Because our editorial director, Faith, so eloquently broke down what defines an L.A. girl, complete with seasonal hair trends and frayed denim cutoffs, I thought it necessary to rep the East Coast for a minute. New Yorkers, as our black-on-black ensembles and edgy haircuts would suggest, are a bit moodier. While L.A. has Marissa Cooper and Blake Lively, we’re more akin to the likes of Chloë Sevigny, Alexa Chung, and Carrie Bradshaw (for the uptown set).
It’s an understated cool that keeps our skin bare and our pace quick. We walk and talk a mile a minute, so it’s only natural that our hair color matches our disposition: trendy, alternative, and restless (as in, we’re down to change it quite often). To pin down the most covetable summer hair colors, I spoke to quintessential New York colorist Roxie Darling from Hairstory (a gorgeous a creative space downtown).
Keep reading to find out how to look like a hip New York girl this summer.
Technique: Double Process
“Peach goes really well with all skin tones, especially in the summer when everyone’s skin gets a little flushed. It’s a warmer color, and it will project those warmer hues on to you. Also, pink triggers sugar cravings in the brain, so it’s a sweet color for a sweet time of year.”
Technique: Hair Painting
“Just a little something natural to add some dimension to your hair. It’s ‘questionable’ color, which is color that’s so natural that you’re not even sure if the woman you’re looking at dyes her hair. She’s the mystery guest at the party and has a certain cool factor. I think the ‘cool-girl New Yorker’ trend is turning into subtler color. It’s the new way of being the New York It girl, the girl who shows up to the party and everyone wants to know where she buys her clothes and whether or not she colors her hair. Her effort is intentional yet subtle.”
Hairstory's New Wash ($40) is a must—especially when spending time under the sun. It replaces shampoo and conditioner completely and cleanses using essential oils (natural fatty acids) that strip out impurities without over-cleansing (so it won’t wash color down the drain).
Want more New York–style hair advice? Here’s a different messy bun tutorial for every day of the week.