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30 Gorgeous Summer Hair Colors that Scream “Summer 2016”

Summer not only brings longer, sunnier days, but also so many summer hair color options! Lighter, brighter, blonder, darker — the options are endless. Check out these fun summer hair colors ideas to inspire your ‘do this season.

#1  Beachy Crop

Candy Shaw brings us a perfect beachy blonde with lowlights to create texture and depth.

Beachy Blonde Hair Color with Lowlights

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Bronzed skin, that is light to medium in tone, looks great in this beachy blonde. Hair that is starting at a light brown to a medium blonde is the perfect canvas to recreate this color.

Tip:

Take care of those lightened hairs, even if you have a shorter haircut. Use a deep conditioning treatment weekly to keep them from being moisture depleted.

#2 Crimson Copper

This bright red and copper hue by Xena Parsons will look amazing in both sunny settings or shade!

Bright Red and Copper Hair Color

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light skinned beauties that look great in greens, oranges and pinks wear this color best. Hair that is already red or hair that has never been colored makes it easy to achieve this bright hue.

Tip:

Talk to your stylist about your at home care. Bright reds and coppers are sometimes tricky to keep bright. They can recommend shampoos, colored conditioners and treatments (Like Pravana’s red or copper Color Enhancers) that will be perfect for you.

#3 Pixie Perfection

This fun and bright blonde pixie by Moutons’s Salon is a great option for easy-to-style summer hair.

Bright Blonde Hair Color for Summer

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that look great in cool tones wear this bright blonde best, while hair that is naturally medium to light blonde will be the easiest to maintain.

Tip:

Even with a short pixie haircut, bright blonde hair can tend to really dry out in the summer sun.  Ask your stylist for the best hair care treatments for your hair.

#4 A Touch of Sunset

Bold, sunset-inspired highlights by Douglas Carroll Salon will bring fun and brightness to your cut this summer.

Bold Sunset Inspired Highlights for Summer

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that look great in shades of orange, red and pink wear this bold highlight well. Hair that is straight in texture will show off this cut and color best.

Tip:

Bright colors can fade in the sun. Look for products with SPF in them to help protect your hair just like your skin!

#5 Mahogany Crop

Beautiful mahogany highlights through dark brown hair give this cut by L Salon & Color Group extra texture and beautiful shine out in the summer sun!

Dark Brown Hair with Mahogany Highlights

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Medium to dark skin tones that look good in cooler colors are great for showcasing mahogany highlights. Hair that is naturally or colored dark brown is the perfect canvas for recreating this color.

Tip:

To fully achieve this color, your dark tresses must be lightened. Be sure to talk with your stylist about the best take home products to keep your color and ends looking great!

#6 Purple Passion

Paul Kenneth Salon brings us beautiful purple highlights that are sure to turn heads this summer.

Purple Highlights for Summer

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that look great in cool colors wear purple well. Hair that is medium brown is the perfect base to recreate this violet look.

Tip:

Bright, vibrant colors like this can fade quickly. Using cool water, the correct shampoo (ask your stylist for their recommendation), and shampooing less frequently will help to prolong your purple passion!

#7 Crimson Crush

This stunning crimson red color by Hair Benders Internationale’ is both vibrant and beautiful!

Vibrant Crimson Red Hair Color

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that look good in warmer colors (and red of course) wear this color best. Hair that is light brown or lighter can easily achieve this color.

Tip:

If you have colored hair already, this bright of a color will require some lightening or color removal.  Consult with your stylist so they can figure out the best route to take with the least amount of damage.

#8 Soft Coral

This soft coral color from the Sam Brocato Salon brings the warmth out in your skin for a healthy glow this summer.

Soft Coral Hair Color for Summer

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to fair skin tones are best for this light coral color, while hair that is light brown or lighter naturally makes achieving this tone easy.

Tip:

If your hair is short, be prepared for color appointments every three to four weeks to keep up with the new growth. It can appear that you have more because of the length of short hair.

#9 Ultimate Blonde Bob

This is the ultimate of cool blonde bobs! Sharp lines with soft layers give this look by Identity Hair Salons & Medicals Spas serious edge.

Cool Blonde Bob for Summer

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that look great in cool shades of blue, violet and green wear this bright blonde well. Hair that is naturally dark blonde or lighter will be the easiest to get to this light blonde.

Tip:

Not sure if this light of a blonde is for you? Consider visiting a wig shop and trying a blonde wig on!

#10 Butter Blonde

This soft and rich buttery blonde by Goertz Hair is so hot it will cause a meltdown this summer!

Soft Buttery Blonde Hair Color

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that have a warm undertone look best in this color. Hair that is light brown or lighter is a great starting point to achieve this buttery blonde.

Tip:

This is a great color for those beauties who just can’t pull off the “Elsa” blonde! The soft warmth will give life to your skin.

#11 Fringe Pop

A pop of color through the fringe, like this from Xena Parsons, is the perfect way to brighten up your short cut this season.

Short Hairstyle with Pop of Color on Fringe

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that look great in pinks, corals and oranges wear this fun highlight amazingly. Hair that is straight and starting at a light to medium brown is best to recreate this cut and color.

Tip:

Bright colors can fade quickly in the sun, so invest in products that will protect your locks with SPF.

#12 Copper Goddess

This bright and deep copper from Mouton’s Salon is perfect for summer fun!

Deep Copper Hair Color for Summer

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that look great in pinks, corals and oranges wear this bright copper best. Hair that is naturally red or light brown is the perfect canvas to recreate this copper.

Tip:

Copper is sometimes hard to keep bright after days in the summer sun. Try a conditioning treatment with a boost of color, like Pravana’s Color Enhancers in copper.

#13 Fire Red

Bright red concentrated in the front of this amazing cut from L Salon & Color Group is fun and on-trend this summer.

Bright Red Summer Hair Color

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones with a soft pink undertone look best in this bright red, while hair that has some natural wave and is thick works best for this haircut.

Tip:

Bright colors are a commitment. You’ll need to ask your stylist about frequency of appointments and at home care to keep your color looking great.

#14  Summer Blonde

Blonde is always the go-to for summer. Find out if blondes really do have the most fun this season in this summery hue by L Salon & Color Group!

Blonde Hair Color for Summer

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light skin tones that look great in pinks, corals and violets wear this color amazingly. If your natural color is medium to light blonde to start with, achieving this color will be relatively easy.

Tip:

Don’t let your blonde get dried out this summer! Ask your stylist about the best weekly conditioning treatment for your hair.

#15 Wine Time

These rich red wine highlights through dark brown hair by Paul Kenneth Salon bring the party to you anytime!

Dark Brown Hair Color with Rich Red Wine HIghlights

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Medium to dark skin tones that have a cool undertone look fabulous in this wine-inspired highlight, while hair that is straight and starting at a medium to dark brown is the best base for this color and cut.

Tip:

Make sure if you have very dark hair that you and your stylist choose a shade of red that will have enough contrast to show up!

#16 Face Brightening

Bringing soft blonde highlights around the face, like this design by Paul Kenneth Salon, softens any base color and gives interest to your haircut.

Soft Blonde HIghlights for Summer

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Any skin tone can add these soft blonde highlights, but if you want to recreate this copper base with highlights, light skin tones with soft pink undertones are best. Hair that is a warm golden brown or copper is the best base for this look.

Tip:

Make sure you and your stylist are on the same page. Bring pictures with you to show them exactly what you are thinking and be open to their professional opinion.

#17 Shadowed Blonde

Adding a soft shadow to your blonde hair gives it a lived in look. This color design by Xena Parsons is right on trend this season!

Trendy Blonde Hair Color for Summer

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that look great in greens, pinks and oranges wear this color beautifully.  Hair that is already heavy highlighted or a solid blondes make this shadowed look easiest to achieve.

Tip:

Don’t go too dark with your shadow—you don’t want to end up looking like Cruella Deville!

#18 Textured Red

Mouton’s Salon gives us this textured bright red crop to beat the heat and still have some of the trendiest hair at the beach this summer!

Bright Red Hair Color on Cropped Hair

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that aren’t afraid to be bright are perfect for this red. Hair that is thick and starting at a light brown is the best base for recreating this cut and color.

Tip:

New to short hair? Ask your stylist for a styling crash course. They can share tips, tricks and the best products to make styling a breeze!

#19 Heavy Highlights

Heavily highlighted hair gives you a nice bright blonde that is always a fashion “do” during the summer months. This blonde shag by Mouton’s Salon is HOT this season!

Summer Hair Colors

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that look great in purples, pinks and shades of blue wear this color fabulously. Hair that is naturally a light brown to dark blonde will make achieving this bright highlight easiest.

Tip:

Keeping your hair highlighted instead of an all over blonde helps with blending your new growth in between appointments.

#20 Peach Punch

These peachy face-framing highlights by Hair Benders Internationale’ are just what you need to brighten up your blonde this summer!

Blonde Hair Color with Peach Highlights

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light skin tones that have a pinky undertone wear this highlight best, while hair that is naturally or colored blonde is the best palette to recreate this tone.

Tip:

If you’re not sure about commitment and just want to try a pop of color, ask your stylist about semi-permanent options.  They will just last a few shampoos and you can change them often!

#21 Violet Blend

This rich, dark violet base with bright red baby lights throughout by Paul Kenneth Salon creates an all over bright hue with depth and interest.

Dark Violet Hair Color with Bright Red Highlights

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that look great in cool violets, greens and blues wear this blend of violet and bright red colors best. Hair that is naturally or colored light brown to dark blonde makes the best base for recreating this look.

Tip:

To keep your color looking its best, ask your stylist about weekly deep conditioning treatments. Some even have a boost of color in them to keep you bright!

#22 Blonde Bombshell

They say blondes have the most fun, so why not give this platinum hue by Hair Benders Internationale’ a try this summer?

Bright Blonde Hair Color for Summer

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that look great in pastels or bright colors wear this bright blonde best.  Hair that is strong enough to be lightened to a pale blonde is a must with this color.

Tip:

Keeping up with color appointments is a must with this light and bright of a blonde. Plan on visiting your stylist every three to four weeks.

#23 Not Your Boring Brown

These rich highlights of golden and soft mahogany by Candy Shaw can give your brown locks just the kick of color you crave this season!

Brown Hair Color with Gold and Mahogany Highlights

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that look great in warm oranges, reds and burgundy wear this color fabulously. Hair that is medium in texture and is naturally medium to dark brown is best for recreating this color.

Tip:

Now that you’ve changed your color, you may want to update your makeup too! Stop by a makeup counter that offers makeovers and enjoy a professional giving you recommendations on colors that will work with your new hair hue.

#24 Summer Blonde

Soft and simple blonde paired with long layers and a few soft waves gives you an easy summer look that can go from day to night easily. We adore this color/cut combo from Paul Kenneth Salon.

Blonde Hairstyle with Soft Waves

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Fair skinned beauties look great in this light blonde look, while hair that is medium in texture will carry both the bright blonde and long layered haircut well.

Tip:

To achieve this blonde look, talk with your stylist about how light you can go with your natural color. Will highlights be enough to achieve this color, or will you need an all over color too? It’s important to consider all elements and come up with a plan to maintain your color as well.

#25 Light Sunset

The soft light reflecting orange on the sunset must have been the inspiration for this beautiful soft copper hue by Identity Hair Salons & Medical Spas. Try it out this summer to warm up your look!

Soft Copper Hair Color for Summer

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light skin tones with warm undertones wear this soft copper best, while hair that is a light brown or lighter is perfect to create this tone.

Tip:

This is a great color to richen blonde locks too! Try lowlights or an all over toner.

#26 Red Flash

This bright red by Xena Parsons would be particularly striking in the summer sun.

Striking Bright Red Hair Color

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that look great in pinks and greens are perfect for this shade of red hair.  To recreate this red, start with hair that is naturally or colored light brown.

Tip:

Red is the hardest color to get out of your hair, and ironically the hardest to keep! Rinsing with cool water, using a sulfate-free shampoo and dry shampoo to space out your wash days are the best practices to help keep you bright.

#27 Bright Blonde

A bright, cool-toned blonde like this one by L Salon & Color Group is a great color year round, but is especially hot in the summer sun.

Cool Blonde Hair Color for Summer

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that wear brighter colors like blue, white and purple well look fabulous in this look. Hair that is naturally dark to medium blonde is perfect for lightening to this cool blonde, and will help to keep the new growth from being too dark!

Tip:

Blonde hair can sometimes pick up a slight yellow hue. Ask your stylist about violet neutralizing shampoos and conditioners to help you avoid any brassiness.

#28 Red Crop

Bright red paired with fine copper highlights brings this color by Sam Brocato Salon from the sunset right to your hair!

Bright Red Hair Color with Copper Highlights

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium toned skin that has a pink undertone looks great in this red and copper hue. Hair that is starting at a light brown to dark blonde is the best base for recreating this look.

Tip:

Keep your red fresh with a color conditioner like Pravana’s Color Enhancer in red. It gives you added moisture and a kick of color.

#29 Silver Fox

The grey trend is sticking around and this blue grey to light silver by Douglas Carroll Salon will make you want to keep the trend alive forever!

Trendy Blue Gray Summer Hair Colors

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light skin tones with cool undertones are a must for grey hair. Hair that is already light blonde is the best starting base.

Tip:

Any shade of grey hair has to be lightened to an almost white blonde. If you have dark hair, please be patient with your stylist during the lightening period. Sometimes it can’t happen in one day and needs to be done in multiple sessions.

#30 Purple Pop

This fun purple look from Douglas Carroll Salon will turn heads everywhere you go this summer!

Fun Purple Summer Hair Colors

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that look great in plums, violets and grapes will be divine in this color scheme.

Tip:

Don’t ever hesitate to ask your colorist questions until you are comfortable with his/her knowledge of color before you begin your color service. Most salons and stylists offer free consultations where you can get comfortable with each other before your color appointment.

This year’s summer hair can be soft, bold, light or bright—it’s up to you! No matter what you do in the bright summer sun, any of these new summer hair colors will look fabulous.