The days are getting longer, skirts are getting shorter, lips are getting brighter, and that can only mean one thing: It’s time for tresses to get lighter. Summer is the time when blondes truly have more fun (at least with their hair color). So we called in celebrity colorist extraordinaire Rita Hazan and asked her to help us navigate the world of highlights.
Scroll through to find out how to get the best in blond this season!
According to Hazan, the main trend in blond is “tone-on-tone” highlights. She says blondes are looking more natural—think “neutral colors.” Stay away from anything ashy (and of course brassy, too). Hazan also says blondes this season are moving away from platinum. Try a champagne blond like Reese Witherspoon’s.
“There’s a movement toward lighter colors now,” Hazan says. “The colors are drastic, but it’s all drastic.” Instead of having visible contrast between the dark pieces and the light pieces, everything is really well blended (can you say babylights?). The perfect example? Khloé Kardashian, who recently ditched the ombré in favor of a full head of golden blond strands.
Strawberry blond is also having a moment. Hazan says strawberry blondes should aim for rich color that looks soft and natural, like Emma Stone’s hair. Choose even, coppery gold highlights and avoid auburn shades. Note: The “tone-on-tone” principle applies here, too.
If you have a darker base color, Hazan recommends trying tortoiseshell. This is more a “brond,” if you will. Going tortoiseshell allows you keep your base a little bit darker and just add different colors of brownish blond highlights. Hazan says the key here is to avoid anything in the red family. The color should be yellow in tone—never orange. The shades in Jennifer Lopez’s hair all blend together nicely and stay squarely out of warm territory.