Be it Bollywood damsels’ setting the trend or hair stylists stating that dark hair is in – it’s a single colour hair tone that is here to stay.
Model Indrani Dasgupta feels, “The blonde look exists globally. But in India, it has always been an imported trend that came for a bit and is nowhere to be seen today. People now are more inclined towards retaining their natural and darker hair colour. Though personally, I am not in favour of experimenting much with my mane, I prefer being real and natural. I suggest women don a hair colour that suits their personality best and gels with the facial features and skin tone, rather than blindly following hair trends.”
A recent study revealed that blondes might make men’s hearts flutter, but when it comes to marrying, men prefer a brunette. It also stated that men want to marry a dark-haired woman because they are more dependable and sensible.
Is this the reason why the blonde look is out and women are going for a more natural look where hair colour is concerned? Or is the Bollywood effect that girls are chasing? We get experts from the industry to share the latest hair colour trends and also why the blonde look is fading away drastically….
Celebrity hair stylist Coleen Fernandez says, “The bleached blonde look is completely out, as it looks horrible on the Indian skin tone. Women nowadays are opting for an allover single colour in their hair. Global shades like chocolate brown, burgundy, mahogany, and coffee with complementing tones like violet, red are in.”
Make-up and hair stylist, Yatan Ahluwalia agrees, “There’s a gradual a shift to a darker, deeper and single hair colour rather than going for an allover blonde look. Black and brown looks classy and beautiful and these colours are being used more to conceal, rather than colour.”
While an allover hair colour might have become a thing of past, yet Indian women are keen to experiment with their mane and thus are getting some streaks highlighted.
Hair expert Javed Habib states, “People get bored very fast and that’s why they keep trying newer trends for their hair colour, but it can’t be too drastic. Though some women are seeking to experiment with purple, red and blue, but these tones look nice only on the ramp or in movies, and would look weird if you think of donning them in metros.”
He further recommends, “Highlighting is a safer option and looks more natural. People usually prefer side streaks and highlighting at the back, while the underneath is kept original. The Indian skin tone is already dark, so tones like black and brown might look monotonous after a point. There has to be a contrast with a lighter shade, for instance a darkish khaki can make for a nice style statement.”
Many B- town beauties have also been spotted donning dark hair, sans any coloured streaks or blonde tones. Be it Priyanka Chopra is Dostana , Anoushka Sharma in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi , Deepika Padukone and Bipasha Basu in Bachna Ae Haseeeno and Genelia D’Souza in Jane Tu Ya Jane Na , all these hot babes seem to have adopted the same mantra – ‘dark looks hot’.
Coleen opines, “Bollywood does make a difference and once shown in a movie, common people, especially the younger lot, start following a trend. Single colour for the hair always looks more natural and the tones’ being deeper act as an add-on.”
Javed adds, “Stars have now toned down their hair shades to more natural and real colours.”
Yatan concludes, Bollywood is a trend setter as far as experimenting with hair colour is concerned. Yet I would recommend originality.”