A change is as good as a rest – and switch­ing up your hair colour is just the ticket. The UK’S top colourists share their hottest shades for spring

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Spring has sprung, so give your bar­net a boost

Truth bomb: there are few things in life guar­an­teed to make you feel good, bar, say, a bang-on-the-money Gemma Collins meme and play­ing with pup­pies. But TOWIE alumni and baby an­i­mals aside, there are some other safe bets you can rely on to perk you up, start­ing with giv­ing your hair a colour boost. In fact, Not­ting­ham Trent Univer­sity re­search proved that women ex­pe­ri­ence a gen­uine in­crease in con­fi­dence af­ter dy­ing their hair. No won­der, then, that so many of us are do­ing it. As a na­tion, we’re top of the colour leagues. Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent study by Garnier, 64% of UK women have coloured their hair in the past two years, com­pared with 61% in the US and 55% in France. ‘We’ve no­ticed a def­i­nite rise in de­mand,’ says Sarah Brass, direc­tor at Lon­don sa­lon Taylor Taylor. ‘Par­tic­u­larly when the sea­son changes; the UK has al­ways been a leader in fash­ion, and that trans­lates to hair, too.’ ‘Colour can have a pro­found effect on your sense of well­be­ing, es­pe­cially dur­ing pe­ri­ods of tran­si­tion, like the ar­rival of spring,’ adds psychologist Gill Thack­ray. ‘It makes sense to up­date rich win­try hues with light shades that mir­ror spring’s sense of new be­gin­nings.’ While the idea of rein­vent­ing your style for the new sea­son might not be new, to­day, the tech behind it is. Thanks to in­no­va­tive pre-colour bond­ing treatments such as Taylor Taylor’s Olaplex and L’oréal Professionnel’s Smart­bond, it’s never been eas­ier to change your shade while en­sur­ing your hair re­mains in op­ti­mum con­di­tion. ‘Olaplex re­pairs the disul­fide sul­fur bonds that are bro­ken when you colour your hair,’ says Brass. ‘Th­ese bonds are the ones that give hair elas­tic­ity and strength, so with Olaplex, colour­ing can im­prove the con­di­tion of the hair and help it be­come more re­sis­tant to break­age.’ Win. So, with hair dam­age a thing of the past, now’s the time to embrace the dye and switch up that colour.


The eas­i­est way to re­boot blonde locks? Put them on ice. Metal­lic blonde is hav­ing a mo­ment, so the eas­i­est up­date if you’re al­ready blonde is to add a lit­tle plat­inum to your cur­rent warmer in­car­na­tion. But if you’re look­ing to go lighter, celebrity hair stylist Daniel Galvin Jr sug­gests you do it in stages to pre­vent your hair be­ing dam­aged by the bleach. He rec­om­mends his tal­iage tech­nique, a method whereby colour is ap­plied in sec­tions to hair around the face. ‘Weave in sub­tle tones and never go more than three shades lighter,’ ad­vises Galvin. ‘As for colour, warm blon­des should add cold sil­very tones, brunettes should try golds and bronzes, while red­heads can opt for either. This will cre­ate a translu­cency that beau­ti­fully re­flects the light, plus bright­en­ing in stages will mimic the pro­gres­sive nat­u­ral light­en­ing of the hair by the sun.’ Think of it as cre­at­ing a per­ma­nent halo around your head – an­gelic be­hav­iour not re­quired.


With 43% of Bri­tish women sport­ing brown hair, brunettes are lead­ing the way in the UK. Ac­cord­ing to Her­sh­esons ex­pert colourist Mi­tra Mir­lashari, this sea­son’s go-to shade for the dark-haired crowd is choco­late brown with added honey ac­cents. ‘It’s the jux­ta­po­si­tion of light and dark that adds di­men­sion and def­i­ni­tion and tran­si­tions brunettes into spring,’ she says. Bal­ayage re­mains the most pop­u­lar way to do this – with over 10 mil­lion #bal­ayage posts on In­sta­gram, what more proof do you need? For those un­fa­mil­iar with the trend, place­ment is piv­otal. One over­all colour is ditched in favour of sweeps of lighter tones through the ends of your hair, ac­cen­tu­ated by the warm brown be­neath. But for those who aren’t al­ready brunette, the look can still work, says Mir­lashari. ‘Ask your colourist to dye your locks choco­late brown and pro­tect the lighter parts with foil.’


Ac­cord­ing to colour trend fore­cast­ers Pantone, we are em­brac­ing colour like never be­fore as a means of self­ex­pres­sion and ex­plo­ration. Along with the tried-and-tested spring­time faves, more vi­brant

colours and ex­per­i­men­tal hues are gar­ner­ing at­ten­tion this sea­son. ‘Chilli red is a deeper earthy red that’s wear­able and can be adapted to suit most com­plex­ions,’ says Lau­ren Wat­son, se­nior colourist at Win­dle & Moodie. While blaz­ing shades might be fresh and un­ex­pected, they’ll also push your con­fi­dence bound­aries. If you’re not ready to go full Ri­hanna circa 2010, but like the idea of adding a lit­tle spice to your mane, try drop­ping in mi­cro­lights of chilli in­stead. ‘Mi­cro­lights are a sub­tler ver­sion of a high­light,’ ex­plains Wat­son. ‘They’re spo­rad­i­cally placed and fewer in num­ber; yet add an ex­tra di­men­sion to the hair.’ Per­fect, then, if you just want to be kissed, rather than full-on snogged, by fire…


Sil­ver-grey is set to be the huge colour trend this spring. ‘Al­though it’s viewed as an age­ing colour, it is, in fact, the to­tal op­po­site,’ says Lisa White­man, colourist and founder of White­man Soho. ‘It’s a shade that suits most skin tones.’ But while the end re­sult might wow, it’s not ex­actly the gen­tlest makeover you could give your hair. Ex­pect to bleach your locks to pale blonde be­fore ton­ing down to achieve the per­fect sil­ver-grey that’ll need re­touch­ing every six to eight weeks. It’s a high-main­te­nance hue, so White­man sug­gests that you fol­low up with deep­con­di­tion­ing treatments once a week to keep it look­ing healthy. The main­te­nance is to­tally worth it, though. ‘You’ll be pleas­antly sur­prised by the way grey re­flects the light and how ver­sa­tile the shade is when it comes to spring out­fit choices,’ White­man adds. The mes­sage? Ded­i­ca­tion pays off.

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