Lightening your hair color always results in one of two emotions—exultation or extreme remorse. To help you avoid feeling the latter, we’ve put together the ultimate lightening guide for every shade. So whether your locks are raven-hued or naturally sun-kissed, you can rest assured that your new, lighter ‘do is the most flattering one for you. Plus, we got input from Denis de Souza, Joico’s celeb colorist and It-girl favorite (he’s responsible for Kate Mara’s platinum color transformation), so you know you (and your locks) are in good hands.
Click through the slideshow above and see what new, lighter color you should consider rocking for summer!
If your locks are naturally black like Jamie Chung’s, introduce some subtle dark brown highlights. They’ll brighten your complexion and give new life to your hair!
Ombré not your thing? You might want to consider sombré, like the one de Souza created for client Lucy Hale. A phrase coined by de Souza, sombré means “subtle ombré” and is a more natural color fade that’s perfect for summer.
Add warmth to your face by adding a hint of red to your chocolate brown locks, like de Souza did for his client Lily Collins.
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Channel your inner bronze goddess by requesting golden balayage highlights, like Jessica Alba does above—they’ll give your strands a naturally sun-kissed look.
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We’ve been tracking Kate Mara’s hair evolution very carefully, and we have to say that this sleek, rose gold ombré is one of our favorite looks on this natural redhead. “Kate had never colored her hair before going blonde,” de Souza reveals. “It gives her a certain edge!”
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The lighter version of sombré starts with dark blonde roots and ends with golden, light-reflecting ends.
If you’re a golden-haired goddess like Stefani, try a lighter, shimmery all-around color update.
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There’s not much lighter you can go if you’re naturally light blonde. If going all-out platinum isn’t your thing, give your color an update with a sheer gloss instead!
Thinking of dyeing your own locks at home? Read this first!