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Top 3 Colour Trends AW/19

Tuesday, 27 August 2019 09:34

Steph Peckmore, Colour Manager @ Bad Apple Hair Group, Reveals her top three colour trends for the upcoming Autumn/Winter 2019/20 season.


Fashion had a love affair with grey a few seasons back, before turning its back in favour of platinum and white. Now the quietly stylish neutral is back, but not as an all-over colour. This time around, we’re seeing chunky concrete-grey block streaks added to contrasting coloured hair – usually black. It’s a look that dominated Alexander Wang’s most recent Fashion Week show, and is a trend we’ve recreated as part of our Remix collection – an Eighties’ inspired collection of high-energy luxe looks and magnetic monochrome. Colour placement is crucial to determining the finish and for Remix we hand painted carefully selected sections of hair to create the appearance of a glass-like reflection, in a similar way to the technique used to create ‘shine bands.’ It’s a fresh, flattering and glamorous way to go grey.


Peach has been the fruity shade of the moment for a while now, and it’s going nowhere – Mary Katrantzou’s models featured the colour heavily at the brand’s A/W19 show, but this winter’s take is less sugary and more glam than we’ve seen before. Forget dusty peach tints and barely-there apricot washes, the new season take is metallic peach: a punchy, strong and deliberate shade, with a high-gloss metallic finish that instantly lifts peach from a delicate hint of colour to a high-octane hue. Bad Apple Hair’s Rise collection is a clear interpretation of this, showcasing how energetic traditional pastel colours can look when given the high-shine treatment. If you want to really nail this trend, leave the roots natural and colour-free.


Pearlescent shades with super-reflective shine are set to be big this winter. You can try this look with most pastel shades and delicate colours, but pearly white – as seen at Erdem’s AW19 show – is very on trend right now and iridescent opal is particularly eye-catching. To create a pearlescent shade of opal, the base needs to be lifted to a level-10 Platinum (I wouldn’t advise trying this on hair that’s naturally darker than mid brown) before using a mix of violet-based toners for a pastel opalescent finish. The end result is a far more grown-up version of unicorn hair and since the colour is so light and sheer, it will eventually just fade to blonde, so there’s no annoying in-between stage that requires touch-ups. If a client wants to try the pearlescent trend without the colour, a shimmering blend of silvery grey and cool-toned blonde creates a gorgeous gem-like shimmer.

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