NOW that salons are open, those hilarious lockdown photos of horrific hairstyles have abated.

In their place, however, are bold, bright splashes of colour, as a bored nation decides to chop it off, mix it up and dye it all the colours of the rainbow.

Suzie McGill, International Artistic Director at Rainbow Room International, says working from home has made people feel much braver.

Celebrities such as Dua Lipa, who opted for bubblegum pink earlier in the year, Katy Perry (fizzy orange) and Lizzo (emerald green) have inspired us too.

“It’s a great time to experiment with our hair and colour and perhaps opt for something we may not have been able to wear in our corporate jobs and in the office,” smiles Suzie.

“Vivid hair colour is fun, bold and daring. Many celebrities are experimenting with this trend,and with these looks being widely featured across social media, it is inspiring people to come into the salon to try out the shades too - especially after a long period stuck at home during lockdown.”

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If the thought of going full-barnet, 100 per cent rainbow is too much for you, Suzie – who runs Rainbow Room International’s Uddingston salon - advises trying out blocks or stripes of colour first, perhaps in the fringe or used to frame the face.

“Instant drama,” she smiles. “For those stuck between a couple of different vivid shades, I’d suggest balayage – a great technique which mixes two contrasting shades to create a beautiful blend.”

Some of the most popular colours at the moment, explains Suzie, are sunshine yellow, mandarin orange and firecracker red.

“Sunset-inspired shades make you feel good and the warm undertones give a nice glow to the client’s complexion,” she adds.

Teaming a bright colour with a new cut is a great way to emphasise the change of shade, says Suzie.

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“Pixie cuts and block fringing are two hairstyles we love at Rainbow Room International – they look great by themselves and together,” she says. “It’s a real statement.”

Suzie adds: “With brighter colours, it’s important to pay attention to the condition of your hair and to ensure as little damage as possible is being done.

“We always recommend to include a treatment like Schwarzkopf Fibreplex in your hair colour service or have a hair treatment after the colouring process to ensure hair is in as best condition as possible and has shine.”

She explains: “As these hair colours are so vibrant, it’s also important to take home appropriate aftercare products to keep your colour looking as fresh and as bright as possible.”

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Suzie recommends colour-saving shampoos and conditioners and treatments to keep colour locked in.

“Those are essential, as well as heat protection sprays and serums that can be used with pre-heated styling tools to avoid colour fading,” she adds.

“Go on, live out your rebellious hair colour fantasies. Try out a shade you have always dreamed of but never dared to until now…..”