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 booking your next getaway, indulging in a little retail therapy, or experimenting with a new all-over hair color, summer is the perfect time to try something new.
If you’re interested in transitioning your dark brown hair into a powerful platinum shade, then scroll on for 25 of the best hair colors for summer. There’s no denying these summer hair color trends are going to be everywhere.
The Best Summer Hair Colors To Try Now
Despite the rising temperatures, this wintry shade is sticking around for the summertime. Even though maintaining this white hair can be quite demanding, every second will be worth it when you’re swimming in compliments.
In honor of our favorite fruit and emoji, peach hair color is the delicious shade guaranteed to brighten up your summer.
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).
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.
Honey Brown Hair
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.
Red Hair Balayage
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.
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.
Metallic hair had its time to shine in the spring, but one particular color that’s here to stay is rose gold. We can’t say we’re surprised because this color is utterly dreamy and romantic.
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.
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 seamlessly blend your roots into your all over color. You (and your wallet) will thank us later.
There’s been a surge of new coloring techniques lately—each one a little more nuanced than the last, but offering equally stunning results. The AirTouch technique is great for the balayage obsessed with fine to medium hair because it offers a seamless blend without any teasing or pulling of the hair.
If you’re obsessed with pop culture, you’ve probably noticed Kendall Jenner’s new black hair paired with fringe. If you’re inspired by this fashion-forward sensation opt for a monochromatic black hair color. Who doesn’t want to get in touch with their inner fashionista?
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.
Golden BrunetteThere is no shade more suited to complement your glowing sun-kissed skin than golden brunette hair.
Bright OrangeRumor 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Despite us focusing on warmer hues, pastel violet is the trending cool-toned shade that’s making some serious headway this summer. 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 at a salon near you.