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Can you feel it? Flowers are in bloom! The smell of barbecue fills the air! Stores are rolling out swimsuit displays, and you suddenly feel the need to start a P90X routine and eat only carrot sticks for the next three weeks!
Yes, it's springtime!
When it comes to style, one of the easiest ways to usher in a new season is with your hair. Here are four spring trends, with tips from Rachel Williford, owner of the gleaming Preme Hair salon at South Coast Plaza.
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In Victoria's Secret catalogs, models step off the beach and have perfectly tousled tresses. In real life, we step off the beach and find our hair has become a ratted nest filled with sand. Getting that windswept, effortless look takes a couple of tools and tricks. Williford recommends letting your hair dry naturally, then curling it with a rod or iron away from your face. Afterward, spritz on Davines Sea Salt Primer ($26) for added texture. "The stuff is amazing," she says.
"Get out the rattail comb—the '60s are coming back," Williford says. Sleek, mod, midcentury-inspired sculptural styles ruled the runways at Fendi and Jil Sander. To backcomb your hair into a voluminous bouffant,"you want to brush down, not back and forth," she explains. Then, very gently, smooth out the front.
The gradient coloring method is still a thing, though now people are experimenting with more dramatic colors. "We're seeing bright reds, pink hues, green pieces," Williford says. "When done right, it looks really, really cool." (Read: Don't try this at home.) She recommends using a color-preserving shampoo, as bold dye can fade quickly.
A low side braid can be surprisingly stunning. "People are getting more creative with fishtails and other intricate styles," Williford says. Preme sells hair ties by Newport Beach-based Knots that are fun, colorful elastics that can double as bracelets.
This column appeared in print as "Spring Is Hair!"