There’s something about a new season that makes us feel like changing up our hair. Do you know that feeling? It’s pretty common, and honestly, we love it! There’s nothing like a fresh cut or color to lift your spirits and get you pumped for what’s to come. That’s why we turned to Global Artistic Director for Hair Color, Ian Michael Black, and asked him to share the shades he’s loving for spring and summer, what inspires him when he’s concocting color, and how to change up your look without doing something drastic.
According to Ian, it’s time to warm up. “The biggest trend for the warmer months is the return to much warmer-toned hair,” Ian says. “Blondes are being toned soft pink-ambers, or rich golden saffron shades. The boldest will go for either an on-trend “ultraviolet” hue or a bright Mandarin orange tone — it’s the perfect mix of a strong orange with yellow undertones to give a true sunshine color.”
A WARM, "SAFFRON BLONDE" BY IAN
You don’t have to make a drastic change to tweak your look for a new season. “If you want to dip your toes into a color change but don’t want to have something dramatic or something permanent, the new Hair Color Shine Treatments are the ideal choice for you,” Ian recommends. “They do everything from toning blondes to enriching brunettes with warmth or cooling them down to get rid of any unwanted warm tones, to giving natural redheads a more vibrant version of their natural color. You can even opt for fashion shades on very light hair.” Customizable color isn’t the only perk of the new color line. “Not only will it leave your hair with incredible shine, it will also help improve the condition of your tresses,” he says.
When he’s creating color, Ian looks to his home base of Los Angeles for inspiration. “I’m inspired by the vibe of Los Angeles and its relaxed yet cool style … streetwear mixed with “undone” soft waves of pink, peach and soft blues. Because it’s sunny all year round, there is always an explosion of bright colors wherever you look.”
We’re loving these shades by Ian — follow him on Instagram at @ianmichaelblack for more!
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