Last year’s hottest trend, grey hair, meets rainbow unicorn hair in this season’s hottest shades. Inspired by the dazzling lights in the pale opal and the stunning hint of color found in the best pearls, opal hair color is designed to have an impact without resorting to dramatic, bright hues.

Inspired by Nature

This striking, attention getting hair trend is a big hit for those who love a dash of color and incorporating the latest styles in a way that still works for the workplace. Pearls, alabaster, marble and opal with tints of pinks, blues, purples and greens inspire this hair trend, which begins with a pale, platinum base.

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The Opal Hair Process

Since opal hair begins on a very light platinum or pale-yellow base, this effect is best achieved in the beauty salon chair. A professional touch is needed for this complex lightening process, both to ensure that you get the look you want and to prevent damage to your hair. Layers of subdued hues are added to the hair; the goal is to create a complex arrangement of color that looks different from every angle, just like the fiery stone it is named for.

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Make it Yours

If you already have blonde or grey hair, then incorporating subdued hues is relatively easy; darker colors will need to be processed to a lighter shade first. Choose your preferred shades – pinks and purples or greens and blues, or a selection of all colors and incorporate into a chic new cut that puts you at the heart of this new trend.

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