Going green?

Traditionally, green has been a colour clients want to stay away from (the dreaded swimming pool green is a look no one wants), but now it is the shade on-trend clients will be wishing for come 2017 as the Pantone Colour Institute – the global authority on all things colour – announces its colour of 2017: Greenery.

The shade has been described by Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone executive director, as the colour of “hopefulness and of our connection to nature”. She adds: “It speaks to what we call the ‘re’ words: regenerate, refresh, revitalise, renew.”

With Kale also featuring in the top 10 colours from Pantone for next year, it’s clear everyone will be going green in 2017 (if not hair, then look out for interiors and high street clothing lines). But how to make it look good? Can all clients wear it and should it be block, all-over or more subtle?

Ken Picton’s colour director, Paul Dennison, reveals how this sometimes harsh colour can look good on any client…

“Colour trends have been shifting from soft pastel shades to bright 90s acid tones. There’s so many options for this green shade. My green palette will range from deep teals to soft mints via pine trees and emeralds.

“It’s predominately a trend that the younger generation will adopt, but I never rule out the older clients with a rebellious streak. Once a client has dipped their toe in the pool of rainbow colours, it’s only a matter of time before they progress to this new cool colour.”

The techniques to use:

“Toning the lengths of existing balayage works well for a softer textured appearance or going global after a full head of bleach for maximum impact and coverage. Wigs or clip-in extensions are also a good way of taking on the trend for commitment-phobic clients.”

Get the green right for the right skin tone:

“There really are so many incredible shades out there, but as a rule the darker the skin, the darker the shade of green. The exception to this rule is pale skin and light eyes as these clients can pull off the whole range of greens.

What NOT to do when going green:

“Don’t over-process the hair during the prelightening. Ideally you need that slightly yellow undertone, rather than going too white. The yellow tone gives a luminosity when you apply the green.

Don’t forget…

The hair has to be prelightened first, but there are endless options when it comes to application. I suggest balayage, toned with light green while the roots are a deep brown – this can look really incredible.

Top tip!

Clients need to be aware that it is really a high-maintenance colour and will require regular trips to the salon to keep the green shade looking its best.