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Kick Off Summer: 20 Bombshell Hair Colors to Try

Summer is here! As you switch to your summer wardrobe and summer shades of makeup, consider these gorgeous summer hair colors to complete your look.

Afton

Whether you have dark or light hair, subtle highlights that are just a few levels lighter than your base color look more like a shine on your hair.

Brown Haircolor with Subtle Highlights

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

These subtle highlights in particular are warm. These will look amazing on warmer skin tones with any hair type.

Tip:

Ask for highlights that are a one to two shades lighter than your base color.

Claudia

You don’t need to put color all over or even from roots to ends! Accent colors like this really highlight and accentuate a haircut.

Short Brown Haircolor for Summer with Accent HighlightsShort Brown Haircolor for Summer with Accent Highlights Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

This particular accent color is warm and will suit skin tones that are warm with any hair type.

Tip:

Try some fun temporary color for your accent color. Think bright and bold! Then you can simply try a new one whenever the old one fades.

Flor

Balayage highlights are hand painted highlights. They are soft and organic looking as they do not start right at the root area. What’s best about them is that they require less maintenance than regular highlights!

Brown Haircolor with Balayage HighlightsBrown Haircolor with Balayage Highlights Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

The tone of the balayage highlight on this model is neutral. This will look great on all skin tones with any hair type.

Tip:

Checking Instagram portfolios of local stylists is a great way to find the right colorist for you.

Lauren

If you want natural-looking highlights, this is the goal. This look is darker in the back and on the bottom, and lighter on the top and in front.

Natural Blonde Summer HaircolorNatural Blonde Summer Haircolor Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Although, natural highlights look good on all skin tones and hair types, this one in particular is golden and will look great on skin tones that are light and warm. Since these highlights are light, I recommend hair that is just a little bit darker to begin with to preserve the integrity of the hair.

Tip:

Even if you get your tones, levels and color placements right, you hair color won’t look natural if your hair isn’t healthy. Be sure to make the integrity of your hair a priority over achieving a certain color.

Rachel

Pixelated hair is the new craze. Be the trendsetter and be the first to get it in your circle!

Short Summer Hairstyle with Pixelated ColorShort Summer Hairstyle with Pixelated Color Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Tones used on the pixel on this model is warm. This looks best on skin tones that are warmer. I recommend using this tone on hair that is medium to dark. Hair that is medium to dark tends to lighten warm. This will help the tone of the pixels last longer.

Tip:

Not a lot of hairstylists know how to do pixelated hair yet. Make sure to ask to see photos of pixelated hair that they’ve done before. Search “pixelated hair” online and #pixelatedhair on Instagram for inspiration.

Stephanie

Get hair color that doesn’t just look pretty, but looks expensive too. We love this beautiful soft baby blonde for summer!

Soft Baby Blonde HaircolorSoft Baby Blonde Haircolor Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Lighter skin tones with medium to fine hair will look great with baby blonde hair.

Tip:

Keep your hair from getting brassy by using a purple shampoo that your hairstylist recommends.

Samantha

Some call it ‘Granny Hair’, but silvery gray hair color is really popular right now! Now is the time to consider letting your gray take center stage instead of covering it.

Granny Hair Haircolor for SummerGranny Hair Haircolor for Summer Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Cooler skin tones with any type of hair will look great in gray hair.

Tip:

Gray hair is difficult to achieve. You hair will have to be taken really light first! That may require more than one salon visit and long hours at each one. Once your hair is light enough, the gray color will be deposited over your hair. It won’t be permanent, so expect to have to visit the salon again in three to six weeks to have the gray reapplied to maintain it.

Hadley

Have some rays of summer sunlight in your hair by adding golden highlights.

Blonde Haircolor with Golden Highlights

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Warmer skin tones with any hair type will look great with golden highlights.

Tip:

Just like how purple shampoo cancels out golden tones, there are shampoos that can intensify golden tones.

Sofia

Have a little summer fun by experimenting with temporary color this season!

Blonde Hair with Temporary Aqua HighlightsBlonde Hair with Temporary Aqua Highlights Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Fun fashion colors look great on all skin tones, but is really only recommended for healthy hair.

Tip:

Temporary color is only temporary on healthy hair. If you hair is damaged and porous, temporary hair color will turn permanent. You will have to subject your hair through more damage to remove it or even face cutting it off.

Maribel

This gorgeous honey blonde has very fine highlights that give it dimension without looking outdated, chunky, and stripey.

Honey Blonde Haircolor for SummerHoney Blonde Haircolor for Summer Back

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light and warmer skin tones with any hair type will suit this hair color.

Tip:

Getting your hair colored isn’t cheap. Be sure to make it last by investing in a quality shampoo and conditioner that your trusted hairstylist recommends.

Roxanne

Having three colors in your hair allows you to have a darker color and a lighter color without having too much contrast, since you have a middle color to bridge the gap.

Three Color Haircolor for SummerThree Color Haircolor for Summer Back

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

The tones used on this model are warm. These will suit skin tones that are medium and warm, and any hair type.

Tip:

The sun can affect your hair color. Find hair products that protect your hair from UV rays during the summer season!

Shalimar

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you need to go blonde or even have blonde highlights. If you are a brunette, try getting highlights that are two to three levels lighter than your base color.

Brunette Haircolor for Summer with HighlightsBrunette Haircolor for Summer with Highlights Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

These neutral highlights will look good on any skin tone with hair that is naturally medium to dark.

Tip:

Would your skin glow in a neon pink shirt or a neon orange shirt? If you feel prettier in a neon pink shirt, you will feel pretty in cooler hair colors. If you feel prettier in a neon orange shirt, you will feel pretty in warmer hair colors.

Hazel

Dimension makes the hair look thicker, healthier and more natural. These light brown highlights on dark brown hair make this gorgeous hair look expensive!

Light Brown Highlights on Dark Brown HaircolorLight Brown Highlights on Dark Brown Haircolor Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

All skin tones with any hair type will look great in this hair color.

Tip:

When figuring out whether to go for warm browns or cool browns, place a piece of both silver and gold jewelry by your face. If you feel prettier with silver jewelry by your face, you will feel pretty in cool brown colors. If you feel prettier with gold jewelry by your face, you will feel pretty in warm brown colors.

Nina

Red isn’t just for fall. Try lighter reds for summer!

Lighter Red Haircolor for Summer

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

All hair types and skin tones except red tones will look great in shades of red.

Tip:

Whether you are cool or warm, there is a red for you. Cool skin tones look good in blue-based reds. Warm skin tones look good in orange-based reds. True reds are more like a neutral and will look good on both warm and cool skin tones.

Suzie

Creative color placements give your hair more interest and make your hair look like art.

Short Blonde Haircolor for Summer with HighlightsShort Blonde Haircolor for Summer with Highlights Front

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

This creative color has warm, cool, and neutral tones. All skin tones and hair types will look great in it.

Tip:

If you’re planning to get your hair colored and get a new haircut, make sure to let your colorist know.  This way your colorist will be able to design your color placement according to your new haircut.

Amy

High contrast color doesn’t always have to be loud. It can be done tastefully just like this summer-perfect color placement!

High Contrast Haircolor for Summer

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

The darker color on this model is cool and the lighter color is warm. This combination will look good on neutral and olive skin tones with any hair type.

Tip:

If you feel like you look good on both warm and cool tones, you can play it safe by choosing neutral tones.

Deanne

This look has different shades and levels of blonde with the lightest concentrated at the fringe, making it the focal point. It’s a bold placement, but since there isn’t much contrast, it looks beautiful, stylish, and very wearable.

Blonde Summer Haircolor with HighlightsBlonde Summer Haircolor with Highlights Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Lighter skin tones with any hair type will look good in this hair color.

Tip:

Healthy blonde hair is beautiful blonde hair. There is a new product called Olaplex that allows hair to lighten without damage. Look for a stylist in your area who uses it.

Angelica

If you really secretly love bold, chunky Kelly-Clarkson-from-early-2000’s highlights and just can’t get away from it, you can get an updated 2015-friendly version of them. Get the highlights in different sizes to keep them from looking too uniform. You can also get a darker highlight that is a shade between your highlight and base color to keep your hair from looking too high contrast.

Updated Blonde Haircolor with Chunky HighlightsUpdated Blonde Haircolor with Chunky Highlights Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

These highlights are warm and will look good on lighter skin with warmth and naturally medium to light hair to begin with.

Tip:

Curling your hair allows you to have really bold highlights without looking stripey.

Carolyn

This gorgeous brunette hair color reminds me of celebrity hair. From afar, it may look like one color, but when you look closely, there is serious dimension. Beauty and sophistication can come in the simplest details!

Brunette Haircolor with dimension

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Dark to medium skin tones with any hair type will look best in this gorgeous hair color.

Tip:

Chlorine could affect your hair color. Either don’t get your hair wet, or wear a swim cap. If neither of those are an option, at least wet your hair with regular water before getting into chlorinated water.

Natasha

Getting hand painted blonde highlights instead of foil highlights is so on trend and it not only looks more natural, but also allow you to go longer in between appointments.

Blonde Haircolor with Hand Painted HighlightsBlonde Haircolor with Hand Painted Highlights Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Medium to lighter skin tones with medium to fine hair will look best in these hand painted blonde highlights.

Tip:

You may be able to go longer in between getting your hand painted highlights retouched, but you might have to visit sometime in between to refresh your toner if it fades. Don’t worry, toners are inexpensive. The more you tone, the longer they last!

Mix and match the different color placements, tones and levels you’ve seen here to create your very own look this summer.