WorkshopDecember 1, 2007 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
MAD ABOUT HUE
KIM VO ON THE GO
Vo reveals holiday color and style trends.
Ahhh, the holidays. For those of us in the hair biz, this time of year usually conjures up images of overbooked schedules, longer-than-long days and precious tchotchkes from well-meaning clients, bearing images of scissors and blow-dryers. On the bright side, it also represents the debut of the hair trends that we can expect to see in the coming year.
The big news is that highlights are over. Obvious streaks and visible roots are elements of the past, but subtle flecks of different colors that mimic the variations in natural hair are fine. It's a classic look reminiscent of '50s and '60s Hollywood starlets like Ann-Margret, Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren. The bad news about this change is that clients who embraced highlights will no longer be booking appointments for them. The good news, however, is that clients will need to visit your salon every three weeks to maintain their new one-dimensional color with the proper panache.
Whether your client is a blonde, brunette or redhead, her color must be even from roots to end. It must also be rich and polished, with a mirrorlike shine. The former means a commitment to more salon time, while the latter requires the use of a glaze or gloss to get that dazzling brilliance. Most glazes are activated by 3 percent peroxide—think of them as the oil paint of haircolor. My favorite is Redken Shades EQ. Glosses, which are peroxide-free, seal the cuticle, let hair breathe and impart ultra-shine—they are the watercolor of haircolor.
Kate Walsh of Private Practice
In terms of style, two popular new looks that made their debut at the Emmy Awards will be further unveiled this holiday season: the faux bob and the asymmetrical updo. Desperate Housewives' Eva Longoria pinned up her long locks to give the illusion of a fresh, slightly tousled bob. The result was a fabulous shorter look without the need to sacrifice length. Meanwhile, Kate Walsh of Private Practice sported the off-to-one-side, cascade-of-hair-down-the-other-side look, which just screams retro-Hollywood glamour.
Eva Longoria of Desperate Housewives at the Emmys
As a final note, extensions are still in, but with a new role. Instead of being used to add length, they'll now be providing extra thickness to hair.
As we bid farewell to the trends of 2006, we can look forward to doing some new and exciting things in the New Year. So gear up for single colors; don't drink too much eggnog; and good luck finding a place to display your holiday collection of "My Favorite Hairstylist" mugs. —E-mail Kim Vo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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