Whether it's a sleek, shoulder-length bob or a custom-blend of blonde highlights or thick, wavy locks (thanks to a few easy-to-apply extensions), spring hair is bold, carefree, shiny, and most importantly, healthy.
To get full scoop on the hair styles, cuts and color we should be considering, we tapped into the tress-pertise of backstage fixture Tippi Shorter for the most wearable runway looks, Tinseltown favorite Mark Townsend for what's do'-in' in young Hollywood, and celebrity hair colorist Eva Scrivo, for the hair color trends that made waves on the runways and in her New York salon.
Read on for the latest spring hair trends and tips. Then make an appointment at your local salon, STAT!
Balayage and Root Shading: On the Fall 2010 runways of Pamela Rolland, Altuzarra, Milly by Michelle Smith, and Lela Rose, we noticed a resurgence in balayage (in French meaning, "to sweep") and root shading. But this spring, we'll be seeing locks full of root depth, says celebrity hair colorist Eva Scrivo. "A current hair trend is in the application of color -- skipping the foils and using hand-painting techniques -- in order to get these rich, organic, and almost lived-in results," says Scrivo. "In the world of artificial color, hair is lighter at the root area and more even throughout. So, it can become a bit wiglike." But with sunnier days ahead, it's time to get back to nature with hair color that is much more realistic like the models at DKNY's Fall 2010 fashion show (pictured, above). Scrivo kept the roots dark and added subtle highlights around the face and onto the ends to create a bold, yet soft contrast.
Extensions: Already a way of life for models, actors, and entertainers, hair extensions are becoming more commonplace among everyday women. "Whether you're experimenting with fun color and you don't want to damage your hair or have the commitment of color, clip-in extensions are a great alternative," says Scrivo. At Cynthia Rowley's Fall 2010 fashion show (pictured, above), the stylist colored human hair extensions in various jewel tones to perfect vibrant ponytails. Scrivo recommends Platinum Seamless for women who want to add highlights to their hair without the added stress.
Ammonia-Free Hair Color: As the seasons change, professional hair colorists are evolving with the trends and playing around with no-ammonia permanent and demi-permanent hair color. "We're definitely working differently as colorists...more delicately and more mindfully," says Scrivo. Experimenting with different formulations of dye allows for more innovative ways to blend and perfect hair color. "Past decades are always a source of inspiration, but its how we bring it into the present that makes a colorist stand out." With ammonia-free hair color lines from brands like Wella, Alfaparf and L'Oreal, you won't have to risk damaging your strands in order to achieve great coverage.
Healthy Hair: Great hair is healthy hair. And to ready his A-list clients' strands this season, celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend started by cutting off split ends and using a good conditioning treatment. "The biggest trend for spring is full, shiny, healthy hair," says Townsend. "I've been stocking my clients up with products to get their hair in perfect condition including MoroccanOil Shampoo, Kiehl's Sunflower Color Preserving Shampoo, MoroccanOil Conditioner and Restorative Hair Mask, Kiehl's Conditioner and Grooming Aid Formula 133, and MoroccanOil Treatment." The full curls Townsend did on Zoe Saldana for the 62nd Annual Director Guild Awards stood out because of the intense shine and body.
Short Hair: Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal's blunt, chin length bob is Townsend's idea of the perfect haircut for spring. Leaving it slightly longer in the front with no layers, he created a fresh and modern look. If you have thick locks like Gyllenhaal, Townsend advises applying Sally Hershberger's Supreme Head Style Primer for Normal to Thick Hair and blow drying with a round brush before running your fingers through for slightly, tousled effect.
Ponytails: With tons of inspiration on the spring runways, Townsend admits that he's definitely creating the ponytail on his clients. Whether its for a movie premiere, luncheon, or awards ceremony, this simple, yet classic hairstyle can add the finishing touches to any ensemble.
Bohemian Ballerina: This classic hairstyle may have a youthful aesthetic, but the secret to its grownup appeal is in its effortlessness. "It's more of a loose, casual topknot," says Tippi Shorter, celebrity hairstylist and Avon global stylist adviser. "A very beautiful look that is great for both day and night." With disheveled, ballerina buns popping up at the Spring 2010 runway shows of Bottega Veneta, Lanvin, Ann Taylor, and Chado Ralph Rucci, this 'do is a must -- and an easy one at that -- for spring.
Shorter suggests prepping wet hair from root to tip with Advance Techniques Volumizing Mousse to enhance natural shine and create volume. Gather hair into a bun (being careful not to disturb the wispy, flyaway hairs), secure with bobby pins, and finish with Advance Techniques Hair Spray.
Wavy Volume: "When everyone wanted to wear their hair super, sleek for winter, I couldn't wait for spring to arrive so I could be rebellious with waves," says Shorter. And loose, wavy strands full of texture are definitely making a comeback. To mimic the luxurious waves models donned at Rachel Roy's Spring 2010 show, try setting hair with Advance Techniques Pillow Curlers and lightly misting with Advance Techniques Hair Spray. Run fingers through to loosen curls for a soft finish.
Accessorize With a Part: A simple styling trick for women who are in the process of growing out their bangs or want to amp up a fringe cut, Shorter suggests making a statement with a clear, defined part. To recreate the sophisticated, side bun seen at Dennis Basso's Spring 2010 runway show, prep ends with Advance Techniques Dry Ends Serum and follow with Advance Techniques Super Straight Smoothing Balm from root to tip. Blow-dry straight, gather into a low bun, and finish with Advance Techniques Mirror Shine Spray. Accentuate your spring hairdo with these wearable beauty trends straight from the Spring 2010 runways.