I’ve told David Stanko that he can’t ever retire (not that he’s even near that) because he is the man responsible for keeping the “ginger” in my hair at Cutler Salon. I initally met David through my Redken contacts, when another colorist let her assistant have a hand at coloring my hair, and I ended up looking like a paint-by-numbers portrait. David not only fixed my hair disaster with a lot of skill, patience, and Redken products, but he will be my “go-to” as long as he is working on hair. If anyone knows what’s new for hair and hair color for Fall 2014, it’s David. When I last saw him, right before Fashion Week in NYC began, I asked him if he’d share a few of Fall’s trendiest hair color looks with Advice sisters readers. Below are David Stanko’s tips for Fall’s trendiest tresses:
Dakota Johnson rocks one of the trendy looks for Fall 2014 (photo courtesy of Redken)
What are the major hair colors/trends for Fall?
For me, there is no hard and fast trend for the fall – it’s always an interpretation of what’s hot combined with what looks best on you. Mainly what I am seeing at CUTLER NYC is all about small revisions and additions to your current look that allow you to update for the new season; safe change that allows you to evolve.
Over the past year platinum blondes have morphed into Katie Perry and Demi Lovato’s bold colors fading into pastels, but regardless the baseline technique is a variation of an ombre look. The technique is a bit more subtle sexy and commercial but the contrast is lessened. For example, golden blond tips on a medium base. At CUTLER NYC, I have been changing many of my clients into a deep base color, then combing that base color onto the mid shaft for a gradation of dept and finishing with contrasting ends (a la ombre). This works for my gingers, my brunettes and even my fair hair blondes. My clients in NYC, who I consider to be my Litmus test for the nation, seem to be turned on to having darker roots and gradually getting lighter towards the end of the hair – it’s not a dramatic thing – it’s a variation of an obmbre.
How does one decide which trend is right for them?
Do your research. Go online pull up images from the spectrum of funky to pretty. Be prepared to have a creative conversation with your hairdresser, be open to suggestions and variations and absolutely do not tie your colorists’ hands behind her/his back – hair color needs wiggle room!
What type of upkeep would you recommend for these Fall hair colors?
From my clients at Cutler NYC, I explain the more dramatic the look, or the further they travel from their natural color, the greater the upkeep. Make sure you make upkeep part of your conversation with your colorist. In the end your lifestyle and budget may help best determine your upkeep.
What are the pros and cons of these Fall color trends?
I see no cons at all – all pros meaning: you get the chance to change-up your look, and stay near the trends but none of these looks have the commitment of a Billy Idol blonde touch-up, or a Marilyn Monroe/Christina Aguilera touch-up. In HGTV terms, you are simply rearranging your hair color, not fully renovating it. Most of my CUTLER clients feel comfortable with an updated version of themselves and don’t need a complete renovation…simply because you are beautiful!