Poppy Delevingne is a fan of the New York Lights technique

Poppy Delevingne is a fan of the New York Lights technique

Thinking of changing your hair colour as we head into a new season, then you must read about the IT colour trend of the moment, Balayage and their new techniques.

Jack Howard, International Colour Director at Neville Hair & Beauty, colourist to Poppy Delevingne, Donna Air, Kelly Brook and more talks us through the new colour techniques to covet: Bronde and New York Lights.

Jack is official colourist to Next Model Management and was responsible for Ola’s iridescent white blonde hair as seen on the catwalks of Jason Wu, Diane Von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger, Edun, Proenza Schouler, Narcisco Rodriguez and Prabal Gurung and Giles Deacon in London and New York.

So before you think about a new look then read on.


“There’s not a foil to be seen as freehand colouring continues to be the technique of choice; ‘Bronde’ is all the rage in LA and NYC (worn by the likes of Jessica Alba and Olivia Palermo) and it’s now the number one colour service at Neville. Known as the perfect combination of brown and blonde tones, ‘Bronde’ is perfect for darker haired clients who want to try out a lighter colour, and can be warm, neutral or cool. The choice is really between you and your colourist.

“For years and years anyone who was born with mousey hair has fought against it, either going blonde or switching all the way to brunette. Dark brunettes struggling with orange toned highlights or too light pieces against their skin can now appear healthy and natural; the look that’s appealing to more and more a-listers.

The key to the perfect shade of ‘Bronde’ is to lighten hair by freehand painting pieces through the hair making sure that the colour is softer near the mid-section and thicker towards the ends and is even all the way through. Just make sure you don’t have too much of a contrast between the roots and the highlighted ends or you’ll end up looking like you’ve had a dip-dye – this look is fresher and low on up-keep. This colour is great for people who don’t want to completely take the plunge and go either way (full blonde or full brunette) and great for natural brunettes who want a little bit of lightness. I’ve found that most celebrities sporting ‘Bronde’ are within two shades of their natural colour.


“Another big hit in our salon is New York Lights, where we hand paint or Balayage lighter pieces around the face at the backwash which gives that lift and touch of lightness for a more youthful, fresh feel – I’ve used this technique on Poppy Delevingne and Ana Beatriz Barros.

Balayage with Jack Howard costs from £140-£340; Bronde costs from £280; New York Lights costs from £140

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