Thursday, 11 August 2011

Hair Colour 101 latest hair fashion

Shaking things up with a dash of colour on your hair needn't be a walk into the wilderness. We spoke with Vogue Beauty Awards, Best Hair Colourist Winner Kanta Motwani, to help us make the best out of a hair colouring session.



"Like a rainbow that brightens up a gloomy sky, the right hair color can brighten up your look," says Motwani. "It can infuse life into otherwise dull looking hair."

Colour choice
Your skin tone and hair texture are the main determinants of the hair colour that will suit you. In addition, your hair stylist can factor in your lifestyle to pick an appropriate shade for your hair.

Guide to high lights
Highlights are used to accentuate your base color by putting in multiple tones that complement it. Just like a highlighter stands in contrast to your page, the highlights in your hair, draw immediate attention to your style and cut.

Dark hair colors are complimented by shades of coffee, chestnut, mahogany and walnut. On gray hair, one over all color can look severe. A few highlights thrown into the mix will soften the overall look.

Lowdown on low lights
On hair with a lighter base shade, adding darker streaks of color is called low lighting. Low lights give an illusion of more volume, definition and movement and work well for fine hair.

Things to do before a hair coloring session
Begin by consulting a professional colorist. If there is a particular colour you are looking for, take a picture along with you as a reference.

"A good idea is to check what colours of clothes suit you best and get you the most compliments." advices Motwani. "If bright and vibrant coloured clothes look good on you, then shades of reds or coppers will work very well on your hair. If you prefer subtle pastels and cool tones then go with light browns, caramels or soft shades of blondes to stay in your comfort zone."

Long lasting colour
Always use hair products meant for color treated hair. A good pH balance is essential to help make your colour stay longer. Use scarves or hats in the sun and leave in conditioning spray to protect your hair from chlorinated water. Vogue.in recommends L'Oreal Professional Vitamino Colour Shampoo and Conditioner.

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