Master Hair Colourist and founder of Medulla & Co.
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.