Fashion Styles

12 Insanely Pretty Hair-Color Ideas to Try This Summer


Emma Roberts

Red hair is trending in a big way. It seems like another young star makes the switch nearly every other day. Dana Ionato, a colorist at Sally Hershberger Downtown in New York City, describes it as “Botticelli-painting-bright orange-copper.” If that’s too bold for you, opt for a softer version, like the shade Amy Adams wears so perfectly.


Jennifer Lawrence

Recently, it seems Jennifer Lawrence has become a bit addicted to bleaching her hair, and we know the feeling. To figure out whether you can truly pull off all-white hair, colorist Lorri Goddard says it’s all about the eyes. “If you have really icy-blue eyes, or very black-brown eyes, those cooler tones usually synchronize well with cool, icy blondes,” she says.


Lily Collins

If you’re all in, Ionato suggests an over-the-top fluorescent orange or bright, fiery red (like the one on Lily Collins here). Yes, this is heavily David Bowie–inspired, and yes, we’re definitely obsessed.


Emma Stone

There’s something kind of badass about going dark for summer. Plus, “no other hair shines the way brunettes shine,” Goddard says. “It reflects light on a whole other level—why not take advantage of that?” Valid point.


Ava Phillippe

This princess-like, cotton-candy-pink hair on Ava Phillippe (who’s now 16 years old, if you were wondering) is a fun route to go if you’re brave enough to try a rainbow bright. Aura Friedman, a colorist at Sally Hershberger Downtown in New York City (and an expert in the bold-color category) advises picking a shade based on your skin tone. If you have cool undertones, pick a bluer shade of pink. If you have warm undertones, go more golden. And because Friedman finds that pinks fade rather quickly, she actually makes a custom pink conditioner for her clients. But if you can’t make it to the salon, try the B3 Brazilian Bond Builder Instant Restore & Protect Reconstructor, recommends Friedman, who is a spokeswoman for the brand.


Emily Ratajkowski

Dark-brown hair works on just about everyone. The contrast is nice if you’re pale, and if you’re darker, it just looks natural. Oh, and it looks good with a spray tan, too—as Ratajkowski demonstrated at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala. To get her style, slick it back for added shine.


Elizabeth Olsen

Goddard, who works with Olsen regularly, was inspired by the grown-out color children have after being in the sun all summer. “It’s very childlike in a sense. It doesn’t really have a beginning or an end—it starts soft and subtle and gets bolder as it moves toward the ends,” she says. Goddard also works with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley on her enviable blonde, which has a similarly natural vibe but is slightly brighter. “If you wear your hair in a ponytail all summer long, when you take it down, it’s brighter around the facial portion. It’s exposure to the elements,” she says.



We’ve never seen Zendaya look less than perfect, and according to Ionato, her light-brown color is flattering on almost any skin tone. “It resembles a single process but has some hidden highlights that give it dimension without contrast,” she says. And the warmth of the honey chestnut really makes your skin glow.


Jillian Hervey

Lion Babe’s Jillian Hervey is pretty much the definition of hair goals, and lucky for us, this color won’t totally kill your hair. “Since darker hair lifts to a warmer, lighter color very easily—as opposed to an ashy color—it’s not hard to achieve,” says Ionato. You might not even need to full-on bleach. “Color companies make high-lift blonde colors that can achieve this look without damaging your hair.” Though if it starts getting too red for your liking, she recommends using Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights Shampoo to tone it down a bit.


Kirsten Dunst

It turns out one of the most wearable, flattering ways to go blonde is by imitating the shade of butter, says Goddard. It’s slightly warmer than an ashy blonde and will take less work to maintain in the summer sun.


Emma Watson

“Look deeply into her eyes,” says Goddard. “It’s a warm chocolate color. And the tones in her hair are burnished hues that bring out [the color of] her irises. She’s playing on a tone.” So if your eye color is warm brown or hazel, this shade could be your perfect color for summer—or any season, for that matter.

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