Hair tan anyone?

29 June 2010

Bronde, blonette, a ‘hair tan’, whatever you want to call it – that subtle sun-kissed hair colour that lies somewhere between blonde and brunette is officially the most flattering shade for hair according to experts.

Charles Worthington’s hair tan is designed to give hair a glow, just like your skin. A gradual tanner for hair, first a primer is applied to make colour last and add radiance, before hair is lightened a shade to blend seamlessly with a tan. Genius!

Honey, beige, nude and caramel are the buzz words on everyone’s lips in salons right now. Hair colourist to the a-list, Josh Wood, says it’s because women are looking for treatments that enhance their own beauty. ‘Instead of bringing in pictures of celebrities my clients are now bringing in pictures of themselves as children,’ he tells me. Universally flattering, light brown hair with baby fine highlights is the most anti-ageing, skin illuminating shade for a reason. Apart being childlike and thus youthful, psychologists say hair that’s sun-blushed gives the impression of health. And unlike the skin, tanning your hair doesn’t give you wrinkles.

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Gisele: then and now

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bunchen is the queen of the hair tan. I first met her on a cover shoot 10 years ago, before she hit the big time. Back then her skin was pale and her hair dark. She was pretty and vivacious, but a far cry from the bronzed bombshell she is today. She’s not blonde, she’s not brunette, she’s the perfect hybrid of the two.  And she’s made a career out of her universal appeal.

Having recently gone blonette myself after years of dithering between varying degrees of pale blonde from Gwyneth’s cool icy shade to Cameron Diaz’s surfer chick highlights, I’ve never had so many compliments.

So forget Botox ladies. If you want to look forever young, follow in the footsteps of Gisele, Jennifer Aniston, SJP and Heidi Klum and LA cutie Lauren Conrad (my personal hair crush) get yourself a ‘Hair Tan’.

The Hair Tan starts at £55 at The House of Charles Worthington, 020 7831 5303


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