Well, it’s almost April… That means gym memberships have hit their yearly high. Although our weather year-round lends itself to springlike days, we are ready for our beaching, brunching, poolside drinks, and let’s be real, our s’cute selfies!
As we come out of our “winter” slump, we all want a fresh new style, a different take on our current cut, or maybe even some fresh new color. I asked our entire team here at Meche what they foresaw the summer 2015 trends to be and our hair gurus answered!
Natural, Sunkissed Color
We here at Meche have already seen the “fantasy colors” craze quiet down a bit. Pastels are still hot, but we’re finding a lot of clients are coming in asking for more natural, rooty colors. The new thing is “ecaille” or “tortoiseshell” color.
Marc Durand has been getting a mad rush of clients asking for the soft, warm color technique. Even if you haven’t heard the term yet, chances are you’ve already considered it for yourself. Think Lily Aldridge and Khloe Kardashian’s warm, subtle ombre on a warm brunette base.
“Glamour is making a much needed comeback.”
Tracey Cunningham Tracey Cunningham Dawn Tracey
Remember those perfect, natural highlights you had as a kid? Well, the new “babylights” technique can get you that back! No, it’s not the fountain of youth, but these super-finely spliced highlights, when done all over, give you that natural, from-birth, dimensional color we all crave. Kari Hill has been doing babylights on Karlie Kloss and Anna Faris. For Anna, she goes a bit brighter, but by doing this technique instead of bleach and tone, the effect is a softer, less “Playboy” blonde.
When the regrowth starts rearing it’s little head, it is a more subtle, gradual, and natural looking transition than traditional highlights. Although the process is tedious and nearly painstaking, the payoff is well worth it!
We all want the carefree, but polished look. You know, that blogger-out-to-brunch look. They look like they just rolled out of bed, threw a brush through a day old blow out, and out the door they went!
So, ladies, while we’re struggling in the mirror, on brink of tears, here’s how to achieve those “effortless” waves in a, well, minimal effort kind of way:
The easiest way is to curl the hair away from the face in one direction and the corresponding direction on the opposite side. Then flip your head upside-down, shake it out. Spray some (ideally) Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray lightly, all over. I, honestly, douse myself in it, but then again, I have very fine, flat hair. You can shoot some at the roots for volume and dust the ends for some piecey texture. This spray is magic. It gives me volume, texture, and therefore, a little bit of hold. (It feels almost like a heavy duty dry shampoo.)
If you don’t have the Dry Texturizing Spray, I also like to take some salt spray, spritz it into my palms and run it through… but the Oribe spray is really wonderful.
Madison Mclaren Chris Greene
Long, Aggressive Layers
Guy Riggio has noticed a sudden demand for aggressive layers. This kind of layering is great for those with a lot of thick, unmanageable hair.
“Some hair—particularly healthy, wavy, thick hair—can become too much of a good thing. The hair can lay on top of itself stacking and stacking up until it no longer sways and moves the way she wants it to.
The more aggressive layers, when done strategically—and I stress strategically—can remove the heavy, unnecessary bulk that’s preventing the hair from making those sexy “S” formations we love.
I find that playing with cutting angles, paired with subtle softening of the layer’s edges can give the movement clients want without creating all of those ugly weight lines we often see some girls wearing. I always say if a girls hair doesn’t have the sexy ’S’s’ then it’s not cut right.”
The Great Chop has not ended! Droves of ladies are coming in, finding liberation by lopping inches off their hair.
I, for one, decided to chop my hair off into a super blunt bob with “pin-up” fringe, about a year and a half ago. The cut came after I had gone blonde from black and was having some major breakage. The result was finding a new, kind of “signature” look. I can’t imagine having long hair again! I mean, I can, but this style just “fits” me.
I find short cuts to translate the person’s personality more than long hair. My cut gives off a kind of hard, in-your-face facade. I kind of dig the whole “unapproachable” look. Besides, I can always curl it for a more delicate look.
On the other hand, Danny’s client, Lesley-Ann, and Jesse’s client, Brittany, both came in for long, tousled lobs. This cut is feminine, flirty, and versatile. It is a popular choice for ladies transitioning from long to short hair. It still offers a variety of styling options and the ability to throw it up in a pony or mini bun.
Danny Rishoff Jesse Montana
Not to talk about myself again, but another trend slowly taking off is the undercut! Both Hannah Burdy and I have them. During the winter, my the nape of my neck doesn’t get tangled from scarves. I like it because it’s a little surprise when you wear your hair up. It also cuts down on dry time because, well, you’re missing hair.
It gets the hair off your neck which cools you down in the summer. Besides, it just looks edgy and it can actually make fine hair appear fuller—if it’s done right. Plus, the grow out is easy, as it’s concealed under your hair! If you’re considering an undercut, discuss how high to shave with your stylist. Layered, fine hair can look limp if the cut is brought up too high.
No one likes to fuss with fringe at the beach, in the wind, or heat. Some of us, armed with a wholesale stock of dry shampoo, will brave the summer months with our fringe due to larger than normal foreheads, stylistic preferences, or likeness for self torture. Others will choose to grow those suckers out for comfort and ease. Aaron helped explain how to grow out your fringe for the summer:
“A center part fringe works wonders. It has this disconnected layer effect that frames the face beautifully.” -Aaron King
Your stylist will separate your fringe down the center and shape them to fall to each side. If your hair is stubborn, you’ll have to round brush them out to the side, but that’s quick and gives that Free People lookbook, 70’s hippie fringe look. Another option is the good ol’ fashion side swept bang! As long as you get them shaped and texturized, you’ll find the grow out to be a lot less awkward than usual.
We’re looking forward to creating your sexy, new summer look!