I got a clue on what's hot in hair for spring by warming up with the experts from Vidal Sassoon Salon.
Judging by the chosen new styles of Hollywood's most forward-thinking celebs, like Rihanna and Michelle Williams, this spring is all about short hair. The most current trends feature blunt fringe, complementary monochromatic colors and generously cropped cuts.
The experts at Sassoon say the season's hautest hair looks are inspired by quintessential '80s style icons. But, before your mind drifts to Whitesnake videos and the Brat Pack, the look is more Linda Evangelista than Tawny Kitaen.
Envision the curvy figures, bright fabrics and individuality embodied by the supermodels of the '80s. After the Kate Moss modeling days, high fashion dictated that thin is in, but this spring, fashionistas are embracing a new motto: Waif is out, and healthy shape is back in, for both bodies and hair.
When it comes to seasonal change, the most important part of a cut, color and style is how it suits the individual. The perfect cut isn't about mimicking the latest coif to grace the cover of Vogue; it's about creating a shape that works for you.
Expert Sassoon colorist Nicole Tabloff knows that the right color for the individual is the first step towards a great look. "Some tones just don't work for some people," she says.
Luckily it's the colorist's job to make some realistic assessments for the client and come up with a look that suits all aspects of their style and personality. Tabloff insists that color choices should be based on skin tone and personality. So, even though you might lust after Jessica Simpson's perfect honey blond or Dita von Teese's daring dark locks, allow your stylist to recommend a color that won't clash with your skin tone, maintenance routine or overall style.
Blunt fringe can appear in many different lengths. From barely there to brazenly long, this is a key aspect of this season's hair trends.
Spring and summer hair styles are the best I've seen in a while — wearable, versatile and saucy. It isn't about cookie-cutter looks or single tones that fit all hairstyles. This season is all about you. Whether you keep your hair long and flowing, short and stylish or somewhere in between, embrace what works for you and let your individuality shine through.
Individuality — now there's a trend I hope to see turn classic.
— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of TampaBayBeauty.com, a guide to all that is hip and happening in local beauty. Need beauty advice? E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.