It’s been trending for a few seasons and it shows no sign of disappearing any time soon. If you struggle to tell the difference between balayage and ombre, you’re not alone.
Balayage is a highlighting technique: the hair stylist will free-hand the highlighting process, often painting in verticle strokes, to create a more gradual transition from root to tip. The finished look is more natural, and the upkeep is a lot easier as it only requires a touch up once every few months.
If ‘lived-in’ colour is what you’re after, this may just be the dye job for you. Dark roots are given an opportunity to shine here as the stylist blends colour into your hair while leaving your roots untouched. Dye is applied in long strokes to create a gradual, shadow-like transition.
If you’re rocking hair colour that is nowhere close to your own, your stylist will most likely choose a darker tone for your roots and blend it out with lighter shades. The benefit of this colour technique is that it is low maintenance which means it’s easier on your pocket. It also allows you to look fabulous while growing out your natural hair colour.