Meet "Vacation Hair": Spring's Big, Surprising Color Trend
Remember the height of the ombré craze? Never before had we loved the term “gradual fade” more, or screen-shotted as many photos of Rachel Bilson. Though we’re glad the trend is still going strong (mainly because we can grow out our hair and not have to immediately go back for root touch-ups), we’re also ready for something new, something different, something…vacation inspired.
We spoke with master colorists Rita Hazan of Rita Hazan Salon and Johnny Ramirez of Ramirez-Tran Salon, and asked for their biggest spring hair color predictions. Turns out, they both came to the same conclusion: basically, you want your hair to look like you just got back from sunbathing in St. Barths. Consider this “vacation hair” a warmer, sunnier take on balayage, with slim, subtle, face-framing highlights that instantly brighten your complexion. For inspiration, we’ve gathered the best instances of this spring trend ahead for brunettes, blondes, and redheads—keep scrolling, and bookmark this for your next salon visit!
“Ask for very subtle, sun-kissed highlights that make it look like you just got back from an amazing hot weather vacation,” Ramirez says. “This is something that I receive requests from all over the country, so it isn’t specific to any particular region, either.” We like the face-framing highlights that break up Alba’s subtler version of ombré.
Here’s the key to mastering vacation hair: there should be a slow gradiation of the hair color as it goes lighter towards the ends and it should look totally natural, Ramirez says. “You want to stay away from drastic color changes, like in ombré,” he explains. “That look is completely out!”
We still love Ronze, but the trend for spring is to go in the more ginger or strawberry direction, Hazan says. She recommends adding golden-blonde highlights to red hair, keeping it warm but also adding some light for summer.