Dusty brights are the new rainbow hair

Rainbow hair is all grown up; saturated shades are evolving into something more subtle – meet the dusty bright hair colour trend.

Grunge is back, and with a pretty twist. The poster girl of this hue is model Stella Lucia, who wore a Rose Quartz shade in a sea of neutrals at Alexander Wang S/S18, thanks to Redken global color creative director, Josh Wood. “It was always going to be a pink, but moving to something grungier,” he says.

Schwarzkopf Professional’s colour ambassador, Lesley Jennison, co-created the new Schwarzkopf Professional Dusted Rouge colours. “For 2018 I see a trend for a more vintage tone of red,” she explains. “It uses reds, coppers and violets but in muted tones.” Sean Nolan, head of technical at HOB Salons, believes that just because these new shades are slightly more subdued doesn’t mean they have any less impact. “This is the hair world’s answer to long-wear matte lipstick; bold colour without the shiny topcoat.”

Siobhan Jones, Headmasters colour ambassador, recommends mixing up L’Oréal Professionnel #colorfulhair to create a custom colour. “The idea of dusty does not necessarily mean darker,” she says. “A really great way to achieve this is by selecting a neutralising tone, and intermixing this with your colour of choice.”


And these frosted colours are bang on-trend, says Jason Hogan, associate colourist at Josh Wood Colour: “My favourites from Pantone’s colour palette for 2018 are Ash Rose, Almost Mauve and Pink Lavender – they work so organically with a cool skin tone.”

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