Forget highlights. Forget single-process color. This season’s It-hair is all about the right amount of fade, ‘cause there’s nothing quite like low-maintenance locks that give you an excuse to let your roots grow out. Dark on top and lighter at the ends, we’d credit the trend to style icon Carrie Bradshaw back when Sex and the City started in ’98, but lately it’s been all about repeat trendsetters the likes of Erin Wasson, Drew Barrymore, Rachel Bilson and Shenae Grimes who have been letting their roots fade to blonde. Best way to wear this look? In unfussy, tousled waves and just a few shades lighter than your roots. Color us obsessed!
Pictured, from left to right: Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker, Whitney Port, Amber Heard, Drew Barrymore, Shenae Grimes, Ashlee Simpson, Rachel Bilson, Alexa Chung, Jessica Biel, Lily Aldridge, Camilla Alves, Erin Wasson, Ciara.
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