The 5 Hair Colour Trends You’re Going To See Everywhere This Spring
We’re talking about the ‘sombré’ — ombre’s much cuter, and much more natural, protégé. We may be stating the obvious here, but sombré literally translates to ‘soft ombré’. Think super blended colours, subtle shade graduation and a lived-in look. It’s the perfect middle-ground between the piece-y and dimensional balayage, and the often contrasting dual tones that came with previous ombré techniques.
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With the red carpet as our source of hair inspiration, we’ve spotted a handful of new colours being dished out: think chocolate cake brunette, biscuit blonde, fairy floss pink and cream soda… they’re seriously delicious, minus the guilt. “What I love about these tasty shades is that they’re really interesting but easy to wear,” says hairstylist Anthony Nader. “There’s something for everyone this season – those with a lighter base can go for something like biscuit blonde or cream soda, or those with darker hair can opt for chocolate cake brunette. Anything goes!” Here are the new-season hair colours to indulge in.
Creamy and golden, this delicious hair colour features both warm and cool tones that can instantly brighten up warmer complexions. In the chair, ask for “a full head of fine foils with a dropped root (they’re usually staggered and start an inch from your roots), along with some balayage sections for extra depth,” says Jordan Hone, Director of Sloans North Sydney and L’Oréal Professionnel Guest Artist.
Good to know: This hair colour looks best when it’s regularly styled with a hot tool. “A loose wave allows natural light to hit different areas of the hair and in turn, it can help the tones shine through,” Hone explains. It’s also a colour that can be quite technical to achieve, so expect to sit for a few hours in the salon.
Serve it with:
Kérastase Masque Ultra-Violet Anti-Brass Blonde Perfecting Violet Masque: Use once a week to increase manageability and knock out any orange undertones.
Aveda Wooden Mini Paddle Brush: This must-have tool helps distribute oils from root to tip to improve shine overall.
Cloud Nine The Original Wand: The conical shape allows you to create soft waves that don’t look too structured.
This season sees the brunette colour move away from having ashy undertones and make its way towards a more vibrant hue that shows off warm accents, just like yummy, fudgey swirls of icing. “Ask for balayage highlights that can add a touch of brightness to your deep brown hair,” explains Hone. “This colour is all about decadence and is perfect for golden skin tones.”
Good to know: Hate visiting the hairdresser? You’re in luck. “This is a low-maintenance colour that just needs to be touched up every six to 10 weeks, and you can wash and wear, meaning minimal styling time (just make sure you keep your hair hydrated with good quality at-home care products),” advises Hone.
Serve it with:
TONI&GUY Blue Shampoo: It boosts shine and prevents brunette hair from colour-fading.
L’Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Nutrifier Conditioner: It’s infused with coconut oil to seriously soften and hydrate dry locks.
Joico Defy Damage Protecting Shield: This mist melts into hair and can protect it from environmental and heat damage.
Don’t worry, it’s not as shocking as you think. “This delectable colour is a more neutral take on a warm blonde and contains mahogany brown and gold tones,” explains Hone. “It’s also a versatile shade that creates a glow around the face and is the perfect colour for a cool blonde to transition to a warmer spectrum.”
Good to know: The best thing about this blonde colour is that it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to maintain. “Expect to be back in the salon every eight weeks to three months,” says Hone. Plus, we think this low-key hair colour looks just as pretty slicked back in a ponytail as it does styled out.
Serve it with:
Schwarzkopf Professional Hyaluronic Moisture Kick Micellar Shampoo: This shampoo refreshes and deep cleans without stripping your scalp of much-needed moisture.
Wella System Professional LuxeOil Cream Elixir: Smooth this onto damp hair to eliminate fly-aways and speed up blow-dry time.
R+Co Neon Lights Dry Oil Spray: Mist this all over dry hair to up the glow factor of your coloured hair.
We’ve seen this pretty colour make waves on the red carpet, and this snackable shade works perfectly IRL, too. “The trick to a good fairy floss pink hair colour is one that boasts a variety of deep and light tones mixed together,” explains Hone. “Light skin tones should opt for a lighter pastel pink tone, whereas medium to dark skin can experiment with darker pink hair colours.”
Good to know: It’s a high-commitment colour that requires some serious prep, especially if you’ve got black or brown hair. “If you have dark hair, your stylist will need to pre-lighten your hair over several visits, which can be achieved with foils,” explains Hone. “It’s a financial investment; expect to come back to the salon every three to four weeks.” As for at-home styling, “dry your hair straight, then use an iron to create soft bends in the hair,” says Hone. Effortless and chic, we like it.
Serve it with:
Kevin.Murphy Re-Pair.Me Wash: Pea and silk proteins strengthen hair without weighing it down.
ghd platinum+: This lightweight hair tool is super versatile and can heat up in as little as 20 seconds.
Marc Anthony Dream Big Volume: Sprinkle this into roots and ruffle with fingertips to add grit and build texture.
But this phenomenon isn’t exclusive to just breakups. For Talisa Sutton, founder of Badlands Studio, it was the birth of her daughter that inspired a whole new look. “I spent my whole pregnancy growing out my hair, and while I loved the length, once Lúa was born, I felt like it was time for a change,” Sutton tells Gritty Pretty. “A chop signified the beginning of a wonderful new chapter – and there is less for her to pull on now!”
So, why do women (and some men) feel compelled to chop off their hair following a significant life event?
According to Tara Hurster, psychologist and founder of The TARA Clinic in Sydney’s Bondi Junction, it’s normal to change our appearance as we grow. “When we are experiencing a lot of change in our life, changing our appearance can be a way of having something you can control amongst all the things outside your control.”
For new mothers, “Beyond the potential practical aspects of short hair being easier to handle, birth can be a powerful experience and some women may see themselves differently after experiencing such an impactful event,” says Hurster. “This may lead them to want to have their external appearance showcase how they see themselves internally.”
The good news? When done right, a new hair cut can boost self-esteem. “When we receive compliments or attention from others it can help to lift our confidence,” Hurster adds. “A new hairstyle can definitely leave people feeling powerful, strong, sexy and proud.”
Anthony Nader, founder of Sydney’s RAW Anthony Nader, has seen it all. “My salon team has definitely had some of these ‘post’ [i.e. post-breakup, post-baby] examples sitting in their chairs over time, that’s for sure,” Nader says. “We all know the signs to look and listen out for when these times arise.”
His advice? “Go to a stylist that you can trust first and foremost, and one that knows you and your lifestyle best. There could be a number of factors that you may not have considered. Does [the new style] require blow drying every day, and have you got the time for this? You may want the same full head of foils as your girlfriend, but is this colour going to work with your skin complexion?”
Before you sit down in the hairdresser’s chair and mutter those three magic words – “chop it off” – give yourself a few days to mull it over, first. “With regards to a breakup, wanting a fresh start or new look can help with the grieving process and give you permission to see yourself differently,” says Hurster. “I would encourage you to sleep on the decision for a few days to ensure that it is your internal voice talking, rather than rash emotions.”
According to Hurster, it’s important to take a moment and consider the purpose of the change. Is it to get back at someone? Is it an attempt to please someone else? Or, is the new ‘do an exciting change? If the answer is the latter, Hurster says, “Go for it!”.
They say a change is as good as a holiday; a mini makeover gives hairdressers a chance to be creative and explore on-trend hair cuts and colours. However, communication is key, explains Nader: “You and your stylist need to break down the consultation so there is absolute clarity on both sides before the tools get picked up.”
Suffering from a case of post-chop regret? Keep calm and remember: hair grows back. You have two options here. Option one: book another appointment with a reputable stylist to discuss your options. Or, as Hurster suggests, “Embrace your new look and run with it! The way to do this is stand tall, hold your head high and lean into this new you with confidence and poise.”
Nope, a pair of scissors can’t make you look like Kendall Jenner.
I don’t know about you, but if you took a quick peep at my phone’s camera roll, beyond the happy snaps and selfies, you’d find a deluge of #mood pics.
From the outfits I want to buy (or at least the ASOS version of them) to the sun loungers I want to lay on next time I book annual leave, I rarely open Instagram without finding a ‘screenshot and save’ worthy image.
You know what else you’d find? A lot of beauty looks. Like most women, I have ran into my hairdresser (either three days out from my period or after a bad breakup) clutching a picture of a celebrity and begged them to make me look ‘exactly like this.’
I’ve had the Lara Bingle bob. The Zoe Kravitz buzz cut. The Lily Collins fringe. I’ve had it all. But I’ve also had a pretty rational stylist tell me that no, I don’t look like Lara or Zoe or Lily – and a pair of scissors can only do so much.
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“Hairdressers don’t want to burst your bubble and far from it,” explains hairstylist and owner of Sydney’s RAW Salon, Anthony Nader.
“But it’s our job to give you the insider secrets to how those Hollywood celebs look so damn paparazzi ready all the time.”
Aside from employing a full time stylist to tend to their strands, a lot of their length and fullness can be credited to wigs and hair pieces.
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“I’ve lost count in my 30 year career how many women that have sat in my chair and have pulled out a picture of Beyoncé, Rihanna, Cardi B or Zoe Kravitz and stared me in the eyes point blank and said ‘I want this’ – I mean where do you start?”
Nader does admit, however, that while bringing in images is helpful for your hairdresser to get an idea of the result you’re after, your best bet is to cap it at no more than eight.
“In those eight images show them one or two things that you don’t like about that haircut or colour, too. This just helps more clarity on both sides.”
From there, your stylist will be able to work through the pros and cons of what’s achievable.
“If you’re after a blunt Kim Kardashian bob, is the length at the jaw going to suit your face shape? Maybe not, so this is where the hairdresser needs all that knowledge and experience that they have to give the best outcome for your face shape.”
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The time you’ll realistically spend styling it each day, as well as your budget for salon visits are the next two biggest determining factors when considering a celeb inspired chop.
“To maintain a strong haircut shape, you need to get to the salon every four to six weeks. If you have your hair coloured, you’ll also need to maintain your colour by investing in salon prescribed products to keep it looking red carpet ready.”
Nader’s final words of wisdom?
“Just remember though, that your hairdresser isn’t a magician and can’t perform tricks.”
She may only be 17, but Kaia Gerber has established herself as an absolute style icon, with the world waiting with bated breath to see what she does next in terms of fashion and beauty. Her latest chop sent her Instagram followers into a frenzy (us included!) and has only upped her cool factor; her long, brunette locks were cut into a short bob with lots of layers and movement, and we think it’s a hairstyle that’s equal parts practical and pretty. In fact, we’re predicting this will be winter’s hottest haircut, so we asked hairstylist Anthony Nader from RAW Salon for his expert advice on achieving the look, including what to ask for at the hairdressers and the products you need to maintain the style.
First things first, to get Kaia’s look, make sure you ask for the right kind of cut. “This haircut [has] more of a ‘downtown cool girl’ edge, so make sure your ends are cut ‘feathery’ instead of blunt,” explains Nader. “This ‘boyish’ bob will work a treat on hair that’s medium to thick, along with hair that has a slight wave, as this will lend itself to the fullness that your bob deserves.” Our best advice is to show your hairdresser this exact photo to avoid any confusion.
Something to keep in mind with this cool, wintery hairstyle is that it requires maintenance to ensure that your ‘do holds its shape (read: regular visits to the salon). “You should get your ends sharpened every seven to eight weeks, tops, or if you have fine hair, see your stylist every five to six weeks to maintain the volume,” suggests Nader.
This look is meant to look really laidback, like you’ve hardly put in any effort at all. “It’s not a haircut that needs hours of primping and curling, otherwise you’ll lose the coolness of what your new winter haircut stands for,” says Nader. “Create texture by spritzing some sea salt spray, such as Sydney Salon Supplies SSS Sea Salt Texture Spray, into damp hair, then work the heat of the hairdryer through and focus on the roots to lift the area. Or, if you want to add a little more bend and texture, give your mid-lengths a quick, light kiss with a medium-sized hot tong.”
Michelle Obama Wore Her Natural Hair On Holidays And The Internet Has Thoughts
The former first lady lets her hair down – literally – and the internet implodes.
Seriously, who does their hair when they’re on holidays?
I’m lucky enough to run a brush through it, let alone pack a GHD when taking time out from real life. Plus, a beach holiday means that you don’t even need to pack a sea salt spray for texture – nature just takes care of it for you.
So what’s with the furore that Michelle Obama,55, has let her hair down?
Paparazzi shots of the Obamas holidaying in France, as you do, show another side of the former first lady – with her natural hair.
Uhhh..i love Michelle..but michelle is all black..she not a biracial..black people have a head full of curly hair…”Michelle is wearing a beautiful curly perm on her hair”…🤗😍🤗
— IsISISaPrettyNickNameYes (@LuvLaceJubilee) June 20, 2019
It’s not the first time the internet has been treated to images of a beautiful African-American woman rocking gold hoop earrings and voluminous curly hair. It’s one of Queen Bey’s most powerful looks.
So why is it OK that a performer can present herself that way publicly but a politician’s wife can’t do it in private?
For African-American women, hair has always been a political issue.
In 2014, the US army tried to ban cornrows, twists and braids on women, styles that were popular among those with natural hair.
The Washington Post reported that a petition asked the army to reconsider, stating that 30% of women in the military aren’t caucasian and “[t]hese new changes are racially biased and the lack of regard for ethnic hair is apparent. This policy needs to be reviewed prior to publishing to allow for neat and maintained natural hairstyles.”
https://t.co/CTdKhCR3sX strange how natural hair always come up on people of color? What about it?
— Lora Cobb (@LoraCob04074083) June 20, 2019
The natural hair movement is about more than just hair, it’s about embracing racial differences rather than trying to assimilate.
A report by market research agency Mintel found sales of hair relaxer in the US dropped 36.6% between 2012-17.
And when natural hair becomes a Beyonce lyric, you know that it’s gone mainstream.
“I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros/I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils,” she sings in Formation about embracing her African heritage.
Sydney hairdresser Anthony Nader of Raw Salon says Obama will always have a phenomenal fan base, but there’s a not-so-great reason why this paparazzi snap of her natural hair texture has people talking.
“I can’t imagine we would care in the same way if it wasn’t a woman of colour,” he says.
“Personally, I think Michelle’s natural hair texture is complete heaven. Honestly, I don’t want to dive in the deep end here and go back decades and decades around the suppression and judgement of women of colour, but there’s a long history of how women should and shouldn’t wear their hair.
“From my point of view, it should be totally A-OK and acceptable for all cultures to have a day off (so to speak) and showcase what God gave them. I’m all about embracing natural texture. Michelle’s hair is beautiful, voluminous, shiny and absolutely oozes femininity.”
He concedes straightened hair, on all races, always looks more polished and professional, but that doesn’t mean you have to devote every morning to serums, brushes and hairdryers.
“When you’re not taking on these measures, as Michelle did while on vacay in France, you’ll always showcase your true self, and give off a much more casual, laidback vibe,” he says.
We all saw Kate Middleton make her elegant entrance into the first annual Addiction Awareness Week gala on Thursday.
Her Barbara Casasola dress was perfect, her Jimmy Choo heels were perfect, everything was what we’ve come to expect from the perfect Duchess of Cambridge.
But her hair, took her look to a whole new level of perfection and we’ve been obsessing over it since we saw her sunlit, bouncy blow-out float into the gala.
The Duchess’ hair always looks immaculate but there was definitely something different about this particular hairstyle, so we asked hairstylist to the stars, Anthony Nader, for a concise how-to, because who doesn’t want a royal blow out like Kate’s?
Damp hair to begin
To achieve this lush royal blow out, Anthony says to start with damp hair and a volumising conditioning foam, to give your hair the ultimate body required.
Work the product through from root to end, comb it through with a wide-toothed comb.
Section off your hair
Inside your part line separate the hair up into four even sections, leaving the bottom section out and clipping the rest away.
Grab you big bristle brushes
“I would then use two large radial brushes with loads of bristles, this is going to help the hair look more refined and polished,” says Anthony.
Heat, and then cool, your hair
Take your first section up to the crown, blow drying it vertically. Once the section feels dry, mold your hair around the bristles, allowing it to sit on your head to cool. Once you’ve finished the next segment you can remove the first brush to use on your third segment. Continue this method until you’re whole head is dry.
“Make sure the brush work is always winding away from the face, to give that ultimate royal wave that we are after,” says Anthony.
Anthony’s pro tip: Want more staying power? Divide the hair in half, flip the top half away and grab the largest curling tong you have. Make sure it is XXL! Then take a 3-4 inch segment and wind it up.
Once the underneath layer is complete, you can un-clip the top section and do the same by winding from root to mid-length only.
For a final touch, run your fingers through the hair so it looks a bit more effortless, just like Kate’s.
Still obsessed with her blow-out? Scroll to see it from even more angles.