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

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looks gorgeous in this color option. | Anthony Harvey/Getty Images

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.

2. Honey  

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Jennifer Aniston with sun-kissed locks. | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

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  

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Emma Roberts shows this look is gorgeous with fair skin. | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

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

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Nobody does this hue better than Natalie Portman. | Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images

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

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Leighton Meester sports this of-the-moment shade. | Robin Marchant/Getty Images

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

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Jennifer Lawrence’s highlights look lovely. | Samir Hussein/Getty Images

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.

7. Platinum

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Poppy Delevingne is a vision in this color. | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

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

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Kate Beckinsale’s hair has just the right touch of summery color. | Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

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.


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Rachel McAdams proves this bold look is very wearable. | Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images

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.

10. “Bronde”

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Jessica Alba might have invented this look. | Jason Merritt/Getty Images

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.