Olivia Palermo Shows Us How To Get This Summer's Must-Have Hair Colour

16 July 2013 by

The glossiest couple in New York, Olivia Palermo and blue-boater-wearing-beau Johannas Huebl were parading their thoroughbred selves again last night. They hit the red carpet of the Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions’ Girl Most likely screening hosted by The Cinema Society & Brooks Brothers at Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema.

Those of you who, like us, keep your eyes trained on Miss Palermo for her latest fashion and beauty exploit, might have picked up on a little change of hair colour when she floated serenely past photographers at the presentation of Christian Dior’s haute couture collection at the Hotel Des Invalides in Paris this month.

Last night we got to see the reinvention in all its sun kissed glory.  Olivia Palermo’s previously brunette blow dry has been transformed into the must-have hair look of the season. We call it the 'born again beach glow'. It's all about hair nostalgia. Giving your hair the same sun-streaked shades it took on so effortlessly back in the BC years (before colour)....get it?!

Olivia Palermo at the Christian Dior Haute Couture AW13 show earlier this month...

Look closely and you can see that Olivia has kept her natural colour in top sections of her hair. The colour then begins to lighten in a very gentle ombre manner beginning at a much higher point than the dip-dyes we have become accustomed to over the past few seasons. Her stylist has also delicately lightened the front tendrils of hair that frame her face across their whole length.

The effect is a gleaming sun-brightened shade that enhances Olivia's features and skintone to perfection. But...and this is a BIG but...don't even think about hitting the print button and taking the pic over to your colourist! The beauty of this new summer look is that it is bespoke. What works for Olivia won't necessarily work for you. take pride in your own individual colouring and work with it, not against it.

Well ahoy there summer hair inspiration!

If your hair is coloured, look back over old holiday photos to when your hair was still 'virgin'. Check out the change in your hair colour after a good dose of sun.Take one of these pictures to your next hair appointment and explain that you would like to achieve the same natural sun kissed effect to a slightly higher degree. If your photo was from a week in the Bahamas, say you want to look like you've stayed there for six.

A good colourist will pick up on what shade your hair changed to when it lightened, and where the bleaching was more intense, to give you the ultimate bespoke 'born again beach glow'.

Once you have swished out of the salon, give your skin the summer treatment too. Miss Palermo may opt to enhance her new do with a golden tan courtesy of Cannes, but we've been topping ours up in...fine...with St Tropez. That's our summer hair sorted ladies! Merci bien Olivia.

by Annie Vischer.


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