As dark winter clouds give way to springtime sunshine, a new hair color is all it takes to feel brand new, and even lighter. Nothing says seasonal revamp quite like changing up your look. A new hue or subtle update on the shade you already sport makes you feel ready to take on whatever the season has in store. No matter the weather, the latest trendsetting colors will take you confidently into the longer days soon to come.
The top trend for spring color, already emerging in LA (where it’s spring all year round) is a focus on warm tones, think buttery blonde, autumn brunette or copper red.
Note: If you are considering a totally new you, it’s best to leave it up to the pros, who are equipped to lift your color and take you either lighter or darker, depending on your mood!
The New Blonde – Buttery, Smudged Balayage
If this is your first foray into the lighter side of things, take time to transition. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and such is the case from dark to light. Luckily, whatever your base, the hottest blonde shades of 2017 are not “too-perfect.”
Though not as overgrown as ombre, roots are being embraced. Ask your stylist for a crown that is “smudged” or “shaded.” Roots should match your hair’s tone and blend believably into the rest of the color. This creates both an interesting and believable frame, adding definition to your color. Again, like ombre, this is a perfect style for low maintenance girls—blondes have more fun and it is NOT fun to obsess over your roots!
Ask for a blonde that although light is also buttery, to keep on trend. The blend is key here—you want color that naturally unfolds into itself, revealing new sunlit layers the deeper you go. To achieve this technique opt for balayage. Balayage is a French word meaning “to sweep” or “to paint,” which is exactly what happens with your hair. The stylist literally creates a canvas out of tresses, painting color where it would naturally fall. It is a freehand technique and as a result can looks more real than traditional foil highlights, though it can still have a polished effect.
To keep hair strong during processes, opt for a strengthening or conditioning treatment. Oribe’s Bright Blonde Radiance and Repair Treatment restores hair to silky goodness, depositing violent pigments throughout locks while preventing the damage that goes hand-in-hand with bleach. Also remember to treat your blonde delicately, opting for Oribe’s Bright Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner for Beautiful Color whenever you wash or condition your hair. A little love goes a long way in keeping up your color!
Tomorrow’s Brunette – Glossy, Auburn Highlights
For brown hair that begs to be taken out on warmer nights, go auburn. Specifically, auburn highlights paired over your brown color—be it mocha, espresso, or toffee—creates a hue that doesn’t just stand out, but shines. Gloss is key to this tone. For healthy looking brown, opt for shimmer as opposed to more matte, uniform shades.
Dark brown hair can be highlighted subtly with the auburn color, fading into what you already rock. When thinking of the perfect color, keep cinnamon in mind. This is a great style because it is so versatile and easy to get—especially if you already have highlights.
If this is the case, simply go over your previously bleached highlights with toner. The tone will evenly fill in lighter pieces, giving you a brand new look for literally less—this is one of the fastest and least painful ways to transition, as there is no lifting involved. Even if you don’t have older highlights, get them for your next spring salon appointment and go for auburn.
To add the zest that all brown-haired girls crave, go for gloss. A gloss treatment will bring color out even further, repairing damage and intensely conditioning while toning your color. To keep hair bright, leave on Oribe Glaze for Beautiful Color for 3-5 minutes once a week in place of conditioner. This paraben-free treatment won’t weigh hair down and will keep locks shimmery all season.
Red for SS17 - Golden Copper Single Process
The latest and greatest in red is copper. That’s right, the penny is serving serious inspo—this awe-inspiring metallic color is one of the trendiest colors for spring and onto summer. After all, as we all know from years of staring at our change in all circumstance, it seems to glow in the sun.
This shade can work on anyone, but particularly fits on girls with freckles. The ginger re-boot complements a host of complexions however, and is not limited to those with paler skin tones. It will stand out on anyone and is one of the freshest colors we’ve seen for spring!
To achieve this vibrant shade opt for a single-process. This will ensure the color is distributed throughout the hair, leaving you with a warm tone from roots to ends. To keep color looking crisp, be sure to take care of your hair with a shampoo that won’t damage or wash out color. We swear by Oribe Shampoo and Conditioner for Beautiful Color, perfect for even the finest strands.