The Best Cuts & Colors for Spring 2018

Aveda’s experts have firsthand knowledge of what is trending around the world. Richard Adonis, Aveda’s Global Artistic Director for Hair Cutting, and Ian Michael Black, Aveda’s Global Artistic Director for Hair Color recently shared their favorite trends for the coming seasons. 









When the weather changes from winter to spring, you may just feel an intense craving to change up your hair look. That’s totally relatable! We’re getting excited about spring and summer 2018, so we called up Global Artistic Director for Hair Cutting Ricardo Dinis at his home in New York to chat about his favorite looks for the warmer months.

Ricardo, who is known for his precise, painstakingly perfect bobs, has recently found inspiration on the runway as of late. “I found the Marc Jacobs show inspiring because it felt very hair-focused,” he said. “[Hairstylist] Guido Palau did the cuts, and he was quoted as saying they were old Sassoon cuts. That’s my school and I loved that mix of something ‘60s and ‘80s and ‘90s. It was cuts, it was color, it was punchy — I love actually seeing a statement rather than no statement about hair.”

In Ricardo’s opinion, hair should make a statement this spring and summer. “I’ve been noticing people trying to be a little more independent and different, staying away from the crowd,” he said. “I see a lot of kids at Fashion Institute of Technology doing their own hair … I think the real trend is to be more individual rather than with the crowd.”

According to Ricardo, the New York look du jour is a short, colored bob with a strong fringe. “The kids take that [classic Anna Wintour-style bob] and put it on drugs so it becomes purple, and it becomes youthful.”

Short hair is where it’s at for Ricardo. “I love chin-length, anything from collar up, or cropped pixies,” he says. “Very Mia Farrow will be really sexy for the summer, and [pixies] could look great with some gel just to add shine and give it that wet look.” Some of his favorite summery looks have a ‘60s vibe too. “Hair that’s worn off the face, tucked behind the ears; bobs that are gelled with a side part for something more elegant, when the hair gets tucked behind the ears, it does this ‘60s flick – you accessorize that with amazing earrings or cool vintage hair clip.” He’s also feeling the center part and thinks it might make a comeback.




His best advice if you’re looking to change things up for warmer weather: make your cut work with the weather, not against it. “It depends on what you love about the summer and what you hate about summer. I personally think that humidity is a factor — think about products that are going to moisturize your hair. I opt for hair that looks less blow-dried, more finger-styled.” His favorite summer products include Shampure Dry Shampoo for grit and texture, Phomollient Styling Foam, Brilliant Retexturizing Gel and Texture Tonic. “They’re all good go-to products so that with whatever cut I have, I can scrunch and squeeze the hair into the desired style.”

Who would Ricardo love to see in his chair? He’s a big fan of the actress Tilda Swinton for her iconic look and chameleon-esque ability to transform herself. A more surprising choice: directors Steven Spielberg and Guillermo del Toro, as he’s a big movie buff and a fan of sci-fi.

Check out some of our favorite looks from Ricardo below, and be sure to follow him on Instagram at @ricardodinis.























There’s something about a new season that makes us feel like changing up our hair. Do you know that feeling? It’s pretty common, and honestly, we love it! There’s nothing like a fresh cut or color to lift your spirits and get you pumped for what’s to come. That’s why we turned to Global Artistic Director for Hair Color, Ian Michael Black, and asked him to share the shades he’s loving for spring and summer, what inspires him when he’s concocting color, and how to change up your look without doing something drastic.

According to Ian, it’s time to warm up. “The biggest trend for the warmer months is the return to much warmer-toned hair,” Ian says. “Blondes are being toned soft pink-ambers, or rich golden saffron shades. The boldest will go for either an on-trend “ultraviolet” hue or a bright Mandarin orange tone — it’s the perfect mix of a strong orange with yellow undertones to give a true sunshine color.”





You don’t have to make a drastic change to tweak your look for a new season. “If you want to dip your toes into a color change but don’t want to have something dramatic or something permanent, the new Hair Color Shine Treatments are the ideal choice for you,” Ian recommends. “They do everything from toning blondes to enriching brunettes with warmth or cooling them down to get rid of any unwanted warm tones, to giving natural redheads a more vibrant version of their natural color. You can even opt for fashion shades on very light hair.” Customizable color isn’t the only perk of the new color line. “Not only will it leave your hair with incredible shine, it will also help improve the condition of your tresses,” he says.

When he’s creating color, Ian looks to his home base of Los Angeles for inspiration. “I’m inspired by the vibe of Los Angeles and its relaxed yet cool style … streetwear mixed with “undone” soft waves of pink, peach and soft blues. Because it’s sunny all year round, there is always an explosion of bright colors wherever you look.”


We’re loving these shades by Ian — follow him on Instagram at @ianmichaelblack for more!



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