Gird your loins, lockdown 2.0 is imminent. But, we’ve been here before, we know the ropes and we’re better prepared this time round (sort of). Hopefully we’ll be back out the other side in less than a month, but if you’ve managed to grab a last minute appointment with your hair stylist, these are the low-maintenance hair colours that last beautifully and can see you through weeks (months, even) without needing a top-up. Handy, if you end up joining the back of the queue back into the salon in December.
There’s no denying that platinum strands make a statement, but, it’s one of the trickiest shades to hide root regrowth. So if you’re a mousy blonde or a brunette, make like Pixie Lott and pare the colour back towards a more natural shade that’ll give you longevity. Undone blonde is the answer. Created by Harriet Muldoon at Larry King in South Kensington, “the look was inspired by Rachel from Friends,” she told GLAMOUR. “We wanted the hair to look super healthy so the ‘undone blonde’ look I created for Pixie was all about hair health and wellbeing. This colour is a chance for blondes to embrace some darker more natural shades. The ‘undone blonde’ colour job is the perfect balance of being able to try something new without it being permanent.”
Tortoiseshell hair is the new spin on balayage (which as we know, is one of the prettiest low maintenance hair colour trends out there). The main difference is the colour palette, which pulls out the same warm mahogany, amber and caramel shades as those speckled through tortoiseshell specs, rather than the more traditional golden or champagne highlights that balayage is known for. The final detail? A high gloss lacquered finish to really seal the deal.
It’s not quite blonde, it’s not quite brunette; it’s somewhere (really pretty) in between. Bronde is the best of both hair colour that’s heavy on glamorous golden tones to give the wow factor of blonde, but cleverly disguises darker roots. “The key to achieving this colour is to have lots of your natural base colour showing through,” says Siobhan Jones, Colour Ambassador at Headmasters. Then, speak to your colourist about achieving the most flattering mix of tones for you. “They can recommend the tones that suit your eye and skin tone while looking at the natural depth of your brunette or dark blonde,” explains Siobhan. “It’s a low maintenance colour so it’s perfect for anyone who is a little colour shy or not able to get to the salon very often.”
Your shade but better
Post (the first) lockdown, lots of people headed back to their roots, quite literally. After experimenting with cherry, pink and orangina coloured hair over quarantine, Dua Lipa returned to her native deep chocolate. And Khloe Kardashian traded in the platinum blonde she’s been rocking for the past year for a deep brunette. The key is to opt for a shade that’s close to your natural colour, but with a little extra oomf. If you’re brunette, go for a shade that’s rich, luxurious and offers plenty of depth. Then, make sure you keep up with masking for a luxe-looking glossy shine.
A colour technique that basically frames your face in a golden-hour glow, 24/7. Ring-lighting, involves placing strategic highlights just where you need them in a halo around your head. “Halo lightening is a technique that lightens around the face but is also used around the hairline, the sides of the head and at the nape of the neck, providing brightness around the face even when the hair is tied up,” explains pro hair stylist and Editorial Ambassador for L’Oreal Professionnel, Adam Reed. Because the highlights are placed so subtly with no harsh edges, they blend into hair seamlessly and can grow out with no upkeep.
If the other trends all seem waaaaaaay to sensible (especially when we’re not in the office and therefore have free reign to do what we like with our hair), there’s always the brights. Mood-boosting neons or pastels that buck safety in place of for something more rebellious and experimental. The good news is, if it’s one all-over colour, you can play around with these shades yourself at home (like a load of the celebs did over last lockdown). For something non-committal, opt for wash-out colours that fade over a few weeks, like Lime Crime’s Unicorn Hair Tints (£14.50).
If you fall somewhere in between something classic and something fun, peekaboo colour is the trend for you. It’s business up top, party underneath. Hailing from TikTok, the mash up colour trend features gorgeous natural tones on top and a hidden pop of colour revealed with just one swish.