Celebrity hairstylist Rita Hazan is seeing a shift in hair-colour trends both in her Manhattan salon and on the tops of her pop-idol clientele. “Highlighting today is less chunky and more tone-on-tone,” says Hazan. “The effect is less dramatic yet sexy.” It sounds casual and easy, but be sure to follow the new highlighting rules to get the subtle, sensuous look her clients are clamouring for.
Avoid any reddish tones, says Hazan. “It clashes with your skin tone.” Try chocolate and honey colours instead. If you prefer warm tones, try chestnut. You can layer 3–4 shades in the same colour family, but stay clear of high-contrast streaks. She adds, “Most black women relax their hair with harsh chemicals, resulting in fragile hair.” Sound familiar? Nab an extra-gentle hair colour packed with moisturizers.
FLARE’s DIY pick: Garnier Multi-Lights in Kit 4, $9. Strand saver: John Frieda Frizz-Ease Rebuild Restructuring Micro-Oil Therapy, $10.
“Latina girls have the hardest time with their hair colour,” says Hazan. “They try to lighten their hair too much and it goes a weird orange.” She recommends going no brighter than light brown as your base (don’t try platinum blond, which clashes with your skin tone) and lightening up with honey-toned highlights. If you’ve got a curly mane like Shakira, make your highlights a bit thicker than the subtle ribbons of the moment. “Your hair won’t curl the same way every time,” explains Hazan, so if your highlights are thicker, you’ll see them no matter how you wear your hair.
FLARE’s DIY pick: Revlon Custom Effects Highlighting Kit in Honey, $15. Strand saver: Davines Love Shampoo, 250 mL, $19.
Avril Lavigne has less to worry about when going very light blond, except for the risk of washing herself out. Hazan suggests adding lowlights to create dimension. But don’t go overboard. “Less is more when it comes to highlights,” she says. “Too many start to look like a solid blob, when really they’re meant to accent your base colour.” Another big no-no for blondes: chlorinated pools. Hazan suggests wetting your hair with spring water before diving in. “If your hair is already wet, it won’t absorb the chlorine as much.” After all, green hair doesn’t suit anyone.
FLARE’s DIY pick: L’Oréal Couleur Experte Multi-Tonal Colour System in 8.3 Dulce de Leche, $25. Strand saver: Pantene Blonde Expressions Daily Highlight Enhancing Conditioner, 400 mL, $10.