When I turned 25 in April, I made a resolution to be bolder with my sartorial choices. Shorter hemlines, higher heels; you only live once and I want my style to reflect that! One style change I have always wanted to make (but never felt brave enough to commit to) was to colour my dark brunette hair lighter. I decided I was ready to take the plunge and contacted the team at Headmasters to see if they could assist with my transformation. They kindly obliged, and last week I found myself at their Mayfair address in the extremely talented hands of Colour Director Siobhan Jones. Continue reading after the jump to see how my new look was achieved...
When I saw that Gemma Arterton (my beauty idol) had coloured her hair an exquisite auburn/ copper hue last year, I decided I wanted to emulate the look. Looking at Gemma’s shade, Colour Director Siobhan told me that whilst it would be possible to lift the colour of my hair, it might take a few appointments to achieve the exact auburn hue I craved. Having frequently home coloured my locks, Siobhan could see red tones in my hair left by residue dye that could be ‘lifted’ out to help the process along. She recommended a ‘gentle cleanse’ to do this; a treatement that involves a mild bleach solution being rubbed through lengths of hair to gently lift out the lightest possible shade.
|The customary before picture. Sorry about the gormless expression.|
After this step, it was time for Siobhan to blow dry my hair to see my post-treatment colour. I’m not sure why, but I wasn’t convinced this part of the process would show a noticeable difference. So I was surprised (and excited!) to find my colour had lifted to a burnished hue that could almost be described as auburn.
|Siobhan applies the 'shimmers' to my hair|
Next, it was time to apply the colour. During my consultation I mentioned to Siobhan that I liked the current trend for subtle ombre hair. Siobhan explained that the ‘Super-natural’ look is a big colour trend and key focus at Headmasters for SS13. To achieve this effect on my hair she recommended glossing the roots with a shade close to my natural colour (I already have some grey hairs so unfortunately this is necessary step) and painting a lighter golden hue on the tips.
To create a completely natural look Siobhan’s final recommendation was to add super-fine copper ‘shimmers’ through the top layer of my hair. Like a highlight, foils are used to create this effect but unlike a highlight shimmers only add a subtle hint of colour that can only be seen upon catching the light.
|Waiting for the colour to do it's work|
When it came to blow dry my hair, I was beyond excited to see the final look. But I don’t think I anticipated just how much I would love the outcome. The hue is perfect and I love the different tones that appear in different lights. You know that post-hair salon feeling where you look in shop windows, parked cars and just about any reflective surface to check out your new look? Well a week on I’m still doing it (sorry fellow Londoners). It's a truly freeing feeling to be completely happy with my hair for once.
|A side profile that really shows off the ombre'd tips|
|With the super-talented Siobhan|
A huge LFF thank you goes to to Siobhan and the team at Headmasters for an amazing experience. x
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