Mas­ter Hair Colourist and founder of Medulla & Co.

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Five min­utes with mas­ter hair colourist Luis Pacheco, plus star beauty in­gre­di­ents and more.

Which is your favourite hair colour trend for Fall 2016? Bold colour. We are highly in­flu­enced by so­cial me­dia and fil­ters. We are mim­ick­ing what we see on dig­i­tal screens in real life. Peo­ple want back­lit hair so we are mov­ing away from sub­tle high­lights and in­tro­duc­ing some­thing that’s more high con­trast, bolder than in re­cent years. It’s con­fi­dence. It’s not about try­ing to make your hair look like it did when you were a kid play­ing in the sun. It’s about own­ing your look and mak­ing a state­ment.

The pieces are big, not like the chunky high­lights of the late ’90s; it’s more nat­u­ral in shape. It’s more multi-toned but still muted at the root for easy main­te­nance.

This is hap­pen­ing in all shades: reds, blonds or browns. The evo­lu­tion of colour is at such a high speed, be­cause we are so heav­ily in­flu­enced by our dig­i­tal worlds that the spec­trum of hair colour has ex­panded beyond sim­ple tone-on­tone colour.

What are your tips for chang­ing your colour from a lighter shade to a darker one? Once you go darker, it’s re­ally hard on the hair to bring it back to lighter tones. I al­ways rec­om­mend stay­ing within two shades of your ex­ist­ing colour. And al­ways see a pro­fes­sional when mak­ing a big change. This isn’t some­thing peo­ple should try at home. There’s a science to fill­ing in colours to achieve the look you’re go­ing for. It can in­volve or­anges and greens and other un­ex­pected tones to get the foun­da­tion colour to where it needs to be, to achieve the change you’re look­ing for.

How can we main­tain healthy, nour­ished locks as the weather changes? In­vest in a sham­poo and con­di­tioner that is hy­drat­ing. Look for qual­ity prod­ucts that will pro­mote the health of your hair with­out dam­ag­ing, and un­nec­es­sary chem­i­cals like parabens. As the weather changes, you need to fo­cus on your hair’s hy­dra­tion, par­tic­u­larly go­ing into colder, drier en­vi­ron­ments. Switch to a dry hair sham­poo to help your hair make a seam­less tran­si­tion be­tween sea­sons. And don’t fight your hair’s nat­u­ral ten­dency; don’t be so se­vere in your styling — like con­stantly straight­en­ing curly hair, or con­stantly wav­ing straight hair. Let your hair ad­just to the weather change and re­mem­ber: Mois­ture is key com­ing out of sum­mer dam­age and into the dry heat, as fur­naces come on in the fall.

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