1. Tortoiseshell Brunette
Ombrè haircolor? That’s so 2013, declares Matrix Celebrity Hairstylist George Papanikolas! Today’s hottest haircolor for brunettes also sports a French name—ecaille—which means tortoiseshell. Unlike the sharp contrast of ombrè—dark roots, light ends—ecaille is a subtle swirl of caramel, golden and amber highlights that gently lighten and brighten brown hair. Hairstyle trendsetters like Gisele and Jessica Alba have already embrace tortoiseshell, which can be achieved with balanced, not-too-warm and not-too-cool shades from modern, professional haircolor portfolios.
2. Bombshell Blonde
Ready to enter the ultra-glam zone? Celebrities like Kim Kardashian (briefly), Rita Ora, and Madonna in the ‘80s are the touchstones for the platinum blonde haircolor trend! These ultra-light haircolors are done on dark hair, says George, so there’s no doubt that they’re completely and fabulously fake. So cheeky! Sport these haircolors with a bit of dark root, charcoal eyebrows and red lipstick. Remember, though, it’s important to keep lightened hair in the best possible condition with regular conditioning treatments and masques! And don’t try this at home—let a salon professional do the job!
3. Pastel Reds/Rose Gold
There’s a softer, gentler redhead in town—think pastel-washed strawberry and rose gold. The modern redhead is pale, matte and delicate, says George, not bright or strident. Celebrities like Jessica Chastain and Amy Adams are leading the trend, and the good news is these haircolors are extremely flattering for a wide range of complexions, which means that if you’ve been dying to try red hair, this could your time! Even though these haircolors are meant to be understated, reds still need lots of TLC to prevent premature fading, so be sure to care for your new red color with gentle products designed to coddle your color. Another innovation—conditioning cleansers—are also excellent choices if you want to preserve your haircolor for as long as possible. They leave hair soft and frizz free without drying or stripping haircolor.
4. Lobs and Wobs
These cuts aren’t brand new but they’re still going strong for spring, as more and more women embrace the fresh, healthy look of long bobs and wavy bobs. Dozens of celebrities—from Taylor Swift to Lily Collins—have submitted to the shears, emerging with bouncy haircuts that hit anywhere from the chin to the collarbone. These cuts make fine hair look fuller, notes George, and if your hair is thick, ask your stylist for interior layers or even an undercut where no one can see it in order to control the bulk. Wavy bobs have an organic appearance—as if they fell into place naturally—but if your hair doesn’t cooperate, try atexturizing spray or styling crème and a styling iron to encourage this modern shape.
Fishtail, three-strand, Dutch, double-twist, Bohemian—when it comes to hairstyles this season, it’s all about the braid. Fashioned as a stand-alone style, incorporated into chignons or upsweeps, or used as a crowning accent, there are a million ways to bring braids into your hairstyle. And if you’re all thumbs? No worries! If braiding isn’t your gift, just go ahead and knot your hair to produce cool, braid-like effects. Modern braids are loose, textured and even a bit messysays George, so one tip is to prep your hair with a texturizing spray or texturizing powder before braiding, to give your hair some “grip” and keep the braid from slipping.
6. Barely-There Waves
The perfectly-formed, crisp mermaid wave trend of the past few seasons has sailed, notes George. In their place? This season’s modern texture is more gently formed with casual creases and soft movement—almost as if they were an afterthought! Use a large curling iron to shape the waves, then rake through with your fingers to loosen and relax the curl. If your hair already has natural texture, apply a curl-enhancing styling product, scrunch it into your hair with your fingers and let your hair air dry, or dry it with a diffuser attachment on your blow dryer!