While we’re not free from the colder weather just yet, we’re always looking forward to summer! As the temperatures start to rise, we can’t help but daydream about tan skin, strappy sandals, and endless glasses of rosé. After a long and brutal winter, it’s safe to say we’re all in need of a little reset. Whether you’re looking ahead to your big summer getaway, indulging in a little retail therapy, or experimenting with a new hair color change, summer is the perfect time to try something new.
Hoping to lock down your summer hair color ideas a bit early this year? We tapped Min Kim, L'Oréal Professionnel brand ambassador, for everything you need to know about caring for your hue in the summer plus the 35 shades to keep an eye on this year.
How To Care For Your Summer Hair Color
Don’t skip sunscreen.
When it comes to preserving your summer hair color, Kim doesn’t take the matter lightly.
“Sun is color's mortal enemy,” she declares.
By no means do we want you to kick your beach habits, but colored hair or is extremely vulnerable to the sun’s UV rays. The solution? SPF protection. Believe it or not, SPF is not just for your skin. Pick up a product like Kérastase Huile Sirene Hair Oil that provides sun protection for hair and optimal nourishment.
Protect your strands from chlorine
Before you dive headfirst into the pool this summer, you should know that chlorine can have damaging effects on your strands—particularly if you’re a salon blonde!
“Chlorine strips the hair of moisture,” Kim says.
“Always wet your hair with fresh water before exposure to chlorine,” she advises.
By doing this step, your strands will absorb more of the fresh water and be less susceptible to the drying effects of chlorine.
Stock up on color protection products.
“The more, the merrier” is your new hair color care mantra! If you want truly gorgeous color (and for it to last as long as possible), you’ll need to stock up on products formulated specifically for color-treated hair. Start by swapping your regular shampoo and conditioner for a system like L'Oréal Professionnel Vitamino A-OX Color Preserve Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner. Enriched by an antioxidant complex and UV filters, this system helps prolong color radiance.
If you want a do-it-all professional product that protects your color against everyday wear and tear, go with Kim’s favorite: L'Oréal Professionnel Série Expert Vitamino Color A-OX Leave-In Spray. This primer spray for color-treated hair provides 10 instant benefits, including heat protection up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, detangling, smoothing, and helping reduce the look of frizz.
If there’s one product every girl needs in her summer hair care routine, Kim says, it’s a hair mask.
“Adding a mask treatment afterward is even better,” Kim says. “Snag an opulent formula at your nearest salon. These nourishing balms work to soothe and restore sun-exposed strands and are truly a luxurious treat after a sun-filled day. As an added bonus, a mask is easy to take with you on your next holiday!”
Searching for the perfect formula to add to your routine? We recommend L'Oréal Professionnel Vitamino Color A-OX Moisturizing Masque. This formula targets weakened and damaged areas of colored hair and wraps it into a lightweight film to protect against everyday wear and tear.
If you follow these expert tips, you can count on healthy hair with long-lasting vibrant color all summer long! Searching for the best hair colors to try for summer 2020? These 35 shades are going to be everywhere.
The Best Summer Hair Colors To Try
Good hair day by @betty_blades.
We’re embracing dark roots like never before, but have you ever considered colorful roots? This high-contrast look adds a touch of vibrancy to your summer hue in an unexpected way.
Good hair day by @hair_by_marcie.
Mother Of Pearl
If you want to add summer vibes to your platinum hue, take your inspiration straight from the beach—i.e., mother of pearl hair color. Just like the pearl you find inside of a clam, this vibrant shade incorporates hints of pastel blue, pink, and lavender throughout a platinum blonde base.
Good hair day by @jessicascotthair.
Whether you plan to spend hours soaking in the sun or laying under your beach umbrella, there’s one blonde hair color that every skin tone can count on: honey blonde. Tan or not, this stunning blend of gold, amber, and light brown shades is a no-fail choice for your summer hair color change.
Good hair day by @ferarango_ra.
Looking to brighten your brunette mane without the commitment of all-over color? Ask your colorist for honey highlights for a low-maintenance sun-kissed effect.
Good hair day by @scottydoesmyhair.
Teal hair is bright, bold, and electrifying—like all the best summer hair colors are! If you have pale skin, this blue-green hue is the perfect choice for you, come summer.
Good hair day by @cgannhair.
If summer always has you craving sweets, indulge in a hue inspired by your favorite childhood dessert. To achieve sherbert hair color, your colorist will blend shades of peach, orange, and bright pink for a rainbow look that’s ideal for summertime.
Good hair day by @imnotsarai.
Green might sound like an unexpected choice, but don’t count it out just yet! From pale mint green to jewel-toned emerald, celebrities are loving this versatile hair color in every shade. It’s all about finding the perfect shade of green for your skin tone!
Good hair day by @hairbycydney.
Purple And Blue
When it comes to statement-making hair colors, two is always better than one! If you’re looking to try the half-and-half hair color trend this summer, no two shades compliment each other better than purple and blue.
Good hair day by @briellebotta.
Despite the rising temperatures, this wintry shade is sticking around for the summertime. Even though maintaining white hair can be quite demanding, every second will be worth it when you’re swimming in compliments.
Good hair day by @brianahairtease.
In honor of our favorite fruit and emoji, peach hair color is the delicious shade guaranteed to brighten up your summer.
Good hair day by @kristinaperezhair.
Blonde Hair With Lowlights
There is no better time to test the “blondes have more fun” theory than during the summer months. Don’t forget to ask your stylist for lowlights, which will add just the right amount of dimension to your mane (minus the upkeep and damage).
Good hair day by @kristinacheeseman.
We’re big believers that ombre hair will never go out of style. This color technique has been going strong for almost a decade and shows no signs of slowing down this summer. We love this seamless blend of pastel shades, which is gorgeous and unexpected.
Good hair day by @nelabuburuza.
There’s no denying that brown hair is having a serious moment right now. It seems like there is a new brunette shade spamming our social media feeds every day. The latest and greatest is honey brown hair, a sultry blend of light brown and honey tones made to create a beautiful sun-kissed effect.
Good hair day by @mashytaters.
Red Hair Balayage
Ready to get in touch with your inner vixen? Red hair balayage is the perfect way to do it. With so many shades red to choose from, you’ll never get bored experimenting with this trending style.
Good hair day by @analoveshair.
Sometimes it feels like you need a vibrant shade to stand out from the crowd, but we’re here to tell you that dark chocolate hair can be just as striking as any bright hue. To keep your color from looking flat, ask your stylist for a hair gloss to ensure your strands always look shiny and alluring.
Good hair day by @stylesbyjojo.
Trying to find the balance between hair that is easy to maintain, and a statement hair color can be difficult. We understand wanting to try something that’s out of the box, but not wanting to spend all your money on maintenance. Say hello to mauve hair color, the perfect purple meets pink hue that’s flattering on everyone.
Good hair day by @erinthegreat22.
If there’s one hair color that works for every season, it’s rose gold. We can’t say we’re surprised because this color is utterly dreamy and romantic.
Good hair day by @heatherhairandbridalstylist.
There are so many shades of blonde out there, and this variation lies smack in the middle. The nude blonde trend is an ashy blend of warm and cool blonde tones that create a neutral hue. This color will have everyone convinced you’re a natural beachside blonde.
Good hair day by @blay.locks.
So long to the days when the sight of dark roots on your blonde hair made you cringe. This summer, we’re embracing your hair growth and calling it “shadow roots.” Be sure to book an appointment with your colorist to blend your roots into your all-over color seamlessly. You (and your wallet) will thank us later.
Good hair day by @cristenkelso.
If you want to keep your winter hue fashion-forward, opt for a monochromatic black hair color. Who doesn’t want to get in touch with their inner fashionista?
Good hair day by @hairbyhannahlewis.
Instead of opting for a light shade to brighten your hair color, consider copper highlights. Adding a bold color to your mane is redefining how we talk about dimension. Ask your stylist to add copper highlights to your dark brown hair for a look that’s dazzling and bright.
Good hair day by @studio45hairandbeautyspace.
There is no shade more suited to complement your glowing sun-kissed skin than golden brunette hair.
Good hair day by @steph.p.hair.
Rumor has it, vivid colors are super on-trend this season, so expect to see electric hues everywhere you go. We recommend trying a bright orange, an invigorating color that flatters women of all different skin tones.
Good hair day by @slim_color.
The best part about summer is the warm sun that leaves us with rosy cheeks and glowing cheekbones. If you’re looking to accentuate your tan skin, ask your stylist for a money piece. The technique adds face-framing highlights to bring all of the right attention to your facial features.
Good hair day by @hairbyerica_v.
If you’re planning on sitting beachside all season long, try a hue that’s going to enhance your summer glow. Caramel brown complements women of all different skin tones and hair types. You can’t go wrong with a color that turns you into an ethereal summer queen.
Good hair day by @valbelllovehair.
Inspired by our favorite healthy snack, strawberry blonde hair is the warm-toned hue that makes our mouths water. This red-leaning blonde shade is so rich and lush that we see no flaws.
Good hair day by @all_dunne_up.
Remember when “chunky” highlights were streaky blonde strips arbitrarily placed on your mane? We’re happy to say we've come a long way since then because chunky highlights have taken on a whole new meaning. To achieve this look, be sure to ask your stylist to use the hair ribboning technique to give you purposefully placed highlights that are effortlessly blended.
Good hair day by @davidszentkiralyi.
Our favorite summer combination of all time has to be bronde hair—and it’s not just because it reminds us of a blondie dessert. While both are sweetly satisfying, bronde hair is a popular blend of brown and blonde shades suitable for women of all different skin tones.
Good hair day by @meganmcaulay_bixiecolour.
Snickers Shake Hair
Snickers shake hair color is the epitome of the phrase “treat yourself.” Summertime is the perfect time to indulge in all of your favorite things, so be sure to treat yourself to a well-deserved salon day.
Good hair day by @sharnellb.colorist.
We’ve all heard about dirty blonde hair, but what about dirty brunette? It’s a color that gives you all the dimension and warmth that we love from dirty blonde without the upkeep. That’s definitely a win-win in our book.
Good hair day by @mahoganylox.
Ladies born with naturally red hair, it’s your moment to shine. Natural-looking shades of red hair are having their time in the limelight. They’re perfect for those who aren’t ready to commit to a drastic all over color.
Cool off this summer with a platinum hair color. This cool-toned shade of blonde is the refreshing glass of cold water you need in 90-degree weather. It’s light and fresh, making it the perfect summer look.
Good hair day by @renatogervasicdbcatania.
What we love most about this hair color is its versatility. Mix some copper tones into your dark brown hair for a look that doesn’t stray too far from your comfort zone or go full-on vixen with a bright reddish-copper shade all over your hair. Whatever you decide, you’ll be sure to shine brighter than a new penny everywhere you go.
Good hair day by @cathy_oscaroscarstkilda_.
Despite us focusing on warmer hues, pastel violet is the trending cool-toned shade that’s making some serious headway in 2020. It’s certainly not for the faint of heart and involves quite a bit of maintenance, but it’s definitely a color worth putting on your summer bucket list.
Interested in trying a summer hair color? Use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.