Come summer, we always feel like switching things up. The weather brings about feelings of freedom, boldness, and fun—so, naturally, we'd like our hair color to match. Before making any permanent changes, we checked with a few of the top colorists in the business to discuss warm-weather hair trends.
Each one mentioned the colors they see blowing up this summer. A few are old favorites with a modern twist (ombré is still going strong, guys), while others are brand-new. So, you heard it here first: These are going to be the biggest hair color trends for summer 2017. Keep scrolling for your new summer hue.
"It's warmer and more blended with a softer contrast," says George Papanikolas, a Matrix celebrity stylist. Celebrity colorist Matt Rez of Mèche Salon in Beverly Hills agrees, noting, "For summer, we are shying away from ash and cooler colors. Blonds have golden pops rather than the white tones, brunettes warm up with cinnamon bronze that melt into brighter ends, redheads are going orange-based with strawberry."
"It's a low-maintenance and graceful grow out as warmer colors require less lift and damage to your hair," Rez says. "Plus, nine out of ten people look better with warm tones in the right places. Ash tones can be aging, dull, and won't bounce as much light. The key is warmer highlights on a neutral, natural base."
"To get it, ask for freehand-painted highlights if you're a dirty blond (natural 7 and up). If you're brunette, go for more golden warmth, baby lights (super fine weaved highlights) starting higher up with foils," Rez says.
"Some of my most die-hard blonds are coming in requesting their roots shadowed," says Tiffanie Richards, a colorist at Nunzio Saviano Salon. "I never thought I'd see the day."
She continues: "Instead of leaving your highlights uniform from root to tip, tone them to a shade or so lighter than your natural hair color. Leave the blondest bits around your face. Not to be mistaken for an ombré, the roots are typically only shadowed about an inch to an inch and a half."
"Balayage is a technique that simulates sun-kissed hair," says Rez. "But, if you have a darker base, foilyage is a technique that allows for a more controlled lift. First, have your colorist hand-paint highlights, process, and then go in with the foils."
"Of course, we have seen shades of platinum coming in and out for years now, but for summer, it's back and even bolder," says Ariel Hauck, a colorist at Ramirez Tran in Beverly Hills. "Icy blonds, beige blonds—it turns heads. Expect to be with your colorist for the whole day, it may even take a second appointment to get it perfect."
"This color is nothing like fast food, it takes time between consultations, formulating mixing, application processing, washing, glossing or toning, and blow-drying," adds Larry Raspanti, a colorist at Whittemore House Salon.
"I've noticed more clients moving toward a fiery red hue," notes Hauck. "It's gorgeous on the right skin tone! Expect to spend about an hour in the salon to have it done—as it happens to be a pretty easy process. Make sure to bring in photos to your colorist for exact coloring so they can give you the shade and tone you're looking for."
"We are seeing stars like Madonna and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wear this creamy hue. It's a change from the wintery ice-blonds to a more neutral shade, which is flattering on more skin tones," explains Papanikolas.
He continues: "Have your colorist double-process and highlight using a cool, high lift tint at the base. This gives a vibrant blond with a creamy finish."
A beachy ombré is, yes, here to stay. "It has seemed to take a turn for the subtle, though," says Richards. "Girls are no longer coming in requesting the dramatic ombré effect. Instead, they want something natural-looking, like it could have happened at the beach. Because of that, it's flattering on most hair textures and has a life span of six months to a full year. This color—assuming it's not a transition from a color correction—is usually pretty quick. I would allow one to two hours tops."