Move over balayage, babylights, teasylights and foilyage, there’s a new colour trend in town and it will have you booking your next salon appointment ASAP! The great thing about this trend? It works with your existing hair colour and can be tailored to your own personal style. If you’ve ever wanted to try on a fashion shade but weren’t crazy about the placement or high maintenance aspect of it, the latest trend will bridge the gap between fantasy and reality.
Colour lights are a unique way of adding a fashion shade to the hair in a more trendy light. “I love to work with fast fashion shades with colour lights, this technique is perfect for the type of client who wants to try a trend but isn’t ready to fully commit to the upkeep or maintenance,” says COLOR.ME by KEVIN.MURPHY Design Director, Kate Reid. Think of it as swapping out your regular highlight hue for a fashion shade instead. The process is similar and with the right home care tips, prolonging the shade between appointments is a breeze. Keep reading to learn more about the trend and how to get the look!
THE PROCESS: Similar to creating highlights, colour lights involve the same process of foils and may require pre-lightening. According to Kate Reid, the colour lights trend and technique is about placing big ribbons of colour through the hair to achieve maximum tones without regrowth. To get the look, you’ll want to place the colour in a horizontal sectioning pattern working with big ribbons and broken slices.
THE UPKEEP: Based on the way colour lights are placed in the hair, you won't have to worry about lines of demarcation. As your colour grows out, it easily blends into your style. If you want to maintain a bright colour light, it is best to book an appointment with your stylist every 4-6 weeks for maintenance.
HOME CARE: A colour safe shampoo and conditioner is key to getting any shade to last. When it comes to colour lights, you’ll want to pick up a COLOURING.ANGELS treatment to keep your new style looking its best. For example, with this light pink shade Reid created on Aubrey, she suggests maintaining the look with AUTUMN.ANGEL to prolong the soft pink apricot tones. Whether your shade is warm or cool, lighter or deeper, you’ll want to pick up the COLOURING.ANGELS that is right for you – it adds gloss, shine and a hint of colour to your look.
Aubrey by Kate Reid @hairfashionstyler
AUTUMN.ANGEL – This COLOURING.ANGEL is best for warm shades like rose gold, apricot, strawberry blonde, and peach and can also be used with varying shades of pink.
COOL.ANGEL – Perfect for cool shades, you’ll want to reach for this if you’ve got lavender or blue hues of colour lights.
SUGARED.ANGEL – Have a thing for neutrals? This formula helps keep any signs of yellow at bay!
CRYSTAL.ANGEL – No matter what shade of colour lights you’ve picked, CRYSTAL.ANGEL can help keep your colour looking better, longer. By adding shine and gloss to your shade, you can think of it like a top-coat for your hair!