If the idea of getting a makeover feels overwhelming, take it one step at a time. Not only is a hair cut and color your first step...but it might be all you need. If you're thinking about giving yourself a makeover for spring or summer 2007, start with your hair color. Here are my tips for your new look:
What is the major color trend for this coming spring and summer?
Hair color will be lighter and brighter for spring. Specifically, I'm talking about subtle ribbons of light sandy brown or dark neutral blonde in dark hair, sparkles of bright sunny blonde in medium blondes, and bold-as-platinum tones in lighter blondes.
What is best way to create a subtle change for darker hair this spring?
Tone-on-tone, hidden highlights are best. Instead of placing the highlights through the top and around the hairline, we're seeing bolder ribbons coming from the interior to show off movement or dimension. This is a very sexy, low-maintenance hair color technique that's great for darker shades.
For those who are going super light this summer, what's the best way to maintain vibrancy?
The trick to a gorgeous super-blonde hair is regular maintenance. Any time you want to "work a look" you need to make the commitment - both with your time and finances. A vibrant color, blonde or otherwise, looks amazing when you leave the salon but after four weeks of no maintenance, it can start to look cheap. The longest blondes and redheads should go between touch ups is four weeks. The scalp produces heat, a catalyst that causes color to process more quickly. Getting retouched every three or four weeks will avoid creating "bands" in the color. It's also a good idea to come in to the salon for a gloss between services -- this will add shine, sun protection and enhance the tones you want and minimize the tones you don't. For home maintenance, color enhancing shampoos and conditioners like ted gibson individual color will pump up the vibrancy and add sparkle.
The "bob" is a big style right now - what's the best color to accentuate this style?
The bob is a classic style with many variations from simple, clean, horizontal shapes to dramatic concave and graduated shapes. Color is a great way to give this simple shape some drama and to individualize it. A single process can give a simple bob some great punch - bold blondes, strong reds and rich brunettes. If the shape of the bob is more creative, choppy or "edgy," bold highlights are the perfect complement.