20 Summer Hair Colors That Are Trendy Right Now

Refresh your hair for summer with one of these on-trend hair colors, including sombré and caramel highlights.

Refresh your look with a stylish new hue.

By Micaela English, Redbook

Instead of buying a new pair of sandals or pricey shades for summer, invest in the accessory you wear at all times: your hair. We turned to our hair experts to break down summer's trendiest hair colors, including peanut butter (yes, really), amethyst, and sombré. Plus, learn what products to use to maintain your new shade.

Chocolate With Chestnut Highlights

If you have Meghan Markle Fever (and who doesn't?), Allison Gandolfo of the John Barrett Salon says to ask for a chocolate brown base with highlights around the face but "don't start at the roots." Instead opt for the "grown-out effect, which will require much less upkeep." To keep the color fresh, Gandolfo recommends using the ultra-hydrating hair treatment Olaplex 3.


Meet ombrè's softer, less intense sister, sombrè. "Sombre is a subtle ombre that typically blends higher up to achieve a more natural look," says Lexi Pavlides of Oscar Blandi. Ask your stylist to keep the ends light, with only subtle hints of dimensional darkness going throughout. Once you're home, use Oribe Conditioner For Beautiful Color to care for your processed hair.

Copper Strawberry

Strawberry doesn't always have to be paired with blonde. "Adding copper or light auburn tones to your red hair will keep you on trend this summer," says Gandolfo. "If you're feeling pale, this look will work wonders for your complexion." Use Joico Color Infuse Red Shampoo to refresh the vibrancy of your red tones and prevent fading.

Caramel Spotlights

Illuminate your natural hair color with a few caramel spotlights (touches of color that aren't full on highlights) around your face to brighten up your usual hue. Then use SACHAJUAN Intensive Repair Shampoo to repair and restore sun-damaged hair after you inevitably go and show it off at the pool the next day.


Just like your favorite summer fruit, watermelon hair is about to be everywhere. Chase Kusero of IGK says pink is a pretty, yet practical shade for summer, because "you can do it all over (like Hailey Baldwin at the Met Gala), blended into your hair, or only on select pieces — like the roots or as highlights." Not ready to commit? Try a temporary color spray like IGK GIRLS CLUB Color Spray, which Kusero says will give you strong color that'll wash out during your next shower.


Just because it's warm outside doesn't mean you have to lighten your hair color. A deep black, like raven, can look gorgeous on any skin tone, especially with a summer tan. Use Sexy Hair Vibrant Sexy Hair Color Lock Shampoo to help keep hair vibrant for up to 10 weeks.

California Blonde

To achieve the perfect golden color, Nunzio Saviano Salon colorist Tiffanie Richards, says to get "highlights to the roots and a base bump that brings out a subtle bit of gold to blend with the pale highlights." To preserve this golden hue, hydration is key, so invest in an ultra-moisturizing shampoo like SACHAJUAN Intensive Shampoo.

Peanut Butter Brown

Brighten up your brown with peanut butter highlights. "I've been adding a lot of these soft, more ashy peanut butter highlights to my clients for interest and dimension," says Rachel Bodt, Master Colorist at The Red Door Salon. To maintain, Bodt recommends R+Co Acid Wash ACV Cleansing Rinse, because it removes buildup and mineral deposits without stripping color.

Buttery Pearl

Glistening white with a hint of butter, this color will lighten and brighter up your whole face. But take note: it will require some extra TLC. Keep hair hydrated and brassiness at bay with a mask specifically for baby blonde and colored hair like Christophe Robin Shade Variation Care in Baby Blonde.


Looking to experiment with gem-toned highlights? Amethyst, a deep violet resembling the popular crystal, is an easy way to add vibrant color to your locks, without committing to a single process transformation. Use Garnier Fructis Color Vibrancy Treat 1 Minute Hair Mask to keep the color in tip-top shape.


Somewhere between chocolate and golden blonde, this color is already a hit with celebrities like Mindy Kaling. "To brighten it up, try a few lighter pieces around the face where the sun would naturally hit. It'll look seamless and add dimension to your color," says Kusero. Then swap out your usual conditioner for IGK Hot Girls Hydrating Conditioner for the best results.

Strawberry Golden Blonde

Not quite red, not quite blonde, meet strawberry golden blonde. "It's warm, it's sunny, and it's an easy transition from blonde to strawberry," says Nicole Tresch of Rita Hazan Salon. To maintain and protect your hue against sun damage and chlorine, apply Rita Hazan Lock Plus Block from root to tip before going out in the sun.

Icy Platinum

There's no denying it: Platinum hair is everywhere. This summer, go for a bright, bleached look, but make sure to take extra care with your locks as this color can seriously stress out your hair. Klorane Shampoo With Centaury is a gentle shampoo that's designed to reduce any yellowing — a must for this light shade.

Sun-Kissed Honey

Give your hair summer vacation vibes with sun-kissed honey highlights. Sarah Jessica Parker's honey balayage highlights adds a bright and glowy effect to her complexion, and will also add dimension to your hair. Living for her shine? Use Christophe Robin Color Fixator Mask to boost your own and strengthen strands too.

Barely-There Highlights

There's no need to commit to an allover wash of color, when barely-there highlights are totally on trend and perfect for women who want a natural look. "Adding a few baby lights to the bottom of hair and possibly around the face will give that natural 'the sun could have done it' vibe," Richards says. Even though the color is minimal, use a mask, like Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask to keep it vibrant.

Baby Blush

Pavlides says blush hair is here to stay: "Pink never looked so good in this blush rose gold hair color. There are so many different ways to get the look and make it your own." Her recommendation for healthy hair post-coloring? It's a 10 Light spray. "Spray it on wet hair once you've gotten out the shower and it will lightly detangle, add shine, and protect color from the sun," she says.

Rainbow Braids

Go bright or go home. Alison Gandolfo from the John Barrett Salon likes to add hints of color to hair to inspire. "The more colors the better. Have fun. Summer is the time to let your spirit be free," she says. Keep your new shades popping with COLOR WOW Security Shampoo, which is specifically made for colored hair.

Rooted Blonde

"Blonde is always popular in the summer because it instantly brightens your look and is really versatile – it works on almost anyone," says Kusero. "Leave the roots dark to soften the look and for easier maintenance." Prevent brassiness with IGK Mixed Feelings Leave-In Blonde Toning Drops, pure purple pigment drops that turn any product into a toner. Kusero says to mix it in with your shampoo and conditioner or add a few drops to any styler for leave-in toning.

Soft Copper With Coral Hues

Bodt likes to add washed out coral colors to hair (which is really a mix between orange and pink) as it can really pump up the dimension of your hair — especially if yours is red or copper. Spray on Briogeo Leave In Conditioning Spray post-shower to protect those bold highlights.

Bone Blonde

If you're hesitant to go golden blonde, try bone blonde, a cooler whiter shade, instead. "I am loving the super milky, bone colored blondes. They are more on the cool side, but aren’t your typical ash blonde," says Bodt. Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Pure Hair Oil will help replenish oil and add shine.

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Women's Magazine: 20 Summer Hair Colors That Are Trendy Right Now
20 Summer Hair Colors That Are Trendy Right Now
Refresh your hair for summer with one of these on-trend hair colors, including sombré and caramel highlights.
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