Call Your Colorist-These 8 Hair Colors Are Trending for Summer 2021
Though the beauty world often operates on its own plane, to say it wasn't impacted by COVID-19 would be a massive understatement. We went from aspirational red-carpet moments to hilarious memes featuring regretful "at home" haircuts and dye jobs.
This summer, though? We're busting out of quarantine with foils and cutting shears blazing. After months of keeping things ultra low-maintenance, bold colors that require a bit more upkeep-like platinum blonde or fiery reds-are gaining momentum again.
"I think since the pandemic, everyone just wants to have a big change and why not go all out?" says Annagjid "Kee" Taylor, a celebrity stylist to stars like Keke Palmer, Tiffany Haddish, and Tika Sumpter. "Getting the big chop and releasing the energy of the past year is needed."
Curious about what all that translates to in terms of summer 2021 hair color trends, we asked Kee and other top colorists to share which hues they see emerging.
There are few ways to go bigger in the salon chair than via platinum blonde. "Sure, it may take a while for someone with a darker hair color to achieve, but once you do, the color will do the talking for you," says Kee. And if you really want to go bold, Kee says to try a platinum blonde pixie. Do you dare?
Opting for two tones instead of just one is another way to make a major statement this summer. "This color style is distinct because it's usually a dark and light pairing for ultimate contrast," says Nick Stenson, a celebrity hairstylist and ambassador for L'Oreal. "This is a total departure from subtle blends that have been common most recently. It's a great way to mix it up with your look and make a bold statement for a summer splash." This daring style is super customizable and can even be worn with fantasy colors.
Looking for a way to add a little fire to your brunette? Both Stenson and Kee agree that a copper-tinted brunette is a great way to bring the heat without totally changing the script. "Copper browns are refined, but playful. It's such a great transition for summer without the damage," says Stenson. What's more, it's universally flattering. Warm copper colors will work on fair to deep complexions, and can be maintained at home as well.
The silver movement has been gaining momentum over the last couple of years, and quarantine only fueled this tinsel fire. "People are really embracing their grays right now, and I find it to be so inspiring and beautiful. Also, I personally think as you mature, lighter colors [like silver] become more flattering against your complexion," says Traci Barrett, a celebrity stylist and colorist based in Phoenix, Ariz. "If you aren't ready to go all-out gray, you can also slowly start highlighting or lightening your base color to blend with your natural." You could even try gray highlights for a smooth transition.
Bold, face-framing highlights are another quick way to freshen up your look without having to spend too much time at the salon. "I have seen this style all over and I think it's trendy because it's an easy style to achieve," says Kee. "I love it because this is one universal style that can suit any hair color-just a quick refresh on your natural hair without all the fuss." Aim for a shade that's three to four shades lighter than your natural tone, which will likely range between ultra-light blonde to a caramel-tone.
Is it even summer without a little honey? We argue no, and a classic honey blonde hue is the perfect way to liven up your locks for these warmer months. It's also the perfect level-up for those who want a change but are digging the low-maintenance looks from the last year. "Honey Blonde tends to be a great way to achieve a glow of blonde without the commitment of brighter highlights," says Stenson.
Light Caramel Brown
A shade or two darker than golden or honey blonde, light caramel brown brings lightness and depth to naturally dark tresses. "This is a fresh brown that feels very warm and rich. It's the perfect caramel," says Barrett. "I love this color because it feels really new, and it particularly lends itself to darker complexions."
Give the rainbow a run for its money this summer by picking a fantasy hue. While classic shades like pink or soft blue will stick around, we're seeing more people lean into shocking colors and wild combos. Think lime green, electric blue, bright orange, and teal. You could also try a sherbet swirl or rainbow strands.