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By Cait Rohan | April 28, 2016 | Style & Beauty
Summer is the perfect time to switch up your hairstyle, but read on before you do anything drastic. The best stylists at New York City's top salons tell us what's out (unanimously it's overdone, fussy looks) and what's in when it comes to your hair this season.
OUT – Joseph Mullen: Extreme ombré, which gave us skunky, dark roots and super-blonde ends for a super-high contrast of color. This summer, we’re taking ombre back to its roots, pun intended, with a Sarah Jessica Parker circa Sex in the City version of ombré. We’ll see more tortoiseshell and babylights techniques, which give us softer transitions and multi-tonal brown-blondes or brondes, for a softer, more natural version of ombré.
IN - Tre Wyrosdick: If you were feeling the itch for a new style last season, it's a pretty fair chance you're aware how popular the "lob" or long bob hairstyle was in 2015.
Recently passed fashion weeks saw this imitable style get a ’70s-inspired refresh as shag-inspired styles were all over the runways! Natural movement and carefree, shaggy layers make this flirty, fun cut a universally flattering shape, no matter the length or natural texture of your hair. 345 W. Broadway, 212-390-8666
OUT: The top bun, a very classic style that emerged back into hair trends five years ago, has become too high fashion for everyday looks.
IN: Half-up, half-down looks. Something needs to be up, something needs to be down, and something needs to be messy. Leaving a few extra hairs out around the hair line turns something too serious into something fun, sexy, and carefree. 250 Mercer St., 212-343-3515
OUT: Obvious highlights that are stripey are a no-go. Keep your color blended seamlessly with techniques such as babylights or balayage.
IN: The classic bob has come and gone and this summer will be no exception. Celebs like Rihanna, Lily Collins, and Taylor Swift are keeping this a coveted look in 2016. 288 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, 646-688-3643; 154 Orchard St.; 104 W. 83rd St., 646-478-7948; 277 E. 10th St., 646-688-3643
OUT: Perfect or too-polished hair.
IN: Lately there tends to be a real appetite for all things that are lived in. We try and emulate it at the salon with loose curls, messy buns, and so on and so forth, but nothing lends itself better to those types of looks then just going out and being active. Summer is about being outside, being alive, and being free from the oppressive winter, and I think it looks best when our hair reflects that. 693 Fifth Ave., 15th Fl., 212-758-2090
OUT: Super polished hair.
IN: Waves are in, along with the tousled, messy look. The look should be as carefree as the summer season feels. 30 E. 65th St., 212-988-0880
OUT: Over-styling with curling irons and styling tools.
IN: A textured, collarbone-length bob with some longer, face-framing pieces. And for summer, giving it a bit of edge with strategically placed hand-painted highlights to frame the face and exaggerate the longer pieces and movement of the cut. 231 E. 58th St., 917-257-9080