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Refinery29 - May 2011

Posted on May 20th 2011 @ 11:16 AM

The Hottest Summer Hair Color Trends To Try Now

It's no secret, pulling off a new hair color depends your skin tone. But that doesn't mean you should shy away from that seasonal itch to switch things up—like electrifying your locks with sun-kissed highlights or, if a major color change is what you're craving, doing an about-face with an extreme shift in shades. Hues definitely tend to go lighter in the summer, because lighter hair works when your skin is bronzy or tan, but there's nothing wrong with looking for hair color inspiration that charmingly bucks the lightening up trend. To get a fresh take on the summer hair color trends, we got three top colorists to share some refreshingly wearable ways to heat things up, in any shade.

If you want to go blonde—Colorist Mike Petrizzi of De Berardinis Salon say this summer's blonde is all about the finish:. “It's a delicious mash up of a few previous trends, taking the best bits of each and mixing them together. This technique embodies a less-is-more approach to going blonde: Typically, most blondes get a gloss or toner at the end of the lightening process, but this season, it's about bringing your blonde to the point of perfection and then not reaching for a toner. Instead, I opt for a purple-based color depositing shampoo (like Davines Alchemist Silver) to marry the watercolor smear of ombré with the precision of the classic foiling technique. The end result is a brilliant, organic feeling blonde.”

Above, from left: Rodarte fall '11 images courtesy of Aveda; Davines for salons; John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder, $8.99, available at Target; Pureology EssentialRepair ColourMax, $22, visit Pureology for salons; Christian Siriano fall '11 images courtesy of Aveda.