When London-based colour specialist Shari Reynolds landed in Australia recently she was rather taken aback that the ombre trend (light ends dark on top) was still so huge. “It’s actually a little off the boil in the UK. It’s R.I.P ombre unless it’s that colour dip-dyed look.”
Oh dear, I’m usually so bloody on trend and I only got it done this past winter. Are we really that behind in Australia? Yep and we are not getting it quite right either. According to Reynolds by the time trends filter down from Europe and are nearing their use-by-date, they often get pushed too far. “True ombre should be more towards the ends and just hit that flattering point on the face. It shouldn’t be half blonde, half brunette.” Phew – mine wasn’t half. Well maybe three-quarters…
Reynolds certainly has my attention with her finger-on-the-pulse visions on hair colour. She’s worked as a colour expert across Sydney, New York and London for over 35 years and recently pressed pause for one year to shadow Global Colour Director for Wella, Josh Wood. Fizzing with new ideas, Reynolds has recently returned to Sydney to consult for some of our best salons. The look right now? “Natural, luxe hair with a pop,” says Reynolds.
For hair this dreamy and divine, good condition is paramount. “The ombre trend has given people licence to have this incredibly dry, split hair around the face,” says Reynolds. “Bleaching the ends, the most vulnerable part of the hair, is quite damaging and it also can emphasise fine lines on the face.” According to Reynolds, gorgeous, refined and most importantly, believable hair is the way forward. “A lot of my colouring is centred around children’s hair in the sun. There’s got to be shine for hair to look that beautiful and healthy.”
So how do all us ombre folk start heading towards more premium condition and colour? “The essence of getting gorgeous, teenage hair again is condition, condition, condition,” says Reynolds. “Use a repairing shampoo and forget conditioner – just go straight for the treatment whenever you wash. Then get a soft, bespoke colour – it’s very soft around the face.”
TREND ALERT: “Grey hair is massive in London right now – it’s silvery and light, like Gaultier did a few years back.”