The star duo behind LA’s most buzzworthy new salon, Spoke & Weal, reveals how to stay on the city’s style forefront this season.
Inside Spoke & Weal.
If there’s anyone who intuitively knows how to transform hair from tired to inspired, it’s stylist Jon Reyman and colorist Christine Thompson. He’s a backstage fixture at New York Fashion Week whose work has also appeared on the pages of Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Harper’s Bazaar; she’s a master color trainer with nearly three decades of experience under her belt.
Together, the bi-coastal pair recently opened Spoke & Weal—a pretension-free salon filled with succulents and sunshine that specializes in seriously stylish, yet effortless-looking hair (8211 W. Third St., LA, 323-591-0979).
We sat down with Reyman and Thompson to find out how hair in LA is set to evolve for fall—here’s what they had to say:
Subtle Shift: Deconstructed Waves
Julianne Hough's deconstructed waves.
“We’re seeing edgier waves—not just this really beautiful, perfect wave,” says Reyman. “It’s really more about beautiful, simple, airy, pretty... I think we’re moving into more rocker-y hair. We were going for really glamorous and [now] I think we’re transitioning into a little more edge.” To get this roughed-up look with fine hair, lighten up on the conditioner and add beach spray; if your hair is thick, shampoo it less often and bring out the hair’s natural waves with a hair oil and hold spray.
Hollywood Inspiration: Take a cue from Julianne Hough who rocked a piece-y, perfectly imperfect wave at the Paradise premiere.
Moderate Change: A Layered Lob
Kerry Washington's layered lob.
“As far as haircut, I definitely think that long bobs are still going on, people are still asking about it,” says Reyman. “We’re transitioning away from really heavy hair into soft hair with lots of movement and lots of texture. So instead of having this heavy thing that you have to style really hard, it’s all about pliability and soft layers, whether they’re long or short.”
Hollywood Inspiration: Kerry Washington’s shoulder-grazing Emmys look is full of subtle layers that give the hair movement and volume without being too dense or angular.
Extreme Makeover: “Pantone” Color
Rachel McAdams and Kylie Jenner show off brightly colored tresses.
Expect to see the Technicolor hair trend continue into fall, but with even more emphasis on deep, saturated hues. “It’s not just color on blonde, it’s primary color on darker hair, too—the Pantone stuff is fun if it’s done well,” says Thompson, who notes that requests for these colors are booming at the LA salon. “It’s customizable; there are so many different colors we can do. Maybe one person’s a salmon pink, the next person’s pale pink, and the next is a dark violet.” Rose gold is a good option for those seeking a more subtle look, Thompson adds: “It’s a softer version of red, but it also plays on the pastels and the Pantone colors [since] it’s not found in nature.”
Hollywood Inspiration: Rachel McAdams shows off a rose gold shade in 2013; Kylie Jenner’s vibrant jade dye job proves that jewel tones aren’t just for your wrists and earlobes.