It's Here: Byrdie's Spring 2018 Hair Colour Guide
Spring, we have a thing for you. We love you for your clear, perfectly warm temperatures (a much-appreciated respite following the dog days of winter), the debut of new-season blooms, and, of course, the luscious shades of hair colour that flood our social media feeds.
Unsurprisingly, it’s been the season of blonde. From Katy Perry’s glowing platinum pixie to Allison Williams’s freshly flaxen strands, it’s no secret that the cool months of winter inspire bright highlights, ice-blond toners, and buttery balayage aplenty to offset our paler complexions. Pretty? Indubitably. Predictable? You betcha. Therefore, we look forward to the fresher hues of Spring with an almost unbearable air of enthusiasm. And since September is fast approaching, we’re already in hot pursuit. Here at Byrdie HQ, we like to be one step ahead and crave the trends months in advance so we can book our colour appointment and, of course, pass them on to our readers. (Because you guys are the best!)
After peppering high-profile colourists for their expert intel and inspiration this season, we have, shall we say, the definitive guide to spring hair colour. The predictions are in, and we’ll be the first ones to say that they’re good. From grey to ruby to onyx, all you have to do is decide which one you’ll try first.
Keep scrolling for our official spring 2017 hair colour guide.
If you're platinum, try upgrading your look with a cool shade of gray. Not only will the hue really pop on top of your pre-lightened strands, but according to Ariel Hauck, colourist at Ramirez Tran salon, it’s also easy to transition your way back to the blonde side:
“For those platinum ladies who want to switch things up but still be able to go back easily, go slate gray, it’s fun and head turning.”
To really go for it, Hauck recommends plenty of volume and body with your styling. The shade is muted, so do like Leona Lewis and don’t be afraid to serve up some va-va-voom with your gray hue for fall.
“The best way to show off this colour is to style your hair with a lot of texture either with curling or using product [that has] a bit of grit!” We recommend spritzing hair with your favorite salt spray.
Our experts also agreed that a spring colour that’s almost black—but not quite—is going to be a big trend. And with the help of a trusted stylist, it’s pretty easy to achieve. Ryan Sanger from Bomane Salon, Beverly Hills gave us the inside scoop:
“Take your base deeper and darker than the traditional brunette, adding cooler tones to cancel out the warmth.”
Love Adriana Lima’s deep, dark hue? An extra dose of shine is going to be important. “Warm weather is known for stripping hair of moisture.” To combat dull and dehydrated hair, Sanger suggests incorporating a super-moisturising shampoo and conditioner into your hair care routine and adding a small amount of smoothing cream “from root to ends” prior to a blow-dry or any flatiron touch-ups.
Plus, Hauck tells us the “dark and stormy” look is super-low maintenance—which, to be honest, is music to our ears. Her tip: “When going darker, stay on the cool side and never ever go black.” To do the color justice this fall, try it slick and straight like Lucy Hale. Hauck adds, “Since dark brunettes don’t have highlights, you can pull this off more than others.”
If you’re looking to go darker but find a shade of almost black a tad too intimidating, try a rich hue of espresso, which can be accentuated with warm hints of caramel and chocolate. To achieve Priyanka Chopra’s trademark colour, Sanger suggests the following: “Ask your stylist to deepen your base colour and pull lowlights through the rest of the hair to add dimension.”
Hauck explains, “With spring, your skin tone will deepen slightly as the days become warmer. Nothing matches that mood more than a soft brunette with caramel highlights.”
To nail Eiza González’s cozy fall shade, she says, “make sure you see a colourist who knows to lift your hair to the right colour before depositing in this gorgeous, low-maintenance tone.”
To style, Hauck suggests either air-drying to accentuate natural texture or using a curling wand to create soft and flowing waves.
Additionally, a little bit of root is A-okay. After all, what’s more natural than a little bit of grow-out? However, if the sight of your natural colour totally wigs you out, try Hauck’s take on the golden trend and experiment with some light-handed highlights: “Babylights are the most seamless way of pushing you colour appointments far apart but still feeling trendy and up to date. Natural hair colour never goes out of style.”