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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

Combining hints of chocolate and lilac, the glossy style is everywhere right now.

Mary-Jane Wiltsher

Mary-Jane Wiltsher

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.

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.

"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.

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