Move over, ombre! There’s a new hair colour trend in town, and it goes by the name “babylights.”
Babylights are reminiscent of the soft, sunkissed strands that graced your hair as a child. To achieve this look, pair finely woven highlights with handpainted pieces for a dimensional, yet subtle glow around the face and ends.
As the name may infer, Babylights have the ability to add a hint of youth to your overall appearance.“Never doubt the power of a few face framing highlights.” Babylights are particularly low maintenance, and can be done on all hair types, making it a great choice for almost anyone.
The key with this hair colour trend is to find the delicate balance between placement and natural colour graduation. Unlike the ombré technique, bold and high contrasting root to end colours with lines of demarcation are not the goal.
We recommend asking for microhighlighting in small sections framing your face and around the crown of your head, and using the baylayage technique through the mids and ends to keep the final look as natural looking as possible.
COLOUR OF THE YEAR: MARSALA
According to Pantone, an expert colour company, 2015’s Colour of the Year is Marsala – a robust and earthy wine red. Elegant and multifaceted, Marsala can act as a bold statement colour or complementary tone for many of the browns and reds.
AUBERGINE HAIR COLOUR
Aubergine appears on the very violet spectrum of your wine reds. Its deep plum and dark red hues resemble that of a young, full-bodied wine.
This hair colour trend is extremely versatile and can look great on all skin tones. For cooler complexions, focus on your purple, eggplant hues; for warmer skin tones, add a few brownish-red colours to ensure skin does not appear yellow or sallow.
MERLOT HAIR COLOUR
Much like the wine, Merlot is a rich red color with subtle hints of cherry and cocoa.
This vibrant shade contains equal parts violet and red, and much like Aubergine, can be easily modified to suit all skin tones.
In 2015, you’ll find all over colours to be a rarity – most everyone is looking for a little pop or dimension. That being said, Merlot is the perfect color pairing for brown-based reds, and can be used as a deep lowlight or in slices to create beautifully dimensional redheads, which are also on very on trend.
ROSE GOLD TONES
Rose gold isn’t just for blondes, though lightening is usually required!
These gorgeous pinkish copper tones can be accomplished on almost all hair colours. However, in order to achieve this highly sought after hair colour trend, you will need to be pre-lightened or naturally blonde. Be sure to request extra time for your booking!
RICH BRUNETTES WITH CARAMEL HIGHLIGHTS
It’s a classic, but a rich chocolate brown hair color with caramel highlights is a great choice for brunette clients who crave dimension without commitment.
SOFT COPPER WITH GOLD ACCENTS
Copper hues are trending for all almost hair colours this season.
Whether you’re formulating for apricot blondes, spicy reds, or dimensional brunettes, copper tones are the perfect partner for hair colors with a golden hue. This hair color trend is best suited for netural to warm complexions with gold, peach or yellow undertones.
Remember when you just wanted to cover your greys? For Hair Stylists and clients alike, pesky silver strands were once considered enemy number one.
However, in 2015, showing off silver hair will be anything but unacceptable for clients of all ages.
Blending silvers with blonde is a striking combination, but never doubt the beauty of a front-facing silver streak paired with a dark brown base.
On one of the end spectrum, silver can be used subtly to create an overall natural look, but to adapt this colour for you edgier folks, we'd use blue-based colours to achieve an all over fashion colour.
GRAY HAIR COLOUR TREND
Quite possibly the perfect colour accessory for Silver Fox, dark grey and charcoal hair colors will continue to trend upward this season.
Last year, platinum blonde was one of the most popular hair color trends with celebrities like Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence opting to join the light side.
We predict 2015 hair colour trends will continue to see a rise in platinum blondes locks for those that weren’t quite ready in previous years.
While platinum blonde in the 90’s was distinguished by golden undertones (we’re looking at you, Justin Timberlake), 2015’s platinum is more modern and chic. Consult with your stylist on a plan to achieve this beautifully cool hue and do not skip out on the blue shampoo!
In recent years, we’ve seen a rise in demand for fun and flirty pastel hair colours like bubblegum pink and lavender.
Expect matte pastels to take on a lustrous life of their own with a new focus on shiny, metallic finishes. For strands to reflect these shimmery tones, hair must be kept as healthy as possible. Since nearly all pastel hair colours require a lifting process, protein and moisture treatments will be a necessary component of this trend.