The Must-Try Hair Colors for Spring

It's time for a change.

Despite the bitter chill still lingering in the air, it is officially spring. From reorganizing our homes to rejuvenating our dry winter skin to revamping our wardrobes, it's time for a fresh start in all aspects of life. And what better way to kick it off than with a new hair color? Here, we enlist some top industry experts to let us in on the must-have shades for spring. (Yes, that blue is really one of them.) This article originally appeared on Elle.com
1 of 16
Getty Images
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
2 of 16
Bright Blondes

Joel Warren, master colorist and co-founder of Warren Tricomi Salons, says one of most sought after shades of the season will be a monochromatic blonde like Cate Blanchett's. Good news for those nervous about bleaching: This ultra-light color is created by a high-lift, single process that will not damage your hair. "What is great with these high-lift blondes," says Warren, "is you are not compromising the integrity of the hair because you’re lightening the base colors without pulling too much warmth."


Women with lighter skin tones are often best suited for this color, but should be wary of shades that are too white or ashy. "But sometimes going against the grain can turn out really cool," says Warren. "Any color can work [on anyone] no matter your complexion as long as it is done correctly."

Getty Images
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
3 of 16
Bright Blondes
Jaime King
Getty Images
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
4 of 16
Bright Blondes
January Jones
Getty Images
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
5 of 16
Honey Blondes With Rooty Dimension
Those with dark blonde or light brown hair looking to keep more of their natural color should go for a honey hue, like Cara Delevingne, with a soft scattering of highlights to create depth at the roots. Balayage, a French hair coloring technique developed in the '70s, is a great way to achieve this soft graduation of color, says Matrix Celebrity Hair Stylist, George Papanikolas. "The key is having depth at the roots that fades into lighter tips with a soft haze between the shades," says Papanikolas. "I like to think of it as 'Glamorous Roots.' The end result is much more youthful and flattering than a heavy bleach job."
Getty Images
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
6 of 16
Honey Blondes With Rooty Dimension
Kate Upton
Getty Images
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
7 of 16
Honey Blondes With Rooty Dimension
Ciara
Getty Images
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
8 of 16
Bold Reds
This season's take on ginger is anything but subtle, says Warren. It's all about a bright hue that will make your eyes pop à la Christina Hendricks. When going red, you can choose a shade with either copper or blue undertones—the latter is much more vibrant. So choose a blue-based color, with minimal highlights, so the base can take center stage.
Getty Images
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
9 of 16
Bold Reds
Rachel McAdams
Getty Images
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
10 of 16
Bold Reds
Emma Stone
Getty Images
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
11 of 16
Buttery Brunettes
For brown-haired women this season, it's all about rich monochromatic shades with light contrasts like Kate Middleton. If you have "dark chocolate" hair, Papanikolas suggests "milk chocolate" highlights. If you have milk chocolate hair, go for soft honey highlights. Ombré is still in (albeit a much more subtle version), so you should avoid highlighting your roots. "This will keep your hair looking soft, pretty, and sophisticated," says Papanikolas. "Too much contrast at the roots with light highlights will give you a harsh zebra effect."
Getty Images
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
12 of 16
Buttery Brunettes
Nikki Reed
Getty Images
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
13 of 16
Buttery Brunettes
Miranda Kerr
Getty Images
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
14 of 16
Easter Pastels

First it was Kelly Osbourne, then Nicole Richie, and Ireland Baldwin (who's already gone from lavender to light blue) dying their hair all the colors of the little kid rainbow. When celebrities start taking the plunge into color, Warren sees his clients becoming more experimental as well. What better time to be adventurous than spring, and what more spring-appropriate color than an Easter egg one?


"It's so hot and edgy right now," says Papanikolas. "I love how Nicole Richie is pairing the purple hair with ultra glamorous outfits. It's a perfect example of how a bold color can give an edge, but still look pretty. It's something everyone should do at least once."

Getty Images
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
15 of 16
Easter Pastels
Kelly Osbourne
Getty Images
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
16 of 16
Easter Pastels
Ireland Baldwin
Getty Images
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
More From Beauty