21 July 2024

The Power of the Pattern

2022 is the year of creativity – for clients and colourists alike. Not only are colourists eager to do something different, clients are too and we are seeing many individuals completely change their look and opt for drastic changes. Enter the Power of the Pattern!

 “Clients are demanding looks to make them stand out, whilst embracing their own creativity,” explains Safy Burton. “It’s great to see individual styles come to the surface. With this in mind, trends are changing and we are seeing a rise in the painted on pattern requests. A known popular style with the likes of Nicki Minaj, the power of the pattern trend has fast become a client favourite here in the UK. Incredible patterned looks breaking the colour boundaries like we’ve never seen before.

“Being ahead of the game is key in this area to set you aside from your competitors,” adds Safy. “Below I share with you my top pattern styles for 2022, how to create the and the colour formulations behind them. 2022 is the year that we as colourists break the boundaries.”

Rare Rainbow

This is a look that I absolutely love, as it is the combination of a global application and also a pattern technique, both of which work so incredibly well together. In order to create this look take a section at the back of the hair, leaving a small amount of hair above this and sectioned to the side. Next, paint your rainbow onto the hair, placing your colours in your chosen pattern.  Use foils when applying in order to keep the hair separated from the rest of the hair. With the rest of the hair, focus on a global colour application. I opted for a beautiful purple hue to really allow the rainbow to shine.

The Eye of the Tiger

For those clients who absolutely love the buzz cut, the painted on hair trend is absolutely amazing and one that I personally enjoy. Choosing a base that will instantly attention is key, and working with a bright colour intensifies the statement factor. When creating this tiger pattern I freehand painted this on the hair, working to my own placement – it was so much fun and very creative. Don’t be afraid to experiment with this technique and different colours.


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