brown hair colour ideas

We’ve all heard that blondes have more fun, but what you may not know is that the phrase comes from a Rod Stewart album … way back in 1978! If you’re not counting, a cool 42 years have passed since then, and so you may be shocked to discover that a hot colour trend for 2020 is boldly brunette! Don’t believe us? Check out these celebrities and their brown hair colour styles that are proving that brunettes really do have the most fun.

1. Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens Brown Hair Colour

You may recall her from High School Musical, but even if you’ve seen her since then, it’s her nearly-jet-black hair that may have left the strongest impression.

No more! At the premiere of Bad Boys For Life just a few days ago, Vanessa turned up looking not only stunningly beautiful but absolutely delighted with her new caramel hair colour. Some say it’s the perfect way for her to start a new chapter after splitting with boyfriend Austin Butler, but we just think it looks amazing.

2. Rachel Bilson

brown hair colour of rachel bilsonAnother celeb who has kicked off 2020 by celebrating the beautiful light brown hair colour trend is Rachel Bilson, who debuted the look at the Golden Globes.

The fresh highlights may be golden, but the American actress’ style is actually proof that brown hair colour is here to stay in 2020.

3. Katherine Heigl

katherine heiglThink of Katherine Heigl. The actress and model in your mind are very much blonde … but not anymore! For her new Netflix series Firefly Lane, Katherine has done an amazing U-turn by debuting a stunning brunette.

But it actually isn’t her first flirtation with brown. In 2016, Katherine opted for light brown hair colour with blonde highlights, and a few years before that, she had an ash brown hair colour with a pixie cut.

4. Reese Witherspoon

Another actress who is most definitely “Legally Blonde” in your mind is Reese Witherspoon. But when Entertainment Weekly put her on the cover with Jennifer Aniston to promote their new series The Morning Show, there’s something you can’t help but have noticed – they’re both brunettes!

But we’re pretty sure Reese will revert to blonde again when Legally Blonde 3 comes out in 2020! It’s a pity because we think she looks incredible with a beautiful light brown hair colour.

Reese Witherspoon from Blonde to Brown Hair Colour

5. Ciara

Anyone who thinks brunette colour styles lack pizzazz hasn’t met the following ladies. We sometimes like to call it ‘bronde’, because it blends the best of blonde with the best of brunette. Others call it ash brown hair colour, but whatever it’s called, we’d like to give the gold medal to the singer Ciara.

However, ash brown is a favourite of names including Taylor Swift, Gigi Hadid, Jessica Alba, Khloe Kardashian, and many others – so why not give this beautiful hair colour a whirl in 2020?


The final word: give brown some love in 2020!

So if you said goodbye to the brown hair colour trend many years ago, 2020 is a brand new chance to jump back on the brunette bandwagon! Ask the amazing master hair colourists at Lily Jackson to show you some of our favourite brown hair colour options, all the way from ash and light honey brown to caramel, dark chocolate and beyond. Our mission is to make you fall in love with being a brunette once again, so let us know what’s your brown hair fantasy is for 2020!

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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. Curly hair is best cut drybook in for one of our bespoke curly hair dry cuts.

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 women’s 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.

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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 Best Womens Hairdresser in Syndey 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.

hair zapp change hair colour app

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!

Hair Try On change hair colour app

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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Just like people, personalities and pasta, things come in all different shapes and sizes – and that goes for faces, too. And let’s not beat around the bush: if you have a rounder face, it can be difficult to choose from the apparently limited hairstyles for round faces that really work.

Not sure you have a round face?

If you’ve always found it hard to find a haircut that brings out your best, and as a result, you’ve always stuck with the same cut, there’s a good chance you have a round face.

  • Are your cheeks, jaw and forehead all in the same line?
  • Is your face about the same length as it is wide?
  • Does your face lack sharp angles?

Welcome to your round face! But don’t despair: some of the most beautiful women on earth are in exactly the same boat. Drew Barrymore, Isla Fisher, Cameron Diaz, Emma Stone, Miranda Kerr, Michelle Williams … and the list of stunners goes on and on. All of them have looked absolutely stunning with a range of haircuts, styles, lengths and colours – the key is finding a stylist who knows exactly which round face hairstyles will work best for you.

Work with what you’ve got to create the best haircut for round face ladies

Before we get into which haircuts for round faces work the best, let’s give you all a boost: no face-shape is ever perfect. We can’t all have that perfect oval or diamond-shaped face – women with overly square, long or heart-shaped faces struggle to find the right style too.

But if you do have a notably round face and you’ve always struggled with your hair, here are some basic tips for your next session in front of the mirror:

1. Middle part

A middle part will tend to slim down your face.

2. Messy

If you add some messy volume to your look, for instance by putting up a messy bun or ponytail, you’ll draw attention away from the roundness.

3. Fringe

No matter the fringe, the focus of the world will be on your eyes and mouth, with the added bonus that a fringe slims your face down.

4. Layers

Among the best of the long hairstyles for round faces involve layers, whether they’re curly or straight. Wispier layers will further lengthen your face and neck.

5. Bob

For the ultimate bob hairstyle for round face women, make it a big longer than usual and style it messy.

6. Volume

If you pile your hairstyle up high, you’ll lengthen your face. To further this sleek look, grow your hair to and beyond your shoulders.

Where are all the round-faced celebrities?

But to really demonstrate just how beautiful your round face can be, let’s go through some of our favourite celebrities who have absolutely aced their round face haircuts.

1. Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman

Blessed with beauty, Natalie also has a round face – but it hasn’t held her back. After Star Wars, her long bob looked great and she followed it up with a little more length and some curl. Natalie has also narrowed in her round face with long curly fringe styled to the side, tried on a short and choppy fringe, and even shaved it all off for V for Vendetta. She’s the absolute queen of short hairstyles for round faces!

We don’t recommend you round-faced gals try the latter buzzed look, but Nathalie’s pixie cut as it was growing out is one of our absolute favourites. If you have a round face and love the pixie look, make sure you put some volume on the top to make your face appear more oval-shaped


2. Adele

Adele has lost quite a bit of weight, which opens up more options for a person with an already naturally rounder face. But throughout her career, this stunning singer has always matched her face with the best hairstyles for round face women.

At the 2017 Grammys, Adele had long, curly fringe to take the focus from her cheeks to a high hairline. At Glastonbury a year earlier, Adele’s hair was straight, shoulder-length and with a middle part – one of the very best round face hairstyles. But we absolutely love when Adele is Rolling In The Deep with a messy bun – especially when she wears it high with plenty of volume.

3. Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci

With her intense look and her skill for playing dark, unconventional characters, Christina Ricci always looks her best with her beautiful, rounder face. She is known for easing that roundness with very angular hairstyles, often including a very long and thick fringe to change that round shape. Sideswept fringe and a side-parted, medium-length bob is also a great haircut for round face ladies that Christina has aced.

4. Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne

Kelly’s hairstyles are outlandish but great hair colours usually work in perfect harmony with her round face. Shaved sides, crazy colours and hair piled up on the top almost completely delete any impression that her face is very round, but she has achieved the same goal with many more of the other best hairstyles for round face women. Extremely long, one-sided fringe, spiky styles, quirky and asymmetrical looks, and even an Emo cut that obscures one of her eyes. Kelly is the master of exploring the best modern short haircuts for round faces, and for that, we really love her.

A few more tips to finish

So if you have a rounder face, don’t despair! There are still a million and one different cuts and styles out there that means hairstyles for round face women are never in short supply.

So let’s finish with a few final tips to ensure that there are always so many hairstyles for round faces that look really, really stunning.

1. Two colours

If you want to experiment with colour, pick a shade that is a little lighter than yours and then ask your stylist to keep the hair that is closest to your face a little darker than natural.

2. Accessorise

Give extra definition to your round face with long, dangly earrings, and wear a short chain around your neck.

3. Makeup

Use makeup to really accentuate your cheeks, and pick a dark lipstick and playful eye-shadow.

4. Glasses

If you wear glasses, go for angular, exciting and squarer frames, and skip the smaller frames.

Still struggling to find the perfect round face hairstyles? The happy and talented team at Lily Jackson Hairdressing can help! Whether it’s a cut, a style, a colour or a makeup session that you need, our talented Sydney hairdressers are absolutely passionate about helping you get the beautiful look that you want and deserve – no matter what shape your face is!

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Have you ever gone full pixie? No, we’re not talking about a little person with pointed ears in a children’s story. We’re talking about the famous pixie cut, and the fact that it’s a modern trend that it seems will never again go out of fashion.

Rihanna and Anne Hathaway have aced the pixie cut look, and even Michelle Obama has tried the super-practical but equally super-sexy short look on for size. And here at Lily Jackson Hairdressing, our Sydney hairstylists would absolutely love to give you a pixie haircut today!

Layered, short pixie hair suits every face, it’s easy to wash, style and dry, and you’ll never again be terrified of a windy day. But best of all, there are so many pixie cut styles to choose from once you decide to take the big leap and say goodbye to your familiar longer hair – and a pixie even looks great in grey.

So let’s let your favourite pixie cut celebrities do the modelling as we show off our favourite pixie hairstyles of 2019:

1. Katy Perry

Katie Perry Pixie Cut

Do you know what the hot trend in 2019 pixie cuts is? It’s the super-short pixie cut – and our gold medal winner is none other than Katy Perry.

She first went pixie when she told us all about Swish Bish in 2017, but our favourite of the short pixie cuts is still Katy’s punk version. Today, it’s longer at the top meaning she can play around with styling.

2. Kristen Stewart

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When still a little girl in the movie Panic Room, Kristen had a stylish bob. Now 29, she’s all grown up – with her extremely edgy and even more extremely short pixie cut. Some might even call it little more than a buzz cut, but it’s still long enough to slick back or go all spiky.

3. Michelle Williams

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We know that the Dawson’s Creek star loves to wear her hair short. But we really love the elegant pixie cut she is wearing in 2019. Straight, bleached and with swished-over bangs, it may be beautiful and classy and perfect for accentuating her stunning cheekbones, but it’s still very low maintenance.

4. Kendall Jenner

Pixie Cut of Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner joined the pixie club? Really?! Sort of. Perhaps inspired by her Mum Kris, Kendall actually modelled an amazing FAKE pixie hair cut for Tom Ford’s Spring Collection. Hairstylist Orlando Pita did the faux pixie masterpiece and Kendall totally pulled it off.

5. Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne

Her magnificent eyebrows may stand out the most, but that was until we saw her latest silvery-pink pixie cut! With a stylish short cut, you can really have some fun with hair colour – and then easily try something else next week! It’s a great idea that is much more difficult without a cool pixie!

6. Ruby Rose

Ruby Rose

If you’ve been keeping track of this Aussie beauty, you’ll know she absolutely epitomises the pixie cut. She’s had just about every colour, style and length in the fabulous pixie hairstyles catalogue – so how can we pick our favourite? We’re going out on a pixie limb by choosing this one because why choose between blonde or brunette for your pixie cut when you can have both?

The final word: Go pixie in 2019!

Nothing says modern, bold, sexy confidence than a pixie cut in 2019. Forget the ordinary and trust us: with a great hairdresser and stylist like the brilliant fashionistas at Lily Jackson Hairdressing, you will pull it off. So take the plunge, pick up the scissors and razor and feel fabulous with a low-maintenance, versatile pixie cut. We can’t wait to see you!

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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.