Louis Licari: Hot on the Case of Flattering Hair Color Trends

Jury duty is my civic obligation, and I respectfully accept. Waiting to be called to serve on a case, however, is nothing short of torture. I have been sitting in this room for almost two days and find myself staring at the other potential jurors, whose heads are bowed as they fidget with their handheld devices or laptops. All I notice is the sea of hair colors that surrounds me. What better place to look for the latest hair trends than in this snapshot of the denizens of New York?

BLONDES are sizzling hot! Right now, warm burnished golds and honeys are overshadowing cooler ash and platinum shades. TIP: Always go slightly deeper at the roots with a soft gradation of color from dark to light. This will create contrast with your skin color and give you the flexibility to wear your hair as light as you desire.

RED HAIR is the quintessential ‘Look at me!’ color. It begs to be noticed. This is perhaps because there are so few natural redheads. The new red shades are strawberry, copper and auburn. TIP: Whatever your skin tone, burgundy and eggplant shades should always be avoided. They almost always look harsh and artificial. Pale complexions can wear any other shade of red. Olive or rosy complexions should choose a deeper, auburn hair color.

BRUNETTES are not boring anymore! Chocolate browns are the dominant color trend of 2011. Catherine Middleton, Kim Kardashian, Penelope Cruz and Mila Kunis all sport the new chocolate shades, which are rich, shiny and vibrant -- never opaque or monochromatic. TIP: To find your perfect hue, go one shade darker than your natural color. This will allow the nuances of your own hair to show through and maintain a soft, natural and believable look.

Remember that hair color is a facet of fashion, so its trends are always changing -- but the right choice for you is always one that flatters your complexion. Hair color should do the same thing that makeup does: it should make you look more beautiful. So if you find yourself wearing more makeup to keep your new hair color compatible with your complexion, then you have picked the wrong shade.

I hear my name being called. I'm off to do my civic duty. Happy coloring!


Celebrity hairstylist Louis Licari is our hair expert and a 'Today' show contributor. We love his Ambush Makeovers on Fridays! Follow the "King of Color" on Twitter: @louislicari.

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