Carolin Matthews took home the title for Colour Creative Genius in 2021, so we’ve checked in with her to see how she’s doing and how much more creative her colours are getting since bagging the trophy.
From the age of 5 Caroline knew she aspired to be a hairdresser, the social activity and creativity really excited her. That kind of explains why art was her favourite subject at school… So Caroline became a hair artist. “I joined Lewes College when I finished school to study a full time NVQ level 2. It suited me well as they also included theatrical make up which I was equally as interested in. At the end of the course I managed to bag 1st prize for a competition that included costume design, body paint and hair pieces. I was thrilled! But continued with a journey in hairdressing as I was able to start right away and didn’t have to travel to London for further education.”
Winning Colour Creative Genius
Next to my picture profile in Simon Webster hair window.
Lockdown! I had so much time on my hands and was very keen to turn the time off into a positive rather than a negative. It allowed me to really think about what I wanted to do and although controversial that for the first time we were allowed to enter blockheads… I actually loved it! I could take my time, not worry about finding the right model, with the right face shape and right hair etc. I could be creative and do exactly as I wanted and my model was silent. No busy schedule to fit it around and explaining what you wanted to do. Perfect!
Caroline’s trend forecast
We’ve seen the shags and mullets do the rounds this past year. As this has been so exciting for everyone, I think it will still be trending into the end of 2022. With this came the resurgence of volume and texture in the way of razor cutting and big fringes. I’m also thinking 90’s vibes – big bouncy blowdry’s and glossy hair – Rachel Green eat your heart out.
Balayage is shape shifting to facial contouring. After the continuous breaks from lockdowns people still love to keep a low maintenance hairdo, but now highlights and lowlights will be used around the face to accentuate or change focus of attention and using face shape or contrast in hair for visual deception of thickness.
Richness and shine is back..so using deep chocolates or rich mocha’s to counteract the over done dry ombre’s will be a winner, still keeping some little points of interest for contrast. Personally for me, I’ve been transforming a lot of old balayage or highlights to super natural and glossy looking coppers. One of my favourite things to do is take someone copper and make it look like they were born that way.
Caroline’s favourite techniques
I also love a simple foilage to help a super bright blonde have lower maintenance; and bespoke lightening – using the face shape and haircut to decide which pieces to lighten.
Looking for some more colour inspiration? Here you go: INSPIRATION