With summer on its way out, it’s time to get your thoughts in gear and consider what your autumn and winter for this year will be looking like and more importantly, what your hair will look like! Over the past couple of months, we have seen the rise and fall of hair colour trends but we’re no longer thinking about our summertime shades and so, the autumn/winter transition begins!
Manic Panic UK affiliate and vivid hair colour genius, Rhiannon owner of Wundercut Hair, Scotland is well known for her eye-catching and unique creations. Rhiannon has built a loyal clientele that regularly attends appointments in which their colour always results in an elevated and fresh look.
With autumn just around the corner, Rhiannon has already started seeing the seasonal hair transition we mentioned before within her salon. She has kindly taken us through one of her recent colour transition appointments. This client is keen to keep hold of that creative and distinctive aesthetic, however, the tone becomes one we hope to see more of during the cooler months.
You can check out more of Rhiannon’s work on her Instagram page @wundercuthair and her website available within her bio.
HOW TO CHANGE YOUR HAIR LIKE THE WEATHER WITH MANIC PANIC UK
Just as the seasons change, so too does our hair at Wundercut! Now that the weather is getting gloomy in the UK, we’ve decided to swap the bright locks for something a little bit moodier!
The shades I'm using for this tutorial will create the best results when applied to pre-lightened hair such as a pale yellow or lighter.
If you already have a semi-permanent dye on your pre-lightened hair - which makes your starting base deeper than this - then you will need to do a strand test to see if the colour will take. If it is too deep, use a clarifying shampoo (Manic Panic Prepare to Dye Clarifying Shampoo) to fade any previous colour. If you find it needs to be lightened more than the shampoo can achieve, you will need to use a gentle bleach to strip the colour from the hair (using the Manic Panic Flash Lightning kit mixed with Prepare to Dye at a 1:1 ratio). This should be applied to dry hair and left to process anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on your starting tone and hair condition.
Previously, I had used Electric Banana and Hot Hot Pink on level 9 blonde hair. This faded out to pale yellow and peach tones which made a suitable base for our moody blue goals. Now that your hair is prepped and ready to be coloured let’s get started with mixing this custom blue tone!
I am using Blue Moon, Shocking Blue + Raven at a ratio of 3:2:1
Depending on your starting base and desired results, you may want to add more or less of each shade.
Top tip: I always use a white piece of tissue to swatch test my shades before applying them to the hair. This provides a useful guide which shows me how the colour will turn out on pale blonde hair!
● Section away the hair that does not require dyeing and apply your colour to dry hair liberally; you want the hair to be fully saturated. For this look, I used foil for areas which were a little deeper in colour to ensure the heat from the scalp was kept in and the hair could develop as intensely as possible.
● Leave on the hair for 20 mins minimum, but remember, with Manic Panic there is zero damage and it acts as a conditioning mask so feel free to leave it on as long as you would like. But it does need to be washed off!
● After the colour has had time to process, rinse with lukewarm to cold water. This will lengthen the colour longevity you experience and avoid the colour bleeding onto other parts of the hair.
Whilst the hair is wet, apply your colour-safe hair products as a part of your usual routine. I would recommend using a colour-safe shampoo and conditioner such as ‘Manic Panic Keep Colour Alive Shampoo’ and ‘Manic Panic Not Fade Away Conditioner’. If you’d prefer, you could try a conditioning mask/treatment of your choice instead.
● Dry and style as desired. In this case, I used some Salt Spray and gel. I then diffused for a textured look on straight hair! Finish with a Pomade to accentuate the sections and add shine so that fresh colour can pop!