The cuts, colours and styles that are making a statement this spring will instantly update your look.
THE BOY CUT
Longer on top, very short on the sides and neck, this cut does not go unnoticed! Before taking the plunge, it’s worth noting that it takes time and money for salon trips to keep this style up to date.
We love: This cut is fun, dries quickly and is easy to style.
Great for: Those with thin to normal hair. “Thick hair requires more regular maintenance,” says hairstylist David D’Amours, owner of Privé Par David D’Amours salon in Montreal and Canadian editorial director for hair-care brand Kérastase Paris. People with thicker hair can fall victim to the “ball” effect this cut can cause.
Our product pick: A dry shampoo, which provides volume and texture while removing excess sebum.
Dry Shampoo with Nettle, $16, well.ca.
THE CLASSIC BOB
This cut, which stops at the jawline, is decidedly on trend this season. Not quite ready to give up your length? Keep your coif a bit longer by choosing a cut that stops halfway up the neck, even if it means going back to the hairdresser a few weeks later to go shorter.
We love: The way this cut frames the face and highlights the cheekbones.
Great for: People who have thin or fine hair. “This is a cut that adds volume and adapts easily to all face shapes,” says D’Amours.
Our product pick: Texturizing spray.
Puff.Me Dry Texture Spray, $27, designmehair.com.
A hue that’s somewhere between blonde and brown, this trendy hair colour is on our heads for spring. To get the look, ask your hairstylist to create highlights—lighter for brunettes and darker for blondes—of two or more shades throughout the hair
to create a natural finish.
We love: This is a look that doesn’t run the risk of needing root touch-ups.
Great for: “Those with naturally medium to light brown, or light to dark blonde hair,” says Carin Freidag, senior manager of global retail color education for Clairol.
Our product pick: A hydrating routine that includes a mask for long-lasting colour.
Phytocolor Color Protecting Mask, $30, phyto-canada.ca.
Photography, Taylor & pond
Truly versatile, this shiny brown—which can be light, medium or dark—is recognizable by its warm, copper tones that evoke the hue of chocolate.
We love: How refreshing this warm tone is! “This hair colour is ideal for those who want to refresh dull colour after winter,” says Freidag.
Great for: People with naturally brown hair that want to increase shine and vibrancy without making a major change.
Our product pick: Try a semi-permanent hair colour in a brown hue with copper tones that’s one shade lighter than your natural colour, or a hair gloss for brunettes.
Instincts Semi-Permanent Hair Color in 5BZ - Hot Cocoa Medium Bronze Brown, $7, amazon.ca.
THE SLICKED-BACK BUN
To achieve a sleek bun, make a tight ponytail, then twist it before securing it with bobby pins. “Opt for a middle part, which is more modern, or on the side, for a con-fident look” advises D’Amours. We also love the look with no part at all—simply brush hair straight back from the face.
We love: How this style elevates a casual aesthetic, but can also soften a glamorous outfit.
Great for: Those with shoulder-length to long hair. “This style is ideal for heart-shaped, round or oval faces,” says Sharon Hussey, hairstylist for L’Oréal Professionnel.
Our product pick: A strong-hold hairspray to prevent flyaways.
Tecni.Art Air Fix Pure Extra-Strong Fixing Spray, $26, matandmax.com.
THE SIDE PART
“Whether you part your hair on the left or right, make it look natural by lining up the part with the highest point of your eyebrow,” says D’Amours.
We love: The way this style brings a touch of elegance to almost any look, even when you’re wearing casual jeans and sneakers.
Great for: Any face shape!
Our product pick: A hairspray with anti-humidity properties to keep your hairstyle in place without sticking.
K Laque Noire Anti-Humidity Super Shield Fixing Hairspray, $45, kerastase.ca.
THE MIDDLE PART
To make the perfect middle part, comb hair back over your head, then use the edge of a comb to make a straight line separating your hair into two equal sections. Style your tresses as you desire—curly, straight or pulled back into a bun or ponytail.
We love: The modern aesthetic and ease of achieving this look.
Great for: Those that have an oval, round, heart or diamond-shaped face, according to Hussey; but we think it looks great on pretty much everyone!
Our product pick: A comb that features tight teeth, which allows the hair to be separated with more precision.
Pocket Comb, $22, lesindustriesgroom.com.
THE WET EFFECT
Also known as the wet look, this trend involves slicking your hair back with a styling product, then “combing your hair using a large-tooth comb to give the impression that you’ve just run your fingers through wet hair,” says D’Amours.
We love: A hairstyle that’s both bold and nonchalant.
Great for: People with medium to thick hair, as the wet effect helps reduce volume. It is suitable for all lengths.
Our product pick: Hair gel mixed with a finishing cream or serum, or a gel that’s made to stay looking wet.
BUMBLE AND BUMBLE
Bb. Gel, $33, bumbleandbumble.ca.
THE PLAYFUL ACCESSORIES
This spring, satin bows, fabric flowers and sparkling barrettes are making a big splash. “We’re having fun!” exclaims D’Amours.
We love: Functional and fashionable hair accessories.
Great for: Anyone who’s got a fancy event in their future.
Our product pick: Bold yet refined barrettes.
Pearly Bead CLIPS, $9/pair, simons.ca.
THE LOW PONY
You can never go wrong with this timeless hairstyle, which consists of bringing the lengths to the nape of the neck—just above the hairline—in a ponytail and secured with an elastic band.
We love: Its versatility! A bit tousled, the ponytail has a relaxed, romantic aesthetic. When sleek and smoothed, it offers up rock-solid chic vibes.
Great for: People with shoulder-length to long hair. “This is a hairstyle that particularly emphasizes square or rectangular faces,” says Hussey.
Our product pick: Either a sea salt spray or texturizing product for a natural effect.
Sea Spray Hair Mist, $37, lush.ca.