Celebrities have long been at the forefront of hair trends, changing their looks with every magazine cover and social media post. But never has there been a more exciting time for color. Today’s hottest hues go far beyond blonde, brunette and redhead, conjuring a world of pigment where fantasy becomes reality and even seemingly basic shades become infused with previously unseen saturation.
We asked top colorists to share their favorite 2018 star styles.
Feel the Blues
Stars Behind the Shade:
Kylie Jenner, Fergie
Why It’s Hot:
Ultraviolet blue is a showstopper. “Here’s a sure way to make yourself the focal point of any room,” laughs Caruso. “It’s vibrant, fun and feminine in a punk-rock kind of way.” Harsche believes the blends of dark and neon blue make it wearable for all, whether sported as one solid color or as accent tips.
Faux Pas to Avoid:
Natural inclination may be to apply this dye over a dark base, but that mutes the vibrancy of cobalt and indigo, unless hair is seen directly in the sunlight. “The trick is to actually pre-lighten to a golden stage, so as to maximize full impact and intensity,” discloses Kristen Linares, Product Club colorist. Ditto for painting blue hues on hair not lifted high enough. “In order to create a true deep blue, you must lift the strands past yellow,” says Epstein. Tammy Mixon, Farouk Systems Global Board Artist, explains why: “If hair has too much yellow, you’ll end up with a greenish cast, since yellow and blue make green.”
[Images: top three Getty Images; bottom two – Kylie Jenner, Fergie, @stylemehairdressingltd, @stylemehairdressingltd and @rossmichaelssalon on Instagram]