It’s springtime – so isn’t it time to wake up your hair color from hibernation? Even if you’re not ogling over the season’s hottest fashions, everyone can take away a few tips from the spring fashion runways (they’re a regular cornucopia of hair inspiration).
Here’s the spring fashion 411: it’s all about the elegant 20s cuts, desert hues, and fun, easygoing hair styles. We’ve seen bursts of vivid hair colors, often using shades of blonde and red. And shine – lots of shine!
So if you’re looking to make a change in your hair color in time for spring cleaning, here are some easy inspirations from the most popular fashion trends.
1. Red Hair in a Ponytail
Red hair is in – on and off the runways. A popular way to spice up blonde or auburn hair is by adding intense red tones – your bold look is sure to turn heads. If your skin tone allows, you can also try adding copper tones to warm up your hair and give it a dramatic flair (check with one of our eSalon color experts before making this jump).
Our resident celebrity colorist, Estelle Baumhauer, says a slicked-back ponytail is a great complement for vibrant red hair. “Vibrant shades really reflect light when you smooth the hair back,” she says.
And would you know it, we keep hearing reviews about the ponytail’s comeback (although we didn’t know it left). Make use of your red shade to get this great, easy runway style: start off by coating your red locks with a flexible hair gel and brush it to the back of your head. Tie a ponytail low and flat to your head for a supermodel elegance. If you really want to add dazzling sheen, blow dry over the hair gel and finish with a touch of hair spray. You’ll blend in on any red carpet!
2. Blonde Hair with an Urban Wave
Brilliant, blonde shades are getting more popular as the winter months warm up and spring arrives. If you’ve got lighter hair and want to add a spring touch, try adding a gold tone to your color – it can add a warm glow to your hair, especially if the color is starting to fade.
Our colorist Estelle loves putting lighter hair tones into the “urban wave,” a spring trend we keep seeing more and more. It’s a long, naturally textured style that was all over the Calvin Klein and J Mendel runways.
“The flowing, tousled look goes well with blonde and light brown hair,” she says. “It gives you that sunny, beachy look and the volume helps your color catch the light.” To get this easygoing style on your own golden locks, first let it dry naturally and then use a curling iron to give it a slight bend (try holding the iron vertically for wavy curls). Finish off by raking your hands through it for an effortless, supermodel look.
3. Brunette with Bangs
Brunette shades are always in style – and if your hair is on the dark end of the color spectrum, you have a few choices for revitalizing your color this spring. If you want a bold statement color, try going a shade darker than your normal color (the contrast will throw a spotlight on your face). But if you want a less dramatic change, go with a softer color, such as a honey or bronze tone over your hair. These shades bring out the texture and dimension in a subtle way.
When you’re working with a dark shade, it’s harder to bring out the natural texture and shine of the hair because it doesn’t reflect light as well. “Dark tones don’t have as much natural texture, so you can amplify the color by drawing attention to the hair’s shape,” Estelle says.
What better way to highlight shape than with one of spring’s hottest trends: bold shapes, like the angular bangs. A short, angular cut works especially well with a darker, intense brunette color. Try the trend by coating your bangs with hair gel and raking them across your forehead at an angle (it’s all about the asymmetry!).
Even if you’re not a trendy fashionista, you can still copy the pros to give your own style a wakeup call. Just fit the right look to your shade and you’ll be ready to take on anything – even that spring cleaning!
The eSalon Team