21 Most Popular Hair Colors of 2017
Balayage Isn’t Going Anywhere
“The balayage technique continues to grow in popularity by creating different varieties of it,” says Abby Haliti, senior colorist and balayage expert at the Julien Farel salon in New York City who also works with Olivia Palermo. “It’s a great option for newbies and it doesn’t require the insane upkeep of coloring all of your strands.”
Tiger Eye Balayage
Named after the stone, tiger eye balayage is a mix of beautiful caramel and deep brown highlights. “Tiger eye balayage is the new bronde,” says Allison Rappel, colorist at the Antonio Prieto Salon in New York City. “This look complements warm brunette tones rich in gold, amber and honey shades.”
“Think J.Lo and Sofía Vergara when you think of tiger eye balayage,” says Allison Rappel.
Tiger Eye Balayage on Short Hair
Here’s proof that tiger eye balayage works on all hair lengths. It looks awesome on a short bob.
Piggybacking off tiger eye balayage, Tyler Colton, a stylist who works with Roselyn Sanchez and Constance Wu, says that color melting will continue to thrive this year. “Color melting is the new trend that allows colorists to use multiple tones of color to create seamless color from root to ends, whether you are a brunette or a blonde,” he says.
Different from balayage but similar, the color melting technique allows for a more fluid movement of colors.
The whole idea of color melting is that it takes a bunch of different colors in the same spectrum and blends them together to look as if the highlights could be happening naturally in the person’s hair. “It creates a multidimensional color effect,” says Tyler Colton.
“If you’re a blonde, the same color melt can be used with toners to create a soft honey blonde to a champagne blonde all in one swipe,” says Tyler Colton.
“Metallic tones are also in popular demand,” says Allison Rappel. “These tones include a ‘metal’ like finish and can vary in tone.”
The New Gray
“Pre-lightening is used to achieve these tones, which can be damaging,” says Allison Rappel. “I recommend toning every four to six weeks, followed by a strengthening treatment to keep the color vibrant and your hair in the best condition.”
Touch of Gray
Who says you have to go all gray?
New Natural Colors
“Two colors to keep an eye out for will be a deeper, smoky brunette as well as a paler and cooler blonde,” says Marris Ambrose, director of color at Julien Farel.
“As we noticed at the Golden Globes, there is a return to Old Hollywood glamour,” says Marris Ambrose. “Pretty, feminine and an elegance that has a 70s vibe.”
Zoë Kravitz has been sporting this gorgeous shade of platinum blonde for the past few months.
Extra Platinum Blonde
Take a cue from the one celebrity who changes her hair every month, Kylie Jenner: Super platinum blonde is going to trend hard this year.
“Achieving this look is low-maintenance and can be achieved with single process color, highlights or a mix of both,” says Allison Rappel.
“To achieve richness and depth on lighter hair, I like to use demi-permanent color because it creates more shine and is less damaging,” says Allison Rappel. “Pops of dimension and brightness can be added with a touch of balayage around the face.”
Rose Gold Blonde
“For blondes, during the spring season I recommend a rose gold shade,” says Sam Ruvinov, senior colorist at Julien Farel.
Rose gold will probably never go away. “As we transition into summer, you can take it up a notch and go more in the vanilla/sky shades,” says Sam Ruvinov.
Rose Gold Brunette Tips
“For brunettes, I recommend rose gold highlights focusing on the tips,” says Sam Ruvinov.
Here’s an example of beautiful and subtle rose gold tips.
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