Looking for the latest hair colour ideas? You’re in the right place! We have the best hair colour experts in Sydney keeping you up to date with hair colour inspiration in our blog.

All the latest trends and classic colours are here – grey hair, blonde hair, rose gold hair, plus colour ideas for long hair or short. We also cover hair colour techniques from ombre to balayage and highlights.

We hope you find some great inspiration from the many beautiful hair colour ideas in our blog. Get in touch and we can help turn ideas into reality!

2018 hair trends

If you’re anything like us, you have two voices in your head. One is screaming “Omg! How on earth is it 2020?!” while the other joyfully exclaims “Yay! New haircut!” The coolest thing about those ever-changing hair trends is that there’s always another one around the corner – and no matter what style you choose, there’s always new hair waiting to sprout so you can start experimenting yet again.

So whether it’s something familiar, a retro revival, or something new entirely, the new year is the perfect opportunity to experiment with new styles. 2020 is set to be the year of relaxed styles with bold and blended colours creating effortlessly stylish haircuts. Get ready to be inspired! By the time you’ve looked through our 2020 hair trends you’ll be booking an appointment with your local hairstylist:).

2020 Hair Trend #1 The Asymmetrical Bob

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When you’re ready to live on the edge why not start with your hair!! We love the shorter, bolder asymmetrical, disconnected bob hairstyle that our beautiful reception angel has gone for in the pic above!

A bolder, more fun statement than the classic bob,  the asymmetrical version has hair longer on one side than the other. Customise it for your taste with curly hair and colour.

2020 Hair Trend #2 Red Hair Colours

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Only 1 to 2 percent of the population has naturally red hair, but that doesn’t stop the rest of us achieving the same look as Rumer Willis, Isla Fisher or Amy Adams. Although there is plenty of colour competition these days, the many different shades of red hair continued to be among the most popular choices into 2020.

2020 Hair Trend #3: The Uncut Haircut

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It’s a hairstyle trend that looks like it has grown out – the shape still looks great, it has texturised ends, and lots of movement and shape. It’s not a bad haircut but rather a great haircut that has seen the passing of time.

Sitting between the ear lobe and shoulder, it should be noted that the uncut haircut is NOT the same as just letting your hair grow out. When your hair grows out, your hairstyle naturally loses shape as your hair grows at different lengths. You still need shape and balance and loads of texture and only a good haircut will help you manage this look well.

2020 Hair Trend #4: Hidden Extremes In Colour

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This hairstyle is worn by someone with natural looking colour all over, but sporting some extreme colour underneath the top layers – like a strong vivid colour.

This style can be enhanced by undercuts and is perfect for the person who wants something bright and creative but needs to maintain a certain level of professionalism at work.

2020 Hair Trend #5: Tribal Braiding

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With summer braids always on trend, tribal braiding is closer to the scalp – but the style is definitely not “Heidi of the Hills”.

There is something more visceral about tribal braiding and you can personalise the look by adding different coloured ribbons, coloured hair strands and being more organic in the way the braids are laid out. Think more American Indian or African corn rows or warrior goddess braids such as those worn by the Mockingjay in the Hunger Games.

2020 Hair Trend #6: Ash Blonde Hair

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Ash blonde hair colour is essentially light blonde with a grey or ‘ash’ tint. When it comes to trending hairstyles and colours, ash blonde is certainly popular right now. There are plenty of celebrities with fine examples including Ashley Benson, Cara Delevinge and Taylor Swift.

2020 Hair Trend #7: Floppy Boy Cut

floppy boy haircut trendThis hairstyle trend is great for wavy or curly hair for both men or women. It’s reminiscent of 90s men’s haircuts without the short back and sides. This hair cut is long on top, and carries more weight on the edge and sides.

2020 Hair Trend #8: Close Crop

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The close crop means shaving your head to a level 2 – which is really close to the scalp. Add extreme colour on top and you’re close to the on-trend look.

The upkeep is quite high, but you can pretty much change your hair colour every six weeks – and that’s a lot of fun.

2020 Hair Trend #9: Silver Hair

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Last year, we saw a lot of dirty pastels and grey hair colour trends – but for 2020 it’s all about bringing the shine back. We’re starting to see a lot of requests for silver hair, which is not to be confused with platinum blondes.

Super shiny, matte grey hair gets an upgrade into something a little more magical. We’re loving the hand painted balayage colouring with the slightest root fade, and purple shampoo is a must (try Oribe Silverati Shampoo).

2020 Hair Trend #10: Rose Gold Hair

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We can’t get enough of these rose gold hair colour ideas, and we’re not the only ones! This hair colour trend is almost strawberry blonde but with a little more pink. It’s a colour that’s a beautiful change from the usual dirty pastels. It’s luminous and shiny and so attractive and feminine on any haircut.

Rather than an all-over roots to ends colour, we’re loving darker roots with a quick transition to rose gold. Lasting luminous rose gold is best achieved using Wella Professionals colour.

2020 Hair Trend #11: Curls, Curls, Curls

Despite the never-ending requests for keratin smoothing treatments and permanent hair straightening, a small army of women is saying “yes” to flaunting their natural curls.

The key to every beautiful hairstyle is a great haircut, and curly hair needs a specialist who knows know how to create shape without hacking senseless layers into the hair or doing the usual curly bobs.

The biggest mistake with curly hair is brushing it – just don’t! Bring out your curly hair best with insanely amazing products like Oribe Curl Control Silkening Creme for soft curls with some hold. If you want curls with a little more staying power and oomph, then you can’t go past the Oribe Curl Shaping Mousse. Forget crunchy tacky mousse’s of the 80’s – this mousse is amazing.

Hairstyles in 2020 – Get On Trend Today With Lily Jackson

A new year means a fresh start, new beginnings – and a bold new style for your hair! The hair trends we’re spotting are extreme and exciting, the textures are fresh, the do’s and cuts are un-done, uncut and easy. No matter what takes your fancy, the haircut and hair colour trends 2020 savvy clients are choosing can all be done at Lily Jackson – so will you be giving one a try next time? Let us know in the comments and we’ll see you soon.

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If you put 100 random people off the street into a single room, how many of them do you think have a naturally red hair colour? Twenty five? Ten? Five? Not even close.

Actually, only 1 to 2 percent of the population has naturally red hair, caused by a mutation in the MC1R gene that produces the coolest pigment in the world – pheomelanin.

The result? As stunning as it is stunningly rare. But that rareness doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of shades of red hair atop heads everywhere you look. So what’s the deal?

Well, it wasn’t too long ago that people with red or ginger hair colour might have been very tempted to colour it the more ‘standard’ brown or blonde in order to fit in.

But although there is plenty of colour competition these days, the many different shades of red hair continued to be among the most popular choices into 2020. That was also true at Lily Jackson, where our trend-conscious customers kept strolling into Sydney’s best hairdresser to let our red hair colourists work their magic!

So when it comes to the most stunningly beautiful types of red hair, want to know what inspired Lily Jackson’s hair colourists? Answer: The celebrities who rock that red hair colour the best.

We’ve featured ash blonde, grey hair and rose gold hair among others. Now it’s time for red hair colour ideas to take centre stage! Here are our favourite red-heads of 2019:

1. Amy Adams

The double Golden Globe winner’s soft, copper hair colour is the perfect complement for her porcelain-like skin.

Amy Addams Red Hair Colour

2. Isla Fisher

Borat may love Pamela Anderson’s blonde locks the best, but in real life, he is married to the stunning Isla Fisher – whose naturally red hair colour looks stunning in a subtle ombre style.

Red Hair Colour - Isla Fisher

3. Debra Messing

Is there anyone who can rock a bright auburn hair colour with more style than the star of Will & Grace? Believe it or not, her original dark red hair colour was actually a colour stylist’s mistake, but we absolutely love it!

Red Hair Colour of Debra Messing

4. Rumer Willis

Perhaps you recognise her better with a dark or perhaps burgundy hair colour, but Bruce Willis and Demi Moore’s daughter tried on an almost orange-red hair colour with her short style in 2019. It was the perfect demonstration that all types of red hair can really work if executed well.

Rumer Willis

5. Emma Stone

There’s only one thing brighter and bubblier than the beautiful Emma Stone – and that’s her bright, bubbly and ginger hair colour. It’s hard to believe that she was born blonde, but many shades of red hair work better than you could imagine on people with fair skin.

Emma Stone with red hair

6. Anna Kendrick

Unlike the fair Emma Stone, Anna has a warm medium skin tone that looks the best with a dark red hair colour.

Anna Kendrick

Did we miss your favourite celebrity who gave the various red hair shades the coolest reputation in 2019? Honourable mentions go to Julianne Moore’s neutral auburn hair colour, Julia Roberts’ red balayage highlights, and the way Christina Hendricks is always mixing it up to keep her red hair colours eternally fresh.

The skilful and experienced hair colourists at Lily Jackson create the most beautiful looks every single day, matched perfectly to your features, personality and lifestyle. So no matter which shades of red hair have caught your eye, give Sydney’s best hairdressers a call for advice or make a booking today.

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Did you know that Britney Spears has just gone from brunette to blonde? “Maybe blondes do have more fun!” she said on Instagram. Also jumping on Instagram this month has been the ‘IDGAF’ singer Dua Lipa, who went from blonde to honey-blonde. Megan Thee Stallion, an American rapper, appeared on the cover of Paper magazine with an amazing half blonde/half bright red look, while Reese Witherspoon’s daughter Ava has chosen 2019 to go baby pink. Are you getting the idea? 2019 has been all about trying something different with your colour – but are you game? If you do feel like jumping in at the deep end, how about dipping a pinky toe in first? With a little help from your smartphone, you can do it right now by downloading a hair colour changing app.

If using your phone to try a change hair colour app sounds exciting, here at Lily Jackson we are one step ahead of you! Our top Sydney hairdressers have road-tested the most popular change hair colour app options for you, and we’re here to present our findings.

What on earth is a hair colour changer app?

In a nutshell, a hair colour app is exactly what it says on the tin: an app that changes your hair colour at the press of your smartphone screen! Perfect for completing avoiding hair colour change regret, a hair colour app not only allows you to try a new colour on for size before taking the dramatic plunge, you can also try a dramatically different haircut style, like a pixie cut – without ever going near a pair of scissors.

Ever sat in the chair, paid good money, and walked out of the shop with the horrible realisation that your cut doesn’t suit your face, shape, personality or skin? This latest VR technology means you’ll never feel that way again because the best hair colour changer app is so super-realistic.

Of course, consult with your local hair colourist and discuss your ideas and goals before you commit 🙂

Here are our top 5 change hair colour app options.

1. Hair Zapp

The great thing about apps is that you can generally try them before buying the premium features. Hair Zapp is a great example of that, with no less than 500 different hairstyles to try for free. Another great feature allows you to post your new do on the app and get real-time feedback from other hair colour app users.

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2. Hairstyle Makeover

Like all these apps, all you really need to do is take or upload a photo of yourself, and then let the technology works its magic. Hairstyle Makeover is particularly good for trying completely different hairstyle shapes because you can alter the length, volume and shape of each style. It’s very handy for those with round faces, which are notoriously difficult to match to a new hairstyle.

Hairstyle Makeover App

3. Hairstyle Try On

The free version of this changing hair colour app includes only 15 different styles, but don’t worry: short, long, medium, straight and curly options are among them – and 800 more styles are less than $2 away. There is also a great social media sharing feature so that not just other app users but also your family and friends can give their opinion!

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4. Style My Hair

Developed by French cosmetics giant L’Oreal, this app and its amazing 3D colour simulation technology doesn’t disappoint. First of all, it’s totally free and includes more than 50 hair colours to experiment with – including beautiful natural tones as well as bold blue, green and pink options.

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Have you had a good play with your favourite new change hair colour app? Ready to let Sydney’s best colourists work their artistic magic … for real? Changing your hair colour is one of the easiest ways to turn heads and refresh your image, personality and self-esteem, so why not book in for a complimentary consultation? Contact us to reboot your look today.

Organic Hair Colour

At Lily Jackson Hair & Make Up our health philosophy is simple – less chemicals not more.

But let’s get something clear up front – Organic Hair Colour does not exist (apart from some types of Henna). 

There are ways to reduce your exposure to chemicals in the quest for beautiful hair but it is confusing and contradictory.

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If you’ve been colouring your hair to cover the grey, the thought of stopping can be scary for no other reason than imagining how you’ll survive the time it takes for your natural colour to emerge.

Going grey is a big decision and a process. Julie Peacocke, Director of Lily Jackson Hair & Makeup and Lily Jackson Hairdressing Potts Point discusses how to go grey and if doing it gracefully is possible.

What are the issues faced by going grey?

The biggest issue to address is how to transition to grey and still keep the hair looking great. Going grey is a gradual process and often in the first years, the colour solution might have been to just cover the grey hair with an overall tint or highlights.

No two people are going to go grey in the same way so “going grey” really requires a bespoke solution for each individual. You would be surprised at the different patterns: some people have lots of grey hair around the hairline (think forehead, sideburns, and nape of the neck), but not a lot on the top. For others, their grey hair might grow more densely in patches.

The colour of the skin also changes with age – so this needs to be taken this into account ie are the natural shade of grey in your hair and your skin tone complementary?

Growing out the old colour

Growing out existing colour presents its own challenges and really requires a well thought out colour strategy depending on how patient or fearful the client is about the transition. It’s a really big step.

The other issue is that we assume the grey that grows out is a pleasant colour or tone and is uniform in appearance but often this is not the case. Some grey hair has unusual tones like yellow or green which need to be corrected.

The grey hair might also have different densities in different parts of the head – ie you might be a really light grey on the front of your head and still have your original pigment at the back.

Grey hair has a different texture to hair with natural pigment, so as your hair goes grey, the texture of your hair will change and as a result – these two “types” of hair will behave differently. Curly grey hair, for example, is often more wirey than the curly hair with natural pigment and can be more difficult to control.

Finally, will going grey to be supportive of your professional goals? I know of many professional women in high-powered positions who would not consider going grey because they feel they would be, consciously or unconsciously, judged and leave themselves open to bias and prejudice.

What are your tips for transitioning to grey?

If you’ve followed Instagram at all, many young women are choosing to have their hair coloured grey or silver and it’s quite a social media trend.

In the past, the limitations of technology in professional hair colour meant that stylists were not able to create grey shades and tones. But now we have many more tools, products and interesting colour technology that enables us to create bespoke levels of fashion-oriented grey hair.

So what does this mean for you?

The best news is you don’t have to grow out your hair, have a really obvious re-growth and look aged or unkempt in the process.

The first thing to consider is how much colour already exists in the hair and how big a difference there is between the coloured hair and the original pigment.

Some clients might need or want a slow transition – this involves gradually growing out the grey yet incorporating some bespoke colour so that the hair does not look flat or unattractive.

Some clients are super ready. Generally, they’ve thought about it for quite some time so an extreme transition involving a full removal of the colour that exists in the hair, is right for them. How well this solution works depends on how long the hair is (better in shorter hairstyles) and the overall health and condition of the hair being treated.

Unless you’re incredibly lucky to have a pleasant shade of grey and colour densities that are attractive, grey hair still requires a bespoke approach to look good. Finding that stylist that can take you on this journey and who makes it an adventure and not a stressful experience is key.

Some of the techniques we use are:

  • Toning out undesirable colours like yellow or green tinge or sun bleached gold brassiness.
  • Creating contrast be it lighter or darker (but in a minimal way where you might only need touch ups three or four times per year).
  • Putting in MORE grey. Some people have white hair instead of grey and adding in grey can create a point of difference, add style and create more depth and texture to a fashionable haircut.

Can you reverse your colour?

We can remove (or strip) colour from the hair, but because of the process, the hair will have no colour. So as part of the process, we would need to deposit the desired colour back into the hair and this can be a bespoke grey colour.

The colour removal process is not suitable for everyone and definitely not to be attempted if you’ve been colouring your hair with supermarket colour in a box.

Is cutting hair short and letting it grow again the only way?

It certainly is an option if you cannot deal with the length of time a transition will take. It’s like ripping off a band-aid.

Women with short grey hair can look so stylish, but it is not the only way for the reasons mentioned above. You just need to have a lot of patience if you wish to keep your hair length.

For those who don’t want to sacrifice their long hair, what would you suggest?

The first thing about any long hair is that it must be healthy.

Many women attached to having long hair are unfortunately blind to their split or dead ends that must be cut off for any hairstyle to look good and for any colour to hold.

Again, a bespoke approach to colour is needed and transitioning the hairstyle to grey will involve allowing incremental amounts of natural colour to show through over a period of time.
Having a sharp haircut once it is grey is essential – grey hair looks best with a strong style.

Can you show us some types of hairstyles that work with grey hair?

I certainly can! Take a look at our latest professional photo shoot and video featuring women with grey hair! You will see a short pixie cut, one shorter hairstyle with a longer fringe, one medium hair length hairstyle and one long grey hairstyle.

We hope they inspire you to call us for a consultation on 02 9360 8708 or book an appointment with us online.

ash blonde hair colours

What exactly is ash blonde hair colour? If you’ve ever wanted to sport an edgy, ‘ice queen’ look, ash blonde is for you. Think light blonde with a grey or ‘ash’ tint.

It’s blonde with the temperature turned down, basically, leaving a brilliantly unique shade with an undertone of grey and silver. If you have a light complexion, ash blonde is a certain winner, but there’s actually a shade of ash blonde that will work for everyone.

When it comes to trending hairstyles and colours, ash blonde is certainly popular right now. There are plenty of celebrities with fine examples we’ll highlight. So let’s get straight to the list!

1. Ash blonde ombre hair

If blonde all the way doesn’t work for you, pick ash blonde ombre hair. It will look as good at work as it will in a bikini.

A celeb who loves it: Ashley Benson, who plays Hanna in Pretty Little Liars.

ashley benson's ash blonde hair

2. Dark to light ash blonde

Just like yin and yang, the dark and light really work well when it comes to ash blonde hair. Think black roots that blend into platinum, and you get an idea of how stunning contrast can be.

dark to light ash blonde hair

3. Ash blonde brown hair

Who says ash blonde can’t incorporate brown? Try starting with dark brown roots and ending with honey blonde ends, and take a bold step from brown to the exciting world of ash blonde.

A celeb who loves it: Cara Delevinge, whose famous dark eyebrows make the brown in her ash blonde really sparkle.

cara delevigne's ash blonde hair

Here are some other examples of ash blonde and ash brown hair – the spectrum is endless!

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4. Ash blonde highlights

Highlights are another perfect way to step tentatively into the ash blonde realm. Take your prized brunette tresses and add some ice queen flair with ash blonde foils – in a long bob, especially if you have thin hair, it looks particularly chic.

A celeb who loves it: Taylor Swift, whose baby blue eyes really pop with ash blonde hair.

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5. Dark ash blonde

When you add some more obviously grey tones to that ash blonde look, you’re really getting on-trend in 2018 with a darker undertone. It’s also daring – and every eye on the room will be on you.

A celeb who loves it: Kim Kardashian, who will often opt for ash blonde with grey when she trades in her signature black hair.

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6. Buttery ash blonde

Ash blonde and 2018 are all about breaking the rules, so let’s commit the sin of mixing those cool and warm tones. The result for ash blonde is a dynamic, buttery look.

A celeb who loves it: Amanda Seyfried, whose ashy roots blend deliciously with warm ends.

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7. Silver ash blonde

You’re thinking grey and icy, but how about thinking more silver? Add in some metallic tinges and really make it pop with dimension via platinum highlights at the end.

 

So there you have it: ash blonde is not just ash blonde. Do you have a favourite?

The really great news is that there are actually DOZENS more ash blonde hair colour ideas to choose from, so ask the friendly hair colour experts at Lily Jackson to help find the perfect one for you!


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Short Grey Hair Lyn

Meet Lyn.

Confident and happy in her skin, Lyn is popular over 50’s model featured in many magazines and papers. Going grey is a lot about loving the person you are, indeed embracing it and as author Brenee Brown puts it “letting go of who you think you’re supposed to be.”

Short Grey Hair Lyn

Lyn’s hair looks natural but we actually coloured it with some highlights and toner. Lyn has strong features and can carry off a strong haircut.

The hair cut features a lot of texture and movement to frame Lyn’s face. It reflect Lyn’s personality to a tee – it has strength, style and loads of personality and it makes a statement.

When we work with grey hair transitions, we aren’t trying to do anything that goes against the nature of the hair.

And this is the liberating aspect of grey hair transitions.

Watch this video to see how beautiful and vibrant grey hair is and understand our approach to grey hair transitions.

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Platinum Grey Hair Helen

It was the best thing I’ve ever done, because it set a whole lot of change in motion.

Meet Helen

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Jules Peacocke, Director of Lily Jackson Hair & Makeup and the Lily Jackson Hairdressing Potts Point talks about making Helen’s haircut edgy and on-trend, yet relevant to a woman who is in her 50’s and who is grey. Cutting texture and movement into the hairstyle is a paramount, making sure that your grey hair is beautiful is the next.

Grey hair often benefits from a little boost from your stylist with a toner or highlights so it’s a stand-out in any room.

There’s a misconception that going grey mean’s no maintenance, but that’s not the case, especially if you have been colouring your entire head to cover greys.  You don’t have to suffer through unsightly regrowth but we will have to adjust the approach to your colour. And maybe your natural grey hair needs a helping hand like Helen’s.

You also need to style your hair with some great products. On this shoot we used Oribe and R+Co, available online, Lily Jackson Hair & Makeup.

 

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Meet Michelle

Michelle’s journey to grey came about with feeling confident with where she is at and embracing age with grace.

She is a real nature girl, who loves long hair. Watch Michelle discuss her grey hair journey in this video.

We applied a toner to Michelle’s hair to enhance the brightness of the natural colours.

Grey hair without a strong hairstyle definitely can age you.
Long hair especially requires a strong direction with the haircut.  We cut a lot of shape into Michelle’s hair, without taking away the length or creating excessive layers.  The result is a haircut with structure that supports styling to reflect softness and looseness which is very much her personality.

We blow dried and tonged Michelle’s hair to frame her face softly and stylishly.

Jules Peacocke, Director of Lily Jackson Hair & Makeup says “Often nature has a great plan, and sometimes it just needs a bit of re direction.”

 

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Meet Julie

Julie is one of Jules Peacocke’s clients. Jules, Director of Lily Jackson Hair & Makeup, has always admired Julie for her unique look and style and has enjoyed creating this versatile look.

Julie found her journey to grey hair empowering as she talks about confronting and embracing who she is in this video.

Every woman has their own sense of presence and it is clear that Julie understands and embraces her personal style. The colour and cut support and enhance Julie’s facial features.

With Julie’s colour being completely natural, we focussed on the haircut – a graduated bob.  Going grey requires more attention to the haircut which comes down to the stylist getting to know their client and their story. While a graduated bob is a “simple haircut” it requires a significant amount of expertise and skill to execute correctly.

Now the word “bob” might strike fear in the hearts of many women because poorly executed, it can add years to the appearance of the individual and tells nothing of the uniqueness of the person.

Julie’s hairstyle showcases grey hair that does not age the individual, that can be styled to reflect a fun, elegant and/or edgy look that speaks uniqueness, individuality and empowerment.

All great haircuts look better when blowdried and styled.

In the images above you can see how Julie’s hair has been styled differently: swept up with a long side part that imparts freshness or a sultry blowdry over the eyes – both styles using Oribe Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse and Oribe Superfine Hairspray.