Summer 2018 Hair Color and Style Trends

by Jessica Pigza

For many of us, summer is the hardest season for hair. From humidity to chlorine (and sweat!) it’s hard to keep your hair looking it’s best or let’s face it, sometimes even presentable.

Summer is the perfect time to experiment with a new style or color. From simple to drastic there are some great trends going on with hair this summer.

Hair Style Trends

1. Bangs

Bangs are back in a BIG way! Think soft, thick and textured – and they are not limited to any certain hair type. If you’re not sure about completely committing to the fringe, opt for having your bangs cut a little longer and not as thick. You can always go shorter and thicker later if you decide you like them. You can keep them in front, part them down the middle or sweep them off to the side but they are still long enough that they can easily be pinned up when you want them out of the way.

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2. The Bob

In all its forms the bob is here to stay and perfect for keeping your neck cool this summer. Wear it sleek and straight or messy with textured edges. Browse through Pinterest and find the bob style that calls to you and go for it!  

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Color Trends

If your summer change comes in the form of hair color, there are some great trends from all over color to different highlighting techniques.

1. Rose Gold Hair

Rose gold is everywhere and now you can even add it to your hair. Whether you’re a blonde or brunette, this color can be added and provide some amazing results. Rose gold is beautiful as an all over hair color or use it as a highlight color!

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2. Color Melting Hair

This is a great way to add a natural yet multidimensional effect to your hair. Your colorist would use multiple tones and apply them in a way that they will “melt” together. The light picks up these different tones and the outcome is seamlessly beautiful!

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3. Babylights

How many of us look at our kids and think, “man I just want my hair to look like that.” Now there’s a way to achieve the look the younger versions of us naturally have during the summer. Babylights is a hair coloring technique that is similar to balayage and ombre, but more delicate. Highlights are created using a very fine hair color technique to mimic the subtle, dimensional hair color seen on children’s hair. This creates a soft, natural, sunkissed look.

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4. Soften your Blonde

Change up your blonde this summer by going with some softer shades. Try a blonde that is more beige or even margarine looking. That may sound weird but going softer on your blonde will help you achieve that all natural look. Think buttery and not brassy.

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5. Blonde Ash

It’s inevitable, grey is coming, it’s just a matter of when. If you’re not ready to fully embrace your silver strands opting for blonde ash is a great alternative. It just a touch deeper that grey and looks great on many different skin tones.

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6. Dark Chocolate Hair

Rich brown color is timeless but if you are feeling a change this summer some beautiful caramel or honey brown may be just the change you are looking for.

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It’s Your Turn: Comment below with your favorite summer cut and color. Are you feeling daring? Or just want a subtle change?


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