Crown­ing glory

Does your heart jump ev­ery time you see Katy Perry’s ‘shock and awe’ hair? While her hair drama yearns for the pre­fix ‘melo’, we bring you some hues that will notch up the dra­ma­tique ef­fects of your tresses.

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The first step to get­ting a dra­matic hair colour makeover is to ask your­self one sim­ple but im­por­tant ques­tion. “What are my ex­pec­ta­tions?” Are you aim­ing for a younger look, fol­low­ing the sea­son’s trends or just want a change? Once you know the an­swer, and have a colourist who echoes your sen­ti­ments, you are on the roll!

The colour

Dra­matic hair is that which makes your hair come alive with strate­gi­cally placed high­lights and low­lights that de­fine your hair­cut and ac­cen­tu­ate your com­plex­ion per­fectly. “The go-to colours for this Au­tumn/Win­ter sea­son are rich and deep tones such as choco­late brown, ma­hogany, auburn, bur­gundy and vi­o­let,” says Swati Gupta,

SP In­dia Mas­ter Alchemist. Jewel reds have al­ways been a favourite for cre­at­ing dra­matic high­lights and are sure to make an im­pact this year as well. Savio John Pereira, Hair Am­bas­sador, Sch­warzkopf Pro­fes­sional rec­om­mends blonde tones 9.5 se­ries (pas­tel blonde), 12 se­ries for fair com­plex­ion and L-57 (gold cop­per), L-77 (cop­per) and L-89 (red vi­o­let) se­ries for darker com­plex­ions from the Sch­warzkopf Pro­fes­sional Igora Royal range. The foun­da­tion for a per­fect look hap­pens to be the right hair­cut. As the first step, Savio rec­om­mends a cut that goes with one’s face shape and then cre­at­ing drama around it. “You can have some blonde pan­els peep­ing through your cut or some over­all blonde high­lights. Colour has to com­ple­ment your skin tone. Darker skin tones can opt for bright red and cop­per pan­els/high­lights,” he adds.

Place it right

Those with longer lengths can add drama by cut­ting bangs and then colour­ing them in up to two shades lighter than the rest of the hair colour. Swati also rec­om­mends the om­bre tech­nique that fea­tures darker, more nat­u­ral hues at the roots with grad­u­al­ly­dyed light­en­ing at the ends. “Well-placed high­lights in vari­a­tions of red and brown, cop­per and red, and brown and cop­per also work great,” she says. Swati says, “Bright and bold colours such as red, pink, blue and ash help to cre­ate a lot of drama. Th­ese can be placed at the end of the length of the hair or even on the fringe to make a state­ment.” Savio rec­om­mends place­ment high­lights for those who do not want to colour all over. “It is ac­cord­ing to per­sonal choice. If a par­tic­u­lar sec­tion within the hair­cut needs to be en­hanced, place­ment colour comes into pic­ture,” he says.

While crown­ing your tresses with dra­matic colour, us­ing too many clash­ing colours in your look should be avoided. Choose wisely. You do not want to team a blue dress with an elec­tric blue mane lest you’re aim­ing for ‘shock’ mi­nus the ‘awe.’ Bal­ance red high­lights with muted pas­tels or beiges in out­fits. On the other hand, you can match your ac­ces­sories with your hair colour, or even choose to con­trast them; no fear if you want to sport a neon hand­bag with an ash blonde pixie cut.

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