Lauren Conrad and Nicole Richie's new lilac hue (lnstagram)
If, like us, you’ve got your summer festival tickets lined up in pride of place on your mantelpiece then we can only imagine you’ve already given some serious consideration to your festival beauty wardrobe. Well fellow festival goers, listen up, as we’ve got some seriously exciting news for you. As well as your waterproof eyeliner, tinted lip balm and endless pots of glitter you’ll be packing for your weekend away, Spring Summer 2014 trends dictate that a pastel-purple head of hair is also totally en vogue. When Californian beauty Lauren Conrad unveiled a fresh head of lilac tresses yesterday us Grazia girls were seriously impressed with her gorgeous hue, so you can only imagine how disappointed we were to find out we had been April Fool-ed! Nonetheless, we're totally loving Lauren's (faux) lavender tresses and the likes of Nicole Richie, Ireland Baldwin and Kelly Osbourne have all been sporting similar hues as of late, too.
Us beauty girls have had our pastel-haired radar out big time over the past few weeks- with My Little Pony-esque tresses being sported even on the catwalk, this is a sure sign of a proper purple rain summer...
Chloe Norgaard on the Rodarte AW14 catwalk (Catwalking)
Team Grazia beauty are having a real love affair with this pretty lilac hue and can already envisage a whole crop of lavender hairstyles popping up at this summer’s festivals- first up… Coachella! Read on to discover our top 6 tips for going purple…
The Top Tips For Going Purple
1. Test the shade against your skintone: Marc Trinder, Charles Worthington colour expert recommends colouring a few of the strands around your face to see if the colour works with your skintone. "Don’t go full-on straight away!"
2. All-over purple a la Lauren is best suited to pale skintones: “This kind of colour looks best on naturally lighter bases,” Marc told us.
3. Try purple ombré for a more grown-up look: As HARI’s colour guru Mel Halacagolu explains, “Purple ombre suits all skin tones as the colour doesn’t sit too close to the face. This is a really pretty, grown-up look.”
4. Try clip-in extensions for an easy way to wear the look: Don’t fancy the colour commitment? Purple pieces of extensions or little clipped in purple plaits are a cute way to update your look for a weekend festival or party.
5. Got black hair? Try hair chalk: As Marc explains, “A bright purple hair chalk like L’Oreal’s Hair Chalk in First Date Violet, £15 looks amazing against darker, black hair. A real stand-out look!” We also love Star Gazer Hair Chalk in Violet, £3.50- a total steal and the cute pot will fit easily into your pocket or bag.
6. Try a plait: Decided to take the purple plunge? Try working your new look into a pretty plait as seen on the SS14 catwalks. Marc’s top tip? “I love all the tribal references this season- try the trend with a skinny, purple plait.” Too cute!
Ready for some real purple hair inspiration? Click through the gallery below...