Ask a Hairstylist: Which Hair Colour Trends Should I Try This Spring?
Ever wish you had a personal hairstylist at your beck and call, ready to offer expertise on all your pressing hair dilemmas? We did, too, hence our Ask a Hairstylist series featuring celebrity hair guru Anthony Nader. (He’s responsible for styling many an A-lister, and coifs just about every beauty editor in Sydney. Oh, and he's styled hundreds of runway shows and editorials, including our very own shoot with Samara Weaving.) In this series, Nader offers up the next best thing to a 24/7 hairstylist: a seasoned pro willing to answer all your burning (not literally… we hope) hair questions.
In this month’s column, we posed a tricky dilemma—which hair colours are trending this season? We asked Nader to walk us through the fresh shades he's been seeing lately (in person, might we add) on top models and celebrities, as well reveal the hues he's fielding growing requests for in his salon. Ahead you'll find Nader's favourite hair colours—and their A-list inspirations—this spring.
"If the hottest models and celebrities papped hanging out at Hollywood hot spots (see: eating salad at The Ivy—hold the dressing) are anything to go by, spring is set to be the season of going back to your roots. While the primary hair colour trend right now is all about embracing what your mumma gave you, amping up your natural hue to something full-bodied and beautiful can also look incredibly believable. Not into natural? Go the opposite route and try 'The Kylie' instead."
Keep scrolling for the colour trends you should try now.
"Where do I start with this brunette bombshell? Selena is the perfect candidate for those with darker hair that want to enhance their colour and add an element of va va voom. (All without factoring in regrowth might I add.) Ask your colourist to gently remove colour buildup on the mid-lengths and ends, so that the end result looks as if you’ve just spent a month basking in the sun on the Italian Rivera. Selena’s hair colour is such a go-to in my salon. It's all about subtle brightening, not painting on thick brassy stripes from roots to ends. It should look like you haven’t had anything done."
"Not for the faint-hearted, Kylie's platinum mane is the perfect example of how you can go from super-dark hair to uber-blonde. Keep in mind that this colour isn't one recommended to the budget-conscious—it's high maintenance y'all! At my salon we offer Olaplex to anyone wanting to venture to lighter side. Using the system our colourists can confidently push dark shades down, down, down and still keep every hair intact. Going "The Kylie", as this shade is now known, isn't a problem for most in my books, however you will need to set aside a good four to five hours in the salon chair. (Take a good book.) I always like for clients to come in for a consultation prior to booking a colour change this dramatic so we can go through the steps and agree upon a target goal beforehand."
"Emma’s hair is such a perfect spring colour, and it's not just reserved for natural redheads. Blondes can easily trade in their current colour for a full-bodied shade of rose gold, burnt copper or rich auburn. In my experience, when women go red, they report feeling more adventurous and more confident. I mean... who doesn’t want that? (I do!) For brunettes, making the transition to red may require a second colour service, so again, a proper consultation is key. NB. Going red can be costly in terms of upkeep so think it through before you commit."
A colour depositing conditioner like Evo's Fabuloso ($40) can help stretch out time between appointments for new redheads.
"With 5.4 million Instagram followers and counting, Karlie must be doing something right. I had the pleasure of working with her recently in NY on a Ralph Lauren show, and I used the opportunity to get the REAL hair scoop for you, Byrdie readers! Karlie’s hair has the ultimate natural dark blonde base, which means she can go either way in enhancing her hair colour. Depending on whether she's playing up the dark or light side, she tweaks her makeup palette in accordance. If you too would like to keep your hair as low-maintenance as Karlie's, I'd recommend having fine highlights scattered throughout your lengths for as little regrowth as possible. (This technique will also save you money.) If you're keen on embracing balayage, ask your colourist to focus the colour mainly around the face for an illusion of sun-kissed hair. This technique also means your colour will grow out beautifully, giving you more bang for your buck."