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.
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!
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.