As if taking cues from Spring, the season’s hair trends share a likeness with the rainbows that follow April’s showers. The enchanting time period brings with it a gentle urging to renew, refresh, and revitalize. In other words, you have every chance to try something completely different, such as an entirely new hair color.
In tune with fresh blooms, watch out for what’s ahead. We consulted with top colorists to help showcase Spring’s very vibrant palette. So what’s to come? Think a mixture of warm, natural tones that match the mood of the season and a palette worthy of ROYGBIV.
The color: Warm, Buttery Blond
The celebrity inspiration: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Description: Put simply, Edelman says, “The sun in shining, the days are longer, and hair should be warmer.” This look is warmer and more natural, which perfectly matches the mood of the coming seasons.
Who it works for: Edelman suggests that, because warmer hair mimics nature, it’s naturally flattering on most people. But it’s especially great for warm skin tones.
The color: Rose Gold
The celebrity inspiration: Kate Hudson
Description: This color blew up in 2016, but according to Edelman, it’s here to stay. It is a subtle way to try a rainbow sherbert shade without going bold.
Who it works for: This is the perfect color for blondes who aren’t ready for a huge commitment. Rose gold is an easier color for blondes because it requires a very light base — something that blondes already have.
The color: Baby Blond
The celebrity inspiration: Khloé Kardashian
Description: “Ask for balayage highlights a few shades lighter than your norm,” says Edelman.
Who it works for: Edelman suggested those with lighter skin opt for “beige roots with warm accents [that] embody the bright, warm days of Spring.” If you have honey-toned skin, she suggests golden bronde hue.
The color: Pastels
The celebrity inspiration: Jourdan Dunn
Description: Colorist Hannah Edelman from Brooklyn-based Brush in Hand said, “Floral inspiration will always define Spring trends.” She suggests veering toward the more delicate shades of pinks, violets, and blues.
Who it works for: “Pastel tones can work for anyone (even Kanye!) with the right adjustments,” she said. “Light to pale skin can rock a full head of pastel color. For medium skin tones, incorporate a brighter, richer color with pastel ends.”
The color: Platinum
The celebrity inspiration: Jennifer Lawrence
Description: According to Zard, this is “the most high maintenance of them all and great for all seasons. This color is mesmerizing and will completely change your look.” Platinum hair color can take on many tones, such as icy white, champagne, golden platinum, and silver.
Who it works for: Zard said that platinum hair should be reflective and lustrous and works best with fair, cool, and light warm skin tones. She also advised that you “first check with your colorist to see if the condition of your hair will allow for this lengthy double-process color.” She added, “Be completely honest about any previous chemical treatments and colors you have done (even if it was months or years ago) in order to help prevent any detours from your end goal.” To maintain this look, aside from regular root touch-ups, ensure that purple shampoo and restorative conditioning treatments are always on hand.
The color: Soft Blends
The celebrity inspiration: Gigi Hadid
Description: “We are seeing a lot more soft blends,” said Zard. She identified this technique as being similar to sombre, ecaille, colormelt, or baby lights. The color is created by blending multiple shades in order to create a natural and fluid hair hue with some contrast. Overall, the color should appear soft and seamless. It can be achieved with foil and/or balayage, or better yet foilayage, which is a combo of both techniques. Ask your colorist for a soft and naturally transitioning color. Think ombré, but without the high-contrast gradation we have come to associate it with.
Who it works for: Zard says this trend works on all skin tones. “This is a low-maintenance color because if it’s not being done on your natural base, then the base chosen is only one to two shades within your natural base.” This means that it has the ability to last months without an update. Where do we sign up?
The color: Strawberry Blond
The celebrity inspiration: Nicole Kidman
Description: For the statement makers, Zard advised taking on a fiery hue. “Of all of the shades, redheads make a color statement — whether it be a deep rich auburn or a strawberry blond,” she noted.
Who it works for: Strawberry blond works best with fair to light warm skin.
Colorist tip: Zard says, “To prevent from fading between visits, I send clients home with shampoos and conditioners formulated for color-treated hair and sometimes even color-depositing shampoos to use once a week to keep the color radiant,” she said.
The color: Deep Chocolate
The celebrity inspiration: Bella Hadid
Description: Breaking from tradition, this tone is leaving its usual Fall season for Spring. Zard said, “It’s a great color to offset all the bright and pale muted tones of Spring. Ask your colorist for a tone that works best with your skin. This color should be shiny and flattering to your natural complexion, otherwise it will wash you out.”
Who it works for: You can rock this whether you’re a blonde or brunette. “If you are a natural brunette, this color will be low maintenance,” she added. “But if you are a natural blonde, you will want to come in regular for a root touch-up.” A gloss is also a great way to keep your shade shiny and lush.
The color: Hair Contouring
The celebrity inspiration: Sarah Jessica Parker
Description: Los Angeles colorist Rachelle Zard of Kream Studio weighed in on this trend, claiming that it’s one of her favorites. “It’s the easiest way to refresh and add a bit of life to your existing color,” she said. “The highlights are strategically placed to brighten up and accent your face shape.”
Who it works for: This trend has a few added benefits built in that make it popular with lazy girls. “This can be done on any color, whether you are blonde, brunette, or red,” Zard noted. “Ask your colorist for a pop of color around your hairline. This is a low-maintenance trend, because it looks good fresh or grown out.”
The color: Greenery, Pantone’s Color of the Year
The celebrity inspiration: Bella Thorne
Description: This shade of green packs a vibrant punch that will not go unnoticed. While people often shy away from it, Pantone has embraced green for its soothing and earthy properties, and maybe you should, too!
Who it works for: Lighter complexions really seem to embrace this vibrant color best. Edelman said that, because pale skin is a delicate skin tone, greenery looks beautiful next to it.