Unless you’ve been living in a cave that forbids exposure to beauty trends, you’ve probably noticed a gorgeous shift to a new look in hair colour. More sophisticated than vivid hair colour, but with more impact than pastel hair colourmetallic hair colour is the chic girl’s solution to unconventional hair colour. Here’s what you need to know to find the perfect metallic hair colour formula for you!

What Is Metallic Hair Color?

The key idea in the concept of metallic hair colour is the word “metal.” Metal is shiny. Metal is iridescent. Metals come in a range of finishes from warm gold to icy silver. Metallic hair colours, at their best, are dimensional, dazzling tones that shine like platinum. Metallic hair colour looks rich and expensive. A hair colour pro can put a metallic spin on just about any hair colour shade or can create a full head of metallic hair colour in the shade of silver or copper.

“Metallic hair colour can be for everyone,” declares Matrix Artistic Director Robert Santana. “In our salon, we’re getting requests from everyone from Millennials, to women in their 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond. They’re requesting shades like rose gold hair colour and silver hair colour. It’s very versatile—we can make a metallic hair colour whisper for a more conservative client, or shout for a fashionably progressive client.”

At one time, it was necessary to pre-bleach hair to remove all of the colours before depositing a metallic hair colour, to achieve a pure, clear tone. But now, according to Robert, thanks to new formulations like those in the Matrix SOCOLOR and Color Sync Mixed Metals Collection, it’s possible to achieve metallic hair colour tones without completely stripping out the existing pigment, even on darker hair colour shades. Plus, metallic hair colours infuse your hair with gorgeous, reflective pigment.

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The 5 Rules of Metallic Hair Color

Pick your Shade Wisely

With metallic hair colour, as with any hair colour, the basic rules of shade selection apply. You and your hair stylist should pick a colour that flatters your skin tone and your eye colour. That means if you tend to have cool undertones in your skin, you will be enhanced by metallic hair colours on the cool side of the spectrum, like silvery and platinum tones. If you have warm undertones in your skin, opt for warm metallic hair colours, like gold, bronze or copper tones. Try the jewellery test to target your best tones. Grab pieces of gold, silver, bronze and copper jewellery and hold each one close to your face. It will be instantly evident which metals look best. One exception is people with neutral skin tones. These folks can go either way—cool hair colour or warm hair colour are equally flattering.

Shine Above All

The star of any metallic hair colour design is hair shine. The right formula and hair colour products go a long way to producing gleaming hair, but they won’t do you any good if your hair isn’t healthy, lustrous and strong. This is especially true if you’re going to be pre-lightening your hair strands with bleach. Using a bond-repair product in your hair colour formulas is one great way to retain the integrity of your hair—it will repair the structural bonds that are damaged during the colouring process.

Metallic Balayage is Everything

Balayage is the modern way to highlight hair—it’s a technique that involves hand-painting the surface of the hair with lightener or hair colour to approximate a natural, sun-kissed effect. According to Matrix Celebrity Stylist and balayage pioneer George Papanikolas, balayage highlights are narrow at the top of the head and gradually widen as they progress down the strand—this V-shape gives them a natural look. Balayaging your hair with metallic shades like rose gold or silver creates that same, sunlit look, using a more sophisticated hair colour palette. You can add metallic balayage highlights to a conventional-toned base, or incorporate them into an all-over metallic hair colour effect.

Leave It to a Pro

On the hair colour sophistication scale, metallic hair colour design is pretty advanced. Shade selection, formulation and colour placement can all go terribly wrong if not done by someone with skill and experience. So, advises George Papanikolas, it’s best to leave your metallic hair colour to a hair colour professional. “He or she will be able to create a look that’s elegant and sophisticated,” he says, “in shades that are perfect for your hair and your complexion.”

Handle it With Care

It goes without saying that if you’re going to spend your hard-earned money on the metallic hair colour trend, it’s smart to maximize your investment by coddling that hair colour once you leave the salon. Robert Santana recommends using natural origin sulfate- and paraben-free shampoos and conditioners that are expressly designed for colour-treated hair. “These very ‘clean’ formulas with no artificial ingredients leave colored hair feeling soft and velvety, and they won’t strip away the hair colour,” he explains.

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Metallic Hair Color Options

Cool Metallic Hair Colors

If you choose a cool metallic hair colour, there are many beautiful, icy choices. You can sport an allover silver hair colour or a silvery grey tone, or add streaks of platinum to a blonde base. Smoky or frosty lilac, lavender or grape shades are quite appealing, as are Arctic blue tones.

Warm Metallic Hair Colors

On the other side of the spectrum are the warm, burnished metallic hair colour shades. Ask your hair stylist to create gold-, bronze- or copper-based shades, such as rose gold, strawberry copper or chocolate bronze.

To book a consultation with one of our colourists at Revas Spa to see what metallic shades will work best for you, call us now on 061 605120 or click here to make an inquiry.