Reality star, author and designer Lauren Conrad recently created a splash when she showed up at a Hollywood event sporting light blue tips in her California blonde hair. Though subtle in color, the new look turned quite a few heads. Why? It’s a dramatic departure from her more demure headband-or-ponytail type of style—and more along the lines of a look we’d see (and have seen) on rockers like Pink and Avril Lavigne, or coming down the fashion runway. Stylist Nick Britton of Rocstar Hair in Chicago says colored tips are more on trend now than ever, and gives us his steps for achieving them (see below!).
This color service has definitely become more popular recently, reports Nick. “We just started to do a lot of these colored tips.” Lots of young clients are requesting it, he says, but it holds appeal for older clients, too. “I just did dark gold tips on woman in her 30s, who had very long hair past her shoulders.”
Nick also does creative color, such as one client who is bleached blonde and got ombré tips that go from soft pink to bright pink. But tips don’t always have to be so extreme, as Lauren Conrad obviously knows. In fact, pastel shades, particularly pink, are what most clients go crazy for, says Nick. And pastels tend to work on most hair colors, from soft blonde to darker hair.
As much as clients love them, colorists love them even more. “It’s great because we can start them out with highlights, and get clients to this color,” he explains. “It’s cheaper for them and faster for us, which means we can do more clients in the same amount of time.”
Whether soft and subtle like Lauren's, or bold and dramatic like Nick's clients, this service can be customized to suit anyone. Read on for Nick’s steps for colored tips!
1. Start with backcombing toward the ends of the hair where you want the color to be placed.
2. If necessary, touch up client’s base color at the roots and shaft, avoiding the ends.
3. Bleach ends and wrap in foil, closing it around the hair and keeping them separate from the rest of hair.
4. After rinsing, apply color to the ends. What color to choose and how bright to go are up to you and your client. “You have a million options in tonality,” says Nick.