Every day, standing behind the chair at the salon, or over text, I get asked, "So what is new in the world of hair? What are the new trends?" Well, lucky you, there's lots to choose from! In general, this season is perfectly up my alley and everything that I personally love and want my hair to look like! Hair is to look sun kissed and like you just got back from a tropical vacation. Here's some the styles that are here to stay, ones I see making a splash, and what to ask your stylist for next time you are in the salon!
Ecaille aka tortoiseshell
This is a new color, not a new technique! This is best seen on the hair Goddess's such as Gieselle, Khloe K, Jessica Alba, and Blake Lively... and oh, hey! me too, obviously ;) This is a richer, warmer toned, generally brunette, version of ombre, but not dark. Though the ends are often still much lighter than the base, this color has lots of different shades of gold, caramel, and chocolate. It is not a harsh dark root, blonde ends look. This is the grown up, more elegant sister to the over done ombre. Ecaille is the perfect vacation and summer hair! Bonus, the warmth will reflect light better and shine more, instantly making your hair look healthier! This look can be achieved by asking your stylist for balayage highlights and low lights or by hair painting in highlights, whatever you and your stylist prefer. The key is to have warmth like the tortoiseshell and to stay blended. Add a gloss at the end of your service for extra shine!
Baby lights is very popular for blondes / going lighter. It can be done by both hair painting and traditional foiling. Generally, foiling will get you lighter than hair painting. Lots of blondes are doing this to create much more natural over all lighter locks. There is less of a line of demarkation as the hair grows out and the highlights are so small they look incredibly natural / sun kissed! Ask you stylist for baby lights, if they look like a deer in headlights, RUN. Just kidding, ask your stylist for very finely weaved highlights that blend well but still really lighten you up.
Hair painting is just my favorite, as you can see on some of my clients below. This type of highlighting is so soft, natural and sun kissed. Essentially, basically everything good. Hair painting may look similar to balayage but is a different technique and can have pretty different outcomes. Painting generally has less lines, where balayage uses blended lines to accent / create movement. Heads up, painting looks terrifying when you see your stylist putting bleach all over. Don't freak out! Because of the type of bleach you need to use for this technique, the chemical is much softer and seamless, add Olaplex if you are worried at all! On the other end of style, I do have plenty of clients that want to be super blonde with higher contrast (think double process - platinum blonde) and I'll paint all the way up almost to their scalp. This gives the client better looking hair for the grow-out and seems more on purpose. The possibilities with painting are endless! Make sure you are going to someone who is trained in this technique because like balayage, this is a newer technique that not every stylist has been trained in. Painting almost always requires a toner, so be sure to budget that if your stylist charges extra for it. Even though balayage and painting are more up front, they lead to you not needing color done as often, your investment is worth it in the long run.
Balayage is simply gorgeous and I get clients everyday wanting this look. This technique is more dimensional and softer than ombre. You can use the balayage technique to achieve ombre locks, but it is not exclusive to ombre. You can create sun kissed, dimensional locks with balayage, or simply place a couple highlights where you want. This is great for brunettes or redheads looking to brighten up around their face with that highlighted look. Great for easy grow-out / maintenance. Depending on what look you are going for, describe to your stylist what kind of highlights you want, and like painting, expect to be getting a toner as well.
I just think of Jessica Alba. That woman tends to lead the hair trends in both color and length. Not only is she colored the perfect tortoiseshell color but she has the best blunt bob that is making everyone reconsider the chop. Jessica's effortless style is perfect for this bob, but yet is sophisticated. The other bob I'm dying over is Sienna Miller's textured cut. Miller's bob is much more layered with texturized ends, styled with waves and a deep side part. This is a great look for anyone growing out a pixie cut as well! The bob isn't going any where people, and it can look pretty amazing on just about anyone. Finding the right bob is key! Consider what effort you realistically are going to put into styling each day and what cut your natural texture will do well with. Also, consider getting your color redone to match this new cut, because most of your color will get cut off and will usually look a lot darker.
The long bob is also still here and going strong! Perfect for long a-lines with waves and for the girls who aren't ready to part with their long hair completely. You can create the illusion of longer hair with the lob by keeping your length mid chest and then going above shoulder length in the back. Anything that is mid chest / collarbone is considered a lob to me, whereas a bob is above shoulders or just at shoulder length. The lob is always a great place to start if you're still on the fence on the chop, you can always go back and go shorter! The lob is also a great milestone for my clients growing out their hair, it usually means they can do a tiny topknot. Make sure you are clear on what kind of layers and style you want before going in, piecey texture vs sophisticated, to ensure you get the lob that will fit you and your style!
Silver / Grey
Long live the platinum blondes! This is one of the funnest hair trends that I am glad to see go more mainstream. You see this everywhere on Pinterest and Instagram. Also seen on Kelly Osborn and famous blogger Cara Loren. You can do this style in a couple different ways - all over, highlights, or grown out. The key is that you have to lift to the highest level of blonde, while avoiding melting / frying hair. Silver and Grey are shockingly gorgeous on a multitude of skin tones as well. If you have been platinum and thought about going further, this is the next step! You can do this with baby lights for softer grow out or tone your painted / balayaged ends. This is a process that takes a couple of appointments usually, depending on how blonde you are this second and what you have had on your hair. I highly recommend going to a stylist that uses Olaplex for this color especially. Due to the amount of processing you will be doing to protect the integrity of your hair, really listen to your hairdresser, fried silver hair is not pretty, period. Be sure to be clear with your stylist if you would prefer to be more silver or grey. Grey tends to be darker, so if you want bright / closer to platinum, go more of the silver route.
What are you guys seeing that's on trend this season? Do you like the hair trends right now or are you already ready for change? Looking forward to seeing you guys in my chair / on Instagram to see what you are rocking this spring and summer! Be sure to follow my newer hairstagram on Instagram @lexiloolocks for up to date trends and work from me.