Colour Pop Hair Is The Beauty Trend You Need To Try
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With lockdown gradually ending, and life beginning to return to normal, many of us are thinking about how we can spruce up our look after a year rocking greasy up-dos, no makeup and trackies.
And when it comes to hair, there's one style which seems to be cropping up all over the internet.
Introducing Colour Pop Hair - the perfect way to make a statement as pubs reopen, and socialising resumes.
You might have seen it on Billie Eilish and Dua Lipa in the past, but colour pop hair has now firmly made it into the mainstream.
It's as simple as adding a block of bright colour to your hair, without dyeing your whole mane. Think of it as a patchwork effect, but for your tresses...
Speaking to Tyla about the new hair-dye trend, Simone Thomas, founder of the multi-award winning Simone Thomas Salons, explains why she thinks it's having a moment.
"With our ever-changing society we are always trying break the norms and stand out as an individual. Having a pop of colour in your hair provides you with an "I have arrived" feeling," she says.
Meanwhile Stefan Bertin, hairstylist and ambassador of Shea Moisture, adds: "This style is great way to have a pop of colour without going full throttle.
"Not everybody wants their whole head of a hair to be a bright or intense colour so this is a fab compromise and introduction into that side of things."
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Simone says: "If we're getting down to the nitty gritty of how these pops of colour are put into the hair; a colourist will always look at the placement [first].
"This is a key part in the results as we need to look at what you are trying to achieve, whether you are wanting to be bold and have face framing pops or if you just want to achieve a softer look, and to see this through the movement in your hair.
"Colour and cut always go hand in hand. Layers cut into your hair can also make your pop more noticeable. We are seeing more of colour pop bangs now too."
She adds that in order to make the colours really stand out, those with light hair need to ask their hairdressers to push the part of their locks they want to add a 'pop' to the "lightest blonde" they can.
"Even if your hair is blonde, bleaching and toning may need to be done again, depending on your own blonde and the colour you are hoping to achieve," she says. "Red, pink and orange colours can sometimes be done without toning."
If you have dark your hair you don't have to miss out on the fun, though, it'll just take a bit longer to get there.
"For dark hair there are a few more steps involved," she says. "First being the bleaching process (on the area of hair you want to colour), which is often done in foils.
"Then once we've reached the desired blonde we tone your hair, [you need to] remove any unwanted warmth (like yellow or orange) if you are wanting any of those cool blue, purple or mint green colours".
When the dying is done, and you have a "clean canvas" to work with, it's finally time to add the bright patchwork to your locks.
"These colours are often in the form of a direct colour or a dye that actually stain the hairs cuticle, which is the outer layer of your hair. These direct dies or stainer colours normally last longer in the hair," Simone goes on.
"As amazing as these fashion colours are they are often not permanent and they will fade so the brighter you go the longer they will last.
"Home colour products are a must when looking to maintain the vibrant colour so you don't have to be going back to the salon every three weeks."
The hairdresser also advises staying away from heat, or if you must be exposed adding heat and UV protection into your regime.
If you can't get to the salon (perhaps because everyone eagerly beat you onto a waiting list about nine months ago) then Shea Moisture's Stefan says that it's still very much possible for some people to replicate the look at home.
Because of the lightening process involved in colour pop hair, those with darker tresses should avoid trying to attempt it without professional help, he says.
However, he adds that those who already have a light blonde base are free to experiment as they please.
"Your hair is already at the level of lightness that it needs to be, all you need to do is separate your chosen panel of hair, apply the semi permanent colour and wrap that panel in foil," he says.
"Leave it on for the amount of time described in the instructions and then either rinse or shampoo (following manufacturers instruction)."
We're into it. This look just elevated our post-lockdown glow-up big time.
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