With summer in full swing, and people getting back to "normal," it's exciting to see the hair trends and colors dominating this season. Today, it's go big or go home with my clients, and we are seeing this sentiment across the country.
According to the latest Wella Colorcharm Trend Report, which surveyed a representative sample of 1,000 U.S.-based women to understand perceptions on hair dye and the looks they want to try, nearly six in 10 women changed their hair color every six months. Plus, many women are choosing to continue coloring their hair at home, despite salons now being open. Luckily, many of these gorgeous, on-trend looks can easily be achieved on your own. So I'm sharing some of the top requested hair color trends and DIY pro-tips that won't be going away anytime soon.
Y2K-Inspired Chunky Highlights and Colorful Streaks
The looks from the early 2000s have made a comeback — and they're piquing women's interest to take a bold approach to hair color. Wella Colorcharm found that nearly four in 10 American women are interested in trying colorful streaks. Pink and rose gold are the top requested colors for chunky highlights and colorful streaks.
When giving yourself distinctive streaks at home, I recommend using the Painting Balayage System, because the creamy consistency makes it easy to smudge toward new growth for natural-looking results. Plus, it's easy to use: simply mix one part lightener with two parts developer. Mix in a plastic bowl and apply on the hair. Process for up to 50 minutes.
For vivid highlights, it's always best to pre-lighten hair to a level nine or higher, which should resemble a very light blonde.
I'm also seeing fuchsia and soft violets start to pick up in popularity and anticipate these highlights will be trending by fall.
The secret to achieving beautiful, colorful streaks is that if you shampoo and condition with cold water, the color will last longer.
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Radiant in Red
Whether you were born with it or you're dyeing your tresses, you can't go wrong with red. Of traditional hair colors, women are most interested in transforming their current hair color to red, especially a red violet base mixed with berry tones for flattering face frame highlights. I anticipate seeing copper, traditional reds and deep violets picking up quickly for fall.
You can create beautiful red lights around your face by sectioning out a fine triangle on the top front section of your hair line, then color it with the red of your choice. Start by applying the color half-an-inch away from the scalp. Once complete, continue applying the color at the scalp and process for 30 minutes. Then shampoo, condition, and style. By doing this you will create a beautiful red light around your face to enhance your natural beauty.
Embracing Natural Colors
Hair color is a fun way to express yourself no matter what the shade is, so I'm loving that almost half of my clients are choosing to keep it natural, with hazelnut and caramel shades being a constant request in my salon chair.
These colors are easy to maintain and also extremely simple to switch shades with the seasons. My blondes are going smoky, platinum, and beige. In terms of upkeep, the Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights line has the best shampoo and conditioner to refresh blonde hair with its line of styling products specifically made for blonde clients; it tones down brassiness, refreshes faded highlights, and maintains a cool effect on color-treated hair.
But whether you're dyeing your hair at a salon or at home, I suggest maintenance every five weeks to retouch any new growth — especially when you're going lighter.
If you're refreshing your hair on your own, use a demi-permanent formula for the mid-shaft and ends. Finally, always remember to apply a barrier around the hairline to avoid staining. You can use petroleum jelly or even your favorite conditioner to line the ears, neck, and forehead to avoid staining.