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Shine a light

Searching for a new colour technique to entice clients once salon doors reopen? Dylan Brittain, owner of Rainbow Room International George Square, shares all

Inspired by the natural glow and golden light of summer, ‘ring lighting’ is the latest hair colour technique to add depth and dimension to a client’s strands, while adding a gorgeous glow and warmth during the winter months. “As we  no longer have as much natural sunlight and the nights get darker earlier, this technique is a great way to replicate light by brightening the complexion and framing the face,” explains Dylan.

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Best created freehand, Dylan suggests following a halo like shape where colour is applied around the face to lighten and brighten areas in order to frame the face and make features, such as the eyes, really pop. Alternatively, the highlighting technique can also be placed more subtly at the sides of the head, and towards the back and nape of the neck, for a natural finish which has maximum impact when the hair is tied up. “The key is ensuring that the highlights are heavily focussed around the face. This technique is similar to balayage, but with more of a focus on the hair placement around the face and giving this a sun-kissed glow,” adds Dylan.

With more FaceTime and Zoom calls than ever before, this technique is particularly great for clients getting ready to go virtual for the 2020 party season, as the colour makes a statement whether the hair is worn up or down.

As well as being a must-have technique for brunettes and blondes, ‘ring lighting’ can also be incorporated into colour services for copper hair, as well as vivids and pastels, which is perfect for clients looking to go bright and bold with their colour choices.

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When it comes to maintenance, Dylan says: “It does require greater upkeep, as roots can look a lot more obvious on the lighter areas around the face. Traditional balayage can be left for a few months if looked after properly, but with this take on the trend clients will need to be back in the salon every one or two months to keep the colour looking its best.”

In between colour appointments, Dylan advises encouraging clients to use a  hair conditioning mask regularly, in order to keep the lighter pieces of the hair as strong and healthy as possible, and to protect the colour. It’s also good to encourage the use of a purple or violet shampoo once a week, as this will keep the blonde sections looking bright and free from brassiness.