How to Make Ultra Violet Work For Any Client
Pantone has revealed ultra violet will be the ‘it’ colour of 2018 – a deep purple shade that is sure to be a hit with your clients. Can ultra violet work for all hair types? HJi spoke to leading stylists and salon owners to find out how you can get creative with next year’s hottest hue.
Can Ultra Violet work for all skin undertones?
“This trend is best suited to the girl or woman with cool brown, blue or green eyes and a cooler, underlying pink skin tone. For those with a warmer, yellow undertone you should slightly amend the formulation to include aubergine – this will perfectly complement the skin without changing the colour too much.
The key to perfection for the individual is the technique used. For a bold, powerful statement you could go global on a full head of pre-lightened hair or for something more subtle and inconspicuous the hue could be used on pre-existing balayage or face-framing highlights.
Highlighting key areas with a paler palette will mean you can intensify texture in a subtle way and by cleverly contouring you can enhance the overall shape by creating the perception of added length and width.” milk_shake creative member Andrew Smith.
Can Ultra Violet work for all lifestyles?
“Your client’s job will determine how they can wear it. If they are in fashion or if they have a more creative job, this is a great shade. If they work in a more corporate environment simple undertones would be better as it won’t be so obvious.
For clients with Afro hair these purple tones work well on relaxed hair with a few slices randomly placed throughout, or by placing colour through the mid-lengths and ends on curly hair.” Junior Green, Junior Green London.
How can I incorporate Ultraviolet into different client looks?
“Lilac hues and deep plums all sit nicely in the ‘Ultraviolet sector’. When placed together these tones complement and add dimension to a full head purple look if you’re going all the way. Ultraviolet can be adapted into many techniques, my favourite is adding a modern twist on highlights; using the traditional highlighting method but adding some violet toner over the top is the way to go.. Violet tones also wash out easily if they aren’t too rich, so can be great fun for a week or so after your appointment and you can then revert back to your normal blonde highlights if you wish. You can also continue to add toner at home if you want to keep up the violet look.” Steph Peckmore, Group Colour Director from Bad Apple Hair
How can clients maintain the colour?
“Fashion colours can be hard to maintain as their vibrancy fades quickly so always recommend a professional shampoo and advise clients to top up the colour every couple of weeks.” Junior Green
“The best products to keep a client’s new colour fresh has to be milk_shake’s global hero products Silver Shine Shampoo and Silver Shine Whipped Cream. The products are particularly important for when the colour begins to fade.” Andrew Smith
“To achieve a true Ultraviolet you’ll need a nice light base to begin creative colour on top. To prevent the usual damage your hair will endure when bleaching, mix in INNOluxe and it’ll counteract any damage the bleach is trying to do to the hair by strengthening the hair from inside each strand.” Steph Peckmore
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[Image credit: lead image comprised of imagery from Bad Apple Hair]