Let junk give you spunk

Anjali Jhangiani
Friday, 30 June 2017

Himani Chandna shows how nothing should stop you from going for bold hair colour this season.

Stuck on ‘50s shades of brown’ when it comes to colouring your hair? It’s the case with most Indian women, feels Himani Chandna, who is the head of innovations and category, Lakme Salon. “Most people are open to change but quite apprehensive in the beginning. A lot of them have second thoughts as they’ve never seen themselves in bold colours. Hence, they play it safe by sticking to natural browns,” says she.

Himani Chandna shows how nothing should stop you from going for bold hair colour this season.

Stuck on ‘50s shades of brown’ when it comes to colouring your hair? It’s the case with most Indian women, feels Himani Chandna, who is the head of innovations and category, Lakme Salon. “Most people are open to change but quite apprehensive in the beginning. A lot of them have second thoughts as they’ve never seen themselves in bold colours. Hence, they play it safe by sticking to natural browns,” says she.

To address the dilemma (of opting for regular colours or going bold with bright hues) that fashionable women have while colouring their hair, comes the Junk Spunk collection. “We hope to see it rock the runway at the upcoming season of Lakme Fashion Week Festive/Winter 2017 too.

But it’s not just about the colours, it’s also about innovative techniques of colouring the hair. Explaining the concept, Chandna says, “The Junk Spunk collection is our newest offering. It is conceptualised by the backstage experts using junk blotting which is an offbeat technique. We plan to put junk to its best use, and this collection is all about creating the most unique prints and vibrant shades on your hair.”

Chandna claims that Gen Z is braver when it comes to experimenting with their looks. “We are seeing a change in the colour choices. Blues, pinks and greys are popular choices nowadays,” she says. 

But which colours should someone opt for if they are going in for such colouring for the first time? Chandna answers, “Hair colour choices are quite personal and vary with each person. Professionally, we suggest hair colours based on the skin tone and eye colour. However, it should also complement the person’s personality.”

Upcycling the junk
If you’re thinking that hair experts will be using junk as tolls to colour and style your hair, you are absolutely right. Taking recycling to a fashionable level, they will be using objects like bubble wrap, sponge, wires and bottle caps and more. “Some of the most unusable pieces have been upcycled.

“The colours range from lime yellow to blush pink, warm mauve to denim blue, coupled with junk blotting techniques like dabbing and smudging. Each look can be customised to express the person’s unique personality,” she shares.

The Junk Spunk collection creates the most vibrant shades and unique prints through dabbing and smudging on your hair. The dabbing and smudging is achieved by using sponges, bubble wraps, wires and bottle caps doused in colour which in-turn create prints on the hair. 

And how did they come up with this idea? “This creation is a product of continuous innovation and growth. Lakmé Salon wanted to create a collection for the eco-conscious millennials who have carefree souls. Giving them all the freedom to experiment, they can now express their mind through their hair,” she adds.

Spunk styles
This winter, short will be hot. The collection features shorter haircuts that make you stand out of the crowd. From bold asymmetrical bobs like the Stripe Frenzy and Smudge Mania’s wispy layers, every look has a quirky character that will let you experiment like no other.

Crescent fringes and textured lobs are other dynamic looks that are a prominent feature of this collection. “With a colour range that covers the likes of lime yellow, blush pink, denim blue and ashen applied using a new and out-of-the- box hair colouring technique, each look will completely redefine your hair,” says Chandna.

After style care
While it’s the stylist’s job to make you look as spunky as you want, it’s yours to take care of the look. If you take good after-colour care, the look will last longer. However, you must be aware that all these colouring techniques involve bleaching of the hair before a pop colour is put on it.

But there are treatments that promise to keep your mane healthy while you have fun. “We have treatments like TressPlex Boost which, when mixed with the bleach or colour, make your hair stronger. It also makes the entire process of colouring safer. To ensure proper after-care it is essential to follow a good hair care routine. Use a colour based shampoo and conditioner and opt for monthly hair spas that nourish your hair,” says Chandna.

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