The latest must-have hair colour for anyone looking to stand out is burgundy hair. So what's all the fuss about? Should you consider the shade? Plus, what are the best ways to take care of beautiful burgundy hair? All your answers, right here.
What is burgundy hair?
Burgundy is a hybrid hair colour. How's that? Well, a classic burgundy shade contains both warm and cool tones, unlike most red hair colours, which lean towards the warmer side. This means that burgundy hair looks great on almost all skin tones.
The colour itself is a combination of purple and red, but can also include some orange. Variations on burgundy include claret (with dark red pigments), red velvet (red and orange tones), merlot (more purple) and grape (even more purple!). So there's not just one colour for you to consider, nor one way of wearing it...
Different ways to wear burgundy hair
All-over burgundy is a very bold look. If you'd rather a more subtle, natural-looking version, you have options:
Burgundy hair with highlights...
A popular way of wearing burgundy hair is with warm caramel highlights that lift the look and reflect the light. It's also a way of counterbalancing the purple tones, and giving the overall impression of a rich brunette shade. Avoid light blonde highlights, which will stand out too much over burgundy, and make your colour look unnatural.
... and burgundy hair with lowlights!
Or you could opt for darker lowlights in shades of cocoa and dark brown. These will give depth to the hair, and the burgundy colour will provide an intriguing purple-red shimmer. You could even opt for lowlights in a darker shade of burgundy, for a striking all-over colour creation.
Or a burgundy balayage
While highlights and lowlights start at the roots and are created using foils, the balayage technique involves your stylist literally painting colours directly onto the hair, starting from the tips and working upwards. This is how you can get a multi-tonal yet natural effect using different shades. Think subtle sweeps of red burgundy over a brunette base, or dark rich burgundy over an orange shade.
Burgundy on blonde hair
If you're starting with a blonde base, be careful about your colour contrasts. If the colours are too different, the result will look unnatural. It was a popular '90s trend, but not one that we've seen come back around... We recommend the strandlighting technique, which involves colouring very small sections of the hair at a time. Instead of your stylist colouring locks of hair, they paint sections almost strand-by-strand. The result is incredibly natural and a great way to subtly incorporate burgundy into blonde hair.
The best ways to keep burgundy hair colour bright
Two of the biggest concerns when it comes to maintaining burgundy-coloured hair are: a) preventing colour fade, and b) avoiding any brassy tones developing.
You wanted a bold shade of burgundy, not a washed-out pastel, so use the appropriate haircare to prevent the colour from being sapped from the hair fibre. We recommend the Vitamino Color A-OX haircare collection, designed to gently cleanse the hair while boosting its radiance and protecting the colour.
Stay burgundy (not orange)!
Brassiness develops when the cool tones in burgundy wash out, leaving an orange/red tint. The key is in using the right hair dye. Ask your stylist about the INOA hair colour collection, specifically designed to adhere to the hair and not develop those unwanted orange undertones.
Be bold and beautiful this season with the hottest hair colour, burgundy!