The Trend: Amber Slate
Occupying a cozy space between honey blonde, red, and silvery chrome, amber slate serves up '70s retro vibes. Because it's essentially a handful of warm tones mixed with a cool base, it suits all skin tones.
"Within fashion especially, we’ve been exploring the 1970s color palette for a number of years," Irwin says. "If you look at Zara and other high-street stores, you’ll see a dominance of mustard, and this has translated into hair color. At Wella, we've been working through what we now call a 'baked yellow' for spring summer 2019. It's a warm amber tone, but it has an undertone of a slated, chrome-like metallic."
Irwin explains that this isn't a vibrant shade — it's cool and more natural, a sort of "smoked wood," like a faded photograph. (Again, very '70s.) "To get it right, wear your hair in a brushed out texture. We’re seeing curls that would have been more individual, brushed out into this more ethereal feel," Irwin says. "It’s about rich tonal warmth and we’re layering shades to achieve it. It’ll look amazing worn with seasonal clothes, too."