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'Black Forest Gâteau' Is The Hair Colour That's All Over Instagram This Season

'Black Forest Gâteau' Is The Hair Colour That's All Over Instagram This Season

Goodbye pastel-toned summer festival dye jobs. Hello deep, autumnal berry tones.

Yep, a new season brings on changing appetites, wardrobes and... hair styles. This season, one 'do in particular is experiencing a purple reign - and we're naming it Black Forest Gâteau, after the delicious berry dessert.

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Combining hints of lilac and chocolate, this glossy purple balayage is rearing its (perfectly coiffed) head everywhere right now.

Small surprise given that A-listers are no stranger to the colourway - in the past we've seen celebrities ranging from Katie Perry and Demi Lovato to Justine Skye rock a purple 'do.

When it comes to this style, though, we're talking about a dark, subtly layered tone rather than something resembling a Cadbury's wrapper.

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"As we transition into the winter months, my clients ask for darker, richer colourways," says Declan Haworth, Colour Director for award-winning Blue Tit salons. "If you already have your hair lightened with balayage, it's really just a case of me popping a semi-permanent colour on top."

"I would say this colourway is between a mahogany, which contains more redness, and a burgundy, which has more of a lilac tone. Speak to your hairdresser about which combination of these shades would best suit your skin tone."

Next, the colour is artfully woven from the mid-lengths through to the ends, building for texture and tone.

"For a treatment like this, I would use our Hnectar line of products, which are super conditioning with the benefits of great, fresh colour," Declan explains.

"For aftercare, our silicone-free Oway colour protect range seals the cuticles, nourishes hair and locks in colour," he adds.

"We also have our HMelt drops - pure colour pigment which can be custom-mixed with a shampoo to match your balayage. These can then be taken home for prolonged colour care."


To style your purply balayage, try using big-barrel tongs to achieve loose, bold waves that really bring out the richness of the colour. Just remember to spritz colour-treated hair with a heat protectant ahead of heat styling.

The berry-toned style looks especially fierce teamed with black raw-edge denim, Matrix-inspired leathers (a major trend this season) and a pair of chunky DM-style boots.

*Cue Prince anthem and hair flipping.

Topics: Beauty, Life, Hair

Mary-Jane Wiltsher

Mary-Jane Wiltsher is a freelance lifestyle and culture journalist. Elsewhere she writes for Stylist, Euronews, PHOENIX and What We Seee.

 

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