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Ah, summer, ‘tis the season for super-cute mini dresses, days spent lounging at the beach, and al fresco happy hours every night after work. In addition to switching up your wardrobe and your everyday routine, why not make a change to your hair color, too? Whether you want to opt for natural-looking balayage highlights or take a risk with something bolder like silver hair or mermaid hair, you’ve got plenty of options from which to choose. Ready for a fresh summer hair color? Below, learn about the trendiest summer hair colors for 2019 and find out how to take care of color-treated hair this season. Let’s get started!
The trick to getting a gorgeous bronde balayage color? It’s all about creating the perfect mix of blonde and brown by adding a mix of multi-toned highlights to your natural hair color for a lived-in, natural look. Balayage can be a pretty tricky technique, so make sure to look for a colorist who specializes in it so that you’re happy with the end result. This trend requires bleaching, so if you’re starting with a dark base, it’s important to manage your expectations. The darker your current hue, the longer it will take to get lighter strands.
Silver is one of the hottest hair colors of 2019—and that will certainly hold true for summer. If trends are what you’re all about, you can’t beat this bold hue. Plus, one of the best things about it is that you can try out silver strands a multitude of ways, whether you’re looking for a permanent hair color or something that will wash out after just a day.
Get the look: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying + Shine Permanent Hair Color in Soft Silver Blonde, L’Oréal Paris Féria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color in Soft Silver Blonde, or L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color in Silver Blue
Another hot color for 2019, coral hair couldn’t be better suited to summer. This red-orange hue embodies two of our favorite things about the season: warmth and fun, bright colors!
This pale blonde hue can be customized to flatter just about anyone, so if you’ve ever considered going blonde, this may be your cue! The color involves a combination of lowlights and highlights that add dimension and depth to this nude blonde hair color.
Get the look: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Natural Blonde
Redheads are having a moment—and just in time for summer! This multi-tonal hair color features a rich auburn base complemented by, as you may have guessed, sun-kissed highlights.
Get the look: L’Oréal Paris Féria in Rich Auburn True Red
Sometimes a whole head of color just isn’t your jam. We feel you! If you still want a color boost without dyeing your entire head, opt for soft, face-framing highlights to amp up that quintessential beach babe vibe. The thin, well-placed highlights can help add an understated multi-dimensional effect from roots to ends.
Get the look: L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach Highlights
On the opposite end of the spectrum is mermaid hair. So, if you want to go all out and add as many colors as possible to your hair, embrace this year’s obsession with all things mermaid and unicorn with the help of a few temporary hair color sprays.
Get the look: L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray in Pastel Blue, Pastel Pink, Pastel Lavender, and Pastel Mint
Platinum blonde hair with dark roots has been a must-have look for a few seasons now, and there’s no sign of it going anywhere. The bright white strands are the epitome of cool girl style. Pair them with just enough exposed root for a lived-in, carefree look that’s anything but low maintenance and you’ve got smoked marshmallow hair. Going platinum blonde is a major change (especially if you’re starting out as a brunette), so keep in mind that it takes a lot of work to achieve and maintain. Still, we think it’s worth it for this stunning color!
Get the look: L’Oréal Paris Féria in Absolute Platinum Extreme Platinum
Want to cool down the summer heat? We can’t say this hair color will help you survive the warmer weather, but the brown hue will certainly add a cool touch to your beauty look. Piqued your interest? Read our article on How to Get Ashy Brown Hair.
Keep your head in the clouds with this creative, cotton candy-like hue. As celebrities and beauty bloggers make their way through all the colors in the rainbow, it’s become clear that soft pink tresses are one way to really rock the unnatural hair color trend. Equal parts girly and edgy, this pale color could be the perfect finishing touch to your laidback summer look.
Get the look: L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Soft Pink
They say that blondes have more fun, but we think brunettes have a pretty great time, too! Rose brown hair is proof enough. This hair color trend features a brown base with rose gold touches throughout for a warm, dimensional hair color. It’s a great option for those who aren’t quite ready to commit to a full head of rose gold hair.
Get the look: L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray in RoseGold or L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color in BronzeAuburn
You count down to summer to have the chance to slip into a pair of cut-offs, so why not let your favorite wardrobe choice inspire your next hair color? The denim hair color trend is all about mixing an array of blue hues together to create a customized color depending on what type of wash you want to emulate.
Get the look: L’Oréal Paris Féria in Downtown Denim
Ready for another red hair color idea for summer? Embrace copper tones to add a touch of warmth to your overall look and you won’t be disappointed.
Get the look: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Intense Red Copper
Who doesn’t love some jewels? From ruby to sapphire to emerald, jewel-toned hair colors are totally in—and we can’t get enough.
There’s no better time to rock neon shades than the summer, and that holds true for your hair. Trust us, if you love having all eyes on you (in a good way) you’ll want to hop on this trend.
Get the look: L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color in Neon Green, Neon Yellow, or Neon Pink
This season is known for summer flings, which reasons that it’s not the time of year to make a major commitment. If you’re struggling to tie yourself to just one hair color, maybe color-changing hair dye is the answer. Want the full scoop on this trend? Here’s What You Need to Know About Color Changing Hair Dye.
Now that you have your summer hair planned out, it’s time to learn about what you should do to help keep your hair looking and feeling its best all season long, from changing how you shower to using the right hair styling products. Follow along with these steps!
It’s time to kiss piping hot showers goodbye! It turns out that hot water can strip your hair of essential oils, which can cause it to feel dry. So, the next time you bathe, turn down the dial and do so in lukewarm temps. Hey, it’s summer, so this will hopefully feel like a refreshing treat after a day spent in the heat!
When you dye your hair, it’s important to use a system of shampoo and conditioner formulated for color-treated hair. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Conditioner. Lather the shampoo into wet hands, then gently massage it onto your hair and rinse. Follow up by applying the conditioner and leaving it on for one to two minutes, then rinse out.
Does your color-treated hair feel like it needs a little extra conditioning? Once or twice a week, use the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm. After shampooing, apply the hair mask and leave it on for three to five minutes, then rinse.
Let’s be real: Do you really want to blow-dry your hair in the middle of a heat wave? Nope, we thought not! That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your style, though. Embrace your hair’s natural texture this season and still look great. To create beachy waves, spritz the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray onto towel-dried hair, braid your hair, then undo the braid once your hair has dried.
On some occasions, you still may want to heat style your strands during the summer. In those cases, make sure to apply a heat protectant first to help protect your strands. Try the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray.
Yep, the sun’s UV rays can fade your color, so throw on a floppy sun hat before you go outside. Bonus: You’ll look super-stylish! Or, if you prefer showing off your hair color, just be sure to spritz hair with the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold with UV Filter for Color-Treated Hair.
You’ve probably heard that chlorine can turn hair green, and according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) it can have damaging effects on hair. The AAD recommends wetting and conditioning your hair before swimming as a method of protection.
And there you have it! Whether you decide to take the hair color plunge by dyeing your hair a pastel pink, denim blue, or sun-kissed auburn shade this summer, we hope you enjoy playing with your new hue! Now, to style your updated ‘do, check out our article, The Best of Both Worlds: 6 Half-Up Hairstyles to Try.