Lilac Lovin’

Living Coral isn’t the only shade which will be trending for 2019

Each year Pinterest releases its list of the top 100 trends for the new year, based on stats from their avid pinning audience. For hair, lilac was declared to be the shade of the year, with searches for this particular hair colour up a whopping 1077 per cent in the past year.

TONI&GUY international technical education director, Jo O’Neill says, “As Pantone predicted, pastel hues are still popular. Last summer it was pastel pink. In 2019, Lilac will pave the way in terms of hair; giving a feeling of both power and elegance. This bold choice of tone transcends generations and genders and will offer the perfect transitional shade from winter to spring.”

Check out Jo’s step-by-step guide to achieving the perfect lilac shade.

Step 1
Take a crescent parting from mid recession through to the same point on the opposite side. From the recession, a dipped horseshoe is taken through the lower crown to the recession on the opposite side. From the top of the ear, a curved section is taken parallel to the horseshoe, through the occipital to the top of the ear on the other side. Using the colour Rose, work with a colour block application through the back perimeter section.


Step 2
In the section directly above, the colour Shaded Pink is applied to all the root area. Repeat this on the opposite side.


Step 3
A slice is then taken, and the hair is placed onto clear meche. Using the cheek bone as a visual guide for where the colour Rose will sit, apply the colour to the ends working up towards the Shaded Pink root. The next slice of hair is placed directly over the previous section, which will act as a guide for the root stretch application. Ensure the diffusion of colour is soft. Repeat this on the other side.


Step 4
Within the front side section, Shaded Pink is applied to the roots. The cheek bone is used as a visual guide for how long the root area should be. Next, Rose is worked onto the ends of the hair, working up to the Shaded Pink. Another slice is taken directly above the previous section, this will be the guide for the root stretch application. Repeat method of application of the opposite side.


Step 5
Moving onto the top right section, a slice is taken, and the colour Lilac is applied to the root area using the placement of the eyebrow as a guide. Next, Rose is applied to the ends and worked up to meet the Lilac root, tilting the brush on an angle to blush the colours together. This first section is the guide for the rest of the section. Repeat on the opposite side.


Step 6
In the front section, horizontal sections are taken. Lilac is applied to the roots and stretched out into the interior detail of Shaded Pink. The ends are coloured with Rose and the section is isolated with clear meche. The next slice is taken, and Lilac is applied to the roots. It is then stretched into Rose through the ends. These two methods of application are alternated throughout this section and on the opposite side.