"Tiger eye" Hair Color!

Ok, it’s official. The tiger eye hair color trend is now a thing. Maybe it was always a thing? But, now it has a name and is the newest buzzword in the sombre, ombre, ecaille, babylight, bronde, ombre, balayombre colorist vocab list.

Every winter there is a mad dash to the salon for deeper, darker tones for hair color and toning down end of season summer highlights and ombres. Tiger Eye color is a fresh take on transitioning summer balayage and the cooler, lighter tones we were seeing last summer to darker, warmer, richer, multi-dimensional, shades of brown.

What is Tiger eye? Basically its a  beautiful blend of honey, caramel, mocha, gold, hazel nut, toffee and warm blondes to mimic the coloring of the gemstone. like many things that become common (sombre, amazeballs, totes and obvs) if it has an easy to pronounce name, and it's fun to say, sometimes it just sticks. Plus gemstones are totally trending right now, and most people know what a tiger eye is, so I’m not surprised it’s sticking.

So if a client says she wants tiger eye hair color, essentially what she’s asking for is rich, brown highlights and lowlights, with chocolate and bronze tones. 

To create this technique, I would either balayage or hair paint, maybe even foil, highlights but staying away from the root for more of a grown-out technique. Once you lift it, tone it with a darker chocolate shade at the root area and melt it down. throw in a golden brown or blonde is pretty, too.

You’re not fighting the hair to get it to those achier tones that were so popular this summer. So it will actually have shinier, healthier results!

Joe Marra,

Salon Bass