You may have noticed this over the past year: it’s cool to show your roots. I don’t mean your heritage – that is always on trend – I mean your hair color. The modern hair color has about an inch or so of roots always present or a complete ombre effect. Feathers are also creeping into hair styles.
Let’s tackle just the root color first. To make life more difficult for those pressed for time (hello world, that is me and many of you) this modern look often requires your roots to be colored a separate color from your dyed or highlighted tresses. Yes. For those who are getting their roots worked on every 3-4 weeks anyway, this is not a big deal. But, for those used to going to the salon every 7-8 weeks (again, me) this trend is hard to embrace. Here are some examples:
I called and spoke with Kevin Moser, Master Colorist, at Element Salon in Nashville. Kevin was voted favorite hair stylist by the Nashville Scene. He says, “This is a trend that all ages can embrace but it does require some maintenance. But, the ombre effect can go a little longer as there is so much variation of color involved. Our clients of all ages have very much embraced both these color trends.”
What exactly is the ombre effect? As you can see from this close up of Rachel Bilson, her roots are almost black, then she has a more natural brunette, followed by blond:
Now, for feathers. Lucy Pop Salon has been offering feather extensions since December 2010. They last for ages – stylist Renae Morton has had hers in since December. She says you can shampoo and style just like regular hair. If you stop by the Free People store at The Mall at Green Hills you will see this trend in full force as most of the sales clerks there have embraced the feather trend. To read more about this trend, and how it actually works, click here. I’m sure the movie Black Swan helped to push this trend onward.
Two of Lucy Pop’s clients with feathers:
With American Idol back on, Main Street America is seeing this trend as Steven Tyler is sportin’ feathers and some of the contestants are as well. I know that the feathers are marketed to all ages, and there is a part of me that would love to try this… but it’s just not me. Now, if I were a singer, an artist or simply more daring, I would 100% embrace this trend. And, if I were in my 20’s and still tending bar to make ends meet….ohhh, I’d be rockin’ some major feathers and probably making better tips because of it.
Lastly, what makes both these trends look best is healthy smooth hair. One process I like is the Keratin Express Blow Out as I just can’t get my arms around the original Keratin Complex full blown process as it requires you to keep your hair totally straight (as in no headbands, no ponytails and no hair behind the ears….) for up to three days. That also means you can’t shower. But, I know many of you swear by it. The Express only lasts for 6 weeks, but you can shower about 8 hours after having this treatment done AND it only requires an hour of time in the salon chair – as opposed to 3 hours of time for the full blown process. The Express option is $100 and the full blown option is about $400. Hair is frizz-free for up to 6 weeks with the Keratin Express Blow Out option and for about 4 months with the original Keratin Complex option. Both are formaldehyde-free. As of publish time, we have seven of the Express Blow Outs left on our sister deal site from Salon NFuse, a really great Nashville salon on Franklin Pike, for only $59: click here! You might even try one of these hair color trends when you make your appointment.