These 8 hair color trends are defining this spring.
From 70's blonde to expensive brunette - and all the warm coppery tones in between. These are the hair color trends for spring 2022 according to experts...
Hair Color Trends: If you fancy a change for spring 2022, why not dye your hair...
Plenty of celebrities — from Kendall Jenner to Hailey Bieber — have swapped out their signature hair color for a new one. Of course, they inspired us to do the same. Spring is the time of new beginnings, and whether you're trying out a drastic new shade or just want to add a new sparkle to your current style, experimenting with your hair color is a great way to reinvigorate your look.
In the following, we talk to experts to find out what's hot right now.
Like anything red, copper is a big trend. "Sharp copper is this year's trend tone," says colorist John Clark, who works at John Frieda: "I've seen Kendall Jenner and turned brunette and blonde hair into this rich, fiery shade. The emphasis isn't on a bright orange, but more of a burnt sienna red with tones of terracotta and cinnamon" - a great shade to accentuate eye color, whether hazel or blue.
Sally Northwood, the colorist at George Northwood, also cites copper hair as a big trend, saying that demand in the salon has already increased: "We usually see more requests for copper in the fall, so it's interesting that demand is already up this year coming in spring," she says, adding that it's a very versatile color and suits many different skin tones. "From bolder reds and burgundies to orange hues, if you're thinking of making the move, it's best to talk to your colorist to find the shade that works best for you.
If, like many others, you're considering going brunette for spring and/or showing off your natural hair color, make sure your hair looks ultra-luxe and expensive. "Iconic blondes have gone to the dark side in recent months - Hailey Bieber is a good example with her new chocolate brunette," says Northwood, "The warm tones of her hair look rich, shiny, and expensive."
Northwood worked with influencer Camille Charriere to gradually transform her signature beachy blonde into a natural brunette shade, and says the goal is to "elevate your natural hair color." Semi-permanent color is a great way to get there. Hairstylist Adam Reed says it's all about giving hair an expensive touch by using "multiple rich shades" throughout the hair.
Whether you're already a brunette or just trying it out, you should use a deep conditioner to achieve a high shine.
Those who don't want to rush it with copper should slow-dip into the trend with a strawberry-blonde, apricot shade instead. "It's a hot trend here in New York," says colorist Gina Gilbert, "we incorporate a lot of gold tones to create dimension and contrast." She just warns that you need the right skin and eye tone to wear it.
Power Color isn't about a specific shade, it's about the technique with which it's applied, says colorist Josh Wood: "There's a return to bold blocks and primary colors," he says. "They can be achieved with a semi-permanent gloss to intensify the color you're starting with."
All the colorists we spoke to said that blonde is back and stronger than ever - good news for those who like the beach look, come rain or shine. One of the most alluring ways to wear blonde is '70s-style: "It's a return to the multi-faceted, layered blonde worn by hair icons like Farrah Fawcett and Goldie Hawn," explains Reed. "Think layers and layers of tonal blonde with a shaded root and you're on the right track."
Alex Brownsell, Founder and Creative Director of Bleach London, agrees that blondes are back in fashion, not least because Gigi Hadid, Stella Maxwell, and FKA Twigs have all recently gone back to blondes: "Everyone who has been there during and after the Lockdown is now ready for summer," she says. Clark says his favorite is a "Hollywood sun blonde" because it blends champagne and platinum tones — Eiza Gonzalez and Jodie Comer are examples. Crucially, this blonde shouldn't look too "done".
Alongside the luxe brunette trend, there's also a slightly lighter shade - like Pernille Teisbaeck - that's banging on-trend: "Think hazelnut and oak," says hairstylist Larry King, "these tones give the hair a sense of brightness, without being blonde. They are low maintenance and cool while still matching the hair's natural tone."
"For anyone who has grown out of their hair color in recent years and turned to gray, the luxe mink trend is a way to have a little fun with color without going back to square one by re-dyeing go," says King. "The idea is to put darker pops of color and nice mink or bisque bits in the hair." This creates dimension and movement and is a great way to create a beautiful transition while showing off your silver strands.
Swap out lighter tips for '90s-style highlights to brighten the face and make skin glow. "Unlike a balayage, which is blended from root to tip, '90s slices are highlighted sections of hair scattered throughout the hairstyle that really pop—and they're painted freely," says colorist Harriet Muldoon, who works at Larry King on her top spring trend. "Point Break hits Drew Barrymore's Bleach Slices."