Calling all colour chameleons, the latest buzzword for locks is Ecaille.
As any hair dye diva knows, trends are constantly changing. If you want to stay ahead of the mane pack, then get on board with Ecaille – meaning tortoiseshell in French. Jack Howard at Paul Edmonds, the international hair colourist to the likes of Gillian Anderson, Poppy Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse, has given us his tips on the newest A-list colour trend.
“For some time now I’ve been noticing the evolution of Ombré and Balayage and of late I’ve been as bored by Ombré as much as I’ve tired of classic foils. So I’m excited to hear from California about the latest buzzword taking the states by storm; Ecaille,” Jack told Cover Media. “Consider Ecaille the moody sister to Ombré and Bronde. Golden lights are mixed with darker, richer caramel tones whilst incorporating shades of honey, amber, golden blonde and dark brown paired with gloss. We’re already seeing it on celebrities like Jessica Alba, Gisele Bündchen and Khloé Kardashian.”
Jack describes Ecaille as less dramatic than Ombré but a little braver than Bronde. It’s been seen in a variety of shades, meaning you can choose to add lighter honey tones or darker bases and golden strands. The colourist advises introducing hues that complement your skin tone and are only a few shades lighter or darker than your base colour.
“Ecaille has that ‘lived-in’ feel which I personally love so much but this technique is richer in shades to help create dimension for a fully 3D colour,” he explained. “To achieve this look I’m working with a variety of techniques including Babylights throughout for a gradual blended minimal look, and a face frame of Balayage around the front.”
Nicole Scherzinger is the latest star to embrace this look. Naturally a brunette, Jack believes it was a daring decision for the singer – but insists the trend can work for most hair colours if you use the right tones.
“Nicole’s new look perfectly epitomises tortoiseshell. There’s always a risk going from a dark brunette to a lighter shade without any orange tones (which brunettes generally hate!) but this looks like some lovely Balayage with that wonderful strong yet soft highlight around the face,” he said. “This hits all the right buttons for the Ecaille trend with lots of tones and warmer rather than cool shades. Whatever you want to call the technique, I say it’s a hit!”