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Change In Colour Trends That Will Occur Next Season

Franks, Head Colourist, Blue Tit Peckham, Predicts The Change In Colour Trends That Will Occur Next Season, Inspired By Fashion Week Spring/ Summer 18

True Grit

Pink returns – again – for Spring/Summer 18, but this time it's lost all girly connotations and has taken on a grittier hue and grungier vibe. It's a trend that started with Alexander Wang's SS18 show, where models' hair was turned a murky shade of violet-pink, that was a far cry from the sweet, pastel and icy pink shades of previous seasons and is anything but girly. This unique hue of pink was created backstage at the Wang show by using an unique layering technique.

Hair was bleached to create a neutral foundation, which was, crucially, then dyed grey – the key to creating that dirtier tone of pink – before being layered with a rose coloured tint, and finally finished with a mauvey-pink colour. The end result is a smokey-pink shade that has lots of different tones, with plenty of depth and movement to it. This new version pink is a raw, grown-up shade, that is both edgy and understatedly sexy – think Kate Moss in the Nineties – and it should be worn with a textured, effortless cut and plenty of attitude.

Bronze Age

There was a noticeable shift at the Spring/Summer 18 shows, from what is typically a season of blonde locks to what is set to be a season of much darker styles. Led by Marni, Balmain and Versace, there was a definite lean towards monotone chocolate-box shades, which is unusual for the warmer season. My standout shade of brunette was at Moschino, where model of the moment Kaia Gerber opened the show with a short sassy Nineties' crop cut, tinted a shimmering shade of bronze. Continuing the trend for all things Nineties, the colour was the same all-over reddy-brown shade that became huge in the Nineties, thanks to the likes of Linda Evangelista. It's a deeply refreshing alternative to the sunkissed styles and Balayage techniques we usually see becoming so popular over summer.

Gerber's style looked so perfectly monotone and so artificially glossy because it was just that – the model wore a wig to achieve this look – but for a similar effect on real hair, go for a rich mahogany brown all over, picking a colour that is full of natural warmth. To recreate the Moschino effect, stick to a single shade, and be sure to follow up with a shine-boosting treatment, to promote a glossy finish, as well as colour-extending styling products to retain and enhance the depth of the tint.

Think Ink

Following 2017's summer romance with neon shades, Versace's AW17 show made sure that highlighter hues of orange and yellow clung on to the limelight for yet another season. This season, however, we're saying goodbye to those luminous chunks of colour and welcoming a far moodier vibe. If highlighter pens were the colour reference of last season, this season it's all about the fountain pen and the inky blue hues it produces. Backstage at the Fendi SS18 show, Sam McKnight turned models' hair various shades of petrol blue, ink and forest green, applying the colour to just the front section of the hair, in what has been labeled by beauty editors as ‘petrol bangs'.

Again, it's surprising to see such dark shades so prominent at Spring/Summer shows, but it's a change in direction that is both welcome and inspiring. For a bold way to wear these inky hues, try out Blue Tit's latest colouring technique, Prisma. Haphazard colour placement creates an end result that is full of vivid deconstructed colours and distorted patterns; it's a bold and daring way to try out this colourful trend. For clients who are nervous about colour change, extensions are a great alternative way to add extreme colour, without compromising the integrity of the hair. Clip them in the front section of the hair only, to replicate the Fendi look.

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