Fall is finally here and with it, an endless amount of fall hair inspiration. This time of year we’re usually inspired by delicious treats and warm fall beverages, but this year we’re looking to our clothing for hair inspo—and we’re not talking about hats and scarves. Tweed hair is the latest hair color technique taking over social media and we’re officially obsessed.
To learn more about the newest hair color technique we tapped Jackie Epperson, L’Oréal Professionnel brand ambassador and stylist, to learn about the tweed hair color technique. Whether you’re hoping to completely change your dark brown hair or add some dimension to your ash blonde strands, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know.
What is the tweed hair color technique?
If you’re having a hard time conjuring up a tweed-inspired hair color in your mind, you’re not the only one. The name actually has more to do with the technique with which the hair dye is applied than the color. Epperson says it’s about weaving and layering different colors or tones (much like the threads on your favorite tweed jacket) to create a dimensional final color.
“When applying a tweed technique, I use a minimum of two tones and then the natural hair color to paint into the hair in diagonal layers,” the stylist explains. “By using weaves or panels or a combination, you can really enhance the natural color of hair while incorporating multiple tones.”
Because tweed hair color is all about how you apply your chosen shade, it can work on any head of hair—no matter type, texture, length, or hue.
“The amazing thing about the tweed technique is that you can really use it on any color...Just like the tweed fabric, when you look up close, there are many different shades put into the fabric, but as you step back, they combine together to form a beautiful overall color,” Epperson says.
Because the tweed hair technique is just a masterful combination of different colors and tones, it is totally customizable. Add subtle tones to your natural color for slight change, or combine vibrant fantasy colors for an over-the-top tweed look.
What is the maintenance like for tweed hair?
As with any new hair color, the maintenance of your new hue depends on how much you alter your natural hair color. If you opt for a dramatic tweed hair transformation that’s completely different from your natural hair color, expect to head back to the salon every few weeks to maintain the tone of your new hue and touch up your roots. With a more subtle tweed hair color, you can likely go longer between salon visits.
Whether you opt for a dramatic transformation or a subtle change, however, you will have to make some changes to your day-to-day hair care routine. Swap out your regular shampoo and conditioner for a system that’s formulated for color-treated hair. We love L’Oréal Professionnel Vitamino A-OX Color Shampoo and Conditioner. Enriched with an antioxidant complex and UV filters, the shampoo and conditioner help prolong color radiance.
Because tweed hair can come in any color of the rainbow, Epperson recommends working with your stylist to come up with a hair care routine that addresses the specific needs of your hair.
Not sure where to start? Check out our guide: How To Figure Out What Kind Of Products Your Hair Actually Needs.
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