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Hot in Hair: The New Hues for 2015

Posted: Jan 20 2015

After seasons of the two-toned hair color trend, it’s time to finally bid adieu to ombre. Don’t get us wrong, it was fun while it lasted but this year’s biggest hair color trend offers a softer, glossier and multi-dimensional take on highlights.

Enter: Ecaille, a French word that literally means tortoiseshell, and refers to a fresh mix of brown, honey and amber highlights. The results are warmer and brighten up your complexion.

London-based colorist Jo Hansford developed the Ecaille technique for the British fashion set following London Fashion Week. Since then the look has popped up on fashion-forward celebs like Blake Lively, Jessica Alba and Sarah Jessica Parker.

A word to the wise – don’t try this look yourself! Since Ecaille requires many different shades of highlights, go to the salon and speak to your colorist about it first. Bring lots of pictures about what you’re looking for and make sure they understand you don’t want ombre’s obvious line between dark and light sections of your hair.

Two more colors to try!

Softer Red

Redheads are also getting an updated, more natural makeover. Instead of super-pigmented reds (like the infamous “Rihanna Red”), the look now is being interpreted with gold and copper undertones, like Amy Adams. For darker-haired beauties, another option is to add a deep red rinse to hair, like Kate Middleton.


On the other end of the spectrum, the iconic and totally unnatural look of platinum hair is hotter than ever. Even the blondest of blondes are turning to a milky-white tone. One tip to warming up this color is to keep roots slightly (and we mean ever-so-slightly) darker with a buttercup blonde, like Gwen Stefani’s.

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