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9 Summer 2022 Hair Color Trends That Embrace Warmer Shades

Now that the weather is warming up, the top summer 2022 hair color trends are set to follow – and that involves a theme of brighter, bolder and (of course) warmer hues. “Going lighter is the natural summer vibe, but this year people are especially ready for lighter and brighter changes after the low-maintenance lockdown,” Georges Papanikolasfamous colorist and Matrix ambassador, says Bustle. Additionally, he says people look around the world for inspiration because social media allows consumers to see what’s happening globally, as opposed to their own neighborhoods. “In the past, trends started in Paris and New York and slowly traveled around the world,” says Papanikolas. “Today, the trends you see on a celebrity on the street in Los Angeles have become in demand around the world in an instant.”

Alex Brownsellco-founder and creative director of BLEACH LONDON, echoes this and points to TV shows and movies as other sources of inspiration. “Celebrities definitely have a role to play, [both] in real life and also through their characters in popular media,” she says. Such an example? “The buttery blonde of Sydney Sweeney’s character in Euphoria had a huge influence on the comeback of the hot blonde. In real life, however, Sweeney — along with Kendall Jenner — helped start the copper hair color movement that so many celebrities are getting into.

Wondering what’s in store for the upcoming season now that trends are taking off at the tap of your phone screen? Read on for expert predictions on the hottest summer hair colors you’re about to see anywhere.


cold copper

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It may have started in spring, but copper is definitely here to stay this season. “Copper has become the unexpected celebrity trend for summer 2022,” Papanikolas says. “From Kendall Jenner to Sydney Sweeney, celebrities have taken the leap into the trend.” But will it keep its momentum? According to Brownswell, the answer is yes — in fact, she’s seeing her popularity rise. “People also play with different shades of copper,” she adds. So if you’re still on the fence about that fiery shade, now’s the time to ask your colorist for the right variation for your skin tone.


4D scan

According to Papanikolas, the one-dimensional color will be replaced with a high-contrast balayage this summer. “The updated version [of highlights] for 2022 uses a 4D technique where the highlights are concentrated in four main areas: the ends, bold ‘V’ shaped highlights, soft face-framing highlights, and delicate highlights through the crown,” he says.

Shvonne Perkins, Head of Education at Madison Roseau, also cites multidimensional sweeping as a major rising trend. “It’s a true summer staple that can be fully customized and is a great way to add dimension where growth is less noticeable,” she says.


warm auburn

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Brownswell says salons are also getting more and more requests for warmer colors — in addition to copper, think deep reds and auburns. “They’ve grown in popularity since Kendall Jenner, Phoebe Dynevor, Ashley Benson and Barbie Ferreira all changed colors recently,” she says. Given the copper trend, it makes sense that another variation of the red tone would soon follow.

“Red hair can work with most skin tones, but not all red suits all skin tones,” explains Papanikolas. “Golden and olive skin tones look best with auburn, while fair skin tones look best with copper and strawberry hues.” So while many celebrities have recently opted for copper, stay tuned for an incoming auburn moment.


Icy Blonde

On the opposite end of the warm spectrum is the ice-cold silver blonde, which should make a comeback in early summer. “Blonde is perennially popular, and many celebrities — like Gigi Hadid, Stella Maxwell, and FKA Twigs — have gone back to blonde,” Brownsell says, adding that she’s seeing an increase in icy, silver shades. Further proof? Dua Lipa debuted as an icy blonde at the Grammys.


Strawberry Ginger

Now that red is bigger than ever, offshoots like strawberry blonde and apricot ginger are also gaining popularity. “We’re starting to see it everywhere, from fashion week to red carpets,” Perkins says of strawberry blonde in particular. Brownsell, on the other hand, is seeing an increase in light gingers and hybrids of the two – think peach-meets-ginger. So keep an eye out for plenty of rosy reds as temperatures rise.


golden brown

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And for brunettes: “You’ll find every shade of brunette always on the rise, from light bronde to the deepest brown,” Perkins told Bustle. But if there’s one specific shade that’s really taking off this season, it’s Hailey Bieber’s current shade. “Hailey Bieber really started this trend because I’ve had so many light-haired clients asking for her color,” says Jaclyn Curti, colorist at Eva Scrivo Lounge. “It’s definitely a moment.”


Two-tone colors

Brownsell also points out that you’ll see an increase in people sporting two-tone hair colors this season. “People love getting these shades on the face like bits of bleach to frame the face or secret slices of color because they’re great ways to experiment without committing to a full head of water. of bleach,” she told Bustle. You may have recently seen Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘multi-colored do’, or remember Bella Hadid’s multiple takes on the trend.


neon tints

Brownsell also predicts acid tones — think neon reds, oranges, yellows and greens — will be huge once the weather starts to warm up. The trend started to show itself on the Grammys red carpet, where celebs like Laverne Cox, Diplo and Arlo Parks sported bold shades. “We’re already getting more and more requests for neon colors like lime, lemon and orange,” says Brownsell.


Blonde “Pamcore”

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Finally, the ’90s blonde – also known as the “mega blonde” or “Pamcore” blonde – is set to become the star of the summer. “The must-have hue can be seen on celebrities like Nicola Peltz and Anya Taylor-Joy,” Papanikolas told Bustle. But the Summer 2022 release in particular is “extra bright,” he says. “It usually involves lifting the base color two to three shades, with the addition of tons of highlights.” Think: Pamela Anderson’s bright ’90s hue.