I believe hair should change like the seasons. Whether that change is subtle or dramatic is up to you but change should happen if, for no other reason, than to keep us out of a hair rut!
Hair typically moves into lighter colors headed into the summer but there are always differences from year-to-year. A couple of trends, I expect, will remain strong:
Hair will continue a march toward natural shades and less dramatic color transitions. Ombres are increasingly distant in the rearview mirror. Highlights get softer and softer. On recent runways during the Big Four Fashion Weeks, we saw lots of uniform color, and on the red carpets of the big Los Angeles events we also witnessed a continued move toward natural shades.
In the way of cuts, I believe we're moving toward lots of relaxed waves and updos, which fit really well on the beach and on mountain trails. Think about braids, twists, fishtails and top knots. Maybe because so many of the red carpet extravaganzas are in Los Angeles, it just looks like the hair has already moved into summer. While the rest of the country was freezing, SoCal was on a warm trend.
Think about Reese Witherspoon, nominated for "Wild," at the Oscars earlier this year. She had her hair in natural tones of blonde with an undercurrent of darker shades, wonderfully typical of this beautiful trend. And for her cut, she went with a part down the middle and loose, gentle waves for a simple, elegant balance to match her fitted dress.
The center parts and soft waves will continue big this spring and summer. For the Golden Globes Witherspoon went with another great summery look in soft waves and shades of blonde, but this time parted deep on the side.
Jennifer Lopez was in one of her signature looks at the Academy Awards, light mocha hair with a shiny, tight ponytail. That's another style we will continue to see as spring blossoms into summer. And Rosamund Pike had her light brown hair pulled back but easy in natural mocha colors.
Keep in mind that an updo doesn't necessarily mean "formal." This is the just-worked-out ballerina knot or twist, ready for the sidewalk or beach. It's fun, casual, but goes well with a gown.
Always, be open to change!