Have a taste of the latest food-inspired colour trend – Ginger Beer
For A/W19 we’re seeing a lot of warm, autumnal reds and coppers which have been aptly nicknamed Ginger Beer. Slightly smoky, with brighter flashes, it’s a look that is able to be infinitely personalised. Ask Jordanna Cobella – her Cobella Contour look takes the same warm hues and creates a face-flattering placement for maximum YES. We hit her up for the secrets behind making this look work for everyone…
“This is my favourite time of year as I’m not afraid of warm shades, particularly for anyone with blue eyes!” she says, referring to the autumnal colour palette which has come in strong for A/W19.
“As colourists, we all know that warm tones are much more achievable than the coolest ash. But don’t be fooled because there are some warm tones that require the same amount of lifting to truly reveal the tonality. For me, those tones are terracotta, burnt sienna, haze glaze and muted copper, as they contain an element of coolness within them. It’s these tones that really pop the most when sitting on a lighter base as the tonal quality is exposed beautifully.
“Luckily for us, there are heaps of different lifting agents if pre-lightening isn’t an option. I normally introduce warm shades with low commitment colour glosses for tones such as ginger beer, melted toffee, baked clay, mocha mousse and vintage copper. Once the client feels comfortable with the warmth and develops a taste for it, I will move on to stronger demi colour washes and use stronger shades for richer coppers, bronze reds, pumpkin spice, and sandstone with a slightly higher peroxide strength. These shades require a higher level of upkeep and some basic education, so easing them into it works best.
“In terms of placement, I am a huge fan of varying levels of depth and multi tonal colours, so I tend to have at least three different mixtures. I often opt for paint a soft shadow root and keep the hairline one or two shades lighter for the contrast of light and dark. The latest trend of the ‘Money Piece’ lightness at the front can be so effective for the wow factor. You can vary the thickness of the section for either a subtle finish, or a stronger nod to the ’90s.
“For a marbled effect, I paint in the same fashion as a balayage. Working in the classic V shape, I merge both colours at the bottom of the V and feather up the two different tones. This gives dimension but softness with no demarcations. For mid-length to shorter hair, I love creating the illusion of thickness by taking the depth half a shade to one shade darker than the rest of the head to create the shadow.”
Delicious – we’re thirsting for a new colour just thinking about it…