Edgy romance inspired the look on the runway at the S/S 2015 Badgley Mischka NYFW show. To create this look, nails, makeup and hair featured the rough elegance of dusty pastels. Taking the hair color to the next level was the brain child of Senior Colorist of Cutler Salon, Rachel Bodt.
"Keeping true to the inspiration of a modern day Marie Antoinette out for the night in the East Village, I created individual extensions in a variety of dusty pastel shades – pink, grey, blue, lavender, mint and grey. Today's Marie - with whom we equated to the rebellious Upper East Side girl - is edgy, but romantic. The antiqued pastels were meant to look as if they were done at-home with ombre variations to conjure up a lived-in style."
Swatches of every fabric were used as inspiration for the hair, but the two were not meant to match. "The key was that the hair was an accessory, like the makeup and nails. Since the hair was soft and lived in, this added downtown edge and rounded out the entire beauty look, bringing the pastel theme full circle."
More and more, bold color choices are becoming mainstream. With women using their hair as a way to express their personal style, colorists like Rachel continue to push the boundaries. Gone are the days where pink hair was "punk," it is now a beauty choice that can be translated for everyone.
Below are a few insider tricks from Rachel Bodt for pastel coloring:
- Use your hair color to dictate coloring: Blondes can go brighter with the pastel colors. To give it this an antique feel – add a bit of grey and black into the color itself. Brunettes should opt for paler shades so that the color stands out more effortlessly.
- Weigh out the color: Use different densities of extensions and in different areas to create a more unpredictable, lived in look.
- Create tonality: Rather that completely saturating the full length of the hair, change it up. Use ombre and reverse ombre techniques to create depth and different tonality across the same piece of hair.
[Image courtesy of Siren Public Relations]