Don’t even think about tucking your hair under a hat for the next three months—the fact that you’re bundled up in sweaters, a winter coat, a giant scarf, and gloves pretty much means your strands are your only visible accessory. If you’re down to switch things up—a cool cut, a new color—but don’t know where to start, we asked seven top New York hair gurus about the trends they’re excited about this year—from 1970s-inspired length to superfine strips of color known as babylights.
Co-Owner and Colorist at Marie Robinson Salon
“Looking into 2016, I see stronger lines in haircuts, definitely shorter fringe or shorter blunted bangs or long hair that’s a cross between Chrissie Hynde and Pia Zadora. It’s a slightly quirky, sexy version of longer hair, a late ’70s–early ’80s vibe.
With these coming styles, your hair color shouldn’t look obvious. It’ll be the natural version of you or like your weekend makeup. This means color [not going] too blonde, too red, too black, too contrasty. [Try] blonded light browns that have many subtle shades so blended it truly looks like it was done with the finest [paintbrush.] The trend is hair color that looks natural to your specific features and skin color but enhanced (sandy ‘bronde,’ caramel brown, dark honey blonde, dark chestnut brown)—colors that work with haircuts and make it a cohesive look.”
Founder of ARROJO studio
“Hair color in 2016 is all about dimension. Having highs and lows in the hair to show depth, as well as to attract the eye to which part of our client’s hair, face, and style we want to visually highlight. For example, maybe somebody has great eyes and beautiful bangs—in that case we’d put brightness and pop into the bang and over the eye, as means to draw attention to beautiful features.”
Colorist at Marie Robinson Salon
“What I anticipate seeing more of is a bold but low-maintenance approach to hair color. Instead of having long, drawn-out roots like the ‘sombré’ or ombré trend, there will be a noticeable amount of depth coming from the root. Think of grown-out double processes where the you see the natural hair color but the mid lengths and the ends are solid one color. Celebrities like Julianne Hough and Khloe Kardashian wear this look beautifully. The first trip to the salon may have you there for quite a while but the maintenance will only have you in anywhere from every three to six months. That’s almost unheard of for a blonde! It’s safe to say this is fairly low maintenance.”
Co-Founder and Creative Director of Fox & Jane
“Color melting is a technique we love that plays off the seamless trend that’s dominated over the last few years. It’s important to clarify: Color melting is not ombré; we’ve happily released ombre back to 2014! Color melting is a technique where highlights are applied, while processing your colorist applies a deeper version of the shade to the roots and mid-shaft, and a lighter version of a shade to the mid-shaft and ends. Then the toner is applied in the same color family to create a very fluid effect, a ‘color melt.’ Generally, you choose tones that are all very similar to keep this modern. We’ve tried hues like raspberry or even pale blondes with this effect and clients are obsessed with the results.”
Founder of Pickthorn
“Looking forward into 2016, I think there’s going to be some really cool glam-rock androgyny inspiration. The shapes we’ve been seeing on the streets today are looking like they are moving in a more chunky and layered direction with heavy bulky fringes that are able to be tossed to the side or back when wanting a different look. As for color, using these heavy textured shapes, you can place a random ‘rebel light’ for an undone, ‘unintentionally, intentional’ look. The chunkier the better, solid color, straight from the root! Also we’ll continue to see some pure colors but in a watercolor muted, washed-out way. This will be a sneaky way of using bold colors from nature, but you’ll need to look closely to notice its unique tone.”
Colorist at Serge Normant
The new thing is less dimension and more uniform color. The new trend for 2016 is hair looking as natural as possible in any color. No more dirty blonde roots and bleached highlights! Ask for “babylights” (very fine, subtle highlights) through the hair to achieve any color, even the blondest, but without the roots. Very blonde, platinum looks are in, but so are cool and warm brunettes. Also redheads are back! It’s a very ’70s-looking, very effortless color. You can already see examples from actresses like Jennifer Lawrence, Khloe Kardashian, Kate Hudson, and Beyoncé who are sporting very cool blonde looks.”
Colorist at Bumble and bumble
“For spring and summer, I think blondes are going to be blonder and brunettes are going to be lighter. Lot’s of brightness! People tend to go richer for fall and winter, so with the weather changing to spring, they like to feel brighter. We’ll see lots of cool, bright blondes—almost silver!”