Hair Color of the Year: Goodbye Ombre, Bonjour Ecaille!
It’s time to give a warm welcome to the hottest hair color trend of 2015: Ecaille!
While Ombre definitely ruled all the hair color trends in 2014, it’s time for a change. Actually, an upgrade. Or you can think of it as a reinvention; you’ll understand right away what I’m talking about.
Yes, the Ecaille is in town. The term means tortoiseshell in French and of course, is also known as the “tortoiseshell technique”.
The new technique have been spotted more and more in Paris since Fall 2014 and it’s been trending ever since, making a huge entry in 2015 and now it’s more clear than ever: it’s here to stay.
And it’s the experts that say it, not me. James Corbett, celebrity colorist and Clairol Color Director, told InStyle:
Ecaille was a big trend this fall and I see it continuing into spring
So it basically looks like this: dark, rich caramel tones that add dimension to your hair combined with golden highlights that create the illusion your hair was naturally sun-kissed.
It’s an entire journey through your hair, from darker roots to lighter ends, with softer, lighter balayange highlights spread all around.
The trick: add a few bolder pieces in the front that frame your face to obtain the maximum effect of this technique.
James Corbett gives us a more detailed visual as he explains:
It’s warm browns, honeys, and ambers just like a tortoiseshell comb. Blondes are more golden, with a few babylights worked into these tones to create the sublet dimension.
The thing about this new technique is to use the right shades that create dimension and graduation of color, so that you don’t accidentally end up with an Ombre.
So this is what I was saying earlier, you can think of Ecaille as the reinvention of Ombre, the more sophisticated and natural version.
But as in the case of any other hair color trend, there’s one crucial thing you always have to keep in mind: your skin tone. There’s no use to have the perfect Ecaille in your hair if it doesn’t match with your skin tone and kills your look.
If you are fair or pale, asks for some golden tones to add vibrancy. If you’re closer to an olive color or have a pink complexion, ask for some ash elements to give your skin a more natural, sun-kissed look.
My advice for you: don’t try it at home. It’s a pretty difficult technique to achieve and you should leave it in the hands of an expert.
And even if you go to a salon, I don’t recommend you to say the name of it because even if many stylists are already well aware of the new trends, some have no idea. Better show them some pictures, just to be sure.
Anyway, a thing is for certain: Ecaille is rising fast and celebrities have already started to go nuts about it. The technique has been spotted on the red carpet more and more over the past months as James Corbett confesses:
Think Khloe Kardashian, Jessica Alba and brand new mom Blake Lively. I have a lot of clients asking for this!
Which one do you like better: Ecaille or Ombre?
Do you plan on getting the tortoiseshell look?
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