Natural tones to try this autumn
With summer coming to an end, salon guests are often looking to make blonde hair richer or go a bit darker for autumn. Colin Caruso, Artistic Director of Professional Hair Color, tells us why The New Naturals from the color XG®, are the perfect shades for fall.
The autumn season kicks off with the launch of The New Naturals from the color XG®. What can stylists expect from these exciting new shades?
The New Naturals are soft and rich, and come in three new shades. The Brown Ash gives a cooler result without looking flat or muted. The Brown Gold is the perfect blend of warmth without the brassiness that often comes with using gold tones. I’m most excited about the Violet Gold. It’s a beautiful combination of cool and slight touches of gold reflection for an almost iridescent vibe. There’s truly something for everyone. Of course, you can also intermix the shades to create fresh new formulas.
How would you recommend using these new shades?
I recommend using them to create dimension in the hair by lowlighting, refreshing mid-shaft to ends, giving subtle highlights to the hair and refining the hair after lightening. You can also use them as an all-over colour when a more natural look is desired.
What are some of your favourite ways to take your guests darker for the autumn season?
When I think of autumn, I think of rich tones and dimension. Like most colour clients, my guests love being bright and blonde for summer, so it’s a nice change to create this richer colour, as it gives both the stylist and the guest a chance to change it up. When I take a guest darker than two levels, I always make sure to re-pigment.
How do you know what product to use for repigmentation? Are you restricted to only using permanent colour?
The guest’s hair is going to be the decision maker. If the hair is fragile or porous, I like to use The Demi because I’m not reintroducing ammonia to an already fragile canvas. If the hair is in better condition, then I turn to the color XG® and use a lower developer, which allows it to be more of a deposit-only colour. Opacity is also a consideration when choosing The Demi versus the color XG®. And, of course, I always send them home with Paul Mitchell® products formulated to help protect their colour - like the Tea Tree Special Color Shampoo and Conditioner.
To find out more about The New Naturals call our team on 0845 659 0011.