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Guys, these Colour Shades are pretty freaken awesome!
The Blonde-of-the-moment is the Scandi Blonde — iridescent icy Cool, Platinum Blonde Shades the Colour of glaciers that make blue eyes pop and hang on the edges of cheekbones. But the Colour spectrum is big and vast, thankfully, and a few spots below Platinum lies the Medium Blonde family, a well overlooked Colour Shade that brings such big qualities to the Hair Colour with distinct Colour nodes that are just sitting there waiting to be celebrated. Upon first thought, you may be inclined to believe that Medium Blondes are a rare elusive breed because what are they? You’ve heard of Light Blonde and you have heard of Dark Blonde, in the middle of the two shades lies the Medium Blonde family. Medium Blonde refers to the Colours Lightness first, not just the hue. So, while there is a Natural hued Medium Blonde, within the Medium Blonde family are also Golden, Ash, Copper, Chocolate, Violet Colour Shades that all have the same Medium Blonde Lightness — just with their own Colour pigments. And it's this in-between Lightness that makes these Colours so desirable. Don’t believe me? I invite you to keep scrolling while I plead my case in favour, heavy favour of why Medium Blondes are the real superheroes of Hair Colour. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Josephine Skriver (@josephineskriver) on Mar 22, 2019 at 5:15am PDT Consider Medium Blonde the most user friendly Hair Colour enhancer. It’s sheer, unrefined Blonde pigments add a Natural dewiness to the Hair and its seamless Colour tone creates the glossiest Blonde you could imagine. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Barbara Palvin (@realbarbarapalvin) on Apr 15, 2019 at 7:41pm PDT Swiftly moving onto the highest demand hue — Ash — that keeps us wanting more. Ash Blonde gets its popularity for its sleek, smoky Tones that hastily take care of brassiness by overpowering them with Coolness for a satiny Blonde finish. This is low effort Colouring with a high effort appearance. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Cindy Crawford (@cindycrawford) on Apr 17, 2019 at 9:45am PDT Sitting at the pinnacle of Warmth is the Chocolate Blonde — a powerful pick me up pigment with potent rich Chocolate hues. We love the intensity of this Colour and its multi dimensional, voluminous Colour pigments that act like mini mirrors that reflect light and Colour as your Hair moves. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gigi Hadid (@gigihadid) on Mar 18, 2019 at 4:31pm PDT If Chocolate is too intense for your taste buds a Golden Blonde is made from pure Gold pigment that adds depth into your Colour for a full, not flat, Hair Colour. And that Warmth keeps the energy buzzing through to your ends for seamlessly shiny Hair that gives you the glow you want. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Taylor Tomasi Hill (@ttomasihill) on Feb 20, 2019 at 3:55pm PST And the pièce de résistance of the family? COPPER. Rich Copper Red embodies it all— intensity, vibrancy, Warmth — that brings a sprightliness to your Hair Colour. This is what Hair Colouring is about, having fun and living your best Hair life with a Colour that reenergises you with every look.
And even more importantly, how do you stop them?
Hot Roots. A dreaded sight for Blondes and Colourists alike and one that draws confusion to those not in the know because it has a) nothing to do with your roots looking good or b) the physical temperature of your roots. So let us paint a picture and put it into context for those in the back. Hot Roots are Warm and brassy (hot) Regrowth (roots) that are Warmer and brighter than the rest of your Hair that creates a clear Colour band of difference between your Regrowth Colour and the Hair Colour through the ends of your Hair. How do you get Hot Roots? Reason 1 When the Hair Colour you used on your Regrowth doesn’t match the Hair Colour of your Coloured ends, because it is Lighter or Warmer. Reason 2 When you are Lightening your full head of Natural Hair, the heat that is generated from your scalp will Lighten and Warm up the Hair closest to your scalp quicker, processing your Regrowth Colour faster than on your ends making them Lighter. Reason 3 Similarly, when you’re touching up your Regrowth and the Colour develops quicker than expected because of the heat coming from your scalp. How do you prevent Hot Roots? Tip #1: Keep your Colour the sameYour Regrowth Colour and Colour through your ends need to match for a smooth Colour, so avoid touching up with a Lighter, Warmer shade — it’s an instant guarantee for Hot Roots. Use the same Colour on your Regrowth that you used through your ends for one consistent Hair Colour. Tip #2: Flip your Application Routine When Colouring your whole head Lighter, apply the Colour mixture to the lengths of your Hair first, painting your Colour mixture down to your ends, while completely avoiding your Regrowth, to allow the cooler parts of your Hair more time to process. Then go back and apply your Colour mix to your Regrowth, where the heat from your scalp will help with processing. Tip #3: Do anything for a clean application When it’s time for a touchup, using tools like an Applicator Bottle or Tint Brush will keep your Colour application clean while helping you stick to your Regrowth and not overloading your Hair with Colour mixture. And if I need to fix my Hot Roots? If you’re suffering from a case of Hot Root-itis, you can calm it down by Toning it away. Apply your Toner mixture to your Regrowth line and smudge down slightly to soften the line between your Regrowth Colour and Hair Colour through your ends.
Pinterest strikes again.
There are two places that come to mind when looking for inspiration: Instagram and Pinterest. Instagram can be a good idea once the algorithm is working in your favour, but nothing caters like Pinterest. Endless scrolling of pins to gather, load and hoard into boards that we will maybe look at again, maybe not, who knows?! But you keep clicking, adding, scrolling and soon enough you are well and truly down that rabbit hole, even developing a sort of Stockholm syndrome of beauty advice. So, you may be asking, what is our latest Pinterest hue obsession? That would be the Plum, Burgundy, Violet variety that Pinterest seems to do so well and compressing those into one favourite shade would be near impossible. We think we’ve hit the mother load, albeit one more scroll could have us adding one more in, but we’ve contained ourselves so you just need to sit back, relax and enjoy the eye candy but don’t blame us if your brain tells you any of these Shades will be a good idea. Photo: Pinterest Oh, Pinterest your Burgundy game is strong with those big, billowy Violet hues that bloom through the trademark Pinterest waves. Burgundy equals a perfect combination of depth and indulgence while maintaining a sleek air about it. Photo: Pinterest And then, as you’ve committed to Burgundy, you discover the similar yet different Chocolate Plum hues with their instant dose of shine. There is something to be said for a Hair Colour that can be described as Cool, rich and bouncy all in one which of course is all thanks to its purply, reddish pigments. Keep these Shades on repeat, especially during the Winter. Photo: Pinterest But hang on, you’ll also find Plum in its pure blush Red form that is as juicy and meaty as the Chocolate variation with a touch less purple and a dose of fire Red. And to finish we have pink lemonade pigments which have transformed smoothly into adult life in the form of Violet and Rose Gold Hair Colours with their soft sparkling, iridescent hues. Photo: Pinterest So with that final scroll are you facing the same conundrum as us — which hue is for you?