Bonjour readers! We have a new trend hitting the mane stream and we’re excited about this one. It seems as soon as a hair trend is giving a French name, it slowly overflows out of France and quickly goes global such as ombre and balayage.
The balayage technique was brought to USA a few decades ago when a Parisian hairdresser found that free-hand sweeping strokes to apply highlights gave the client a more natural sun-kissed look. Ombre wasn’t far behind balayage and has been seen as the more economic way to lighten tresses. After all, the grown-out look suddenly becomes the hottest trend in hair for several years now.
What is Ecaille and it’s Origins
So. What is this new trend known as ecaille? The translation of ecaille is ‘tortoiseshell’ so you won’t be surprised if you see it referred to as tortoiseshell hair from time to time. It’s a natural progression from ombre and balayage, as people want more dynamic and beautiful colorful hair that doesn’t break the bank or the rules of the workplace and still looks natural.
The look is hand painted highlights with warm, caramel and golden tones and a rich base color. This brunette variation can work for every skin tone and hair color with the right blend of hues. It tends to be darker towards the top and lighter at the bottom – like a less dramatic yet as bold as ombre.
Just to be clear, this hair trend is not a technique like balayage as much as it is a color. When you think of a tortoiseshell, you might realize it comes in many different colors such as chestnuts, mahogany, golden blondes and many other warm tones. The key to this color is that it is multidimensional, dynamic and painted – not foiled – into the hair.
How to Get the Ecaille Hair Color
- Don’t ask for the look by name just yet. If you head to the hottest salons in the world then they might know exactly what you’re talking about, however, the trend is just starting to take off. Instead of asking for ‘ecaille’ describe what you’re looking for by asking for golden hues and a rich base color and bring a bunch of pictures.
- Ask your stylist to focus on vibrant and warm face framing painted highlights and softer pieces around the rest of your mane.
- Ask for various tones and hues. Keep the deeper colors at the roots and the lights at the ends. Just be clear that you’re looking for gradation in the color but its not ombre.
- Most importantly, make sure that your tones match your skin tone. If you are pale or fair skin, ask for golden tones but if you have pink or olive complexion, ask for ash elements to achieve that natural looking sun-kissed color.