Coming Up Roses
"This tone [rose gold] and all its variations will definitely carry over into the new year," shares Ian Michael Black, Aveda global artistic director of hair color. "It has been a way of giving a new spin on blond hair by giving it more interesting tones, while not taking it too dark."
"If an all-over shade seems overwhelming, ask your colorist to apply pastels in panels for a peekaboo effect that is completely wearable for most," explains Jim Markham, founder and CEO of ColorProof Evolved Color Care.
Stop and Smell the Roses
Move over redheads—rose gold is the perfect complement to blondes looking to have more fun. Not in the mood to make an appointment? The hue becomes even more charming as it fades, leaving behind a subtle tint.
"The metallic phenomenon has matured over the past few years," shares Robb Dubre, Kenra Professional senior artistic director. "From traditional 'granny hair' (with only one tone of silver) to become a full metallic obsession, blended with cool tones, warm finishes and pastel influences."
Pegged as one of the hottest shades of 2015, #GrannyGray continues its reign in 2016. Will you get in on the trend?
Age Ain't Nothin' but a Number
"Your age should not dictate if you should follow a trend," Zeegers reminds us. "The most important aspect is achieving a shade that is flattering to your skin tone."
"Every head of hair is different," says Zeegers. "The key to maintaining vibrant color is color-protecting shampoo, avoiding excessive heat styling and the sun's harmful UV rays."
Good Girls Gone Gray
"If you like to extend the time in between salon visits, I recommend a low-maintenance color, typically within one to two levels of your natural level," says Dubre. "If you like to go and be bold, plan on keeping your salon visit to every four weeks."
Into the Blue
"[Steel] is a new twist on the blue-black color. Perfect for urbanites who are adopting the 'healthy goth' look," explains Black. "All-black strands are infused with very fine pieces of steel blue to give a much stronger cast of tone to the hair."
Once a Blue Moon
Although the color blue is typically associated with boys (hello baby showers!), it's actually quite feminine. Don't be afraid to take the plunge!
"This classic, timeless color continues to be hot year after year," explains Markham. "Be sure to keep platinum hair bright and brilliant with ColorProof’s SignatureBlonde System that instantly cancels brassy and yellow tones, while nourishing hair from the inside out."
Blondes Have More Fun
"Often the infamous [at-home color] box may look easy to do," Dubre reminds us. "But with the art of hair color, you should leave this to a trained professional — it will save you time and money in the long run."
"No matter which color you choose, be sure to protect your color by always using sulfate-free, salt-free formulas designed exclusively for color-treated hair," Markham reminds us. "Always look for products that provide full spectrum UVA/UVB color and heat protection through every step of your routine, from your shampoos and conditioners to your stylers and finishing sprays."
Switch It Up
"One of the best ways to hide a regrowth is to start playing around with where your parting is," Black comments. "As your color grows out, switch it up to a diagonal parting as this will expose less of that natural root color."
Baby Love (and Babylights)
"Ombré can be fresh for 2016 by adding babylights in the crown of the head, where the hair is parted, and brighter highlights around the face," says Zeggers. "A fluid tonality and brightness updates the ombré trend."
"For those that want to adopt the 'root area as a feature,' but don't want light ends — especially good for those with dark hair," shares Black. "The first 2 to 3 inches of hair at the scalp will be colored a bright vibrant color, this will create something fresh and new."
Make It Pop
"Deep shadow roots give your look a bit more edge," says Zeegers. "There are many new products that camouflage roots. Usually, a darker-colored powder works best, either in an aerosol spray or brush-on formula."
Over The Rainbow
"This technique produces similar results to ombré and sombré, but uses color for lift or deposit instead of bleach for a more controlled results," shares Markham.
Color Me Bad
Don't hide your roots, showcase them! This trend effectively combines the shadow root and pastel trends without trying too hard.
"Water and shampoo are the killers for a lot of hair colors, especially those more vibrant tones," shares Black. "Trying not to over shampoo your hair is a good habit to get into. Extend the periods between shampoos by using a dry shampoo to freshen up your look."
The Alternative Ombre
"This trend is fun for an edgy client," shares Markham. "With this technique, color the ends of hair to look like you literally dipped them in paint in fun, fashion-forward colors."
“Trends can start with people on the street wearing an intriguing look that others want to replicate,” explains Jim Markham, founder and CEO of ColorProof Evolved Color Care. “Other hair color trends are celebrity driven — a star can wear a new look and it will catch fire, influencing women nationwide to recreate the look as their own. Color trends can also begin on the runways at New York, London, Paris and Milan. These editorialized hairstyles provide inspiration and are interpreted in a wearable version for every day.”
Whether you want a new look or just a slight update, these stylist-approved hair color trends 2016 are pegged as the next big thing. Get ready to book your next appointment!