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Hair Expert Gina Rivera Talks Spring Hair Trends: Pastel Hair, Long Bobs, Highlights, Headbands And More

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Spring Hair Trends
Three spring hair trends: Taylor Swift's muted blonde, deep side part, long bob and soft curls; Lupita Nyong'o's headband; and Kim Kardashian's subtle waves.

Spring has sprung – and so have spring hair trends! Although we haven’t yet put away our parks and peacoats, we’re looking forward to finally seeing some April showers and springtime sun. We talked to hair expert Gina Rivera of Phenix Salon Suites - who previously told us on how to get the perfect pixie cut – to find out about the latest spring hair trends and how to find the best one for you.

 

Reese Witherspoon's long bob and side-swept bangs are in.
Reese Witherspoon's long bob and side-swept bangs are in.

 

What are some of the biggest hair trends this spring?

Hair is moving towards a more feminine side. Your shorter, harder pixie cuts are now becoming longer and a little bit softer. We’re also seeing a lot tousled hair, moveable, with a lot of texture. You’re seeing a lot of long, layered bobs with really soft curls – and how they’re achieving these curls is not with a curling iron but with a flat iron, so it gives the hair more of a wave and texture. You’re seeing a lot of chignons, but pieces are coming out around the face, with soft waves. Braids are still in, but a lot of strands are pulled from the braids and curled loosely to give it a more beachy, summery, slightly wavy, undone look. You’re seeing a lot of deep side parts in the hair.

Reese Witherspoon has the cutest haircut right now, with the sideswept bang and the long, layered bob, which gives it some asymmetry.Kim Kardashian has that loose, wavier look right now. Bobs are coming back, like Kelly Ripa's. Overall, it’s just feminine and soft – picture yourself on a beach.

 

Bobs like Kelly Ripa's are back.
Bobs like Kelly Ripa's are back.

 

As far as color, we’re seeing a lot of pastels, which can be fun to do. The thing about pastels is that they look best on hair that’s pre-bleached; it’s harder to achieve those pastels with darker hair. Brunettes are back big time, even for the summer. Darker hair, warm chestnuts are coming back in a big way.

And for spring, highlights, highlights, highlights! Brunettes are getting warmer highlights; for redheads, there are gold highlights; and blondes are becoming more natural, you’re not seeing so much of the hardcore blondes, but a mix of blondes with some cool blonde and caramel for a more honey, blended look instead of just bleached pieces, to make it much more natural. You’re still seeing some ombre going on, too, but it’s becoming a softer ombre – a “sombre.” It’s not as much of a drastic color changes, it’s more color melting, where your hair color melts into a secondary color instead of a dramatic contrast.

 

Spring is perfect for pastels like Nicole Richie's.
Spring is perfect for pastels like Nicole Richie's.

 

Another huge thing we’re seeing is headbands, headbands, headbands. They are so in right now. Anyone can wear them, you can wear them any way. You don’t have to worry about your facial structure or what haircut you have, you can have short, shaved, long hair with a headband. It’s just endless what you can do with headbands right now. Lupita Nyong’o even wore one of the Oscars. Dressy ones, played-down ones, scarves – we’re having a lot of fun with headbands right now.

Right now, hair is just fun! You see trends going a certain way, but right now everything is working for everybody. More hair is pulled out of a ponytail and chignons, you’re not having a severe, pulled-back look that you were seeing this winter. Everything is getting softer and more played down.

 

When dying hair pink like Demi Lovato's, it's best to pre-bleach it first.
When dying hair pink like Demi Lovato's, it's best to pre-bleach it first.

 

How can women choose the best trend to fit their face shape and complexion?

Pastel colors look best on porcelain skin; if you’re really a warm, tan skin tone, it tends to not capture the effect as well as a fair complexion can. Always consult with your hairdresser about cuts like bobs, because face shape can definitely play a big role. If you have a round face, you’ll want the bob to hit just below the chin. Everybody can wear a bob, but there are different places you’ll want the hair to hit, depending on your face shape. You’ll want to sit down for a consultation with your hairstylist to find the best cut.

As far as tousled, wavy hair, you don’t have to worry so much; and as far as pulling the hair back, it fits everyone’s face shape now that the looks aren’t so severe. Sideswept bangs can look good on anyone, but again, it’s important to talk with your hairstylist about what length will be best for your facial structure.

 

Match your hair to your wardrobe, like Vanessa Hudgens.
Match your hair to your wardrobe, like Vanessa Hudgens.

 

Is there anything else women should consider when trying a new haircut?

Wardrobe is playing a huge part in hair this season. You’re seeing hair blend in more with what you’re wearing, that’s becoming big. So if you have a beachy, boho look, you’ll want flowing, loose curls, less styled, less finished.

 

Pixie cuts are getting longer, like Pink's.
Pixie cuts are getting longer, like Pink's.

 

 

Which celebrities are women copying this season?

Katie Holmes’ bob and bangs; Taylor Swift’s classic muted blonde – she looks so good right now; Kim Kardashian’s waves. For pixies, we’re seeing softer, longer cuts like Michelle Williams and Miley Cyrus. Pink is probably my personal favorite as far as her hair trends – she is just rocking a fun, shorter length cut right now that’s really inspiring – pixies are still in, they’re just softer.

 

Lupita Nyong'o's headbands are in.
Lupita Nyong'o's headbands are in.

 

What’s your personal favorite hairstyle trend right now?

I’m loving the headbands. You can wear them short or long. My hair is very short and I’m having lots of fun with them. I also love the looser, wavier, beachy, tousled, feminine waves we’re seeing – it’s not messy or frizzy, it’s finished, but finished in a soft way. It’s funny, because as soon when March 1st hits, your client sits in the hair and starts thinking lighter – give me highlights, highlights, highlights! And you can have a blast with that right now.

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