Colors for 2014: Hair Trends to Watch For

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Unlike cheap hair color, vibrant hair colors are not fading any time soon.

The 2014 hair color predictions are in full swing, ranging from fuchsia to pearl-essence tones, and embracing newer techniques like Bayalage and Sombre hair coloring.

On December 5, Pantone Inc., a corporation best known for its Pantone Matching System, announced its color of the year on the "Today" Show: Radiant Orchid, a "modern and versatile shade" for 2014.

The experts at Pantone note: "Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows." Like other vivid colors, Radiant Orchid also contrasts well with neutrals including grays.

According to, Radiant Orchard can be professionally applied as ombre highlights over blondes, or used as the ever-popular bayalage with brunettes.

Bayalage is a technique used by professionals who are experienced in hand-painted color effects. It has a more natural or "rooty" look.

Another popular hair technique is Sombre. The look focuses on a gradual gradation of hair color from scalp to ends.

"The sombré technique is a fantastic evolution from ombré," said Jason Backe, L’Oréal Professionnel Artist. "There is no drastic change from dark to light, instead we see an effortless and natural evolution of color with just the right amount of dimension, and the results are major."

In addition to the fun, bold tones, the gentle pearl-essence colors give younger women the silver and gray tones without aging them.

However, if you decide to venture into one (or more) of the trending tones, visit a professional. Some popular over-the-counter brands can significantly damage your hair.

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Mike Tuttle
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