March 30, 2016 - Hair, Hair and Beauty

Hair Color Trends: Three Ways to Go Lighter and Brighter for Spring

Winter can leave your hair looking dry, unhealthy and basically blah.  Spring is the perfect time to freshen up your look and brighten up your hair color.  Three of my favorite hair color trends for spring do just that by adding natural looking dimension to your basic hair color.  I asked colorist Briley Foster for some examples of three color trends for spring using real life clients (including my daughter and me!) that she’s recently transformed from blah to beautiful.

 1. Balayage

When our 17 year old daughter Aubrey was little she had the most beautiful baby blonde hair.  As she’s gotten older, it’s naturally transitioned to a dirty dishwater blonde.  When she asked me for highlights to freshen it up,  I was a little bit hesitant about processing her natural hair.  But I gave in and the results are gorgeous.

Briley used the balayage process on Aubrey to get a natural look.  If you’re not familiar with balayage, it’s a French word meaning “to sweep or paint”and refers to the process of painting on the highlights.   The roots of the hair stay their original color to give it a natural grown out look.  It creates a natural sun-kissed look similar to what you had as a child but with a much softer, less noticeable regrowth line.

Here’s Aubrey’s finished product.

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This process also works great on brunettes.  Your colorist can help you determine what tone of balayage will work best with your natural hair color.

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2.  Subtle Highlights

My favorite way to brighten up my hair in the spring is with some subtle sun-kissed natural looking highlights. Chunky obvious looking highlights are a thing of the past.  This season’s highlights are meant to look like they did when you were a child playing outside in the sun.

Here are my subtle highlights.

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A few face framing highlights are a great way to brighten up your whole look.

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3.  Dimensional Color

Dimensional color typically combines highlights, lowlights, twilights or multi-dimensional hair color.  It’s less dramatic and can be a great way to brighten up, deepen your color or add movement to layers.  It’s an anti-flat hair color that’s anything but dull and boring.

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This dimensional blonde was created by adding lowlights taking the client from bleach blonde to this beautiful, completely natural looking shade.

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Photo Credits:  Foster Hair Design

It’s Your Turn:  What hair color trend are you keen to try this spring?  Share it with us in the comments!

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8 Comments

  • Your hair and your daughter’s came out beautifully! I really like that natural effect & the dimensional also look amazing. I always go a bit lighter in this time of year.
    Marta
    http://www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

    • Alison Lumbatis

      Thanks so much Marta! It’s nice to go a little lighter for spring, isn’t it?

  • Angiebee

    OMG! Briley is my hairdresser too! (Isn’t she darling?) What a small world!

    • That’s crazy!!! We recently found her (my friend Carrie referred us). She does SUCH an awesome job with color! So I’m guessing you live in the Firewheel area?

    • Alison Lumbatis

      That’s crazy!!! We just recently started going to her. She does SUCH an awesome job with color. So I’m guessing you live in the Firewheel area too?

      • Angiebee

        She’s great! We live in East Richardson, so we are pretty close to Firewheel. She does all my cuts and I’ve had color done occasionally, but she does terrific work. You know, finding a good hairdresser is harder (and scarier sometimes) than finding a good doctor!

        • Alison Lumbatis

          You’re right about that! I’m so glad that my friend referred us. We’ve been through quite a few hairdressers through the years.

  • Jean Kronzer

    I go to the Hairdresser next week to get freshened up for my Daughter’s first Bridal shower! I can’t wait! I haven’t cut or colored since early January and I’m chomping at the bit to lighten it up for spring! Your hair is really pretty shorter! And your daughter, well, she’s sooooo pretty!