Haircolor Forecast: Tracey Cunningham’s Spring/Summer 2015 Hair Color Trends

No matter the hair color, the biggest Spring/Summer 2015 hair trend is all about lightening techniques to create or brighten natural tones. A-list stars, blonde and brunette alike, are bringing out their inner blonde while redheads are elevating their bold color to the next level. With a lengthy client roster of Hollywood starlets, Tracey Cunningham, Redken Celebrity Colorist shares her scoop on the blonding trend she is using on her own celebrity clients, and provides formulas to help you achieve these lightened and brightened looks on any client, no matter their natural shade.


Spring/Summer 2015 Trend #1: Babylights Blondes
“It is all about going blonde this season, whether or not you consider yourself a natural blonde," says Cunningham. "A cool blonde like Gwyneth Paltrow, who has a gorgeous all-over color, can easily be elevated to another level by creating 'babylights' - which has been my go-to blonding technique for many years - and mimics the sun-kissed tones your hair took on as a child. Redken’s new Blonde Idol Base Breakers allow me to experiment with warm blondes like Charlize Theron by enhancing the undertones without taking away from the existing blonde shade.”

Get the Look: Gwyneth Paltrow’s Babylights
Natural Level 6, Dark Blonde

1 oz. Natural Ash (.01) Blonde Idol High Lift Conditioning Cream
2 oz.30 vol. Pro-oxide Cream Developer
2 oz. 09WN Summer Wheat Shades EQ Cream
2 oz. 10 vol. Pro-oxide Cream Developer


Spring/Summer 2015 Trend #2: Brightened Brunettes
Says Cunningham, “So many of my brunette clients believe that blonde highlights are off-limits, but it is, in fact, the opposite; highlights on a brunette create a gorgeous lift! With Jessica Biel, who is a darker shade, I created a balayage effect using the Blond Idol High Lift Conditioning Cream on the ends. A wildly popular trend on the opposite end of the spectrum is a rich monochromatic look which is ideal for brunettes like Julia Louis-Dreyfus who want one solid color instead of dual tones. I love Redken’s new Chromatics Ultra Rich to get that monochromatic, rich-looking color with great coverage.”

Get the Look: Jessica Biel’s Brightened Brunette
Natural Level 4, Medium Brown

2 parts Blonde Icing Power Lift Conditioning Cream Lightener
2 parts 30 vol. Blonde Icing Conditioning Cream Developer

1 oz. Pearl (.9) Blonde Idol High Lift Conditioning Cream
2 oz. 30 vol. Pro-oxide Cream Developer

1 ½ oz. Crystal Clear Shades EQ Gloss
½ oz. 09N Café Au Lait Shades EQ Gloss
2 oz. Shades EQ Processing Solution


Spring/Summer 2015 Trend #3: Rich Red
“Deep, strong reds like Emma Stone are here to stay, both on and off the red carpet, with blondes like Kate Bosworth even making the transition to red," says Cunningham. "Redken’s red colors give me the versatility to customize red hues for all skin tones and create everything from a rich ruby [and beyond]. I love the new Redken Carmin’R shades which I use on my clients to really enhance their color and create cool red highlights.”

Get the Look: Emma Stone’s Rich Red
Natural Level 5, Light Brown

1 oz. Clear Blonde Idol Base Breaker
1 oz. 10 vol. Pro-oxide Cream Developer

1 oz. Blonde Idol Oil Booster
1 packet Blonde Idol Customizable Blue Powder Activator
2 oz. 20 vol. Pro-oxide Cream Developer

2 oz. 08C Cayenne Shades EQ Gloss
2 oz. Shades EQ Processing Solution

Images: Rachel Murray, Jeffrey Mayer, and Jemal Countess via Getty Images

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