The "Underlayer" Hair Colour Trend Is Bold, Playful, and Perfect For Summer
Beauty should be bold and playful — that's our philosophy — but that means different things depending on who you ask. For some, it means dyeing your whole head an icy blue shade or opting for a DIY "wolf cut". For others, it means showing off your creative side in a subtler way, like with the latest "underlayer" hair colour trend, which combines both bright and natural-looking hues.
"The underlayer trend is taking the classic, peek-a-boo colour look to a new, more dramatic level with statement shades hidden throughout the nape and ear area of the head," celebrity hairstylist and Brite Hair ambassador Jason Backe told POPSUGAR. In this style, the colour on the bottom half of your head is tucked away underneath your primary hair colour. The trend is especially impactful when hair is styled in updos like ponytails, buns, and braids.
"The underlayer trend is taking the classic, peek-a-boo colour look to a new, more dramatic level with statement shades hidden throughout the nape and ear area of the head."
The trend works on all hair textures and types, but keep in mind: "It can look very different based on curl pattern and colour placement," said Backe. "For example, if someone's hair is very curly and layered, it will likely be easier to spot the underlayer colour."
Even better, your options in terms of colour combinations are aplenty. "Underlayer colours can range from a simple blonde or caramel to an exciting pink or purple," said Backe. "There is no shade off the table."
If you're not ready to take the plunge and dye your hair a statement hue, you can try out a colour combination at home before visiting a professional at a salon. Try something like Josh Wood Colour Glazes, we love the Pink Quartz, which lasts up to six washes.
Then, when you're ready to commit, Backe said to "explain to your hairstylist what colour you'd ideally like to achieve, as well as how much of the colour you're comfortable with showing day-to-day. For example, would you prefer pops of honey that are only visible when you put your hair up, or do you want to make a statement with a bold fashion colour on half of your hair?"
Still on the fence about the underlayer hair colour trend? Check out the fun inspiration ahead.