How to wear metal­lic hair


INmy opin­ion, the best way to have an in­formed opin­ion about some­thing is to try it out for your­self. So in the name of re­search, I signed up for metal­lic hair. (I’ve had turquoise hair – out-there colour doesn’t scare me!) Me­tal­head I have a strong red un­der­tone, so my hair was look­ing pretty brassy and orange. Plus, it was dry and lacked shine. She­lene Shaer, owner of Joburg-based sa­lon Tanaz Hair Body & Nails sug­gested I go for a sil­very shade of lilac. Since pur­ple is on the op­po­site end of the colour spec­trum, it would help neu­tralise the brassi­ness in my hair. It worked a treat: the lilac killed about 70% of the orange, which was great.

Grey hair isn’t upon me just yet, but She­lene says this in-sa­lon colour treat­ment is ideal for women who want to start em­brac­ing their nat­u­ral grey­ness or ease into it, all while stay­ing on trend.

‘If you’re go­ing to grow out your grey, you need to fig­ure out a plan,’ says She­lene. ‘The best thing to do is to con­vert your solid tint into

streaks. The same goes for our younger clien­tele, who are go­ing grey as a fash­ion state­ment: this is the quick­est and safest way we can get them to sil­ver with­out caus­ing dam­age.’

Peo­ple want more nat­u­ral op­tions when it comes to hair colour, says She­lene.

‘You can look nat­u­ral, and still beau­ti­ful and on trend, whether you’re in your twen­ties or in your nineties.’

‘Metal­lic colours and pas­tel tones seem to work for every­one,’ says She­lene. ‘Greys and sil­vers are the most wearable of the me­tallics as it cools colour down. Some­one who’s gone com­pletely grey told me she feels as if she’s been set free. She doesn’t have to go to the sa­lon every six weeks to touch up her roots any longer – she goes be­cause she wants to.’

The shade used on my hair was called 22 Hi-Lilac, an iri­des­cent hue best for neu­tral­is­ing yel­low. This Ma­jirel L’Oréal Pro­fes­sion­nel range has five colours: 11 Sil­ver Star – Deep Ash, for a pas­tel-toned grey look or an on-trend ash colour; 12 Crys­tal Ash – Ash Iri­des­cent, for a fash­ion­able re­sult with a so­phis­ti­cated iri­des­cent blend; 13 Ash Gold – Ash Golden, for a shim­mery cham­pagne blonde; 21 Pink Ash, for a soft, iri­des­cent pink; and 22 Hi-Lilac.

She­lene’s must-have prod­uct for win­ter: oil

‘It helps with dry­ness and frizz. L’Oréal’s Pro­fes­sion­nel Mythic Oil is light­weight and colour­less. Warm it up by putting a few drops in your palm and ap­ply to mid-lengths af­ter blow-dry­ing.’ Fill an old eye­drop­per bot­tle with hair oil to keep in your hand­bag. It’s great for when you need a quick ap­pli­ca­tion.

Bits and bobs

‘This win­ter, women want short bobs and soft-look­ing fringes in­spired by the ’70s,’ says She­lene. ‘Just grow out pieces of your fringe un­til it’s long enough to give you a “cur­tain fringe”. And it has ben­e­fits: if you wash just your fringe, your style will look good, even if the rest of your hair is dirty.’

Mak­ing waves

‘Beachy waves are not only for the warmer months,’ says She­lene. ‘Dead-straight hair is over. The dif­fer­ence this time is to not make the waves look overly styled, and to work with the hair’s nat­u­ral curl, if it has one. If you don’t have a curl­ing wand or heated tool, twist your towel-dried hair into Princess Leia buns on either side of your head, se­cure with pins, then go to sleep.’ By morn­ing you should have soft waves.

TOP TIP: Use a cream to style waves rather than a prod­uct with a hard, sticky tex­ture. It will tame frizz, soften the look and add vol­ume and shine.

I’ve been us­ing these prod­ucts by L’Oréal Pro­fes­sion­nel to look af­ter the style, colour and con­di­tion of my hair:

1. L’Oréal Pro­fes­sion­nel Serie Ex­pert Glyc­erol Nutri­fier Masque, R330 2. L’Oréal Pro­fes­sion­nel Serie Ex­pert Color 10 in 1 Spray Per­fecteur Multi us­age, R330 3. L’Oréal Pro­fes­sion­nel Tech­niArt Hol­ly­wood Waves, Siren Waves Defin­ing Elasto Cream, R325 4....

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