January 2015

Hair trends for 2015: Bobs and Balayage

Hair trends for 2015: Bobs and Balayage

No one wants to get left behind in the hot hair stakes this early in the year, so swot up on the latest trends.

While we already know plaits and crazy temporary colour will be hitting the hair headlines in the next few months, what else will be en vogue? We have spoken to some experts in the industry to get their top tips this season.

First up, the reliable bob is back and bigger than ever. This hairstyle is a dream for anyone with mid-length hair, as it can be worn so many ways.

“A bob is perfect on heart shaped or oval faces; generally it works best on slimmer, finer boned features,” Darren Ambrose, Director of D&J Ambrose, told Cover Media. “On a rounder face everything needs to be cut on the bias – a low side parting with hair sweeping across cuts the face shape in half and hits the cheekbone, slimming down and accentuating the bone structure. Collar length suits all generally; things below jawline and around the face are good. The only thing to look out for with longer hair is on long faces or ovals it can accentuate the length of the face, so bring it shorter on these types.”

Award-winning hairdresser Karine Jackson is a huge fan of this style, insisting it can work for any face shape or hair type. If you want to experiment with the bob, Karine recommends channelling the tresses of stars including Karlie Kloss, Taylor Swift and Jennifer Lawrence. For a glitzy night out, try the ‘wob’ (wavy bob) – which will transform your straight locks into a wavy wonder with trendsetting texture.

Blonde beauties should get to grips with the latest take on Balayage this season. Reverse Balayage will turn the trend on its head and reinvent the craze for this colouring technique.

“Blondes or lighter colours will see a natural progression of Ombré and Balayage techniques this year with reverse Balayage a new trend,” Clayde Baumann from D&J Ambrose told Cover Media. “I’ve coined the name Luminaire, which is Spanish (to illuminate), in opposition to Ombré, which means shadow. This is all about creating a lighter root area. This can either be worn with a brighter fashion shade for the colour crazy fashionista or softened to create a subtle blend from light to dark.”

Other colour addicts will welcome the emergence of muddy metal hues. This is the perfect look for anyone who is bored of lilacs and greys, as it adds depth to dyed tresses.

“The celebration of patina shades, exploring a new kind of pastel,” Clayde, British Hairdressing Awards Colour Technician of the year, replied when asked about other colour trends. “Muted pastel shades that are dense and pewter-like, muddy grungy fashion shades inspired by the anti-heroes like model Chloe Norgaard. See products like Wella Instamatic for the It-colour for the season.”

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