A hair color might not be the first thing you think of when you hear the words "tiger eye: but trust us, it will from now on.
"It is a new hair color trend that is based on the tones you see in a Tiger Eye gemstone. It is usually applied as a balayage with a warm multi-tonal finish," explains Torie Cee, colorist at Edwards and Co in Sydney.
Warmer tones have been becoming more popular over the last few months, according to Cee after dominating the streets of New York, London, L.A. and Australia.
You've probably seen the look on Chrissy Teigen:
And Jessica Alba:
It's a technique that takes plain old brown to the next level—without looking stripy.
"The difference [to balayage] is that rather than just applying the lightness to the hair, there is a variation of toned layers," she explains.
"So basically it's all about layering warmer chocolate brown tones with honey blonde tones to create the depth and effect you see in a Tiger Eye Gemstone."
Sounds rather delicious to us.
Even better, it's equally as low maintenance as the usual ombre.
"Like most balayage, you can usually leave anywhere from 10 to 16 weeks between appointments. It is a specialized service, and costs from salon to salon may vary, but it is worth investing in because it is so low maintenance and means you will have to visit the salon less," she says.
Because of the highlighting colors used, it is better suited to some skin and hair tones than others. Brunettes, your time to shine has come.
"These tones will best suit the girls with olive skin! As far as hair type and color, I wouldn't recommend this to natural blondes as the maintenance with the regrowth would defeat the purpose of having a low maintenance balayage," says Cee.
And if you're superstitious, Cee has one more potential benefit of asking for Tiger Eye next time you get your hair colored.
"Apparently Tiger Eye gemstones scare off any evil…so it could help give you extra protection from any negative voodoo!?"
Either way, a low maintenance, natural looking hair color that works beautifully on darker hair? We're sold.