Colour Chords Theory for Hairdressers #1

by | Aug 27, 2018

A trend usually refers to a certain style in fashion or entertainment, or is the subject of many posts on social media within a short period of time.

A trend simply reflects  what seems to be going around at any given time. My creative hair colour workshops regularly focus on what is trending and how to interpret this to each student’s particular clientele.

From research I have discovered that a fashion trend lasts for approximately 7 years. Bold and fearless Fashionistas will start experimenting with a look and many of us may look at them with confusion because it is against our norm. Then more and more people are influenced and copy or reinterpret this look in their own way. Usually a few years after the initial shock, we, as a society, become comfortable with this trend. Clients even start asking their hairdressers to describe how to achieve this trend. Once a celebrity has endorsed or worn a hairstyle, everybody wants it across the globe… until the next trend comes around!

Colour Theory that is based on principles or laws of colour remain consistent. Hairdressers that are grounded in these principles have the best ability to adapt their knowledge and offer the latest trends to clients with success every time. “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, not the most intelligent.  It is the one that is the most adaptable to change”, is a famous quote by Charles Darwin. I believe our industry is rapidly changing and clients are become more educated (can be a good or bad thing sometimes) thanks to social media tips posted by fellow hairdressers.

Keen to learn more about my adaptable approach to Colour Theory for Hairdressers?  I have been teaching my unique approach to formulating Redheads + Pastels + “Fussy Blondes” in my recent workshops, and students are loving their colour results! I feel inspired to share these principles with my blog readers. Some of this knowledge may be repeating what you already know, but forget to use sometimes. And I hope some of this article will help to enlighten you with a new and fool-proof approach to salon client requests.

Colour Theory #1 – Analagous

Analagous relationships use 2 or more colours that live next to each other on the colour wheel. Examples would be Orange, Yellow-Orange, and Yellow. There is a natural flow to these tones, and our brain sees beautiful united colours that appear natural looking.

When to use it in hair

Use Analogous when wanting to use more than one colour in hair, but still wanting a sense of unity with Colour Melts. This Colour Chord is perfect when doing one of my favourite things, ‘Hair-Painting’ for Redheads. Something gorgeous to try (as seen on my client Maddy) is painting the roots a Level 7 Orange Copper melting into Level 8 Copper Gold and Level 9 Yellow. This colour grouping appears seamless, but if you look closely you can see the roots are a lot brighter than the ends.

Have you head the news? I am touring my 2 day CANVAS Haircolour Workshop. Tickets are limited to 12 per program to ensure personal coaching.

CANVAS with Kristina Russell Tour dates
Adelaide Workshop : Sunday 9th September + Monday 10th September 2018
Sydney Workshop: Sunday 7th October + Monday 8th October 2018
Brisbane Workshop: Sunday 21st + Monday 22nd October 2018

I share my love for Visual Art plus my expertise in Colour Theory during haircolour demonstrations, along with discussions on the universal Pantone Colour System with reference to Creative Colour Chords for hair. Everything in this blog will be explained in greater detail within each intimate sized workshop. I would love to see you there.

x Kristina

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