3 Hair Colours Every Cool Girl Will Have This Season
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 colour matches our disposition: trendy, alternative, and restless (as in, we’re down to change it quite often). To pin down the most covetable hair colours this season, I spoke to quintessential New York colourist Roxie Darling from Hairstory (a gorgeous a creative space downtown).
Keep reading to find out how to make New York summer hair trends work for you this season.
Technique: Double Process
“With a tasteful blonde, it’s nice to let the roots go because it gives your look a more laid-back vibe. It helps you to relax, let go, and enjoy your summer in a low-maintenance way.”
We'd say the same argument stands for winter, the season in which our feelings towards leaving our warm beds to sit in a salon for hours on end are frostiest.
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 colour, and it will project those warmer hues on to you. Also, pink triggers sugar cravings in the brain, so it’s a sweet colour for a sweet time of year.”
Gelato is cool but have you heard of strawberry crumble? This peachy tone looks amazing against a winter wardrobe of grey marle, navy and denim.
Technique: Hair Painting
“Just a little something natural to add some dimension to your hair. It’s ‘questionable’ colour, which is colour 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 colour. 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 colours her hair. Her effort is intentional yet subtle.”
Whatever shade you opt for, a colour-boosting treatment is a must to keep it looking fresh. We love Evo's Fabuloso ($40), and ammonia and peroxide-free conditioner that intensifies your chosen hue.
Want more New York–style hair advice? Here’s a different messy bun tutorial for every day of the week.