Hair for all seasons
With the change of seasons comes the inevitable desire to update our look. Autumn and spring are the two seasons we are most likely to act on this desire.
When it comes to revamps, whether wardrobe or hair, each has a significant effect on the other.
In autumn, traditionally women gravitate to more warmth and depth in their hair colour while spring signifies change to lighter, cooler tones.
Likewise with clothing, richer, dominant colours prevail in winter while pastels and vibrancy dominate summer. In general, women alternate between two hairstyles across a lifetime to which they constantly return. Some choose length over colour and, for the more adventurous, both.
When a style really complements your look and self expression, it remains timeless and on trend regardless of fashion or age. Choose which asset will dominate, hair or wardrobe, and let the make-up provide the finishing touches. Remember, hair is the clothing you never take off.
If hair and wardrobe must compete for centre stage, ensure the personality is bigger to carry it with conviction. When bringing hair into the equation, unless you plan to revamp completely, it pays to consider your wardrobe palette prior to radical change in hair colour, ensuring a well-executed look head-to-toe.
In fashion, the phrase often bandied about is ‘‘less is more’’ and it is definitely true when it comes to hair colour. Technique plays a bigger part these days than ever before, creating texture within an overall colour with weaves, slices, splices and balliage without the need for hair to be tortured within an inch of its life or blow the budget for the sake of fashion.
So what’s big in 2012? Colours for this season’s wardrobe are mustard, raspberry, red and terracotta. Now, these colours are not for everyone, so it is worth remembering the huge impact foundation colours play when combined with seasonal shades.
For example, mustard will look more striking colourblocked with black, with charcoal grey more balanced and with chocolate brown softer and warmer. Because we have such strong dominant colours in the wardrobe, the hair this season is represented by more natural colours, relying instead on texture to create more impact, with curls, braids, twists, low-slung ponytails or sharp textured cuts with soft subtle tonal variation. Hair is looking more dishevelled or undone to create a more effortless kind of style.
For those who love blonde, consider beige, gold and champagne tones to create an overall warmer effect. A few weaves of contrasting tone can add longevity to your colour by disguising dark or grey regrowth for longer, thus creating a more authentic look.
For subtle low maintenance, consider balliage – from the French term ‘balayage’ – which means sweeping the hair with a colour brush in a freestyle manner down the hair shaft creating sun- kissed highlights, emulating natural sun lightening on longer tresses.
Splices (abstract chunks) or slices ( uniform sections) are great for adding drama to a well-defined cut in light or dark colours. The key to great hair colour is to build from one season to the next with additional shades where needed, therefore always looking on trend whatever the season.
Paula Birnie is a hair and wardrobe stylist who lives in Titahi Bay. For more information about hair, make-up and wardrobe styling go to wagsclub.wordpress.com