New year, new you, right? While there are plenty of ways to make a change for the better next year, we’ve always believed that one of the easiest, and most dramatic ways to re-invent yourself is with a new hairstyle. For one, it’s instant gratification (unlike the gym). Plus, finding the right haircut or color can brighten up your entire face, and get you feeling inspired to make other changes to your beauty routine.
The key to finding a look that’s fresh, modern, and still suits you? According to the pros at Sassoon Salon, it’s to be aware of the trends, but not a slave to them (something we wished we considered back in middle school before we begged our moms for “The Rachel” with some chunky highlights). You want to look like an updated version of yourself.
For example, as a global brand, Sassoon puts out hair “collections” each season — styles and colors that it deems to be of the moment. This season’s collection, Utopia, is inspired by the digital age and the futuristic direction of fashion. They’re bright, beautiful, and edgy, but for 90 percent of the salon’s customers, the looks aren’t literal.
“Each Sassoon collection is designed to give our clients ideas and a new way of looking at things,” says Nicole Tabloff, the Salon and Color Director at Sassoon Chicago. “However, hair color is very bespoke and needs to be tailored to the person. You can do the same color on ten different people and get ten different results.”
The same thing goes for cut. “The art is adapting these looks for each person who comes in,” says Jonathan Miller, a senior stylist at Sasoon. “While some clients come in wanted one of these exact cuts, most people are looking for a more diluted version.”
Besides Sassoon’s collections, Jonathan also recommends the runways–but from a few years back–as a place to look for ideas. “We usually see a trickle down effect, sort of like with high fashion, where in a few years, many of today’s avant grade cuts will actually become more mainstream.”
Overall, the key is to be open to interpretation. Having a general direction or idea in mind is better than coming in with an exact photo of how you’d like to leave the salon, because the look might not be right for you. Your stylist will be able to give you an idea about what might work better with your hair texture, length, or color.
*This post is sponsored by Sassoon. Lux & Concord is part of the Sassoon influencer program.