Colourist Damien Rayner of Dario Cotroneo Salon shares his expert opinion on what’s hot in colour right now, who on the A-List has got it right and answers key colouring questions.
“Diane Kruger is my favourite blonde right now,” Damien reveals. “Her colour is a bit deeper at the roots and gets lighter on the ends. This combination gives her a natural soft tone and is perfect for winter.”
AS FOR THE HOTTEST RED HEAD IN TOWN?
“Julianne Moore,” he states emphatically. “She’s the most beautiful red head changing her tone throughout the year. It’s a great burnt toffee tone at the moment, a beautiful colour for winter.”
Katy Perry also warranted a mention in the brunette category. Damien says her colour manages to be contrasting without sacrificing beauty and appeal.
WHAT’S HOT IN COLOUR
“I’m loving the return of a huge colour palette this season, it’s a colourists dream.” Damien says of the variety of the current looks. “We’re seeing everything from strong 90’s solid colours to coppers, burnt fig and toffee tones which are hot right now, and the medium browns coming through are rich and nutty. Darker shades are infused with reds of black currant, and cherry to aubergine.”
CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLOUR
One of Damien’s strengths is diagnosing the right colour for his clients’ face, a skill he says takes much experience to get the formula right for every individual.
“Many things come into diagnosing what’s going to be right for a client,” he says. “Most important are eye colour and skin tones. By choosing the right hair colour, you can really make a person’s eyes become a feature, as well as balance out the skin tone. This is especially important as the season changes.”
CAN COLOUR HELP THICKEN HAIR?
Damien says that although colouring can help hair appear thicker, it’s important to remember that other factors also come into play.
“In short, yes colouring your hair will thicken it up,” Damien says. “By adding colour and especially lightening the hair, the hair shaft swells, in turn making the hair thicker in diameter and giving it more body.
But colouring the hair won’t give you more hair! As colourists there are many ways we can give hair the appearance of fullness and the illusion of thicker locks.
But just as important is a good cut and a good stylist. I recommend Sonia Cotroneo who can direct you in how to style hair to look thicker, and which products to use to compliment the colour and overall look”
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FOILS AND BALAYAGE?
“With Balayage, there are no foils used,” Damien explains. “This in turn creates a softer colour at the root area. Balayage still gives a highlighted effect, but it’s diffused and softer. SJP, Gisele and Miranda Kerr are great examples of this. Foiling and highlights are more precise, giving an even colour from roots to tips.”