Stylist Heather Cie knows a thing or two about celeb-driven color. She’s helped tone the tresses of some of the world’s most famous, including Kate Beckinsale, Jaimie Alexander and Daisy Fuentes, and her Cie Sparks Malibu Salon, which she runs with cut-and-style guru Michael Sparks, makes the list as a sort of not-quite-in-Hollywood-but-not-that-far-away star-client destination.
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Her philosophy: Classically “pretty” hair is always in style, and there’s a huge benefit to paying close attention to skin tone and individual facial features when doing color. She’s also really into that “easy, effortless” look—after all, this IS Malibu—which makes her color technique totally wearable for the non-Hollywood sect. The duo recently sat down with us and shared the trends they’re seeing at the salon this season:
Warm Tones Are Taking Over
With the change of the seasons comes a change in the tones that take top billing, and right now, Cie is seeing warmer tones being super popular for fall and winter. “I am getting requests for touches of reds, coppers and warm browns,” Cie says.
But Base Color Isn’t
Cie isn’t a big believer in a base color, unless you are at least half gray. “My general go-to tip for color and colored hair care is to never alter base color until you are at least 50-percent gray,” she says. The exception? “If you want something more high maintenance and are able to get to your colorist every four to six weeks.” (We’ll pass.) “Clients who like having red or light/platinum blond will need to get their color done more frequently,” she adds.
Fringe Is In
Michael Sparks says he’s really seeing a bunch of clients wanting to change things up—not with a shorter cut, but in the form of fringe or bangs.
Volume Gets Bigger
Stick-straight is out, volume is in. “Clients are requesting to style their hair with voluminous layers, specifically around their face to their shoulders,” Sparks says. “This look is easily transitioned from day to night, making it a go-to style for busy lifestyles.”
Heat-Styling Is Slowing Down
It’s no secret that healthy hair is key to getting the style you want, and Sparks says clients are starting to understand more and more that that might have to mean setting down the heat tools every once in a while. “I recommend that you only heat-style your hair when you know you know you have an event or dinner to attend,” he adds. “As a hairstylist who only cuts and styles hair, I love healthy hair, and can’t stress how important it is.”