How to update your hair for spring

An example of the latest hair colouring trend: colour contouring designed to suit your individual face shape.

To avoid hair colouring disasters there are a few simple things to keep in mind. First and foremost, choose a hair stylist with a keen eye for colour and up to date with the latest techniques; this is a definite must. From there…

Hair contouring. Identifying your face shape with the help of your stylist and creating colour placement to enhance your best features is the hottest new colour trend. This follows the same principles as makeup contouring. Face shapes fall into a number of categories: oval shaped, which has the best balance and means you can get away with pretty much any hair colour or cut; and round, square, rectangular, diamond and triangular that can be balanced with the right cut and colour.

Brett Albury from Murphy Gozzard says of contouring: “We use lightness to accentuate features and darker colours next to areas of the face that you want to recede.”

Don’t wander too far away from your natural hair colour. The hair colour you were born with highlights your skin tone so don’t move too far away from it. Albury says: “If you have Scottish and Irish heritage you will have a natural red pigment to your hair. If you are European from places like Scandinavia and Germany your hair will have a blue base and from the Mediterranean golden tones.”

Brunettes: Miranda Kerr with her newly minted LOB (long bob) has the brunette prescription down pat with a few freehand highlights to give this cut texture. Try some burnt toffee tips on the ends of the hair. To keep coloured hair in peak condition try a tailored mask.

Blondes: look best with a mélange of vanilla, clotted cream and dark blonde highlights. Kate Moss captures this look perfectly. Keep blonde hair looking sharp with a dedicated silver shampoo.

Coppery tones: suit rose and alabaster skin tones with titian being a universally flattering hue. Use a colour preserving shampoo and conditioner to lock in colour as red is notorious for its fading.

The golden rule: Coloured hair is like “a fine silk shirt” says Albury. “If you over wash it, the colour will fade and look drab and dehydrated. This is because overwashing strips out colour and moisture.” So embrace dry shampoo and if you usually wash every day, go to every other day.

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