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Gemlights: Your Next Crystal-Inspired Hair Trend That’s Going Mad On Instagram

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Inspired by anything crystal, jewelled or gem-like, the new micro-trend hitting Instagram hard is giving us all the cool-toned goodness we could ever need. Introducing gemlights, the super-ashy, multi-tonal highlights that have us racing to the salon, this month.

From sapphire to amethyst, gems are no longer simply here to bring us a calm mind or a positive attitude. Oh no, they’re now the immediate source of inspiration for the hottest new hair colour trend to hit the Gram. Whether you believe in the power of crystals themselves, or are simply as obsessed with the colour palettes as we are, we’re sure this trend will leave you tempted for your next big colour change.

2018 has undoubtedly been the year of hair colour trends. We’ve seen everything from intricately and expertly achieved marble hair to the soft and super-natural technique of strandlighting, yet gemlights might just be one of our favourite looks ever.

Using either one specific chosen colour or a selection of multi-tone gem shades, the gemlights are pulled through the hair, leaving an all over jewel-like finish.

Working perfectly on blonde and lighter hair, colour is totally down to you. Opt for the soft pastel nature of amethyst or go for it in a big way and choose a shade of emerald green. Whatever you’re after, be sure to take several inspiration images along to the salon with you to make sure that your stylist knows exactly what you have in mind and can advise as to whether it will look how you imagine.

Some stylists are creating less of an all-over finish with their gemlights and adding the colour to the front sections of the hair to beautifully frame the face. This works particularly well with feathered or shaped hair.

Other colour specialists are using a reverse balayage technique on bright platinum or silver-effect hair and adding the jewel tones to the roots with a gorgeous fadeout into the lengths of the hair. This works best when starting with a much lighter base colour, which can then be lifted to the ideal shade and the deeper gemlights added to the roots.

If you’re brunette and wondering if this trend has a variation to suit you, don’t panic. There is almost always a way to achieve your own version of a trend. Here, the stylist creates the look using richer and deeper gem tones that better compliment the darker base hair. On top of a dark brown, the hair is lifted with bleach and then coloured using flashes of sapphire, ruby and rose quartz to achieve this creative, multi-tonal finish.

A similar idea, with a softer approach, this light brown look is highlighted incredibly softly with several gem tones to create a subtler version of the trend on darker hair.

Whether you’re icy blonde or a deeper brunette, the question is, will you be tempted to try out the gemlights trend? The look works best when styled into loose waves and if your stylist is having to lighten to add the jewel colours, it’s always worth opting for an Olaplex colour treatment to avoid too much damage to the quality of your hair and leave you with the best possible finish.


What do you make of gemlights? Would you try your hand at it? Share yours thoughts with us in the comments on Facebook and Twitter.

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