Spring is within touching distance (we are getting very excited here at Byrdie HQ) and so our thoughts have turned to hair. Spring is the season of rebirth—out with the old, in with the new—and if the trends are anything to go by S/S 16 is somewhat of a palette cleanser, a true detox. Think face-flattering highlights and natural hues. Keep scrolling for the four big new season hair trends, the hard part will be choosing which one to try.
Hair colour trends are often reactive to what’s happening on the catwalks, if you’re changing up the colours in your wardrobe then you might want to shift your hair colour slightly to suit. “The clothes and makeup were very natural and neutral colour palettes were used at shows like Derek Lam, Acne and Zimmerman, hair colour fits these looks by also being as natural as possible,” explains Nicola Clarke, Creative Colour Director for John Frieda Salons and Color Wow.
Any highlights should look sunkissed rather than deliberate (like the ombre look from past seasons). Also, keep a John Frieda In-Shower Lightening Treatment (£10) in either Go Blonder or Brilliant Brunette to hand. They lift hair colour by one shade, for a brighter lighter and softer finish.
The natural trend for hair colour means colourful hair may not be so prevalent. “As far as the pastel hair trend although the colours are really fun, I don’t think we will see them as much in 2016, as people will want to achieve a glossy, vibrant and more natural/classic colour.”
It was only a matter of time. Last year we had hair contouring—where darker tones of colour were tactically placed to create the illusion of a slimmer face—this year sees the rise of hair strobing with both Hershesons and Charles Worthington offering their own versions of the service.
Good hair strobing can brighten your complexion and give you a face-flattering glow without the need for makeup. “We use a combination of baby-lights in foils around the face and balayage colour blended together,” says Sibi Bolan, Creative Colour Director at Daniel Hersheson, who pioneered the technique for the salon. “To get a glossy, radiant hydrated finish—like you get with skin strobing –we apply a deep conditioning treatment on the hair after the colour process so the hair is super hydrated, youthful and glowing,” she adds. The salon will ensure the tones chosen for the strobing are the most flattering for your hair colour and skin tone. At Charles Worthington this translates as white to pinky beige tones for clients with fair skin and hair; bronze beige to gold shades on anyone with a medium skintone and gold, peaches and caramels used for clients with dark skin.
“The most important factor in strobing for hair is that no dark shades are used, only lighter tones to create an illuminated complexion,” explains Carolyn Newman, Colour Director at Charles Worthington.
If you want to try strobing your hair with as much ease as you do your complexion, Nicola Clarke recommends using a root touch up product to lighten the hair around your face instantly and temporarily.
Also known as fluid hair painting, layage involves hand painting colour onto hair that is resting on a large flat board. “The technique allows hair to achieve a natural gradient colour. It can be used for ombre or natural subtle highlights - it’s so versatile,” explains Katie Allen, Creative Manager and Colour Expert at Charles Worthington, who created this technique for the salon.
A more controlled method than balayage by laying the hair out you see every strand which gives the colourist more control and precision with the dye. On lightened ends be sure to use a hydrating hair mask like Bleach Reincarnation Mask (£6).
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Ronze is a colour technique pioneered by celebrity colourist and brand ambassador for JOICO Lumishine Denis De Souza. It's also about as crazy as hair colour is likely to get this season. Ronze is a coppery red tone but with hints of gold throughout for a more luxe look. “Ronze is my favourite colour trend for S/S 16,” says Denis.
“Traditionally, colourists have taken their clients redder in the autumn but the addition of the golden tones in ronze makes it a real game changer. Of course, it looks amazing with alabaster skin tones but teamed with a hint of a tan and a smattering of freckles it is phenomenal.” You just have to look at Cintia Dicker (pictured) for proof of that.
Keep the ronze colour fresh by using Superdrug Colour Effects Warm Copper Gold 7.34 (£2) once a week. You can also work a little Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse OR Multi-Usage Dry Oil - Golden Shimmer (£19) over dry hair to smooth and bring out the golden tones.
What colour are you looking to go this spring? Let us know in the comment box below.