Subtle shade changes for fresh hair
In the mood for switching up your locks but don't want to do anything drastic? By changing the shade of your hair, you could make a real different to your appearance without regretting a dramatic cut which will take AGES to grow out.
Subtlety is key though - you want someone to use the classic line, 'You look different... but I can't put my finger on how.' They'll probably run through a long list, including 'New foundation?' and the cliché, 'Have you lost weight?'
When it comes to choosing your new colour, it's safe to stick within one to three shades of your natural shade - pale skinned beauties steer clear of dark shades and warmer tones avoid anything cold/ash based.
Jonathan Long, Colour Advisor at Clairol's Nice 'N Easy, has shared his expertise on how to approach the alteration. He begins with advice for blondes and how they should go about opting for a new look.
"If you’re naturally blonde, I’d recommend going for a cooler shade for summer to mix it up. A blonde colour switch up doesn’t have to be dramatic, I still believe that it is still good to generally adhere to the two-three shades rule for lightening," he explained to Cover Media.
He adds that while blondes may find it trickier than brunettes to get a natural colour, a way to avoid your tresses looking overly dyed is by adding different colour dimensions and layering tones to break things up.
Brunettes will find it easier to make changes at home as there isn't the risk of bleach going wrong. Whereas blondes will be going cooler, browns in a warmer shade will look a lot more appealing in the springtime and summer sun.
Highlights are a good option too as they're not as severe as covering your whole head.
"The sun kissed look is on trend right now and shows no sign of fading away," Jonathan added.
To make an understated difference which stands out, you want to go for shades slightly lighter than your base - after all, you don't want a head full of stripes.
Another aspect to take into account when determining your transformation is your face shape, as Jonathan explains.
"If you have a round face, people may pay more attention to its shape, so if you’re a blonde, lighter hair shades can attract a closer focus than black or brown hair shades. Highlights with a mix of dark and light blends can also take the focus and distract from a round face," he shared.
Those with fine hair should try to avoid going any lighter, as it can make locks look even thinner.
Styles and cuts also come into play once your colour has changed, with the hair expert warning against framing with a fringe or feathering if you have a plump face.