10 Stylish Hair Colors You Should Consider Trying This Summer
With the change in season, you may be itching to switch up your look. Fortunately, there’s a quick and easy way to freshen your appearance without breaking the bank: dye your hair. Switching to a new shade can be intimidating, but it’s actually quite a low-risk decision. If you hate the way it looks from the start, just stick it out for a month and then dye it back.
There’s also a very minimal time investment. Unlike purchasing a new summer wardrobe, a hair change will take less than two hours, and can cost less than $10 if you use box-dye. Considering how much younger, healthier, and rejuvenated a different hair color can make you look, we say it’s absolutely worth the risk.
1. Blonde ombré
Maintaining dyed blonde hair can be seriously burdensome — especially if your hair grows quickly. To avoid having to get your roots touched up every few weeks, we recommend trying out a blonde ombré this summer. You’ll get all the warmth and brightness blonde hair offers, but your natural hair color won’t look as blatantly obvious when it starts growing back. Considering all the money you’ll save on salon visits, this style makes for a great beauty investment.
This warm hair color is ideal for those wanting to look extra sun-kissed and healthy (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?). Not only does this shade accentuate even the faintest tan, it’s neutral enough to compliment most eyebrow colors, therefore pardoning you from having to dye them the same shade. Honey hair also works on a wide range of skin colors, hence why it’s been seen on everyone from Beyoncé to Jennifer Aniston.
3. Shimmering copper
So many women secretly wonder what they’d look with with red hair, and we think this summer is the perfect season to finally take the plunge. Rather than going with a drugstore box dye in flaming red (you don’t want to look like a crayon), ask a professional colorist to give you a copper shade. This hair color will look ravishing with white summer ensembles, and you can easily deepen it to auburn once fall and winter roll around.
4. Chestnut brown
If your hair is naturally black, we suggest changing it to chestnut brown for summer. While it’s not a drastic switch by any measure, you’d be surprised at how much younger and more radiant you’ll look going just a few shades lighter. Unlike raven-black hair, brown does a lovely job of catching the light (as Natalie Portman can attest).
5. Rose gold
Rose gold has become the “it” color of 2017. Not only is it popping up on every imaginable cosmetic product and piece of technology, but trendy models like Gigi Hadid and Hailey Baldwin have dyed their hair the same shade. If you’re looking for something fresh and definitely en vogue with the cool kids, rose gold is the color for you. It’s sure to turn heads, without making you look like you’re trying too hard.
6. Scattered highlights
Jennifer Lawrence has most recently been sporting a white-blonde ‘do, but we can’t help but miss her brown hair with chunky, scattered highlights. This summer look is ideal for anyone who’s wary about fully committing to a new color. With this style, you can keep the majority of your hair in its natural color and simply ask your hair stylist to strategically place a few blonde chunks. The highlights will instantly brighten, lift, and frame your face. If you’re not a fan, at least you haven’t dyed or damaged all your locks, and you can easily switch back.
For far too long, women have associated platinum blonde hair with bimbos. In reality, platinum blonde hair doesn’t have to look trashy in the slightest. In fact, it can appear beautifully regal, so long as you know how to style it. Look no further than Poppy Delevingne or Gwyneth Paltrow for examples of women who look seriously classy with their signature platinum locks.
8. Sun-kissed brunette
No matter what hair color you’re most comfortable with, we think everyone should consider going just a few shades lighter during the summer months. If you tend to lean toward brunette, make sure your brown hair has honey undertones or highlights peeking through. When you leave the salon, you’ll look like you just returned from a relaxing, tropical vacation.
If your hair has gone partially or fully white, there’s no need to continually dye it dark. You can take decades off your appearance by simply adding blonde lowlights. Having white-blonde hair will look far more natural than forcing it to be brunette, and you won’t have worry about your roots peeking through. The best part is you can easily add in the blonde lowlights at home with box dye and a dye brush. Research “bayalage” if you need some DIY guidance.
If your hair styling lingo isn’t up to date, you may not have heard of the popular new hair shade “bronde.” This term, as you can probably guess, refers to the middle ground between brown and blonde hair. It’s an ideal shade for women with darker skin tones who want to lighten their hair.