While summer is all about beachy waves, undone texture and careless topknots, the cooler seasons call for a bit more polish. As for spring? It’s the time to feel inspired and freshen up, says Jules Peacocke, Director of Lily Jackson Hair & Makeup in Sydney.
But narrowing down which hot new trend coming out of Los Angeles and Tokyo and everything in between can be no easy feat when it comes to deciding which look will best suit each individual.
Thankfully, the distinguished and highly revered expert shares her exclusive tips for what’s on the rise this season, and how to change it up in the most flattering way possible.
Finding your inspiration
Looking up and browsing for hair trends is a great way to get inspiration for your own hair if you want to change things up; nearly every client is now presenting me with inspiration images from Instagram and Pinterest.
The only trouble with trends sourced from social media is that hair can styled to look beautiful for a photo and not truly present like that in day to day life, and filters and retouching can be applied to enhance the colour, which can also alter true perception and result.
Other things that can affect social media inspiration to interpretation? Whether the haircut can be styled by the client on their own — you can hide a lot of weaknesses in a haircut by styling the hair with tong curls! Also something to look out for: Is the hair in a healthy state after a big colour change?
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Lots of stylists take shortcuts and blast the hair with heavy chemicals to achieve the desired colour in one sitting, but the client’s hair is damaged (or “fried”). You need to consider how long it took for that colour transformation.
If it’s a big change from your natural colour or previous colour, expect a few visits to achieve your inspiration hair goal.
Another thing to consider when browsing for inspiration is that the trend has to be interpreted by a stylist who can determine if it will suit your hair type, colour, and lifestyle; there’s no point in coveting and requesting a look that requires styling if you never blowdry your hair.
Despite what’s hot on Instagram, we’re still left with the everyday challenges of what to do with grey hair, fine hair, curly hair and so on, which must be considered when making a change.
Let’s talk trends
Hairstyles that have been recently hot and trendy on both social media and the catwalk are bobs of all kinds, but aren’t necessarily new as much as they’re making a comeback.
Be it straight, wavy or curly, long or short, the bob haircut is a style that can be tailored for your particular hair type, face shape and lifestyle.
For colour, we’re tending to see more creative colour inspiration as an emerging trend this season, but more so on social media than on the runway.
A hot tip: a client will call a colour one thing, while a stylist who is coming from their colour theory background will call it another!
The lesson here? Inspiration pictures are a must if you want a colour change!
Demin blue was trending big time when Kylie Jenner posted her denim blue locks on Instagram. But intense blue — like any other creative colour — requires maintenance and up-keep to look good. Intense blue might not be relevant for professionals, so the trend has been adapted by adding hand painted subtle colour highlights to create interest.
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Peach and all variations of rose have also been highly requested by clients for the upcoming season. The palette for these fashion colours is vast: champagne rose, rose brown and rose pink are some variations, just to name a few.
When considering creative colours, your stylist will need to see what is suited to your skin colour as well as what underlying tones your hair’s natural pigment are to understand what is going to be easily achievable and if what you want is going to be a big colour job.
Is balayage still a trend for spring?
If we are going by what people are requesting, then yes, balayage is still relevant. But balayage is just a bespoke colour application technique created by hand painting.
Bespoke colour placement is the way to incorporate fashion or creative colours with subtlety for people who don’t want a dramatic, all-over change.
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Balayage colour may require less maintenance than other forms of colour, but that doesn’t mean no maintenance.
Avoid common balayage mistakes by getting your hair cut! Long hair with damaged ends is not an attractive look.
A good hairdresser will know how to keep the length but don’t be in denial about split ends. If your stylist says you need 2cm cut off, then do it because hair will tend to break off anyway.
You should also refresh the colour every six weeks with a toner, and use professional home hair care.
Do certain colours/ tones work better on drier hair just coming out of winter?
Winter is more about hair health and treatments that promote it. There are no colours that are better but there are specialised professional colour ranges that push shine into the colour which are great to use during the winter months and into the spring season.
Aimée Wice is a beauty junkie, fashion fanatic, health and fitness freak and travel lover currently living in love with her better half in Sydney. She has contributed to print and digital publications such as FASHION, Fitness First, Sporteluxe, Style Nest UK, Women’s Health Australia, The Beauty Insider, whimn.com.au, The Huffington Post’s Blog, BEAUTY/Crew, Best Health Magazine, The Lifestyle Edit, Elite Daily, Esprit Magazine, ELLE Canada, nine.com.au, and Glow, to name a few.