There's a restlessness that comes with summer that always keeps us on our toes. We make travel plans to get out of the city, leave work early in favor of Friday Happy Hour, and change up our beauty looks to complement the sunny weather and our even sunnier dispositions.
Our first stop? Hair color. It's easy to change on a whim and the very least regrettable—unlike my bangs circa summer 2009. So, in order to make the best (and most fun!) decisions pertaining to your new seasonal 'do, we spoke with a few colorists who know the trends inside and out and how to ensure you'll leave the salon happy. Then, we took to Pinterest for all the inspiration necessary.
Keep scrolling to find your next hair color—Pin it, print it, and bring it in for your appointment. You're going to love it.
Hints of pink create a modern take on "going blonde." It's new, fun, and different, but won't make you look unrecognizable. "Ask your colors to use a high lift tint like Matrix SoColor in Rosegold for a soft pinkish hue or for a more temporary look apply Matrix ColorSync Watercolors, which last about 20 shampoos, over your existing highlights," says George Papanikolas, celebrity colorist and Matrix ColorSync Stylist.
There's something about a super fair blond that immediately looks cool. It's edgy but also ethereal in all the right ways. Plus, you can skip some of the upkeep and rock a Kristen Stewart-inspired root in between touch-ups. "You can do this all over or as highlights. Light hair is always fun in the summer, and especially flatter with a sunny glow on the skin," explains celebrity colorist, Davines ambassador, and owner of Pickthorn Salon, Chelsey Pickthorn.
Balayage is a technique that is very much still going strong. It's not the first time you've heard of it, but if you've been waiting to take the plunge now is the time. Papanikolas, "It is a classic, but for brunettes who want to go lighter, this is your best choice. Request hand-painted, delicate highlights at the crown, gradually getting thicker and heavier towards the mid to end sections."
While we're used to talking about strobing in terms of makeup, it's also a really great way to highlight your hair. "The technique is used to strategically place highlights to accent the hair using light and dark," says Papanikolas. Ask that your colorist concentrates the highlights on key areas like around your face, natural part, and ends, and adds darker pieces to create depth and contrast.
Love tortoiseshell sunnies? You're going to die for this 'do. Add dimension and warmth with this lived-in, easy to grow-out color trend. "Create this tortoiseshell effect by weaving in multiple colors of amber, honey, and gold. Your colorist can make it warmer for golden skin tones, and cooler for darker skin tones," suggests Papanikolas.
Now that you have the color picked out, don't forget about keeping it vibrant long after you leave the salon.
Opening image: Perceptual Aesthetics
For more must-read hair tips, read all about the 5-second trick Jen Atkin taught me for cool-girl hair.