Say Hello To Ecaille: Why Tortoiseshell Hair Is The Next Big Thing In Beauty

24 September 2013 by


Jessica Alba and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Popcorn PR)

Team Grazia beauty reckon the French definitely know a thing or two about hair trends. It certainly might explain why so many mainstream trends have their names either in French or are derived from the romantic-sounding tongue. Chignon, ombré, bouffant, and hey, even the good old French plait and French twist- we can practically smell the garlic already. So, when hair colour expert Jo Hansford MBE unveiled the latest in hair colour fashions, the ‘ecaille’, we’re predicting big things for our AW manes…

Alas, what exactly is ecaille, I hear you cry? Meaning tortoiseshell, ecaille’s dulcet hues are a softer, more grown-up version of the Ombré trend we knew and loved so well. The overall look aims to avoid highlights that are too bright (which look unnatural) and can be adapted to give the best match for your skin tone. What’s more, ecaille works wonders on all hair colours and has been the latest colour choice for the likes of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Jessica Alba and Scarlett Johansson. When we think of tortoiseshell, we picture those pretty clips we used to wear as kiddies, autumn leaves, and beautiful ginger-brown hued felines lounging on cosy sofas. You get the picture- this is a seriously sophisticated colour which is going to be bang on-trend for AW. Plus, the technique used aims to work with your tired, grown-out summer colour by using cleverly placed flashes of warmth to perk up both your complexion and your locks. Perfection!


On trend and on the catwalk: Belstaff and Theyskens AW13 (Jason Lloyd Evans)

Jaclyn Smith, Head Colourist at the Jo Hansford Salon in the heart of Mayfair, who counts fashion forward celebs such as Erin O Connor, Zara Martin and Georgia Jagger in her client list says “Ecaille is a healthy and glossy update for Ombré fans or those who felt it was too stark for their style. Ecaille gives hair a soft, multi-tonal look without any harsh lines to compliment your natural tones.”

Want in? We do. To keep your colour locked in and looking fabulous, remember to keep it healthy and nourished- it’s totally worth investing in an intensive mask and hair oil. Right now we’re loving Jo Hansford Intensive Masque, £27 and Wella SP Luxe Oil, £24.99.

So what's your verdict? Is this a trend you're itching to try?


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