Ecaille, cinnamon swirl, buttery? It sounds like a French cafe menu, but these are the hottest hues this year so far.
With a name this fun to say, of course flamboyage is a gorgeous, exciting style. A combination of ombre and balayage hairstyles, this is accomplished using created by renowned hairstylist Angelo Seminara, this technique results in a brightened yet natural, lived-in look.
We all know about warm and cool hair colors, but what's the deal with neutral ones? With , there's a balance. "There's an even amount of both warm and cool tones, which cancel each other out to create a neutral color," explains , senior colorist and educator at in New York City. Bonus: They're very flattering on all skin tones. "Neutral colors are trendy because they're so easy to wear," says O'Connor.
With , shimmering pieces of pale blonde scatter across the top of the head like — you guessed it — snow. Try this to get a sparkling lift for your summer hair color.
We've seen tons of neon shades in salons and on the red carpet, but this new blue color is truly unique. Unlike a bright or pastel shade, is a subtler dusty blue.
Ready to try the hair trend that's taking over Instagram? is a pretty, ethereal shade of pink-tinted blonde that's being worn by celebs like Emma Roberts. It's so radiant, it lights up your whole look — even if you're not wearing any makeup!
After a few years of popping up all over, warm blondes are making a comeback. "Think more buttery beige and sandy blondes, less icy blondes," says celebrity stylist Brian O'Connor.
Ready for a trend that's pretty enough to eat? Cinnamon swirl hair, coined by and shown on model Natalia Borges here, is taking off this year. "The color was done in a normal single process, and I hand-painted brighter bits in foil to give it a multidimensional look," Pearl told . Combining warm honey tones and brown sugary shades, this style is perfect for those who desire a . Yum!
Searching for a easygoing style that's subtle but stunning? There's a new technique in town for you. "Color melting is a new technique that creates a multidimensional effect," explains Ouidad stylist Chadwick Pendley. "This allows multiple tones to melt together and produce a natural look that reflects different tones of light seamlessly."
Get ready to see this French word, meaning "copper," all over the place as this shimmery shade gets big in 2016. "The cuivre trend of reflective intense copper is going to be the most popular shade of red in 2016," says Rick Wellman, Schwarzkopf Professional Representative. "Think Julianne Moore with amped-up intensity and tons of glossiness."
Lazy ladies, rejoice — this hair trend is big in Hollywood right now and is set to be huge for 2016. "Ask your colorist to put a darker semi-permanent color at the roots while leaving the face frame and the ends lighter, allowing for purposeful roots," recommends Clairol Color Director James Corbett. "This trend is perfect for that woman on a budget who still wants to look hip and trendy while letting her color grow out seamlessly." Anything that lets you wait an extra couple of weeks before heading to the salon is a-okay in our book!
If the all-over neon hair colors of 2015 scared you away from unnatural shades, you're in luck. "A strong presence of neon accent pieces will be seen in 2016 on those wishing to express their carefree, fun, and adventurous side," predicts Pendley.
Ombre is everywhere, but hairstylists are always finding new ways to reinvent this versatile style. "The ecaille, or tortoiseshell, technique will be strong in 2016," says hairstylist Ed Blum of Makeovers Salon + Spa. "This takes three or more sympathetic shades and working them through the hair to create movement." Bonus: if you have thin hair, Blum says this style can add dimension and give the appearance of more volume.
Red hair is always in, but Giselle, colorist at Pierre Michel Salon in New York City, predicts the tones will be coppery and autumnal. Want you hair to stay truly red as long as possible? Avoid overusing heat tools, always use a heat protectant spray (and hair-specific SPF when you're out in the sun), and pick a shampoo and conditioner combo that's specific for color-treated hair.
Ready for a trend that will earn you a lot of double takes? Meet compound coloring, a process that Pravana hairstylist and Cheeky Strut Salon owner describes as "layering at least two or more colors per section to create an illuminated multi-tonal result." It blends an array of tones and colors together on a single strand, creating a sparkly tonal gradient that looks oh-so-magical. While it looks similar to , it's much more visible when your locks are just sitting naturally.
If you're bored of , this type of blonde is perfect for you. "Multifaceted blonde is a new, fun take on platinum blonde hair," explains Johnathan Breitung, owner of Johnathan Breitung Salon and Luxury Spa in Chicago. "When you look at someone with multifaceted blonde hair in different lightings or from different angles, you see a beautiful mix of colors, almost like an ."
Strobing, the popular makeup technique that highlights where the light would naturally hit, has recently become popular in the hair realm, as well. " is an individualized highlighting that is specific to one's , face shape, and skin tone," explains Daniel Moon, Matrix SOCOLOR StyleLink celebrity stylist. If you want a hair color that makes you positively glow, ask your stylist to customize your highlights to your specific features.
Pink hair has been around for a few years and it's showing no signs of going away — and this new look is proof. "A pink-copper version of ecaille will be big for 2016," says Eva Scrivo, owner of Eva Scrivo Salons in New York City. "It's the perfect way to refresh grown-out hair, and can be achieved with balayage techniques to even out hair color tones."
Delicate blonde hues are about to get big. "Blonde hair in 2016 will be pastel," says Pendley. "These shades will be soft — almost see-through." If you do decide to go ultra-light, be sure to read up on . The worst thing you can do after bleaching and processing your hair is let it get dry, dull, and scraggly.
"Pastel shades mixed with glamorous styling are anticipated," says Scrivo. If unnatural dye colors bring messy hair and damaged locks to mind, just wait until you see all the pretty pink, purple, and blue 'dos styled to perfection.
Getting trendy with your hair is always a lot of fun, but a color that fits with your complexion and undertones will always be in. "Natural color that is best suited with your skin tone is one 'trend' that never goes out of style," says Scrivo. Keep it as healthy and shiny as possible by taking great care of it with !
Everyone saw the of the last year explode, but it looks like it's finally dying down. "2015 was all about cool grays and soft violets, so I think we'll be seeing a shift in that aspect," predicts O'Connor. "I see more warmer colors coming into play for 2016 — more golds, rose golds, and peaches."
Having your hair a pastel color is bold, but making it look like you were born with it makes it even more impressive. How do you do this? Keep things soft and healthy as if it had never been bleached and dyed at all. "I see people experimenting with color and it just being as 'natural' as your natural hair color," says Moon. "More color means more care, which means a weekly hair mask specifically for color-treated hair."
After all and , it's time to bring things back to the original technique that revolutionized highlights: balayage. "The balayage coloring technique was brought to the U.S. by the French in the '60s or '70s," explains Breitung, who notes that it's great for any hair length, from close crops to long lock. "It's a quick painting technique that lets hairdressers be a little more creative with color." Bonus: It's the perfect casual choice if you're too busy to head to the salon all the time for touchups.
If you've always wanted to go dark with your hair, now's the time. " will be more woodsy, ranging from chocolate to espresso," says Giselle of Pierre Michel. If you're stressed about the dullness of your hair, ask your colorist to apply a color gloss for added shine.
These hit the hair scene in 2015, so they're set to go mainstream in the coming year. "Babylights will take off in 2016," says Breitung. "These are similar to balayage and ombre techniques, but more subtle shades of blonde are placed in the hair to create soft, natural look."
Neon and bright shades had their moment to shine, but a quieter take on funky hair colors is around the corner. "I see creative colors being used in a softer, less bold way, almost a dusty look," observes O'Connor.
If you've noticed yourself , this shimmery color can light up your complexion. "Ronze is a mixture of copper red and bronze brown," says Matrix StyleLink celebrity hairstylist George Papanikolas. If you love this look, here's a for your skin tone.
"Deeper unnatural colors will be popular in a less-is-more manner," predicts Corbett. "Instead of a whole head of unnatural color, a pop of color will serve as a peekaboo on a few select strands." Expect rich plums, dark navies, and intense magentas.
This is the perfect balance of natural and unnatural shades — and it's about to get big in 2016. "Gone are the Crayola selection of M&M shades," says Blum. "More bold color choices this coming year will be burgundies and all shades of purple."
Feeling a little pale? This trend is sure to illuminate your complexion and revitalize your look. "For 2016, blondes will take a turn towards strawberry and apricot," predicts Blum. "These shades breathe life into lighter skin and can be custom-mixed by a colorist to pair with most skin tones."