These days, pretty much anything goes when it comes to hair color. Not too long ago reds were all the rage, and everyone from movie stars to high schoolers sported a flame top. It got a little predictable, didn't it? But there are some recent trends worth keeping around. For instance, salon professionals have been getting more requests for low-maintenance, natural-looking color, such as very subtle highlights and lowlights in two or three different shades.
When it comes to color products, lately there's been an explosion in the numbers and types available. Manufacturers have been rolling out new lines with gentler formulas -- semipermanents are really gaining in popularity -- and ones made specifically for the African American and Hispanic markets. But while fashions come and go, the best advice is to choose a shade and a process that suits your complexion, hair type and lifestyle.