Showing posts with label blondes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blondes. Show all posts

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Autumn Winter Trends 09

I'm sorry to say it but Autumn is gradually sneaking up on us, so to help keep your hair ahead of the game, I spoke to celebrity hairdresser, Richard Ward, to get his top tips for all hair types.


Richard says there’s a return to investment hair for Autumn Winter 09/10:

“Beautifully groomed hair is hot - well maintained, lustrous and super shiny, hair is smart and ultra-styled. Investment hair (like investment dressing) is key, but hair is Eco-Friendly; organic and naturally glamorous. Casually smart for day and dressed up for night, we’ve noticed that clients have ditched their credit crunch hair habits and are returning to key hair elements like they would wardrobe pieces; an expert versatile cut, long lasting styling and organic, couture colour are back!”

Short - Grown Out, No-Style glamour

As worn by: Winona Ryder

Last year’s crops have evolved - now they have their own identity as a look - grown-out, all over layers are worn long in the nape, tucked behind the ears, and
slicked back. Versatility is key - style them up or dress them down for a different, chameleon-esque take. Ultra textured, the soft, flexible cut can be styled with boyish glamour, or worn curled, waved or sleek, taking it’s inspiration from its 80’s retro roots and feel. It’s a multi-faceted cut; never boring and adaptable for day or evening.

Mid-length - Organic, Casual Glamour

As worn by: Alexa Chung, Katy Perry

Refined, textured and tapered long layers are key – hair has weight and volume around the baseline –straggly ends are a no-no. With an organic feel - hair is natural and pared down, pure and romantic. Its effortless glamour - styled but not over-styled, hair is shiny and natural. Grown-out or long fringes are shaped around the face for versatility and for simple daytime glamour. Dress it up with waves, curls and hair accessories for evening.

Long hair - High Polished Glamour

As worn by: Georgina Chapman, Amber Le Bon

The key to this look is glossy, natural and sophisticated; hair is healthy, lustrous and pure. Casual and natural during the day but dressed up with mermaid waves for evening, this is investment hair - grooming and effort is key. This isn’t the Big Hair look - this is more classically understated and chic - regular re-shapes (5 to 6 weeks), bi-weekly blow dries and conditioning treatments - are all de-rigueur to keep hair looking fabulous - this look is salon intensive.

Evening Looks

As worn by: Uma Thurman, Giselle

Red Carpet glamour is more sophisticated and understated again - chic and well-groomed, this is expertly achieved, investment styling. Movement is for mid-lengths and ends only - think Mermaid waves - or go for ultra -sleek , sultry chic. Subtly accessorise with crystal combs, pearls and grips; couture or on-off pieces for ultra chic. Achieve the look by incorporating extra length extensions into the nape to look natural and organic - subtlety is key.


As worn by: Vanessa Hudgens, Miley Cyrus

A key look for winter Red Carpets is the disconnected chignon. Classic, vintage chignons are worn classily and sleek at the nape, with the front worn loose and flowing to make hair look less severe - the result is a soft, effortlessly groomed look which works perfectly on any age and a style juxtaposition to look low key or high glamour.


Richard says, “Glossy, natural and pure, colour is rich and opulent. Investment colour - expensive looking, expert hair colour -which gives intense yet natural coverage gives hair an organic, purity of tone. Women have ditched their credit crunch disasters and appreciate the luxury of supremely applied colour - they won’t compromise and now want even more superior results”

Statement Blondes

As worn by: Kate Moss ,Paris Hilton

This is Not Ashamed to be Coloured Blonde - power blondes for 09/10 take their inspiration from the 80’s - blonde is bold; bright gold’s, champagne blondes, warm peachy tones and cinnamon beiges work as well as classic pearls and soft creams. This is shiny, expert conditioned blonde which illuminates features, and condition is key. Pure and clean, this blonde is defined and confidant.

Sandy Reds

As worn by: Julianne Moore, Lily Cole

Reds are high-depth this season, light and sparkling, they are sun-kissed and coppery in tone. These effervescent reds are unusually light for winter - natural looking and less overt, they are a more delicate take on the traditionally intense seasonal tones. Organic shades of russet, coral, peach, strawberry blondes, terracotta, saffron and honey, these warm-toned reds compliment pale skins and look natural and uncontrived. All over colour is key - colour is lavish and expertly applied.

Bronze Mid-tones

As worn by: Jennifer Anniston, Elle MacPherson

Mid-tones take their inspiration from the metallics of the catwalk. Colour has an all-over effect, whether it’s through intricate, multi-tonal highlights and lowlights or cascading Cento techniques, to the eye the colour is multi-faceted and glittering, with warmth and condition creating a glaze of colour. Light reflecting tones of praline, mocha, honey and caramel contrast with beiges, creams, apricot, almond and eggshell tones to create an overall glisten to the hair and a subtle sheen.

Super shiny Brunettes

As worn by: Megan Fox, Angeline Jolie

Well maintained, expertly conditioned and rich with intense colour molecules, brunettes reflect the light and shine as never before. Multi toned, striking all-over colour in shades of walnut, teak, sable, mink and tawny hues gives hair a fur-like sheen. Colour is luxurious and supremely applied, but glimmers with light catching pigments - rum, claret and brandy tones subtly glimmer through intense depths to give hair lustre and ultra shine and a natural looking, organic feel.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Blonde Ambition

As Summer is starting to edge ever closer in the UK, I thought it was about time to talk blonde...blondes represent about 70% of the colour service in salons and it is always as the sun starts to come out, that people want their hair to reflect this. If you're thinking about doing the same, or just want the latest update to your already blonde hair then read on...

I had a word with the UK's top hairdressers to get their tips on what is big for blondes in 2009.

“Always a popular colour for spring/summer, not surprisingly this season we will see an emphasis on blondes. However, there will be a definite move away from last season’s grey silver slate blondes and a move towards vanilla, champagne and milk white tones through to sand, cinnamon and sandalwood shades. Embracing a cleaner palette, blondes will be brighter and more eye-catching. The emphasis is on a clean, pure result with translucent, dazzling colour. Working to complement fashion trends for spring/summer 09, more creative work will see blondes infused with accents of soft pastel tones merged together for a seamless result. With a big nod to the 80’s and a kaleidoscope of colours dominating the catwalks, build interest by using pastel tones such as rose, dusty lilac and lemon to enhance blondes.”Christel Lundqvist, Head Technical Educator for hob salons & academy

“Blondes this year are taking two directions. Firstly, strong ash blondes of an all over nature are very on trend; looking clean and shiny is the key to wearing it well, but it’s a look best kept to pale, creamy complexions and if the natural hair is not too dark as seen on Agyness Deyn. Warmer tones are also out there working it, the soft thread-like highlighted look similar to that of Jennifer Aniston and Kylie is so subtle and subdued, it almost looks like the sun has slightly bleached out the hair, but still has that warmth of tone. Stay away from heavy highlights and mixed tones this year, monotone hair is the vibe for 2009.”
Tracey Devine for Angels, Aberdeen

"Blondes are spanning from cool and icy to rich caramels and honey blondes for 2009. Eyelash skimming purdey fringes will be any hair fashionista’s must have, especially worn with a prism of colour, although towards the midsummer the fringe will raise slightly to midway on the forehead making way for a new edge to any length haircut. I love Agyness Deyn’s cut and colour; for 2009 she has modified her crop beautifully to a short cute flapper style length bob and added the 'new' fringe.”
Rae Palmer, Southern Hairdresser of the Year

“I love blondes and the challenges of making them look either very glamorous or very natural. Bleach and tints are such a great combination as the results can be breathtaking. Pale pearl may be the fashionista’s first choice, but beach blondes will still enjoy their moment in the sun, Jennifer Aniston guarantees that. Her hair looked gorgeous at The Oscars and she has a hit movie out, therefore honey, gold and caramel blends will be big.”
Steven Goldsworthy for Goldsworthy’s, Swindon

“The Spring ‘09 feeling is all about the sheer nuances of dimensional color and tones to achieve a softer, more natural effect. How we achieve this is with tonality - we are looking for more sheer tonality rather than definite dimension. For blondes, we see different takes on highlights. It's a more 'lived in' and organic highlight versus an obvious streak. It's almost like if you look at a piece of toffee and you see the swirls of color. We are hand-painting and artistically placing lightener with a bevelled sponge applicator away from the scalp rather than on. We are adding subtle sheer tonality to blondes - whether it is a strawberry or a honey tone that gives a more shimmery sheer lustre to the hair. We are also seeing a commitment to a softer side of ash which is always popular, for a more demure, quiet blonde.”Linda Yodice - Global Artistic Director for Paul Mitchell Professional Colour

“We’ll be seeing a whole lot of what I call ‘girlie girl’ walking around this season which is lightweight, almost product free hair, nearly flyaway in texture. The hair does have movement and root lift but there’s a focus on almost chunky layer free hair cuts. Gwyneth Paltrow’s bob is the shining example of where a bob should be at to be totally on trend now, it has a very strong outline with the product free effortlessness of this summer’s look. Colour this spring/summer is all about the dusty blonde, a soft sandy almost matt blonde with a mussy texture.”
Lisa Shepherd, Lisa Shepherd Salons

“This season is all about the gorgeous and groomed look with a super glossy expensive looking finish whether straight or curly with colour all about enhanced natural tones in vibrant solid shades. Long hair will fall in face framing layers and fringes will be wide, deep and heavy. Shorter classic shapes will be strong but feminine, with bobs given edgy texture and a tailored look.”
Anya Dellicompagni and Michelle Thomson, Francesco Group

“Blondes will be warmer this season so platinum blondes will be shot through with apricots, golds, honey and biscuit tones. Curls will be bang on trend…the bigger the better! Make sure those curls are worked on, teased and back combed to give them as much texture and movement as possible. Sophisticated updos are also great this season with buns and sleek knots giving that ‘just off the runway’ look.”
Clive Johnston, Clive Alexander