HUDABEAUTY March 16, 2021



Spring Hair Color Trends That Are About To Be All Over Your Feed


The arrival of spring is always a solid reason to switch up your hair color in our beauty book, but perhaps now more so than ever. After a doozy of a year (and winter), we could all use a little change, so why not start at the roots?

If you’ve been toying with the idea of going darker, lighter, or somewhere in between, these spring color trends are here to inspire. From inky black strands and hot pink manes to the three B’s (bronde, balayage, and babylights), we can’t get enough of these head-turning styles. Take a color cue from the top artists in the biz and give them a try this spring.

Copper Ginger

Think you can’t pull off copper? Think again. “Copper ginger is one of the most attention-grabbing colors for spring,” says celebrity colorist and MATRIX brand ambassador, George Papanikolas. To keep this delicate shade from fading, Papanikolas recommends using an acid-based shampoo, like MATRIX Total Results Keep Me Vivid Shampoo, $17. “This will seal the cuticle when you shampoo, preserving the delicate copper molecules and reducing fading.”

Cinnamon Brown

“We are going to be seeing a lot of sandy and cinnamon browns, and overall more naturals and low-maintenance shades,” predicts colorist and R+Co Collective Member Richy Kandasamy. “Clients have been coming in with 6-7 months’ worth of regrowth and they want to work with their natural hair. For a lot of them, this has been a positive reset – to embrace their natural hair color, or stay as close to their natural color as possible.” To keep color from getting dull, Kandasamy likes GEMSTONE Color Shampoo, $32, and Conditioner, $32.

Glossy Black

“Most people think of glossy black as one color, but there are actually multiple tones involved to get the right shine and movement without looking inky and solid,” explains Papanikolas. “Hair color comes in 10 levels and half of them are in the dark family, ranging from Level 1: black to Level 5: medium brown, and glossy black incorporates all of these.”

If you’re down to try it, the easiest way to achieve this is when coloring your dark roots. “Have your stylist gloss you with a sheer acidic brunette toner, then maintain this look at home with the MATRIX Total Results Dark Envy Collection, $17-31, which neutralizes unwanted red tones in dark hair,” he adds.


Pink? For spring? Groundbreaking. Connecticut-based HBAR Salon & Spa owner and master colorist Antonio Rende-Maiolo can’t get enough of pink right now – from fuchsia pink to rose gold. “I’ve also noticed a lot of requests for a super bright, almost detached, money piece with a deep shadow at the root,” he says. The best way to keep these hues vibrant is to start with a lightning service, such as Oribe Gold Lust Repair and Restore Shampoo, $49, and Conditioner, $52. “If you’re going to lighten your hair, some level of damage is to be expected, you have to show it some love. Restore the health and luster to your mane without the fear of it being overly moisturized or oily looking.”

Want to recreate Cardi B’s stunning pink Grammy’s look? Cardi’s stylist, Tokyo Stylez, used Joico color to create the iconic pink look. Here’s how Tokyo Stylez created this pink wig dream:

Step 1: Start by prepping with Joico Defy Damage ProSeries 1: Bond-Protecting Color Optimizer. Prelighten the pre-cut wig with Joico Blonde Life Powder Lightener to a bright level 9 blonde. Rinse and shampoo the hair under cool water with Joico Defy Damage Protective Shampoo, $20, and towel dried the hair.

Step 2: Next, in a filled sink with hot water, mix Joico Color Intensity Rose Gold into the water and stir until the water is pink.

Step 3: Dip the wig in the water color and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Step 4: Treat the wig with Joico Defy Damage ProSeries 2: Bond-Strengthening Color Treatment, and process for five minutes. Rinse and towel dry.

Low-Maintenance Balayage & Babylights

Mane Addicts pro and celeb colorist Amanda Lee is forecasting more natural styles will continue to be popular this spring, due to so many salons still being closed due to the pandemic. “My clients want styles that will still look great 3-6 months later, so balayage and babylights are a great option to add subtle pops of color, without having a harsh grow-out line,” she explains. “Clients with gray roots are also leaning on doing at-home color for easy root touch-ups in between salon visits.” Lee’s personal favorite is the Better Natured professional-quality kits.


According to Tatjana Mariposa and Shea Marie’s colorist, Olivia Casanova, bronde will definitely be a trend here to stay for the spring. “It’s the best of both worlds, incorporating both brunette and blonde into one, but it’s versatile enough that it can work with all skin tones,” she says. Another bronde bonus? It’s a relatively low-maintenance look, using either highlights or lowlights to achieve a light brown/dark blonde look depending on your natural color.

Red Hot

Colorist Karissa Schaudt of Maxine Salon in Chicago is all about the full-bodied red for spring. “The more shades of red the better, like violet-red near the base with copper tones through the ends.” Another reason to get on board? It works on short and long hair and fair to dark skin tones.

“Start by showing your colorist an inspiration picture because there are so many different shades of red,” she advises. From there, they will create a base and all-over color, but maintaining the intensity requires color-locking shampoo and conditioner, along with frequent touch-ups.

Golden Glamour

Maxine’s Nicole Tabloff also favors pastel shades of golden caramel, like Tiffany Haddish rocked at the Golden Globes. “This color is perfectly suited for a naturally darker base wanting a lighter sun-kissed tone,” she says. “Depending on the natural base color, this can be achieved with either a permanent color on lighter shades or a bleach and tone on darker natural bases.” Low-key babes beware though — the upkeep on this ‘do is every 4 to 8 weeks.

For more hair inspiration, check out our go-to WFH hair trends that’ll make you feel SO cute.