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After more than 10 years in the industry, Bobby Tochterman has become a sought after colorist and stylist in New York City and San Francisco. He began his training at the Aveda Institute of Beauty and Wellness and continued education with Vidal Sassoon, Wella, and Sebastian. His work has been featured everywhere from Vogue.com to the runways of NYFW with designers such as Katie Gallagher, Ana Sui, and Reem Acra, as well as Project Runway. With such a vast fashion industry roster, I sat down in Bobby’s chair for a beauty gossip sesh right before NYFW.
Choupette Social Girl: What are the fall hair trends?
Bobby Tochterman: I think knots are still big. They were really big last season. Most of the designers from the shows this season (during NYFW) are still really into the 90’s. I’m working with Katie Gallagher and the runway hair is a 90’s/60’s collab where there are aspects in hair and makeup with both the 90’s and 60’s together. The hair is going to be 2 buns at the top of the head but bigger in size and creating an almost 60’s look. The makeup is very long lashes with a lot of highlight and dewy glitter. Her clothing is always young and fresh. (See the look Bobby discusses HERE)
CSG: Other than the 90’s, what hair trends will translate to the streets from the runways and what trends will die out?
BT: First of all, I have to say that I am really glad ombre died out. As a hairstylist, I never want to heard the word ombre again. I am still seeing a lot of pastels but they are dying down a little bit. Fall trends tend to be a little softer and deeper. I have a lot of my balayage girls coming in saying, “I don’t want these blonde pieces anymore. I want to be more auburn or coppery.”
CSG: What do you say to these girls?
BT: If someone comes in and wants a change, say from their bright blonde in the summer, there is a technique where we can shadow in your root a bit and do some highlights around the face. You keep that illusion that you’re still really bright blonde but you pull some dark pieces through. When it’s up you’re very blonde around the face then when it’s down you still have dimension.
CSG: These aren’t Cali blondes! We always want to be bright blonde!
BT: I have a lot of you in my clientele. It’s a California thing. I am there every 5-6 weeks in San Francisco working at a salon called Cowboys and Angels. I do a lot of foils. I am Vidal Sassoon trained and in my first part of my training as a colorist, it was all foils!
CSG: What color is going to dominate for fall for brunettes?
BT:I have done more black hair in the past year than I have one my entire career. People are more open to being really dark. If they are already dark, in fall what are they going to do to change? They go black! Otherwise you change up the tones. If someone has a rich chocolate brown, I would choose a heathery tone where it hits the light it’s going to be beautiful.