Hair for all sea­sons

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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

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