Stylists reveal the spring hairstyles you need to try
It seems like just yesterday that the Polar Vortex reared its ugly head, but salvation has come and spring has finally sprung! The reprieve from the bitter cold and awakening from winter hibernation is almost like finally moving on from an ex-boyfriend...and what better way to move on to greener pastures than by changing up your look? You know what they say, "new hair, new life"—and we’re going to help you breathe new life into your hair this Spring.
To get you ahead of the trends, we caught up with celebrity hairstylist for New York Fashion Week and CHI Global Ambassador Rocky Vitelli as well as Senior Color Technician and Creative Director for Educo Salon Dee Lewis for their expert opinions on the hottest spring hair trends for 2019.
While balayage hair will remain popular and aren't going anywhere anytime soon, spring hair trends, specifically hair colors, will see a transition to solid blonde shades. “Girls are going for a solid blonde or bleached-out look...like how Hilary Duff changed up her balayage to a solid bleach-out & Lucy Boyton’s solid blonde,” Dee predicts.
Dee looks to Charlize Theron, Emma Roberts, and Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke for brown color inspo this Spring, who all rock deep, rich brown hues, no longer reserved for fall. If your Spring hairstyle features a darker hair color, Rocky suggests adding in ashy, dusty caramel highlights for a bit of added lightness. If you aren't looking to dye your hair anytime soon, opt for balayage hair extensions for that added pop of color instantly at home.
Both Rocky and Dee agree shoulder grazing hairstyles popularized last Spring, continue to trend this year. While Dee says blunt, one length spring hairstyles like Brie Larson's are the most popular, don’t be afraid layer up if that’s your vibe. Rocky looks to Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, and Janis Joplin for hair inspo this Spring: “mid-length cuts will be at above the shoulders, layered and texturized with a solid fringe...more of a Rock n’ Roll 80s look,” he says.
If you’ve been paying attention to celebrity hairstylist Instagram accounts, you’ll notice the polished, high shine wavy hairstyles taking over. “Anyone coming to our salon for a night out hairstyle is going for a relaxed version of the Veronica Lake traditional S-wave,” Dee says. In fact, hair icons Rihanna and Julia Roberts both rocked this look at the 2019 Oscars. Pair this spring hairstyle with a deep side part, curling into and over the face softly, or pair it with a middle part to give the hair subtle movement.
Going natural has never been more popular, and with more hair companies expanding their wavy and curly product lines, this season is the perfect time to embrace this Spring hair trend. Not only does embracing your natural hair free you from the clutches of hot tools, but breaks the cycle of dry, damaged hair from constant heat styling, leading to healthier hair overall.
Dee’s words of advice? If you’ve never gone natural and aren’t sure where to start, be sure to visit your hairstylist and have your hair cut and shaped appropriately to work with your natural hair. Since there's always an art to layering your hair products to get the most out of your natural hair. ask your stylist to show you how to style, diffuse, or air-dry your hair according to your curl type, and invest in sea salt sprays and moisturizing curl creams to take your natural hair to the next level.
Everyone wants to look like a French girl, whether it’s fashion or beauty, and the chin-length French girl bob haircut is the perfect way to do so. According to Rocky, “shorter, chin-length graduated bobs” are hot this Spring, so go ahead and make the chop…if you dare.
Were you aware that bangs are making a comeback in a big way? From curtain style, face-framing bangs to choppier bangs reminiscent of the 70s, every woman has had a love-hate relationship with bangs. If you’re yearning for a hair change this Spring and are thinking of making the cut, Rocky suggests opting for face-framing choppy bangs paired with long layers. “Finish off the look with a large barrel curling iron to create loose, undone, textured waves,” he says. If you're brave enough to make the chop, be sure to choose bangs that best suit your face shape, to avoid regrets.
Perhaps you prefer long hair and aren't quite ready for that French-girl bob or Brie Larson-esque blunt, shoulder-length haircut. If you're the kind of girl who prefers her hair as long as possible or if you're simply looking to update your Spring hairstyle repertoire, we've teamed up with our friend, Alex Gaboury to put together four must-try hairstyles to rock this Spring season. Watch the video below or scroll down for step-by-step instructions on how to recreate these looks.
In these tutorials, Alex wears her 220g Ash Blonde clip-in Luxy Hair extensions for instant added length and volume to her hair. Clip-in hair extensions are not only quick and easy to go from short hair to long hair, but make creating these more intricate hairstyles much easier.
Section off a small section of hair at the top of your head, then gather a layer of hair at your temple to create the base of your braid
Working your way down, start French braiding your hair. Once you have created a French braid, make the braid more fluffy and voluminous by pinching and pulling out the sides. This will also make the braid easier to bend and work with.
Take your braid and bring it upwards into a high ponytail, joining it with the unbraided top section. Secure into a high ponytail
Complete the look by twisting the remaining strands into a top knot.
2. Bubble braid ponytail
Create a small ponytail at the crown of your head and secure with an elastic.
This hairstyle requires quite a bit of hair to work with, so for dramatic length and volume in this look, take one three-clip weft of yourLuxy Hairextensions and wrap it around the ponytail. Then, gather the remainder of your hair with the extensions and secure in a high ponytail with an elastic.
Tie another hair elastic about 3-4 inches from the top to create your first bubble. Then, pull out hair from all sides of the bubble to create a voluminous effect.
Continue this process down the length of your ponytail until you have about two inches left at the bottom, and about four bubbles.
3. Twist-back ponytail
Trace down your hair from your temple, behind your ear, and down to the nape of your neck, creating a section of hair at the front of your face. Repeat on both sides.
Gather the remainder of your hair in a sleek low ponytail—you may opt to add a couple wefts ofLuxy Hairextensions at this stage to add more length and volume to your ponytail.
Starting at the right front section, divide the section in half. Take the section above the temple and twist it back toward the ponytail. Before securing the twist around the ponytail with a bobby pin, use two fingers to pull out sections of the twist to create extra texture.
Repeat on the left side, crossing over the twist from the right. Then do the same thing with the remaining two sections
Hide any loose ends by tucking them under and securing with bobby pins
4. Fishtail braid pigtails
Divide your hair into two equal sections. Then, take a four-clip weft from your Luxy Hair extensions, fold it over, and clip it onto itself to create an extra-thick "two-clip" weft. Alternatively, you can clip two two-clip wefts on top of each other.
To place in the extensions, divide the right section in half and clip in the weft into the middle of the section. Repeat on the other side.
Tightly fishtail braid each section of hair and secure with a small hair elastic.
To create a thicker braid, pancake it by gently tugging on strands of hair until the braid becomes looser.
Finish off the braid by hiding the elastic. Do this by grabbing a small section of hair and wrapping it around the end of the braid and tucking it under the elastic
Hairstyle 5. Floral spring twist hairstyle
Start by clipping in a 3-clip weft from your Luxy Hair extensions at the nape of your head. Then, section off your hair at your ear and clip in a 4-clip weft. Finally, section off your hair at your temple and clip in a 3-clip weft. For this tutorial, Kassinka wears her Seamless Ash Blonde Luxy Hair extensions
Blend your hair extensions in with your natural hair by adding in someloose waveswith a 1 1⁄2 inch curling wand.
Gather all of your hair into a low ponytail at the base of your neck. Secure the pony with a thick hair elastic.
Take a small strand of hair from the underside of the ponytail and tightly wrap it around the base of the ponytail to hide the hair elastic. Secure with one or two bobby pins.
Section off a 2-inch portion of hair at the top of your ponytail. Then, divide that portion into three equal-sized strands. Create a simplethree-strand braid by crossing alternating side strands over the middle.
Continue braiding down the length of the braid and secure with a clear elastic. This braid will be used to create the flower accent.
To create a petal-like effect, pancake your braid by pulling out each loop on only one side of the braid.
Take your pancaked braid and begin to wrap it around itself to form a flower shape. As the braid thins out towards the end, coil the braid inwards to emulate the look of a flower.
Hide the end of the braid underneath the flower and secure with bobby pins. Adjust the flower accent until you're happy with the final look, then pin in place.
And there you have it! A delightful spring-inspired look that is just as dreamy as the blooms it's modeled after.
If you have short hair, a lob haircut or medium length hair and love your shorter length, we've got you covered. Here are five must-try spring hairstyles for short hair.
1. Messy bun
Before styling your hair, leave a few pieces to frame the front of your face as this will help create a more effortless and messy look.
Gather the rest of your hair to the back of your head and create a low ponytail. Run your hands through the top of your hair to loosen everything up—this will also help create more volume at the base of your ponytail.
Secure your ponytail with a clear hair elastic, and on your third loop pull your hair through only half-way. Leave the hair as is for a perfectly imperfect bun.
2. Double-dutch braided updo
Split your hair into two equal halves and braid each section into a dutch braid.
To create the illusion of a thicker braid, pull out tiny sections of the braid to loosen it up.
Once styled to the way you like, take one of the braids and wrap it around to the other side of your head. Hide the ends of your braid underneath the other braid, and secure in place with a few bobby pins.
Repeat the same step one the other side and pull out some face-framing pieces to complete the final look.
Take a curling wand and loosely curl medium-sized chunks of hair. Be sure to go back and forth between curling towards and away from your face to create a more dimensional, texturized look. To ensure you still have some length to your hair, it's best to leave about an inch of hair uncurled at the ends.
Complete the look by spraying dry texturized spray throughout your curls, brushing them out with your fingers.
4. Hat with curls
We know, we know. This one technically isn't a hairstyle, but we had to share this tip for hiding roots or greasy hair.
This is more of a tip than a hairstyle, but for those who are in the midst of growing out your hair and have roots, or have oily second or third-day hair, we recommend to throw on a hat of your choice to help conceal any problem areas.
5. Spring twisted ponytail with scarf
Pull out some face-framing pieces of hair for an undone look.
Gather the rest of your hair to the back of your head and create a low ponytail. Flip the ponytail through the middle section of your hair to create a topsy-tail twist.
Pull out the twist in order to loosen it up and create more volume.
Grab a headscarf of your liking and wrap it from the bottom of your head upwards, and secure in a knot at the top of your head. You can hide the edge scarf pieces by simply tucking them in underneath the scarf.