How to colour your hair like your favourite celebrity
New look, who dis?
Changing your hairstyle is the surest way to refresh your look and bring a new energy to your personality. And if you don’t want to take on a drastic change in length, we’re thinking a cool new colour job, inspired by your favourite celebrities, is on the cards, especially since it’s the festive season.
But how often have you gone to the salon with a Pinterest board filled with images of Deepika Padukone’s golden brown waves and ended up with stark, chunky highlights from the ‘90s era? Oh, the horror. If you’re still haunted by the thoughts of a colour job gone wrong, we’re here to help. We spoke to hair expert, Vipul Chudasama, Creative Director at Vipul Chudasama Hair Education Studio, Mumbai, to decipher exactly what you should ask your hairstylist for when you want to shake up your hair colour like a Bollywood A-lister.
How to get your favourite celebrity’s hair colour:
What to ask your hairstylist: “A light brown colour applied globally with weaves of burgundy in between. If you have darker hair, you might have to pre-lighten the bits you’re dyeing burgundy to give them a red-orange undercoat. This helps the colour to catch faster and look more vibrant,” says Chudasama.
Try it if: You’re in the mood for something funky and on-trend.
What to ask your hairstylist: “A sombre hair colouring technique, also known as ‘soft’ or ‘subtle’ ombre that’s a lot less dramatic and stark than the classic. Leave your roots to the natural colour and start 3-4 inches below with a deep mocha colour (like L’Oreal Professionnel’s Majirel 5.8) that slowly transitions into a lighter shade.”
Try it if: You can’t stand the thought of light highlights.
What to ask your hairstylist: “Opt for the dark brown highlights with the traditional foil technique over majority of your hair. Then, ask your stylist to go over with a lighter golden brown with a free hand brush to add depth at key points. It’s basically like contouring, for your hair.”
Try it if: You need to frame the right features.
What to ask your hairstylist: “Ask for balayage highlights that are applied to certain sections from your root to tip for a blended and natural, sun-kissed look. It’s a low-commitment change to your natural colour and it looks great when it grows out,” says Chudasama.
Try it if: You don’t have time for multiple touch-ups.
What to ask your hairstylist: "Ask for babylights — they're like subtle highlights that are concentrated on the crown and towards the ends to make them look brighter. First, use a lighter shade like a caramel brown and then go over with a darker one from the same family to make it look natural and warm. The most important is to be sure that the highlights around the hairline and mid-lengths are super fine, or it looks just like a basic highlight."
Pro Tip: It looks the best on those with very fine or thin hair.