How to Embrace the Tiger Eye Hair Color Trend
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How To Embrace The Tiger Eye Hair Colour Trend 

28 August 2017
Tiger eye hair colour swatch

Emily Arata

Senior Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L’Oréal, Emily works with celebrity stylists to make finding the right cut, color, or style easier than ever before. She's previously written for Allure, Elite Daily, and First We Feast.

Every woman is hunting for her dream hair colour. The details may differ, but the description is always the same: She wants a shade that will make her skin look more even, slim her face, and simultaneously make a fashion statement.

Sounds like the unicorn of the hair world, right? Well, that’s where you’re wrong. We’re pleased to announce that there’s a hair trend out there that really does do all those things. Tiger eye hair is a caramel and honey swirl of shades that’s perfect for every complexion. With its dark roots and painted-on accent colours, tiger eye hair is quietly taking over girl world.

To catch you up on this delicious colour trend, we're about to take you through all our questions about tiger eye hair colour, and what exactly makes this trend so different from all the others.

Interestingly, this isn’t an entirely new trend. It’s just taken some time to gain popularity within the hair community.

Over the last two years, tiger eye has really made its mark in the salon.

What Is Tiger Eye Hair Colour?

When in doubt, start with the simplest question. We’ve seen a lot of trends within the last few years that encourage artists to play with brunette and blonde shades simultaneously. But tiger eye is different from your standard bronde or ombre.

First of all, the technique was originally known as “ecaille,” the French word for tortoise shell, a name should give you a visual of swirling browns, reds, and golds. Today’s version is a much darker take on the dappled colour. 

If you’re looking for a colour that won’t ever go out of style then tiger eye hair is the way to go. In twenty years, your children will look at old photos and brag about their mum’s good looks. That’s what we’re all secretly aiming for, isn’t it?

Who Should Give Tiger Eye Hair Colour A Try?

Keep asking the easy questions. You may already have seen this answer coming, but it’s a short one: Every woman. There’s no risk in trying this technique since it flatters all skin tones and ages equally. 

There’s only one caveat, according to the hair pros. Because tiger eye hair starts with a deep base, women with naturally dark hair will have a much easier time maintaining the colour than their towheaded companions. 

If you slip up and forget to schedule a touch-up appointment at the salon, have no fear. No one will know your mane secret, and your roots will grow out evenly.

What Kind Of Maintenance Does It Take To Keep Up This Hair Look?

That brings us to the point that’s often dreaded when discussing hair colour: maintenance. It is one thing to fall in love with a dappled, beautiful hair colour, but quite another to budget the time and money to touch it up regularly.

When it comes to tiger eye strands, however, you’re in luck. The tiger eye hair colour is a low-maintenance look that requires less attention than it’s colour counterparts like highlights.

As far as hair colour goes, those are some seriously low maintenance demands. That makes the ecaille technique optimal for busy ladies on the go. Whether you’re a mum who’s just trying to look like you got more than four hours or sleep or a young professional putting in long hours to get ahead, tortoiseshell hair plays nicely with your lifestyle.

Just because the colour is easy, it doesn’t mean you’re totally off the hook for the at-home care. Hair.com recommends a weekly application of Redken pH Bonder Post-Service Perfector. In just 10 minutes, the formula can help to repair weak bonds and strengthen hair.

Follow up your treatment with Redken Colour Extend Magnetics Shampoo and Conditioner. The duo uses an ultra-gentle formula to cleanse freshly coloured hair and help maintain vibrancy for up to four weeks.

What Is The Best Haircut For Tiger Eye Hair Colour?

Once you’re sold on the ecaille technique, all that’s left to do it decide on a cut and book an appointment—also known as the easiest part of the hair game. The right look for a tortoiseshell colour is one that plays up texture.

Bust out your curling wand and brush up on curls, because you’ll certainly want to have mastered the technique by the time you actually visit the salon. If you invest in such a beautiful colour, it’s only right that you know how to show it off.

There’s only one golden rule: No choppy layers. By creating large blocks of hair, you’re effectively minimizing the effect of your red, gold, and caramel pieces. Other than that, go forth and enjoy your new tiger eye hair.

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