Ray of bright

Paddy McDougallPAINTER, art director at Rainbow Room International’s George Square salon and It List It Guy finalist, shares some of his favourite recent colour work from his chair

“An eye catching neon orange hacked Chelsea crop that was bleached and pre-toned before an intense neon shade being put on. This look is really where it’s at this season, it’s individual and has extra added edge with this neon orange. To create a strength, I took a rough fringe section which I kept longer before taking everything, particularly at the crown shorter. I wanted the texture to have a hacked feel, as if she could of done it herself. In terms of colour choice I used an orange but inter mixed with pink to create the this luminosity”
“During the summer months, shades of coppery red have become huge and these colours add warmth to clients’ complexions and provide the hair with a gorgeous shine. This colour looks great paired with a bob, another super on-trend cut this season, particularly block bobs with sharp angles that have a slight bend to them, which create a more polished look. It’s always hard to keep these shades looking fresh so it’s a great idea to retail a direct colour gloss your client can use once a week to keep the shine and vibrancy. This will also stop any temptations they have to revert to home dye to top their colour up”
“Pastel pinks and metallic hues, such as this rose gold, have been popular for a couple of years now… and are here to stay! These shades suit most skin tones and look great when styled with waves, giving the look movement and volume and an undeniably chic finish. I really love this shade, and it’s great way to update blonde locks for summer. I also like to use rose gold shades on dark hair. Although it produces a subtle sheen, it does create shine. If clients need their hair lightened prior to creating this metallic hue, I always use Schwarzkopf Professional Fibreplex to keep the hair in its best condition and I handpaint the colour on to create a couture colour blend for the client”
“Ultraviolet is this year’s Pantone Colour of the Year and shades of lavender, lilac and Cadbury purple have been seen all over the catwalks, including at JW Anderson, Chloe and Mulberry. Lavender shades work great for blondes and darker, richer purples are brilliant for brunettes. I used Schwarzkopf BlondME to create this clean, soft lilac on my client. I inter-mixed silver and lilac, using three solutions of the same tones while playing with the ratio of each to create an iridescence in the final look”
“I loved creating this fierce rose pink colour. I pre-toned to neutralise yellow after lightening, before intermixing a strong pink with white to create a tailor-made shade. This is a very romantic colour while also being very dramatic and bold. It can be tailored to all clients to suit their individual complexion, hair type and texture and can really help transform their style. It’s such a flexible shade as it’s easy to get in and out of the hair and creates different tones when it fades. This trend can be made low maintenance for clients but they can opt for a colour update on a weekly basis if they want to keep it looking strong. If clients don’t want this as an all over colour, it also looks great when panelled through the hair. You can also create a smoky effect with this shade, where you have the colour stronger at the roots and more faded towards the end”
“For this we wanted to have warmth without crossing over to brassy! Step one: dark ash blonde for five minutes then a combination of light copper and a light golden brown straight over the top for a further 10 minutes. For me that’s what it’s all about – neutralising the brassiness first by pre-toning with a strong ash before seeking to deposit your main tone. I think again silver shampoo can be great for these clients also to use at home”


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