Spring is about new beginnings, starting fresh, and having fun — and that goes for your hair, as well.
Some of us go to great expense and spend painstaking hours to achieve the perfect coif, while some of us prefer the get-up-and-go, low-maintenance look. No matter which you are, now is the time to try something new.
It’s not just about getting a hair cut or colour, it’s about letting your hair down (pardon the pun), it’s about stepping outside of your comfort zone and exploring your insides and outs. It’s so much easier to play it safe and to keep doing things the way you always do, than to take risks and invite change into
Model: Holly Dodson
Mosaic Hair Group
Stylist: Peter Salituaro
Colourist: Melinda Loja
When you look great, you feel great
Have you ever noticed that the fun, daring and charismatic people around you tend to have interesting hair? Their hair is the outward reflection of who they are. But that’s not to say you can’t start from the outside in.
There’s a lot of truth to the saying that ‘when you look great, you feel great’. We’re not talking about being a perfect size six, but when we take the time to put ourselves together from head to toe, we tend to stand taller, and smile brighter.
So let go. Forget about what other people say. Do your own thing — but do something. Whatever change you decide to make will help you grow, especially if you push yourself outside of your comfort zone. However, there’s no need to go crazy, but at least if you’re messing with your hair, you know that it’s all temporary: yes, it will grow back and you can always eventually re-colour a bad hair colour choice.
Model: Berkley Miller
DF Hair Salon
Owner/Head Stylist: Daniel Fung
Head Colourist: Daniel Fung
Trend-spotting…according to the experts
DANIEL FUNG, Owner/Head Stylist — DF SALON
“Hair this season has lots of texture and tones. Not regular sections, more like a patchy, uneven look. You’ll see lots of colour, especially pastels — pinks and blues for the young crowd.”
DANIEL VAITOVIC, Senior Hair Stylist — FIORIO HAIR DESIGN
“This year is about fantastic big hair, curls, waves and beach-hair charm. And bangs, any kind of bangs — shorter fringe, angled, dramatic, choppy — it’s so back again.”
MELINDA LOJA, Colourist — MOSAIC HAIR GROUP
“You’re going to see a lot of soft-paletted colours, more muted colours that are very pastel. Colour placement will be strategic: in blocks, panels and zones.”
Model: Rebecca Hazell
Marc Anthony Salon
Stylist: Marilisa Sears
Colourist: Dalida Dagher
Some Hair Wisdom
By Marc Anthony, Owner/Founder Marc Anthony Salons and True Professional Hair Care Line
1 – The outer layer of your hair is called the cuticle. Cuticles are like shingles on a roof, so what you want is for those shingles to lie really flat on top of each other. If they lift they matte together and get really dry and allow residue to get inside. So, shampoo with warm water, but rinse with cool water to lock the cuticle back down.
2 – The next layer inward is called the cortex, which is where your colour pigment is located. When you ‘lift colour’, or lighten your hair, you are removing your hair colour pigment, making your hair abrasive and stiff. If your hair is over processed and becomes straw-like you need to use really intense treatments like a mask to re-moisturize and deep condition it. The idea is to apply heat while the product is in your hair because the cuticle will open up again and allow the deep treatment to really penetrate the strands. You should repeat for at least a couple of weeks.
3 – For extremely damaged hair you can try redepositing colour back into your hair by applying a temporary colour. It will rebuild the cortex layer so your hair becomes supple again.
4 – You shouldn’t go more than three to four shades lighter than your natural hair colour or you will severely damage your hair. The flecks in your eyes reflect your natural colour pigmentation: if you are light eyed you’ll probably see hints of golds, yellows and coppers, while dark eyes usually reflect auburns and caramels. You should stay within that range with your hair colour.
5 – Hair will bounce back really quickly if you give it a chance.
Fiorio Hair Design
Senior Stylist: Daniel Vaitovic
Master Colourist: Stephen Russell
Even though it’s always nice to get pampered at the salon, sometimes the high price-tag can get in the way. If you’ve got the heart of an artist, and the budget of one, too, then go ahead and get creative with home products you can get at the drug store. Today’s home hair colouring kits are developed to help deposit moisture and conditioner into your hair while it lifts and colours.
A variety of hair colour related products (that we’ve tested out lately) worth trying…
Marc Anthony Brilliant Blondes Highlight Enhancing Conditioner, $9.99
Marc Anthony Brilliant Blondes Highlight Enhancing Shampoo, $9.99
John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Light Reflecting Conditioner, $9.99
Clairol Herbal Essences True Intense Colour Light Blonde, $11.99
Clairol Herbal Essences True Intense Colour Dark Red, $11.99
Revlon Colour Protection Creme Mask, $16.95
Garnier Fructis Fortifying Cream Conditioner, $3.99
L’Oréal Féria Hi-Lift Browns, $13.99
L’Oréal Féria Power Reds, $13.99
Faze photo photo credits
Photographer: Rob Dutchin
Make-Up Artist: Sophia Whyte