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‘Parisians are always flirting with fashion but aren’t victims of fashion’ explains Marcos Verissimo Senior Colourist and Stylist as I’m sat in his recently propped up chair in Neville’s Hair Salon, Knightsbridge. Having long admired effortless French tresses that scream ‘I actually did just wake up like this’ I was keen to soak up any tips he had. ‘They look after their hair. They never ruin it by adhering to the current hair trend. Instead they choose classic, maintainable cuts and colours to make sure their hair is always healthy.’
The trick to Parisian hair dye is very strategic highlighting. The fundamental difference to the English way is that they don’t colour right to the roots. Instead they start about an inch away and gradually get lighter at the tip. This will take some getting used too if you currently think roots are the devil, but ‘natural re-growth means French girls don’t visit the salon for colour as much, preserving the quality of the hair’ so it’s worth getting acquainted with roots.
As expected, the colouring techniques are very laid back. Marco uses a mix of two new techniques to create natural lights.
Balyagem: No that’s not a typo. We’ve heard of balyage for a while but balyagem is completely freehand. No brush, no foils, no comb – just painting strands of hair with your fingers.
Palm Painting: This brand new technique is created by Marcos and gathering momentum in England. ‘Put simply, it’s ditching all the usual paraphernalia that comes with colouring and just use your palms. I need to work in natural light, so I can see my client’s shape of the head and the natural pigment of the hair colour. With foils you have a method, a pattern. Palm Painting breaks all these rules and creates a gentle, more unaffected appearance, avoiding harsh, angular foil lines.’
The best bit about dying your hair like a Parisian is you don’t have to get it touched up for about 3 months as the re growth is so natural. Start thinking about what you can spend that extra cash on…