As beauty editors, we track the passage of time by taking notice of hair, makeup, and skincare trends. Whether it's using hot rollers (they're back, you know), wearing intense blush, or creating jewel-encrusted nail art, each season has its own beauty products and practices. While 2015 saw the explosion of Kim K. contour and a revival in '90s-esque brown lipstick, 2016 was the year of highlighter and chic, dimensional hair color. So what will 2017 bring?
Last year's buzzy hair color trends included tigereye and rose gold, and beauty girls took a vested interest in switching up their look often. This, naturally, made us curious to find out which hair color trends will come to define 2017 and, more urgently, which trends are dying out from coast to coast. Keep reading to discover three hair colors you'll never see in 2017 (as well as hues that are taking their place).
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Out: According to NYC-based colorist Frank Friscioni of Oon Arvelo Salon, "Hardcore ombré is out! We have had enough of that look here in Manhattan, and when I travel the country, I am seeing it wane." Dark roots and bleached blond ends, no matter how perfectly blended in between, are starting to feel dated.
In: Instead, go for balayage: subtle highlighting placed strategically throughout the hair to add body and dimension. Estelle Baumhauer, color director of eSalon, likens this It-girl hair color to the natural lightening results you get from a sunny vacation. "Gone are the days of exaggerated, blunt, lightened, orangey ends. Today's ombré has graduated to a gradual lightening transitioning from root to tip. The ends of the hair still look lively and bright, but more like you took a vacation to the Bahamas instead of bleach dipped ends."
To maintain the overall richness and glossiness of your hair color, try one of eSalon's Tinted Love Color Enhancing Treatments ($15).
Out: Fueled by celeb inspiration like Kylie Jenner and Lily Collins, bright statement hair was everywhere in 2016. Baumhauer calls out the pastel trend as particularly influential, noting the fact that it's had "a huge moment over the past few years." But according to Friscioni, "Pastel, greens, blues, purple and deep oranges are ready to go back on the proverbial shelf. … They may have been fun while out there, but now, they're just out."
In: In 2017, it's still chic to add unexpected color to your strands, but that allover, one-dimensional bold is out. "Fashion color still can be seen on hair throughout the world but has upgraded to metallic silvers, soft sweet peaches, or strawberry blond," Baumhauer says. Enhance these subtle colors with Rita Hazan's Ultimate Shine Gloss ($26).
Bleached Hair With Dark Roots
Out: Remember when everyone dyed their hair platinum, leaving incredibly dark, telltale roots at the top? It was très chic in 2016, but now we're ready to move on. In fact, Friscioni says this trend "can't fade fast enough."
In: Leaving intense contrasts out of your hair equation produces a fresher and more modern vibe. If you still want something bright and trendy, Baumhauer suggests the blorange trend. "This hybrid shade of elevated orangey strawberry looks beautiful on every skin tone. I like to think of this 'blorange' as rose gold's sister with an attitude."
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