The 6 Breakout Hair-Color Trends Of Summer 2019

Hair color is tricky to prescribe, because even though we all feel that annual itch to go a few shades lighter for summer, there's no universal shade of blonde that looks amazing on everyone. For you, maybe a soft caramel lift feels more fitting than the trendy beachy blonde balayage. Or, on the flip side, maybe a rich red is what you've been dying to try, and you just need a little inspiration to convince you to take the plunge at your next appointment.

So, to help get you to your version of summer-perfect color, we've broken down the season's six coolest hair-color trends, ahead. From Emma Roberts' cool boho blonde to Rachel Brosnahan-inspired honey-tinged waves and Zendaya's take on soft red, there's a shade that will have you calling your colorist, booking next week, and feeling your perfect summer-fresh shade in time for the official segue into beach season.

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It feels apropos that red-hot hair color would spike in the middle of summer. Over the past few weeks, celebs like Zendaya and Rihanna have put their spin on the shade, both pairing long red extensions with a backless dress — and we're feeling inspired to follow suit.
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Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images.
In June, Rihanna debuted her fresh red box braids at a Fenty Beauty Pop-Up party in NYC.
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Ariel Winter recently took her naturally dark-brown hair to a glossy shade of copper with the help of Tim and Tabitha Dueñas of L.A.’s Nine Zero One Salon. With a deep side part and ribbon waves, the vibe is very Old Hollywood glam.
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Honey Bronde

L.A. colorist Tauni Dawson calls this shade “graham cracker” — a honey-bronde tone one step lighter than hazelnut brown. "Bronde" falls precisely mid-range between a blonde and a brunette; most colorists think of it as a dirty-blonde color with warm gold undertones.
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"This is the perfect color if you're craving a sun-kissed lift, but can't see yourself as a beachy blonde," says L.A. colorist Cherin Choi. "Bronde is perfect because it plays up those beautiful in-between tones of pale brunette." We've been obsessed with the creamy gilded tone since we saw it on Rachel Brosnahan (before she went platinum).
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Can you even imagine a more gorgeously sun-drenched, shiny hair color? Go ahead and bring this straight to your colorist (while we investigate model Tatiana Arend's skin-care routine).
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The only thing better than bouncy curls is bouncy curls with honey-tinged tips. Choi tells us that this honey bronde is surprisingly easy to maintain — just remember to schedule a gloss with your colorist to keep the color-treated strands shiny.
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Boho Blonde

If you follow celebrity hair trends, you may have noticed that A-listers like Emma Roberts and Alison Brie have recently broken up with their brunette color, taking their hair to a fun, two-dimensional "boho blonde" shade. Celebrity colorist Nikki Lee, who gave Roberts her recent lift, tells us the look is purposefully darker at the root and brighter towards the ends. "Instead of doing the typical bright blonde, we went for a 'boho sunrise tone,'" Lee says. "It's something that feels a bit more undone and effortless."
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This fresh cool-blonde lob is the biggest hair change we've ever seen on Alison Brie. With a wavy bob and this sunny color, the actress is now entirely on trend for summer '19.
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Hollywood's resident colorist Justin Anderson shows us how to make a super-bright blonde look seemingly sun-kissed and natural on dark-rooted curls: Keep the lightest tone focused on the ends.
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Pastel Pink

Pastels may be a universal sign of spring, but baby-pink highlights are going to stick around and pick up major trend traction this summer: VS models, A-list actresses, and of-the-moment pop stars are proof. Colorist Linda de Zeeuw out of Rob Peetom Salon in Brooklyn tells us that pastel pink is tricky to pull off, but looks great on any base color when done right. "The rose-gold color is easier to achieve when you have a light blonde base," she explains — which is why the tone looks so angelic on Elsa Hosk. "If you have dark hair, make sure to ask your colorist to use a deeper shade of rose with more pigment, which will complement the dark base nicely."
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Our forever pastel-pink hair inspiration, Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams shows how to make a bright bump of all-over color look cool over a brunette base — with London's trendy blunt bangs and a dainty headband to boot.
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Taylor Swift gave us major unicorn vibes — and new-music clues — with her dip-dyed hot-pink hair at the iHeartRadio Music Awards last month. Whether it's a wash-out situation or something more permanent, we're here for the nostalgic strip-of-color trend comeback (and T. Swift on repeat this summer).
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Hazelnut Brown

Sometimes taking your hair a tinge lighter actually lands you closer to your natural base — as is the case with Riverdale star Camila Mendes, who recently brought her shiny blue-black color closer to a warm hazelnut brown. Conveniently, warm brown is going to be a big low-maintenance color trend for summer, according to celebrity colorist Larisa Love. “I’m forecasting the next big color trend to be warmer, richer, more golden hues with seamless dimension," she explains. "This look is more one-dimensional, as opposed to painted with multi-tonal balayage or delicate babylights."
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We're loving this shag cut and bouncy curls, courtesy of seasoned L.A. stylist Sal Salcedo, almost as much as we're digging the soft brown color reflecting off the top.
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Another rad rounded cut by Salcedo, this one plays with a chocolate-brown shade all over.
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Sunlight Brunette

There's something about the official start of summer that makes light, face-framing highlights — a naturally warm gold, as if touched by the sun — super enticing. We've seen color inspiration all over Hollywood lately, with fresh, gilded highlights sported by supermodels, actresses, and A-listers alike. Bella Hadid and her honey-tinged babylights and Lea Michele's newlywed lift are likely just the beginning of the summer trend takeoff.
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If your hair is naturally black or dark brown, a caramel highlight will add subtle lightness. "I love the warm tones of caramel, rose-tinged brown, or toffee next to a very dark base," says Oscar Blandi Salon lead colorist Kyle White. "A multi-tonal shade creates a strong contrast that actually deposits a gorgeous glow to any skin tone." Photo evidence courtesy of the Coachella Queen, Julie Sariñana.
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For the most natural-looking effect, Devachan colorist Brian K. Hawthorne recommends asking for balayage. "Especially with curls, soft brown highlights should start away from the root," he says. "It's less maintenance and the grow-out is gorgeous."
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