Beauty Without Fuss

Tuesday 27 April 2010

My Hair!

It's that time of year again, when my hair just absolutely gets on my wick.  I've not had it cut since last December, and my last colour was a (slight) disaster's how it looks at the moment:

Don't get me wrong, it's perfectly good hair, it's in good condition, it's long, it's healthy, the colour (finally) is okay.  It's just ... dull.  And shapeless.  It just kind of hangs around, getting in my way, and I spend half my time with it tied back, just to keep it out of my way.

So, this week, I'm heading to the hairdresser to get it changed up a bit.  What do you think I should do with it?  First person to mention pink mohican (yes, Seona, I'm looking at you), gets a filthy look, but serious suggestions are welcome!  I decided, however to consult some experts on what this seasons trends are.  Some of them I've replicated below:

“Spring colour uses a palette of apricot, honey and vanilla tones. These suit paler complexions and fairer hair. For the brunettes, rich russets and caramels peak through natural chocolate tones. For summer, blondes have paler violet tones and bright platinum streaks. Some vivid shades of copper or magenta may be placed in strategic areas of interest to be on show or peek-a-boo colour. Darker hair is sun streaked using a technique called sun blushing. It is taking highlights a couple of shades lighter than your natural colour subtly under your parting to minimize any re-growth. This is a very popular technique in our salons especially as the credit crunch means frequency between visits may be lessening.”- Gina Conway, Ambassador of Hairdressing, Aveda Lifestyle Salon & Spa, Wimbledon and Fulham
“This spring/summer sees colour become more natural yet playful. The inspiration for these looks are from Marc by Marc Jacobs’s S/S10 runway collection, which is full of brightly coloured bows. Colour is softly progressing from autumn/winter through to spring/summer 2010. The rich hues of deep coppers have infused to coral peaches like an expensive piece of fabric. Keeping the root area natural or richer and working mutational soft tones through the mid lengths and ends. If you have naturally wavy or curly hair a great technique is to colour each individual curl as they naturally fall, this is a brilliant way to add definition. It’s all about creating texture but still keeping the colour shiny and well conditioned. For shorter styles keep the colour sold and richer if darker think cacao meets espresso, if your lighter keep your blonde locks in fab condition; high shine is the key.  Remember your hair colour is an accessory so make sure it enhances your eyes and skin tone and makes you look amazing.”

- Amanda Dicker, Artistic Director, The Chapel, L’Oreal

“There are three main colour trends for S/S10, these are:
1. For ‘Notice Me Individuals’ colour takes on a bold experimental edge with splashes of intense colour from Geranium Red to 24 Carat Gold Blonde in hidden obvious sections contrasting with a muted all over tone.
2. The ‘Soft Touch’ is where hair is coloured in pretty shades of woven strands mimicking a sun kissed effect on a darker shades as well as lighter shades.
3. Our glamorous ‘Sensual Silhouettes’ is where hair colour resembles the Hollywood starlets from the past and of course the present. All over shades of one colour, whether blonde or brunette, are gorgeous.”

-  AJ Blackadder, Technical Director, Andrew Barton Salon

 “Rich chocolate is in for s/s, along with copper, rusts, and strawberry blondes - really rich multi dimensional shades are back. Caramel blondes, strong chestnuts, shades with a lot more warmth in are key.  Lavender slices underneath a blonde give the element of movement that is so essential this season. The emphasis is on multi tones especially for blondes and coppers - at least 3 or 4 shades, but keep to the same tone so it's not a huge contrast - so no more than 2 levels difference between the three colours and stick within same shade, e.g. red copper, copper gold and rich copper. We're moving away from bright light white blondes so really look for gold shades and depth.”
- Brett Walker, Manager and Head Colourist, Michael Barnes Salon

“For spring/summer it’s all about blondes and rich chocolates. The colours are quite natural and full of warm tones, the blondes are leaning more to baby blondes with pastel highlights while the browns are very rich and luxurious with caramels running through. Although there is a big wave of rich deep Ribena purples making a come back, the sun will reflect these reds beautifully, the purples are more for the younger clientele.”
- Tracey Devine, Salon Director, Angels

Do you change you hair with the seasons?  Do you follow hair trends?  And finally my hair, HALP!


  1. I wouldnt say I go against hair trends, I just dont really pay attention to them. Then again my hair looks crap at the moment, so I suppose I'm in no position to give advice ;D

  2. I loved this article and i loved reading about the ' Darker hair is sun streaked using a technique called sun blushing'. I want to google that and see examples. I don't follow trends at all. I know that for about 3 years, I have a fringe and I really miss it when it's not there. You are lucky not to need a fringe, as your hairline is very neatly defined and you dont have this mess of fuzzy baby hair like I do. I share a similar problem: my last haircut (other than my fringe trimming disaster 2 months ago) was on christmas's eve, which coincides with the last time I home coloured it too. I wish I could give you advice on what haircut to have, but I am in search of ideas myself. What I will advise is that hair which is too feathered and thinned out on the layers will make you look very intidy if, by any chance, you have thick hair like me. Just stand on the cautious side, a wrong and too fancy haircut will do a disaster to your self esteem (even though it's only hair after all) and we know too well the disastrous knock effects of a shattered self confidence. (Ooops I am supposed to be encouraging here, and here am I depressing everybody lol)

    Looking forward to your hair pictures from the salon :)
    You're ace x

    I want more holidays and greece posts lol :)will you be zuneting again?

  3. Hi Liloo... I am actually from the Gina Conway team... Sunblushing is brilliant as it doesnt leave regrowth and can look really natural... Normally we put it through the ends of the hair from about mid way down to leave you looking like a new you but still keeping your original colour... Visit us at to see when we are open and when you can visit us! x

  4. I am so over ashen tones as a heavily foiled & base 10 natural palest blonde -base only tinted with 10 & 30vol because of the greys & whites !I just popped a semi of Goldwell's 8 Gold to warm up the revolting bleached sections that were white I popped on the 8G for 3 mins & what a difference never again with the ash .


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