This Is Set to Be the Hair Colour Trend of 2018

Updated 01/27/18
nude hair trend: Woman with natural highlights

2018’s hair-colour vibes are all about low-key and effortless sophistication. “Nude hair”, as we’re calling it, will be the colour trend of the year. So, what do we mean when we say “nude hair”? Well, it’s all about amplifying your natural colour, whatever the shade. How you amp it up is up to you, it could be with backdrop balayage, shine-boosting tints and glosses or subtle root smudging or hair tipping. Intrigued? We called on four expert colourists to share their predictions for what will be trending come January and beyond.

Subtle Blondes

If you’re naturally blonde, 2018 is going to be all about subtle tweaks. “From warm buttery blondes to soft ultraviolet, just make sure that they are beautifully tonal and you cannot go wrong,” says Adam Reed, Founding Partner and Director of Percy & Reed.

Yep, Pantone’s colour of the year for 2018 is already making it into hair salons, but rather than going full-on with the colour, look to weave it subtly through your strands to create a little intrigue.

Backdrop Balayage and Tipping

“People want contrast, dimension and definition,” says Jenna Norma, colourist at Hershesons. “The dark is as important as the light now. Placement is key, leaving depth underneath in the right areas. Ask your colourist for sweeps of lightness but don't forget the ‘backdrop’ with sleeves of dark.”

Got layers? Norma recommends adding highlight to the ends of spontaneous strands that will make blanket colour or virgin hair pop. “This works really well on shaggy haircuts.”

Root Smudges

Amy Fish at Larry King is backing root smudges for brunettes to be a hot trend for 2018. Subtly taking the roots darks will create a cool-girl shadow and depth to your hair. Fish also recommends playing with tinted gloss and pretty highlights in peach or pink tones if you want to have a bit of fun with your colour.

Alex Brownsell, co-founder of Bleach London is backing this trend too but she's calling it Diplights, which she says are fast becoming their most popular service. "They are highlights that are slightly backcombed off the root giving a soft grown-out, rooty highlight effect. It’s like balayage, but higher up and lasts for much longer."

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