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Step into spring…with Jamie Stevens and Leonardo Rizzo

Celebrity stylist Jamie Stevens talks about the hottest style trends for spring 2014.

hair braid plaits

Supernatural beauty

This is all about keeping that minimalist feel to the hair. Just-washed hair is worn straight or with a slight wave, depending on the hair’s natural texture. Minimal use of product is required, so perhaps a touch of oil on the ends for healthy looking, yet unfussy hair.
Try: L’Oréal Mythic Oil


From plaits woven into updos, as seen at Moschino, to chunkier, textured versions on the catwalk at Giles, braids are all the rage. They add instant interest to a hairstyle and can be incorporated into a look or act as the main focal point. Give your clients a textured plait by gently teasing out strands to create a fluffy, whimsical feel. Alternatively, braid in cornrows tightly to the head for a punk rock vibe and finish with a touch of hairspray.
Try: Wella Professionals Extra Volume Styling Mousse

The ponytail

As one of the most versatile and practical hairstyles to wear, it’s no surprise that ponytails are a mainstay on the catwalk. Low slung is the way to wear it this season; either sleek and polished or more textured and lived-in.
Try: Wella Professionals Enrich Conditioner

Short and sweet

Following last season’s trend towards shorter styles, we’re seeing this look filter through to the mainstream, with numerous celebrities going for the chop. Short is the new cool and chic way to update a client’s style. Take into account your client’s face shape and hair type, as this will play a role in deciding the best short look for them. Encourage clients to experiment with mid-length textured bobs – as seen on the likes of Karlie Kloss – soft choppy bobs, as seen on Jennifer Aniston or a Jennifer Lawrence pixie crop.
Try: Bed Head Hard to Get Texture Paste

The dishevelled updo

Hair for 2014 is a lot more natural, which also translates into updos, giving the classic look a sexy, stylish edge. There is an undone, windswept feel to styles, and they are worn with matte texture, either swept up into a chic chignon, piled on top of the head or styled in a knotted, texturised bun, as seen at Peter Som.
Try: Osis Dust It

spring hair styling products

Leonardo Rizzo, of Sanrizz and Indola Global Ambassador shares his 2014 cut and colour trends.

Candy Gangster

model with pink hair

Jazz up pixie crops with a subtle twist. Elfin and elegant with a harder edge is the vibe for very short hair this spring. Short cuts maintain softness and femininity with the addition of marshmallow and candyfloss pastel pink shades – adding loads of texture makes it more of a daring style. Don’t be afraid to be generous with waxes, volumising powders and products to give a grungy feel.
Try: Crazy Color (Candyfloss and Marshmallow)

Mono Mania

Following the idea of monochrome stripes and patterns, mostly black and white, hair will be sculpted and precise, with very sharp edges, almost a page boy effect. There’s nothing free-flowing about this trend – hair is tight in at the nape of the neck with heavy fringes and the subtlest of highlights. Linking with the monochrome palette, go for the lightest of silvery shades placed just underneath the hair, so they shimmer through as the hair moves naturally.
Try: IQ smoothing serum

Uptown Girl

The traditional city girl look never goes out of fashion. This is glamorous hair with lots of longer layers. The goal is to emphasise the health of the hair and enhance its volume. Kate Middleton is the queen of this ever-popular trend. Colour is more rich, infusing hazelnut tones through in a ombre technique to a lighter, creamy praline.
Try: L’Oreal Tecni Art Fresh Dust (Dry shampoo)


It’s been around in the fashion world for a while and now it’s time play with cut-outs in hair. A big part of this trend is internal disconnection to create body and brilliant movement. You want to be cutting in layers that aren’t readily seen by the visible eye. Match it up with dark base colours of deep violets with ever-so-subtle micro lights (taking tiny strand sections for ultra-fine highlighting) to give a second contrasting shade of auburn to catch the light for added depth.

model coloured highlights

Beyond Retro

Vintage inspired hair from the 1920s to the 1970s is still a big focus for the coming season. Best for mid-length hair, make sure hair is all the same length and then use tongs and heated rollers to create luscious curls. Bring it up to date by brushing the waves out for a little bit more of a ‘street’ feel. Mixed with a honey blonde, a syrupy colour, this will look super sweet.
Try: TIGI Bed Head On the Rebound

“I find the best way to update my client’s style and colour is to look at the key trends that appear in the spring summer fashion shows. I also like to look at what celebrities are doing with their hair. Most clients like to lift and lighten their colour in the spring, so introducing soft lighter shades always works well.”
Sam Millard, Peter Prosser

“When it comes to spring colour I like to break up solid all-over colours by introducing highlights or low lights for a less harsh look. Style-wise, I would texturise heavy layers and add a gentle wave for a lighter, looser feel.”
Sam Ashford, Ocean

“When spring hits we like to bring back highlights and concentrate on brighter tones around the face. When it comes to style, I would love to see a subtle mullet look come back, with lots of texture and shorter layers to the hair. For longer lengths, brushed-out curls always keep hair looking pretty and fresh.”
Gary Forde from Forde Hair

spring colour and styling products

First published in the Capital Hair & Beauty magazine.