Let’s Go Next Level Natural

With precious salon access limited over the past year, we’re not alone in planning colours which are designed to grow out subtly…

We haven’t seen our colourists for months on end. Many of us have only managed to one colour appointment in 12 months! With all this time indoors, it’s really given us the opportunity to let our natural hair take hold – whether that’s letting greys come through unchecked, or perennial blondes realising they don’t mind their naturally darker hues after all. What we want is our own natural colour, dialled up a notch. What we want… is next-level natural colour.

Image credit: French Balayage from L’Oréal Professionnel Paris

“Think of this trend as a filter for your hair; it’s your own colour but much, much better,” agrees Brian McCallum, owner of Roar Hair and Beauty. For blondes, it means a scattering of babylights throughout the top and front of the hair – “maintenance will be minimal, perfect for when you want people to question whether their hair is coloured or not!” – and brunettes should ask for a tonal glossing services alongside a cut and blow-dry.


“Having essentially been forced into a colour detox with salons closed, we’ve noticed clients want a look that appears effortless at all times,” says F&M Hairdressing creative director, Kevin Paul Finnell. “Bronde shades are a celebrity favourite and have never gone out of style. It’s a lot lower maintenance, and perfect for those who can’t decide whether to go light or dark. It’s a good way to introduce you to colour and is also much kinder to the hair than a full head of bleach.” Turns out celebs are just like us after all!

Image Credit: Grey Blending from Wella Professionals

For those who have taken this as an opportunity to go grey gracefully, help is also at hand. Suzie McGill, international artistic director at Rainbow Room International, points to low-level colour services to start with, such as highlights or babylights, along with toners to get their desired grey hue. “You might find your natural hair colour to be a lot duller in appearance due to it lacking pigment. Toners, as well as treatments in the salon, are great services to keep hair looking healthy and the colour glossy and vibrant,” she adds.

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