How to Update Your Hair Style

April 25, 2018

5 Updates You Can Make To Your Spring Styling Routine 

There’s something about the change of seasons (and finally putting winter coats and gloves away) that has most of us itching for an updated look. Want hair as fresh as the warm air? Try one of these stylist-approved spring trends, including low-key, lived-in textures and sleek and polished styles. 

1. Spring Update: Natural, Air-Dried Hair

“After years of using a curling wand to create smooth waves, we’re seeing more women on the runway and social media embrace their own natural textures for lived-in, undone hair,” says Pureology Artist Emily Alders. (No tools? Hooray—this might be our favorite trend ever.) Keep the look fresh—not frizzy—by applying a leave-in styling product that’ll add weight and smoothness to your hair’s natural bends and kinks. “I like Hydrate Air Dry Cream (apply it when hair’s 30 percent of the way dry) because it’s super lightweight and actually speeds up drying time by penetrating the cuticle and pushing extra moisture out so you can get on your way,” says Alders. Stick with a dime-sized amount of product for fine hair, a nickel-sized amount for hair of medium thickness, and a quarter-sized squeeze for long, heavy hair. Working with pin straight hair and still want to get the look? Alders recommends applying the product and then twisting hair into a low bun, or putting hair in a braid, to create texture that you can shake out after it dries.


2. Spring Update: Straight, Sleek Hair

Straight, shiny, and center-parted hair is going to see even more momentum this season, says Alders. The best way to get the look is to apply a smoothing product to damp hair (try Smooth Perfection Style Shaping Gel, created with camellia oil for plenty of condition and gloss, plus a heat protectant) before blow-drying hair with a paddle brush flat against the head. “This gel has a texture like raw honey, and you only need to use a pea-sized amount. When you apply heat to it, the product really melts into hair for a beautiful shine.” Love the sleek look and want some added drama? 


3. Spring Update: Braids

Fishtail, double-dutch, crown styles—we’re still not over braids and there are plenty of new and creative looks for the spring season. “We’re still seeing braids on the red carpet and all over Instagram because there’s so much versatility to them,” says Alders. (Truth: anything that extends a style longer and buys us more time in the morning probably won’t fall out of fashion anytime soon.) Want an easy tweak? Try adding some extra oomph and volume to your crown before getting your braid on with a dry shampoo like Fresh Approach Dry Shampoo, suggests Alders.


4. Spring Update: A Fresh-Chopped Bob

It’s the look currently all over the red carpet, and Alders expects more short crops to dominate the salon chair in the coming months. “The best part about a crop that sits at the chin or right below it is that it’s super easy to style.” If you’ve got natural texture in your hair, you can achieve an undone look by working Hydrate Air Cream into damp hair and letting it dry naturally, or opt for a more blunt, severe style by applying Smooth Perfection Smoothing Serum before blow-drying hair straight. 


5. Spring Update: The Shag

With flattering, face-framing layers, split bangs, and a lot of body, Alders says the shag cut will rock us right through spring and beyond and if you’re in the process of growing out last year’s lob, it’s an easy transition cut. Both women with textured and pin-straight hair can style the look (you just might need some extra product to add grittiness if you’ve got the latter, says Alders.) “I love to spray Clean Volume Instant Levitation Mist all the way from the root to the ends of damp hair to create roughed up texture.”