Peach Is The Official Hair Colour Trend Of Summer — But There's A Twist

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It might not be rosé season quite yet, but that same shade of cool pink is more popular than ever. In fact, rosé hair — the universally-flattering shade of rose gold colour that dominated last summer — never really went away. From top salons in London, to the hair pros leading the way in Hollywood, pink hair has never been more popular. But according to Riawna Capri, co-owner and hairstylist at L.A.'s Nine Zero One, that's all about to change.
"People want something different, but still similar to rose gold," Capri tells Refinery29. "That’s how peach began trending." While both colours are rooted in pink, Sharon Dorram, master colourist at Sally Hershberger salon in NYC, explains that peach hair adds depth and dimension to the rosé trend.
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Capri confirms that the peach hair trend is here for the long haul and you'll see it on everyone very soon — especially during the height of festival season this summer. So, with Coachella upon us, we've rounded up the coolest peach hair colours we spotted on Instagram lately. Even better, we tapped the coolest hair colour experts — Capri, Dorram, and Rita Hazan — to tell you how you can master summer's biggest hair trend.
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The first, and most important thing to know? There isn't one shade of peach to settle on — there's a whole spectrum to pick from. Capri says that you have to find the right variation of the color to make it really great, like Paris Jackson's subtle pastel tint that flatters her warmer skin tone.
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Capri says that, for a long time, clients were more obsessed with ashy and cool-tone hair colours, but now, many have shifted to something warmer. Translation: Your stylist should tone your 'do to flatter your unique skin tone.
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"This colour is fresh, new, and super flattering," Dorram says. "It gives warmth to the skin and I really love the effect it can have on someone."
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Like any rainbow colour, you should expect high-maintenance upkeep if you want to keep your shade vibrant...
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However, it also looks beautiful when fading, so don't be afraid to lay off the bottle if your hair gets damaged or dry.
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"A pastel peach will gradually fade out of the hair," Capri confirms. "You may find yourself going back to the salon within a few weeks to have the colour reapplied depending on how often you shampoo and your daily activities."
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The process to achieve your customised shade of peach all depends on your base colour. Capri explains that brunettes will have to pre-lighten their hair to something that will hold the peach shade, like a pale yellow. Those who are naturally blond can go straight for the colour.
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It's important to have realistic expectations if you are starting with dark hair. Hazan, who is Beyoncé's colourist, says that brunettes might end up with a richer shade of orange, while natural blonds can rock a pastel variation with less damage. Her one warning for brunettes: That platinum-meets-peach colour takes time — so be patient!
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Hazan adds that darker skin tones should ask for a peach that makes their complexion pop. To achieve this, she suggests asking for a mix of coral and strawberry tones, which will yield a bright orange-pink.
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Fair skin? You might want to gravitate towards peach with orange and red undertones instead.
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The most important thing to remember is to do your research. "Always show your stylist a few different inspiration photos of hair that you like!" Capri explains. "This will help to narrow down any miscommunication between you and your stylist."
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