Lighten Up! Summer Hair Color Inspiration From L.A.'s Coolest Stylists

Photo: Courtesy of Emily Mott.
Looking to take your locks lighter and brighter for summer? Then, you've come to the right place, because Los Angeles has a serious obsession with highlights. Perhaps it's because our city is perpetually sunny — so highlights never go out of season — but West Coast colorists know their way around a bleach bowl. From the varied techniques (baby lights, sombré, balayage) to the rainbow of potential hues (honey, wheat, caramel), the possibilities are truly endless.

But, how do you know what works for your hair color, texture, and lifestyle? We've tapped some of our favorite L.A.-based colorists to provide some much-needed inspiration. Even better, each stylist in our slideshow is also lending some ultra-important guidance, explaining their technique, and what to ask for if you love the look. Now, all you have to do is pick what you want. (We know, not exactly easy!)

Click through our slideshow for all the summer-hair inspiration you need to go lighter and brighter by Memorial Day.