What is it to strut and bustle just on the horizon? Could it be that a real Hot Girl Summer is finally on the way? Looking at Coachella, that certainly seems to be the case. After literal years of nostalgia, 2022 promises the sunny, festive months the world has collectively dreamed of, filled with gatherings, festivals, and travel (Oh my!). And what better way to welcome the upcoming season than with a brand new summer hair color?
New summer shades are all about warmth, movement and playfulness, with each favorite shade designed to shine better in the sun. “Festivals and outdoor concerts are back, gardens are blooming, and as we’re all stepping outside after two years of lockdown, I find customers can’t wait to experiment with their color,” says the Blackstones Collective colorist Phoebe Nathan. “My clients today just want to relax.”
In the spirit of better days ahead, TZR chatted with five celebrity colorists about the hair colors that should define this summer. Rich and tonally intriguing, fun and dynamic, experts see subtly radiant options – in more ways than one. Scroll for seven summer hair color ideas to inspire you before your next salon appointment.
Heat is the keyword when it comes to summer blonde. A departure from the icy, ashy lengths of seasons past brings a buttery beige that reads more natural hair than the cooler iterations. “While lighter tones absorb light, golden tones reflect light to create a shinier, more luminous blonde,” says Nathan. “I find it also tends to warm up the skin in a really nice way.” Thompson agrees, adding that gentle heat is better for the condition of the hair (less lightening of color means a gentler process) and more flattering across the skin tone spectrum. naturally from the sun, and the natural pigment remaining in the hair when it lightens from nature is always hot.
While more solid colorways are on the rise, subtle highlights are here to stay. The best way to get those details inhabited just for you? Scanning. “Gen Z calls blondes cheugy because they haven’t had a big balayage highlight yet,” says Emilie Baumcolorist and founder of Supply of cosmetics. “A big balayage highlight can create lightness and movement in all the right places while simultaneously allowing you to grow your hair out gracefully.” Nathan agrees, citing a parallel trend of skin-focused natural-effect makeup, emphasizing what you have rather than a complete overhaul. “Subtle shimmer that’s no brighter than a few shades above your natural color gives the same effect as sheer lip balm used as blush – delicate, easy to style and a quick addition that elevates a look entire.”
Red hair is definitely on trend, and it’s more inclusive — and individualized — than ever before. “The copper tones are my favorite of the red color family and honestly the only formulas I mix for clients,” says the colorist Erin McKay. “Whether more natural or more vibrant, brassy tones always seem to have been created naturally.” Sally Hershberger Veteran Aura Friedman has a mood board dedicated entirely to copper, while Nathan calls the hue the number one trend of the season – or, maybe, ever? “This has to be my favorite hair trend of all time,” she says. “Copper can be a universally flattering color when, paradoxically, you create something bespoke for each client: it can be bright and bold, or muted and understated for a more natural look. It’s very flexible and it’s a great way to welcome the warmer months ahead.
Fruit tinted finishes
For those who are hesitant to embrace a whole new hue, a light smudge is a romantic way to elevate your existing hair color. “Our summer inspiration at Spoke & Weal is fruit stains,” says Christine Thompson, owner and color director of Spoke & Weal. “These look healthy and fresh and can be accomplished without over-lightening [the hair]. For summer, we’ll see them appear in deeper colors: deep cherry, passion fruit, peach and apricot for the blondes. Nathan echoes the sentiment, adding that she’s seen pastel peaches, pink berries and citrus flecks. Looks like the classic strawberry blonde has some sweet new competition.
Call it the Hailey Bieber effect. Blondes looking to make a change focused on depth and celebration of their natural color are the most common candidates for this in-between trend, a favorite among colorists and social catwalkers everywhere. “This color gives more natural tones and less dramatic dimension – not only will you look like a trendsetter, but your eye and skin color will be more enhanced,” Mckay says of this particular shade. of bronde. “And if that’s not the case, enough to convince you to go deeper, your color will last longer and your hair will be healthier because you highlight it less. Far from falling flat, this shade of the moment is undeniably chic, a new kind of classic that will likely carry over into the fall months and beyond.
A warm-up doesn’t have to mean giving up your brunette identity. On the contrary, the latest looks enhance the deeper hue, breaking up any opacity for a more fashionable fluidity. “I see brunettes who generally reject any warmth in their color are starting to embrace a chocolate brown hue more,” Nathan explains. “Brunettes as a whole generally tend to ‘pull’ warm when coloring their hair (I’m speaking from personal experience), and it’s so nice to see more of my fellow brunettes embracing their golden and copper shades natural.” Baum calls this brand of brown the brown version of a sunny moment: brown on brown highlights with low contrast, creating a subtle sense of movement. “She’s not your go-to brunette,” Mckay says. “It’s a rich chocolate hair color that’s loaded with golden tones. It’s a very classy look that says trust.”
This color camp is all about whimsy, and how following those quirks can help showcase a more idiosyncratic you. “It’s about expressing yourself, from multi-color to blocking bright solid colors on graphic cuts like bobs,” says Friedman. Nathan notes that the possibilities around playful changes are endless. “I’ve seen those with shorter haircuts experiment with bleaching their hair and then painting intricate flowers or brightly colored abstract designs on their heads,” she says. In addition to grabbing eyes (and possibly hearts), whimsical notes have no boundaries, meaning they can be easily adapted to styling and maintenance goals.