With spring on the horizon, making a change to our hair is at the forefront of our minds. "The rule is when it gets warmer in the spring and summer, you should always be lighter and brighter like the season," says Brad Johns, the Master Colorist at the Saks Fifth Avenue Salon in NYC. "You wear lighter clothes, the sun is out and your hair should reflect the time of year."
That doesn't mean the change has to be drastic. "Make subtle hue decisions to feel updated and fresh," says Johns. "If you're a [golden] blonde, go paler and cooler with the color." This could be as far as bleached hair or as simple as adding cool highlights. "If you're auburn red, go lighter and more coppery, and more strawberry." Brighten the ends with strawberry tips or brighten the entire hue with lowlights. 'With brunettes, if you're chocolate, you can go more golden."
What about a bold change, like for example, pastel? "Experimentation is fun, but it should always be coupled with information about the upkeep," says Johns. Take into account that colors like pink, lavender, bleach blonde—even red—fade quickly. Be prepared to visit the salon every four to six weeks to keep color from fading. Glosses, both home and in salon, keep color vibrant and shiny while adding proteins and vitamins to keep strands healthy.
Follow our simple spring hair color guide above for inspiration and product picks.