Swap out your sweaters for sundresses—summer will be here before you know it. Why not change up your hair color for summer, too? Whether it’s a whole new shade of hair dye or a smaller, more subtle change you have in mind...we’ve got tons of on-trend ideas for you. Dive into our top choices for summer 2021 hair colors—from subtle babylights to big-mood blue denim, these summer hair color trends are only getting hotter. Check out our top 30 summer hair color trends...
1. Hazelnut brunette
Warm brunette hair color shades are going to be big this summer, and none more so than this multi-dimensional, light to medium brunette shade with hints of gold. Want to replicate this look at home? Go nuts with Radiant Hair Color in Tuscany Brown 6NGV
2. Caramel balayage
Another warm, low-maintenance brunette shade of hair color we absolutely love is delicious caramel balayage. Our Light Works® Balayage Highlighting Kit in Ardenza Warm Caramel
creates soft, summery caramel highlights.
3. Creamy blonde
Buttercream blonde looks great under a straw hat with a pair of oversized sunnies (plus iced coffee in hand). The vibe here is rich neutral blonde hair color, like Nocera Blonde 9N
4. Classic strawberry blonde
This all-time favorite summer hair color is back in a big way. Our favorite light red copper blonde shade? The perfect blend of ginger and gold: Matera Marigold 8C
5. Underlit brunette
This warm brown shade is all about playing up your natural undertones. Soft, multi-tonal brunette hair color is lighter and less severe than one-dimensional deep brunette—and perfect for sunnier days spent outdoors.
6. Black diamond
Meet your glossiest black hair color ever. Opt for The Perfect Pair—color + gloss—for this super-shiny, healthy-looking hair color. We love pairing inky black Pescara Black 2NNA
with Color Reviving Gloss in Espresso
to add shine and depth.
7. Deep burgundy
The trendiest summer 2021 hair color shades might all be big, bold reds, and we adore a rich auburn hair color. Want to test-drive the burgundy hair color trend? Try a semi-permanent hair gloss like Color Reviving Gloss in Barolo
8. Barely there babylights
The easiest possible way to do subtle, ultra low-maintenance highlights. Ask your stylist for a few piecey pops of color threaded through your mid-lengths and ends, in a shade just slightly lighter than your natural hair color. So easy, so cool.
9. Cool chocolate balayage
Like an ice-cold chocolate milkshake, this color always sounds good to us. Get the milk chocolate balayage look with Light Works® Balayage Highlighting Kit in Merano Cool Mocha
Reddish purple hair color is truly having a moment. Try this trend out at home with cool, dark sangria Volterra Amethyst 4VR
Blonde + orange = you guessed it. This pale tangerine shade is so cheerful—plus, it fades to a gorgeous peachy color for an easy, chic growing-out process.
12. Pearly blonde
Could this icy, shimmering blonde hair color shade be any cooler? Expect to spend a lot of time in your stylist’s chair to achieve this silvery platinum look.
13. Black cherry
This rich cool red is one of summer 2021’s most refreshing shades. Get this gorgeous burgundy hair color with dark red Rimini Garnet 5RV
14. Sunrise copper
Pastels are out, bold bright shades are in. This multi-tonal, golden copper hue is easily achieved with a warm reddish gloss like Cannella
applied over a red or brunette base color.
15. Chunky 90’s highlights
90’s fashion is having a moment, so why not 90’s beauty trends? For those who dare, stripey, chunky highlights have made a major comeback. Perfectly blended balayage always looks good, but piecey highlights just look cool.
16. Denim blue
Like your favorite pair of faded cutoffs, muted blue hair color is a summer favorite. Use a cool, silvery blue hair color shade for an on-trend stone-washed look.
17. Face framing highlights (a.k.a. The Money Piece)
Two bright streaks (starting at the roots and continuing down to the ends) on either side of your face, in stark contrast to solid hair color? All the cool kids are asking their stylists for The Money Piece this summer.
Would you rather dye your hair blue or green? Why not both? This turquoise hair color shade has us longing for a dip in the ocean.
A modern take on the mermaid hair color trend, this sweet shade is a mix of pink and peach hair color that mimics the icy summer dessert. Add lime green or a streak of neon yellow to take sherbet hair color to the next level.
20. Platinum silver
Despite evoking an icy winter landscape, this metallic gray shade is white hot for summer 2021. Want to dip your toe in the trend without going full-on silver? Work your way up to silver hair color by starting with an ashy platinum blonde shade.
21. Blonde lowlights
You can’t go wrong with piecey dark blonde lowlights on a lighter blonde base shade. For a more natural look, ask your colorist to paint your lowlights on freehand (rather than using foils).
22. “Sand Tropez”
Colorists are calling this golden bronde hair color the shade of summer. It’s the ideal warm sandy blonde hair color. We suggest using Light Works® Balayage Highlighting Kit in Palmi Warm Honey
to get perfectly sun-kissed locks.
23. Pops of red
Here’s how to dip your toe in summer 2021’s on-fire red hair color trend. Ask your colorist to weave some red pieces throughout your hair for added auburn dimension. Then if you love it, you can always graduate to a full head of red hair dye.
24. Silvery gray outgrowth
Gray hair as natural highlights? Meet your new coming-out-of-lockdown look. This salt-and-pepper outgrowth looks especially chic on blondes. Pick up Crema
gloss to neutralize any unwanted yellow tones.
25. Matte brunette
You can’t go wrong with solid matte brunette, a summer hair color trend that looks good on absolutely everyone. What can we say, sometimes basic is best.
26. 70’s blonde
Bust out your best rooty, sunshine-y blonde that will make you nostalgic for the outdoor music festivals of summers past. A light, warm blonde hair color shade like Amalfi Blonde 10NGV
is your golden ticket back to the 70’s.
27. Midnight black
As luxe as caviar, shiny blue-black hair color is the perfect unexpected summer hue. Choose a black shade of hair dye with sapphire undertones, like Perugia Black 2NAA
28. Soft pink
Yes way, rosé. Soft pink hair color is one of the more fun hair color trends of 2021. If you want to try this cotton-candy hue for yourself, now’s the time.
29. Double mocha
Brown-black hair color is an especially yummy summer hair color trend. Get the look with Positano Black 3NNA
(our darkest brown-black hair color shade).
30. Root shadowing
No salon appointment, no problem. Root shadowing—a technique in which a darker shade of hair color is applied directly to roots for soft, seamless contrast—is the easiest way to freshen up your look this summer. Although this look is often seen with balayage highlights (think blonde, highlighted hair with dark roots), it can truly be done with any shade of hair color.
Which hair color trend are you summer loving? Let us know in the comments.