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Trendlooks 2016

Shading: How the New Colouring Effect Works

Shading: cool colour trend
Contrasting: dark shading lends outstanding depth to ice blonde hair
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A popular lightening method casts its shadow before: shading adds a new dimension to hair with cool blonde accents and multifaceted hues. Read on to find out how the colour trend works and what defines the four techniques of soft shading, multi-shading, natural shading and deep shading

A cool, at times even really frosty summer is coming. No worries, we are not predicting bad weather. Our forecast is entirely positive and refers to the latest hair colouring trend: shading. This is a lightening method that makes blonde (but also brown) hair extra cool with purposefully placed hues and colour highlights. The cool blonde look is much sought-after!
If you want a hot update for your hair, make it cool! But not all shading is created equal: there are different methods, each with its own results. Our overview tells you how each technique works and which one is right for you:

  • Soft shading
    If you want brilliant blonde nuances such as platinum or ice blonde, we highly recommend the soft shading version. The hair colour is refined with delicate silver reflections, making it look even cooler. Yellowness? No way! The only colour deviation is at the hairline, which is tinted in a darker hue. With a flowing transition between the shaded section and the blonde lengths, it elegantly loosens up the entire ultra-light mane without the look of a wig.

    Multi-shading
    For a clear blonde with matt effect: icy nuances play the leading role with multi-shading as well. As indicated by the name with “multi”, several trendy colours are added to the hair. The subtle interplay of soft hues and deep shadows visually lends the hairdo more structure, fullness and volume. A great option for a refined, intense look with any hairstyle including short cuts.

    Natural shading
    We need neither sun, sand nor the sea for the highly popular beach blonde. Leading looks such as ombré or balayage and cool salt sprays have long since brought sun-kissed hair to the city, even in winter. Natural shading takes up this trend: muted highlights and lowlights in cool blonde hues create a mix of strands with a natural look. The layered colour gradient makes the hair look ash blonde overall – as though kissed by the sun. Hint: To make the mix of nuances appear as natural as possible, the hair should be at least shoulder length.

    Deep shading
    If you as a brunette are sometimes considered too chilly, it will stand you in good stead: cool is trendy this year! How fitting that you can get exactly this colouration result with the deep shading method. Extra-cool brown and blonde nuances create a mix of fresh highlights and hues in the hair. The discreet accents merge into a uniform, highly sophisticated look while the transitions between the colours become virtually indistinguishable.

    Four winners: no matter what version of this popular trend you choose for your hair, you are sure to be one of the coolest with shading!

  • Light and Shadow: The Most Appealing Shading Looks

    Soft Shading: Sleek Style

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    Soft Shading: Sleek Style

    Extravagant platinum blonde can be very delicate and reserved. The secret lies in a softly shaded hairline that makes the extra-light hair colour appear more natural. It also mutes the contrast to the dark eyebrows, which still serve as an exciting but no longer dominant counterpart in the overall look. Reduced hair styling is also suited for playing with contrasts: for instance, a low side parting and hair styled sleekly to the side elegantly balances the striking platinum colour

    Soft Shading: Long Curls

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    Soft Shading: Long Curls

    Trendy shading also presents long manes in the proper light. Colouring the hairline a touch darker makes long highlight tresses appear extra casual. Even the classic centre parting reveals itself as a captivating eye-catcher thanks to the soft shading method. The shaded section makes the ice blonde hair appear mature and modern

    Multi-Shading: Messy Look

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    Multi-Shading: Messy Look

    Matt, multifaceted, highly shaded: multi-shading makes blonde radiate in a new dimension. With intense colouring, the hairstyle can also afford to be a bit more edgy. The hip messy look is one example: this hairdo can appear wild and untamed. So just apply some styling gel and arrange your hair any way you like it. The temperamental jumble really brings out the different colour depths of the colouration technique

    Natural Shading: Beach Waves

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    Natural Shading: Beach Waves

    Beach hair 2.0 – the sun has never left us this cold before! Natural shading is defined by an unbeatable mix of muted blonde hues, giving the hair a cool sun-kissed style. Our favourite hairdo? Beach waves of course! The slight waves add movement to the shading, really bringing out the various blonde nuances

    Deep Shading: Out of Bed

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    Deep Shading: Out of Bed

    Elegance meets sensuality: cool brown and blonde nuances imbue brunette hair with a new refinement. Monotonous is yesterday’s news while shaded brown comes to life with cool colour facets. Especially when the hair is cut in layers and styled to look like you just got up. This out of bed look highlights the new-found coolness of brown hair, presenting its varied interplay of hues to best advantage