Ecaille Hair Colour is the New Ombré, Says Jack Howard

by rachael / last updated February 10, 2015

Ecaille Hair Colour is the New Ombré

Ecaille hair colour is the new ombré, according to A-list colourist and balayage expert, Jack Howard.

Meaning ‘tortoiseshell’ in French, ecaille is dubbed by Jack as the ‘moody sister’ to ombré and bronde colour techniques and is set to be big news for colourists.

Jack, whose colour work can be seen on Poppy Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse, explains:

“As we all know, hair colour trends are constantly changing and moving forward. For some time now I’ve been noticing the evolution of ombré and balayage and, of late, I’ve been as bored by ombré as much as classic foils.

“So I’m excited to hear from California about the latest buzzword taking the States by storm; ecaille – a French word meaning tortoiseshell.

“Golden lights are mixed with darker, richer caramel tones while incorporating shades of honey, amber, golden blonde and dark brown paired with gloss.

“We’re already seeing it on celebrities like Jessica Alba, Gisele Bundchen and Khloe Kardashian; look through any glossy magazine or spot the models on the catwalk sporting this shade; not as dramatic as ombré but less subtle than bronde.

“Like a tortoiseshell, ecaille features many different shades. Some may choose to add more amber or honey tones but others could opt for darker bases and golden strands. That’s the beauty of this trend, it’s a matter of preference. The best results come from working with shades that complement the skin tone (just a few shades lighter and darker than the base to avoid a colour that’s too dramatic).

“To achieve this look I’m working with a variety of techniques including babylights throughout for a gradual blended minimal look, and a face frame of balayage around the front.

“Merged techniques and fresh takes on names keep hair colour interesting, as we’re able to create totally personalised looks.”


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