10 Hot New Hair Colors For 2014
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By Naomi Chrisoulakis
Want to change up your hair color this year? We rounded up ten celebrities who are rocking gorgeous, ultra-flattering new shades. From Julianne Hough's icy blond hue to Natalie Portman's "sombré" locks, check out the hottest hair color trends for 2014—and find out which one works best for you.
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Natalie Portman's lighter variation on her classic brunette color showcases a technique that's going to be huge in 2014. "She is sporting a look that we refer to as sombré," says color expert Sheri Román of Román Salon in Los Angeles. "It's a less drastic way to try an ombré look; the gradation of color is not as extreme and it is really beautiful on brunettes, adding golden honey hues which are super-flattering."
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Julianne Hough loves to experiment with her blond hair, and her latest look is right on trend, says Jamie Champagne, senior stylist and director of education at SalonCapri in Boston. "Blondes are going from warm golds to iced-out, almost silvery hues." If you've got a pale, cool skin tone, this look will work for you, too.
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Blondes don't get to have all the fun when it comes to making color look cooler. "Warm brunettes with caramel or golden dimensional highlights are moving towards cool chestnuts with icy brown-toned highlights," says Champagne. "Right now, I'm loving Mila Kunis' hair—she's another great example of an icy-toned brunette." The best news is that it suits most skin tones.
In the Red5 of 11
The hottest color for 2014? Any shade of red, according to color professional Beth Minardi. "The last several years have downplayed strong reds, but red is back in a big way," she says. "The peachy, golden shade Nicole Kidman has now is going to be big." Want to bring out your fiery side? Take Minardi's advice: "Cooler reds for cooler skin tones and warmer reds for honeyed skin."
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Kate Mara may have done a complete 180 from brunette to blond, but her choice of caramel tones is "perfect," says Oliver Ifergan of Twist by Oliver salon in Los Angeles. "This sophisticated look is very natural, with three different colored highlights throughout, which makes the color flow. The lighter color at the front frames her eyes beautifully." Hot tip: Like Kate, always match your brows to the mid-tone color of your highlighted hair—too dark and you'll look washed out, says Ifergan.
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Carey Mulligan had the opposite—but equally successful—color turnaround, showing off a soft chocolate color that, says Minardi, looks best on pale skin. "It's rich and dimensional and like all good hair color, accents her skin tones in a wonderful way."
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"Kim Kardashian's new color suits her more than anything else I've seen," says Ifergan. "This is a new spin on ombré, which still goes very dark to very light, but works harder to frame the features. It's very glamorous." This color technique best shows off a layered cut, and an experienced colorist will create a bespoke base and blond tones to best suit your skin tone.
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Rose gold has made a huge comeback in fashion, and now it's big for hair too. "It's an enhancement to the everyday strawberry blond, creating a rich, deeper hue with dimension," says Champagne. "Rachel McAdams has taken her soft red, and kicked it up a notch by adding golden color throughout. Her colorist likely used the balayage technique to create the natural, sweeping highlights." This look works well for anyone with a light-medium complexion, and really makes blue and green eyes pop.
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Coco Rocha's sumptuous shade is perfect for paler skin that can be washed out by brown tones, says Ifergan. "Women are experimenting more to get multidimensional hair that looks like the sun is shining off it, and Coco's shade, with a mahogany base and subtly highlighted tips, makes it look like she's got a real glow." This will suit most skin tones, he says, but the darker your skin, the more highlights you'll need for the same effect.
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Benjamin Mohapi of Salon Benjamin in Los Angeles nominates Cara Delevingne's blond locks as one of the biggest inspirations for 2014. "Her hair is extremely natural looking with the perfect amount of dark exposed root, giving her that effortlessly flawless look. It's totally natural yet somehow polished." Ask your colorist for balayage with cool tones to achieve Cara's look.