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Hair Trends — Summer Colour Splash!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

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An interesting pattern has been observed over the past few summers and, by all indications, we may be on the verge of witnessing it yet again this summer.

Scores of women are opting, as they did last year this time, to upgrade to bolder and more colourful 'dos.

Hair dyeing is an ancient art, dating as far back as the Celtics who Greek historian Diodorus Siculus described as sporting hair which was “blond, but not naturally so: they bleach it, to this day, artificially, washing it in lime and combing it back from their foreheads”.

In years gone by, dyes were extracted from such plants as the henna, indigo, turmeric, amla, black walnut hulls, red ochre and leeks.

The development of synthetic dyes for hair is traced to the 1860s; however, it was L'Oréal founder Eugène Schueller, who is credited for fashioning the first synthetic hair dye in 1907.

In 1947 German cosmetics firm Schwarzkopf launched the first home colour product Poly Colour. But it was the hair-raising attention given to the quirky 'dos of Hollywood and music hearththrobs, circa the 1980s and '90s, that resonated the world over; making hair dyeing a multibillion-dollar industry.

Masking one's age, appearing more trendy, and restoring the original hair colour following discoloration due to various hairdressing processes are among the most-cited reasons to colour one's hair.

The process of hair colouring can be done at home. But employing the services of a haircare professional is recommended. A professional stylist is in a more informed position to determine the best fit for the clients' complexions and lifestyles, and he or she possesses the requisite technical expertise.

It is important to note, though, that depending on the intensity of the colour and the anticipated degree of transformation, one can expect to spend hours in the chair, sometimes over the course of several days, especially if the hair needs to be treated in preparation for these bold colours.

Bold looks are more expensive and require more time depending on the intricacy of the desired look. Coloured looks, too, may last from anywhere between four or five to 12 weeks, depending on the intensity of the chosen colour and the frequency with which the coloured hair is washed — especially if done with a drugstore shampoo.

Yes, coloured coiffures are recurring faves. Chief among them is an abundance of hairstyles done in neon colours.

The hair (style and colour) can, and has oftentimes been used to communicate the wearer's mood, personality, and sense of individuality. Not so long ago, only the edgiest — entertainers and A-listers — would even consider sporting extreme colours. But now the typical blacks and dark browns on the 'layman' head have been replaced by the rose and acid (neon) golds, slate greys, greens and purples.

Colours are trending and — with the likes of Rihanna, Eve, Taraji P Henson, and our very own Spice — there is no visible sign of them losing their status any time soon.

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