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The New Colouring Technique All Blondes Need To Know About

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This summer’s hottest hair trend for blondes is all about creating natural sun-kissed locks. The kind you might have after an extended stay in St Tropez: all effortless, au naturel lights.

You’ll have to give up on highlighting, with hours spent in a chair and layers of hair tediously folded in foil parcels, but if it means less time in your colourist’s chair and you walk out with a look that it not only fresher and more-on-trend, why wouldn’t you?

The technique is called Palm Painting, and it is an innovative technique created by Brazilian stylist Marcos Verissimo at Neville Hair and Beauty on Pont Street. Inspired by the soft blonde looks on the Chloé and Michael Kors catwalks, the method does away with tedious foils, requiring only your hair and Marcos’ hands and creative vision.

Chloè spring/summer 2017
Chloé spring/summer 2017
Chloè spring/summer 2017
Chloè spring/summer 2017

“I love using my method, it means I have to look at my clients’ hair as a whole, rather than compartmentalising,” he says. “I need to work in natural light, so I can see the shape of my client’s head and the natural pigment of the hair colour. With foils you have a method, a pattern. Palm Painting breaks all these rules. It’s not for every colourist.”

Every head of hair gets a bespoke approach, as Marcos picks out the lighter areas and works to enhance and lift the tone by gradually teasing colour through the mid-lengths to the tips of the hair using just his palms. “Compared to finger painting, the palm is a larger surface area than your finger, so the colour is less ‘bitty,” he explains. “It’s more free-flowing and kinder on the eye.”

The result? A soft, uncontrived effect with a gentle, more unaffected appearance, avoiding harsh, angular foil lines. No more zebra stripes at the hairline.

Tommy Hilfiger spring/summer 2017
Tommy Hilfiger spring/summer 2017

Call Neville Hair and Beauty to make your appointment for gorgeously natural-looking blonde locks now. 5 Pont St, SW1X 9EJ. +44 20 7235 3654

Tod's spring/summer 2017
Tod's spring/summer 2017
Balmain autumn/winter 2016
Balmain autumn/winter 2016