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Addicted to hair colour? Want to try a new look this season? IRENE O’BRIENE guides you on the colour trends and the one that will go with your persona.

Hair colour is a definition of your personality. We have seen all the colours of the rainbow in the previous year. Changing your hair colour can be subtle or drastic. Sometimes you need a drastic change to become the person as you want to be. At other times, you want just a subtle refresh to feel younger. And on some other days, you only want to be more fashionable and ‘low maintenance’ while having the greys. However, in all situations, the only common thing is the colour that shouldn’t look split from your eye colour, skin tone and desired look and personality.

The various colour trends available at the beauty shelves will surely leave you puzzled. Here’s a guide to hair colour trends and what will suit your persona.


If you want to have highlights, brightness and the most natural hair, we have the solution—Shatush. It is a free-hand hair technique that leaves your hair looking naturally lightened. Shatush aims to highlight your hair in a way that it looks as though it has been ‘sun-kissed’, thus adding year-round warmth to your hair, whatever the season. Similar to balayage, the result is a soft transition of colour from root to tip. Created by Italian celebrity hairstylist Aldo Coppola, this technique has created revolutionary new lighting effects to the hair, without involving the use of foil. The hair is lightened in 2-4 tones, with the result showcasing a dark to a light gradient of colour from mid-hair to tip.

Note: This can be done after diagnosing hair, because if you have natural black colour or artificial layered back colour for many years, the time to archive the target can be slightly different. Or if you have previously done keratin or henna, it is not advisable to colour at all, so as to prevent breakage.


The French word ‘balayage’ means to sweep or paint. This colouring approach is a highlighting technique where the hair dye is painted onto the hair to build soft contrast into the hair and create a gradual gentle effect from root to tip. Balayage can be used to achieve a natural, sun-kissed hair colour on variations of hair types and styles, also allowing re-growth to look natural and unnoticeable. The idea is to create a natural and multi-toned finish, using patches of lighter colour to create multiple dimensions of colour. When choosing balayage, it is a means to create a fresh, effortless look. It’s great if you’re looking for a refresh of colour without a new you emerging from the hairdressers.


Babylights are delicate, white-blonde highlights created using a very fine colour technique to mimic that blonde hue achieved if your hair is naturally lightened in the sun. One of the main attractions of the babylights technique is that it can be applied to any hair colour and any length, long or short. It is also a great way to introduce colour if you fancy a change of hairstyle but don’t want anything too drastic. Babylights are natural, subtle and, most importantly, low in maintenance. They offer you a refreshed look while making the hair appear luscious and healthy.

Colour trends & personalities

Hair colour can be referred as a fashion accessory, it’s a part of you that can be changeable in a healthier way, and can be chosen according to your skin tone, eyes colour, eyebrows, and lifestyle. You will find the same personalities with different hair colours. One cannot say that lovers of blonde colour are sexy people while brunette are not. You will find shy, sexy, introvert, extrovert, young and old women sporting all types of colours—be it blonde, brunette or black. Colour match is important, as that helps to balance your look and personality. Balancing is the key and hair colour helps you to find definition of your balance.

(Irene is an international colour expert at Silhouette Salon de Beaute, The Oberoi, Mumbai)