If the new year has you itching for a new hair color but you’re not sure which direction to go, we’ve consulted with five of your favorite celebrity colorists to see their predictions for the biggest hair color trends of 2018. Keep reading to see what celeb stylists Kahh Spence, George Papanikolas, Johnny Ramirez and Tracey Cunningham have to say about the hair colors that you’re bound to see everywhere come 2018.
Bye Bye Brights
Colorist and custom unit aficionado Kahh Spence has graced the tresses of celebs like Kehlani, Jordyn Woods, Cardi B and Justine Skye. According to Kahh, "2017 was the year of bold colors; everyone went for the more outgoing shades of blues, reds, oranges, etc. I'm certain in 2018 there will be a shift..."
"I've noticed lately, a ton of girls want to go for more of the natural tones; i.e: blondes, browns, natural blacks. These colors are very universal and go with pretty much any skin tone." Says the stylist. "My personal faves are cool blonde tones; it's a great shade and goes really well with almost any eye color!"
"Metallic Balayage: Introducing metallic shades layered over balayage highlights, makes the balayage trend instantly updated and futuristic," says George Papanikolas ."Using Matrix Color Sync Metallics (launching February 2018) allows you to deposit shades that last about 20 shampoos so you don't have permanent commitment." "Icy blonde" the stylist adds, "going super, super platinum isn't an easy feat: It requires frequent maintenance and upkeep and looks especially chic when cut into a choppy lob. Bond Protection like Matrix Bond Ultim8 keeps hair in optimum condition."
Red Heads ??
"Ginger: with the Ginger Emoji coming out in 2018, it's going to be the year of the red head. Coppers are going to be strong and visible. Getting the ideal shade usually requires using permanent color like Matrix SoColor at the root area to bring up the underlying copper tones, and then a gloss like Matrix Color Sync to refresh and deposit color at the ends. The pre-blended shades make it really easy for your colorist to formulate and adding a color booster like Matrix SoColor SoBoost can be added to the gloss formula for an extra punch of copper or red. This keeps the red ends from browning out which can easily happen." Says George. Additionally, George predicts that intense colors will be more than just a passing trend in 2018, "the Vivid color trend is more than just a passing trend. New technologies like Matrix SoColor Cult introduce these shades in a permanent, demi and semi permanent formula allowing your colorist creative freedom to incorporate vibrant shades into your look."
L'Oreal Professionnel Artist and co-owner of Ramirez Tran Salon in Beverly Hills, Johnny Ramirez, is responsible for the balayaged waves of much of Beverly Hills. The stylist predicts lived-in color and root shadowing will continue to make it's way into 2018.: "Lived in Color, such as Root Shadow, is one of the most enduring trends in our industry because it's natural and always reinventing itself. People are always looking for ways to add bolder color contrasts. I think that a new way for people to achieve this in 2018 will be to use Lived in Color to add darker roots. Darkening the roots will add more depth to the hair and really allow those colors to pop. Adding depth into their roots might be that sight change next year. " Says Johnny.
"I also see make up trends continuing to blend with hair trends in 2018." According to Johnny, "some shimmer highlighting or adding L'Oreal Professionnel DIA Light onto the hair will definitely do the trick. One secret for me is the just like lived in color, having shiny and beautiful hair will continue to be a timeless trend. Continue to use L’oreal Professionnel Smart Bond if you're lightening your hair and get your regular power mix treatment for continual maintenance."
Back to Basics
We asked Tracey Cunningham; celeb stylist and co-owner of the Tracey Cunningham Salon with locations in L.A. and Beverly Hills what she thinks 2018 will bring in terms of hair color, and the mane master is hoping that we take it back to basics this year. "I think in the past year we have seen such imaginative, crazy forward thinking, pushing the envelope colors that I love to look at and I love to see my other stylists work on. [But] with that being said, I subscribe to very natural beautiful sexy color on my girls - doing an ombre or a sombre is out of the box for me." Says the stylist. "I love my girls to look effortlessly chic without too much distraction. I like their hair to be easy to manage and have minimal styling/ coloring B post-color work. So for 2018, I do see us coming back to basics: great blondes, great brunettes, great reds - really definitive in color and texture. 2017 was a very indecisive year, a lot happened, so I think many people went against the grain to look different and stand out, to say 'hey, look at me.' I'm hoping with all of my heart that 2018 is a lot different and we are more unified. I think to have beautiful, healthy, great hair will be THE fantastic trend, though I hate that word, "trendy" for the new year!"