In many ways, the warm weather ushers in thoughts of lightening the load–spring cleaning, shedding layers, shorter sleeves, and lighter hair.  Read on, and color yourself spring- ready with these tips from one of New York’s hair apparent experts.

Joel Warren, Co-owner of Warren-Tricomi Salons (in New York, LA, and elsewhere), answers a couple of questions about spring color trends.

What color trends do you see for the spring?

I’ve been doing a lot of “baby” blondes recently in preparation for spring.  Women bring in pictures of their children to mimic that irregular, beautiful color they have. Everyone loves going lighter with her color in the summer– it seems more natural and looks like you’ve been spending time outside. Besides blondes, pastels are going to be a huge trend for spring.  Whether all-over color, highlights or ombre – you’ll be seeing a lot of ‘unnatural’ color in the spring/summer months.

What suggestions do you have for women who do their own color at home?

I would encourage doing a test patch on your hair before committing to the color all over.  The picture on the box is never 100% accurate and it’s hard to tell how a color will look with your complexion or how your current color will react. In terms of brands, L’Oreal Paris is classic and has the best formulas I’ve seen.

Spring welcomes some of the new products below:

The Body Building Collection from Phillip Kingsley provides hair with volume, bounce, and shine.  The Phillip Kingsley Body Building Shampoo is ideal for fine or lightweight fly away hair, and the Phillip Kingsley Body Building Conditioner is a lightweight conditioner that adds volume and reduces static.  The Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defense is an anti-breakage, heat protecting conditioning spray and the Phillip Kingsley Maximizer prolongs the life of color treatments.  (Available at

Bigen is no longer Japan’s best-kept secret.  Their new hair treatment line features naturally derived ingredients from botanical sources.  The line includes the Bigen Protect & Repair Shampoo, Deep Conditioner, Sheen Spray, and Polishing Serum.  (Available at

Celebrity hair stylist Umberto has launched U Color by Umberto, a line of foolproof professional color.  The one-step Sachet Packet System of Color, Developer, and Equalizer comes ready to use making the system quick and easy.  (Availble at

The L’Oreal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Txt It Deconstructing Gum is an ultra-pliable gum that can be used to create a sculpted braid.  With its elastic texture, hair is easily shaped and reshaped.  (Available at drug stores)

The Alterna Bamboo Volume: 2-in-1 Volumizer is a versatile, all-in-one volumizing styler that can be used on wet or dry hair to achieve buildable volume.  The rich formula includes Organic Bamboo Extract and is free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic color, petrolatum.  (Available at

Speed through security with the TSA approved OGX Travel and Trial Collection.  The line is an affordable line includes Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner, Ever Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner, Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil, and others.  (Available at drug stores)

Ouidad’s new Superfruit Renewal Clarifiying Cream Shampoo is a gentle, sulfate-free cleanser that removes product build up without stripping hair.  It’s infused with concentrated superfruit acids such as acai, blueberry, cranberry, papaya, and pomegranate.  (Available at

AG Hair Beach Bomb creates bombshell-worthy waves that are natural and full of texture.  The lightweight, alcohol-free cream is infused with keratin protein and silk amino acids to condition and keep hair healthy.  (Available at  Click here for a tutorial on AG Hair Beach Bomb Waves.