Expert's Opinion

Hair Color Is Strong This Season

By Philip Pelusi, Internationally recognized stylist and product artist | November 17, 2011

Philip Pelusi reveals the latest trends in hair hues.

Cinnamon Crunch, Warm Hot Chocolate and Bold Gold.Sound like something delicious to eat?Actually these are the hottest hair color trends for the season.As we welcome colder weather, we say goodbye to warm temperatures and highlights.This season’s colors have two major themes in common—warm-tones and more solid all-over color.

Tones are warm for this fall no matter if the shade level is light or dark.Blondes are trending away from a highlighted look with deeper roots.In fact, the quite the contrary, blondes are rich and warm and gold-toned.These Bold Golds have a more solid feel such as Madonna and show-host Cat Deeley.Dimension, if any, is very subtle with no lines of visible highlights.Highlights or low lights can be added to solid, single-application colors but then they must be toned to be almost the same level of depth as the base color with a similar warm hued gold tone.

Red heads tell a similar story but with a warm, rich, red hue.No cool cranberry for this fall.The tone of this season’s red is a warm cinnamon.This fall’s Cinnamon Crunch color spectrum is pretty broad spanning from an intense cinnamon-red, such as actress Christina Hendricks from "Mad Men" and singer Florence Welch to even light to medium brunette cinnamon shades such as actresses Christina Ricci and Eva Mendes.These reddish hues can easily be worn with no to very little subtle highlighting and the same rule applies in that dimension is only one to two levels away from the base shade.

Even darker shades of brunette are taking the tone of warm dark chocolate.No cool-blue undertones.This season’s brunette’s shades have deliberate warmth to them but while maintaining a purposeful dark shade of dark chocolate.It is in this brunette range, where the color is the most solid with zero visible highlighting such as actresses Salma Hayek and Anne Hathaway.

Transitioning can be somewhat easy by turning to your salon colorist for the color analysis, formulation and application.Warming up the base color and toning the rest of the hair with a warmer hue takes the skill of a trained colorist.But holding this color can be a challenge.The right type of hair products used as follow-up at home make the difference between success and failure for holding onto these hair color investments.Look for a product line that protects and preserves hair color with every single product that is applied to the hair from shampoo down to the final styling products.Look for antioxidants such as organic reishi mushroom, Chinese foxglove, pomegranate, bilberry and ku shen.These powerful antioxidants are weightlessly deposited into the hair and protect the hair by warding off the damaging and eroding effects of airborne pollutants that break down hair fabric, weakening the fiber and fading color.Try Tela Beauty Organics by Philip Pelusi.

Also look for a product line that has a sun-protective grooming product.While SPF is primarily recognized for beach products, the hair and scalp can also benefit from products containing sunscreen.The rays of the sun have a similar effect as pollutants, penetrating deeply into the hair fiber, disrupting essential keratin linkages and reducing the overall strength of the fabric.Just as the sun breaks down collagen in the skin, it breaks down the outer protective cuticle layer and inner cortex layer of the hair.By degrading these layers, hair color is left vulnerable and will fade much more quickly.
When paying a premium for professional color, consumers should use a premium product that will protect this investment.Try Tela Beauty Organics Guardian SPF 18.

Lastly, look into new advances in salon texture-altering, smoothing services.Look for a texture enhancing service that does not open the cuticle but instead seals the cuticle, locking in color molecules and making color services last even longer.This service should be able to be applied immediately after the excess color is shampooed from the hair, not only saving the client and the colorist time, but sealing the hair at the absolute perfect time to lock in the freshly applied color.

This is a unique way to address both holding onto this fall’s new hair color trends and controlling any texture issue the client may have.Look for ingredients such as quinoa for curl reinforcement, our patent pending Hydro-charged Ceramide Complex combined with sugar cane, sugar maple, organic sprouted soy, burdock, red sage and horsetail that moisturize and strengthen, and the protective effects of marshmallow root, reishi mushroom and Solomon’s seal.

These advanced-technology services should also be formaldehyde free, contain no reactive aldehydes or formaldehyde derivatives and be non-toxic with no harsh chemicals.Hair will be left feeling silky, healthy and shiny with long-lasting color protection.

About the Author
Philip Pelusi is an internationally recognized stylist, photographer and product artist. Having gone from one salon to 13 locations as well as a magnificent industry centerpiece in New York City, Pelusi has created a philosophy, a product line, P2 by Philip Pelusi and systems for success.Philip created and trademarked, within the industry, the phrase “A Cut Above The Rest” to coincide with his creation of the registered Volumetric haircutting technique around which he built his empire.

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