I think that the most important thing a woman can have—next to talent, of course—is her hairdresser.
A new season means a new look—or at least an update—is in order, so why not start with your hair? With forthcoming garden parties and outdoor events on the social calendar, your cut and color can help define your fête-fabulous look. That’s why we turned to Christopher Macken, Oscar Blandi’s global creative ambassador, and Brian Keller, former creative director of Frédéric Fekkai and owner of The Blonde Door Salon in Palm Desert, California, for a sneak peek at the hottest hair looks for spring. So if you’re ready for a change (and planning your party hair in advance), stir up a Dirty (Blonde) Martini and book a salon appointment stat.
Bang it out: “After a temporary hiatus, blunt-cut bangs are making a comeback,” says Keller. But if the idea of a straight edge gives you flashbacks to grade school, “This style can be reimagined in the form of choppy cuts and varying lengths for a fresh new take on the classic statement fringe,” he adds. Macken emphasizes that bangs aren’t for everyone, “So ask your stylist if a strong bang will work for your face shape.”
The ideal event: A fun and relaxed dinner party with friends.
Go for the gold: “Gold hair ornaments can give even intentionally disheveled locks an instant touch of decadence,” shares Keller, who cites the Spring 2016 Rodarte and Alberta Ferretti runways as proof. They also keep hair looking chic even in the windiest of conditions. “Get the look with gold barrettes, metallic headbands, and brooches,” he advises—or pick up one of these Adir x Lelet NY beauties.
The ideal event: An alfresco get-together where you want to “set it and forget it.”
Au naturel: “If you’ve been looking for an excuse to break up with your hot tools, now’s the time,” reveals Keller. “Spring 2017 is all about embracing rather than concealing your natural texture.”
The ideal event: A party with plenty of dancing to continue the “let-your-hair-down” vibe.
Rebirth of slick: “Polished hair with a high-shine finish adds instant elegance,” says Keller. Whether a high ponytail, top knot, or just combed back and left down can make a bold impact with little to no effort.
The ideal event: A just-off-the-beach evening event with little time to prepare.
Pony up: According to Keller, “Teased and tousled textured ponytails are an off-duty model style statement.” Macken agrees, adding “A low, looser ponytail that doesn’t look too structured is where it’s heading for spring and summer.”
The ideal event: A daytime fête, such as a charity luncheon, garden party, backyard barbecue, or polo match.
Run for cover: Having a less-than-perfect hair day or heading to a party on a humid day? “Wrap it all up in a colorful swath of patterned prints à la Dolce and Gabbana’s Spring 2016 runway,” recommends Keller. Best of all, this bold statement piece works with easy, undone hair.
The ideal event: A party at the country club or beach club.
Blonde ambition: “Experiment with a pale, icy blonde,” urges Keller. “This frosty-hued, cool white-blonde is the new neutral for spring, and with shades ranging from champagne-tinted pastels to ashy platinum, there are ample ways to make a color change that complements your skin tone.”
The ideal event: A spring or summer gala—perfect for debuting an elegant new look.
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