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Summer Vibes: 10 Best Hair Colors For Summer 2018

24 May 2018
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Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Associate Editor,

As an employee of L'Oréal, Jelani brings her knowledge and passion for hair care to Before joining the team, she spent time at Celebuzz, Seventeen, and Cosmo for Latinas.

Trends come and go like seasons—just as soon as you’ve unearthed all of your weather-appropriate clothes the season has passed and it’s time for the next one. That means if you want to slay the hottest hair color of the season, you need to know what’s hot before said season rolls around. Lucky for you, that’s what we’re here for.

With summer quickly approaching, you may be contemplating switching up your hair color for the warmer weather. Not sure which summertime hue is perfect for you? No worries. We’ve rounded up 10 of the best hair colors for summer 2018 and we’re sure you’ll wear them all flawlessly.


Why choose one hair color to slay this summer when you can slay them all! Iridescent hair is a subtle take on rainbow locks and we can’t get enough. Your colorist will expertly blend soft shades of blonde, pink, yellow, and blue for a final color that looks different every time you glance at it.

Metallic Balayage

How do you ensure you have the most on-trend hair color of the season? Take one of the hottest hair color trends and combine it with a tried and true coloring technique. What are you left with? Absolutely breathtaking metallic balayage.


If you think your gold highlighter will perfectly complement your newly tanned skin, imagine what gold strands will do for you. This glittering shade will make your sunkissed skin pop all summer long.


Just like the fruit that inspired this sweet shade, strawberry hair is in season all summer long—but don’t be surprised if you decide you have to wear this shade straight into the cooler months.


Emerald may seem like a hair color more suited for fall, but that’s exactly what makes it such a hot color for summer. While most women opt for light and bright summer hair, your lush green mane is bound to turn heads wherever you go.

Pastel Pink

If your still rocking your millennial pink hue from 2017, you’re in luck—it’s still one of the hottest colors of the year. Ask your colorist to blend warm gold and blonde shades into your mane for an updated look that’s perfect for summer.


Platinum blonde hair is not just for ice queens, it also looks amazing on sun kissed surfer babes. If the sun naturally lightens your hair in the summertime, take your hue to the next level with a platinum color service. The color will keep you looking cool in the sweltering heat.

Pink Lemonade

When you’re looking for inspiration for your summer hair color, look no further than your favorite summer beverage. When temperatures begin to rise, there’s nothing like a nice cold glass of pink lemonade to cool you down.

Pink lemonade isn’t just a delicious beverage, it’s also one of the most popular hair colors of the summer. This sweet and refreshing hue beautifully blends shades of pink and yellow for a delightful color you’ll want to slay well past summertime.


When people think of the color orange, they often think of autumn. However, the truth is it’s a bold and blazing hue that is a marvelous hair color choice for summer. This vibrant shade will look dazzling under the sizzling summer sun.


If you plan to spend your summer laid out at the beach enjoying the sand and sea, get your hair color inspiration from one of the most mythical creatures of the ocean: The mermaid.

While our favorite singing mermaid had a dazzling red mane, this mermaid color job is inspired by the shimmering scales of her whimsical tail. Your colorist will expertly blend hues of green, blue, and purple for a look even a sea witch will love.

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