The Low-Maintenance Hair Color That Will Last You All Summer Long

As we approach summer, Los Angeles' top colorists have significantly scaled things back. The caramel-y browns, spicy reds, and golden-blond colors that were hot a few months ago are being watered down into softer, flattering looks that are perfect for the lower-maintenance months when you don't want to worry about your color washing out in the pool. Even better? They grow out seamlessly.
Of course, this is good news to those of us who want to keep up with 2017's trendy tones without sacrificing our bank accounts or bleaching our strands into oblivion. Call your colorist, bookmark this page, and check out all the most beautiful hair color inspiration coming out of L.A., ahead.
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Stylist: Graham Nation
Salon: Alen M

What To Ask For: A red base that features warm tones of peach and orange

"I would call this color orange rose gold," Nation says. He notes that the hue will likely make skin appear warmer, making it particularly flattering on anyone who has a complexion with cool undertones, like this client. One more thing: Red tends to fade faster than most colors, so anyone attempting to copy the look should be comfortable with brassy or orange tones, because they're inevitable — and part of the charm of this look. "Ask for peach tones and warm tones — and don't be afraid to see orange tones either!" he says.

Upkeep: Prepare for touch-up appointments every six weeks or so, less if you avoid heat styling, use a good mask religiously, and stick to sulfate-free shampoo, all of which reduces gradual fading, Nation says.
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Stylist: Ariel Hauck
Salon: Ramirez | Tran

What To Ask For: Sombré with babylights and a soft face frame

A light and bright "face frame" is a signature at Ramirez|Tran Salon — and for good reason. "Having pops of blond around the face and throughout the ends will let you feel light and soft, without the high-maintenance result of an overall blond," Hauck says. "This color is for anyone who [doesn't want to see] their colorist more than once this summer." Ask for brightness through the front and tips, plus babylights throughout the lengths of hair to keep the look fluid. The tone is up to you and your colorist, but Hauck crafted this specific look to be a cool-toned baby blond. (Bring in a photo for the best results.)

Upkeep: This will grow out nicely, Hauck tells us, but notes that you'll want to see your colorist every four months to maintain the look. "To take care of this color use Oribe's Bright Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner and the brand's Gold Lust Masque once a week for 10 minutes," she adds.
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What To Ask For: A classic bleach and tone with a cool, icy toner

To transform model Amira Ahmed's locks — and we do mean transform — Hauck lightened her hair from black to platinum over the course of a day, choosing an icy color that bucks the warm, Champagne platinum we're seeing often in L.A. Ask for a classic bleach-and-tone lifted to a cool, icy white. (This took four rounds of lightening, Hauck warns.) She then toned the hair with Redken Shades and notes that the whole thing took about eight hours. "This goes to show that a one-day, 180 degree change is totally possible," she says. Just pack a lunch.

Upkeep:You'll need root touch-ups every four to six weeks.
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Stylist: Cassondra Kaeding
Salon: Sally Hershberger Salon

What To Ask For: Golden, honey brown highlights on a dark brunette base

Kaeding calls this color "honey, golden brown" and achieved the enviable tone by weaving in golden hues — not copper or red ones. "If you say [to your colorist] you want a warm brunette, you will end up with more copper and reddish tones," she warns. Bring in this picture, to be safe.

Upkeep: "I don't recommend this color for someone who can't easily make it to the salon every four to eight weeks for touch-ups," Kaeding says, as "golden tones tend to oxidize quickly. She notes that you can go longer if you opt for a monthly, in-salon gloss treatment. "It will help with shine and revitalize your hair color," she explains.

The right products are just as important, she adds. "Shu Uemura Color Luster Sulfate-Free Brilliant Glaze shampoo and conditioner is great to use for this hair color," she says.
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Stylist: Sara Lim
Salon: Ramirez|Tran

What To Ask For: Light, golden blond highlights with a shadowed root

Lim describes this look as "sunny day vibes," and it could last for up to a year. Lim took her natural base and created highlights that melt from a medium golden blond to a lighter golden blond. "Then each curl is accentuated with baby blond tips." To finish, she smudged the root with a shade that matched the client's natural color. "I apply their natural level over the highlights so the hair looks a bit grown out already, keeping the hairline out so it stays bright," she says.

Upkeep: "The maintenance is low, I have some clients that I see once a year, but I also have a few blond addicts that come in every three months for the extra hairline pop," Lim says. "I'm all about a low maintenance highlight."
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Stylist: Shai Amiel
Salon: Capella Salon

What To Ask For: Hand-painted, honey-toned highlights that blend with your natural color

For Amiel, nothing is more important than maintaining the health of the hair, which is why he lightens his clients sans bleach. "Ask your stylist for honey tones that blend in with your natural color," he instructs. "I never use bleach because it will lighten too much, making it look too dramatic — and not natural." Instead, he hand paints the high-lift color throughout hair, with a focus on the tips (and never through the roots) to mimic what would happen to strands on a lengthly beach vacation.

Upkeep: "My hand-painted highlights last forever since I leave the roots natural," Amiel explains. To keep things fresh, "I recommend applying a gloss once every two to three months to add shine and balance the pigment if it starts to fades too much."
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Stylist: Chris Greene
Salon: Méche

What To Ask For: A copper-y brown base with subtle auburn and light copper babylights

For those looking to embrace spring's color du jour in a subtle way, look to Greene's soft take on warm auburn. The trick? Have your colorist stick to a copper-spiked brown base with face framing pops of red, similar to how face-framing blond highlights are done. "You want most of the highlights to be around your face, and make sure everything is rooted, so it looks natural, soft, and blended," Green told us. "This helps the eyes and skin really shine."

Upkeep: "Expect your new copper hair to fade quicker, depending on how frequently you wash your hair," Greene explains. "A cold rinse after you condition will help keep your color longer." He notes that you can also "come in for a gloss between regular appointments to keep things looking perfect." Noticing a gloss trend here?
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Stylist: Riawna Capri
Salon: Nine Zero One

What To Ask For: Warm, caramel highlights through a natural or rich brown base

Capri describes this color as "bronzed brunette" and suggests asking for warm, caramel-colored highlights that are smudged into your natural base. Alternatively, you can start with a deep, rich chocolate brown if you prefer all-over color. (Tip: Make sure your colorist is confident in their ability to "melt" your color, which is a technique where the base of the highlight is thoroughly blended to buff any lines of demarcation; It also allows for an easier grow out.) "This is the complete opposite of the cool-toned 2016 trends," Capri adds. "This is rich, warm color — no cool tones whatsoever."

Upkeep: "Very little!" Capri assures us. "For the highlights, just once a year."
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Stylist: Jean Pierre Sosa
Salon: Alen M

What To Ask For: A densely-packed, full head of rooted highlights

Sosa describes this color as "low maintenance, sun-kissed, root-y blond." That's not to be confused with ombré, which delivers a totally different result that's not as light at the root. "This is more of a grown-in, natural look." Because of this slight difference, Sosa recommends bringing in a photo and specifying that you want highlights done to the root, then rooted with a toner that matches your natural color for a more-relaxed look. Luckily, this method is just as easy to maintain, as it will grow out softly. "It's still very blond, but with a root to keep the depth," he explains.

Upkeep: "My clients with this style of color see me every four to six months for a gloss, then highlights two or three times a year," Sosa tells us. "This is a color that can continue to grow and not have to be constantly touched up."
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Stylist: Cherin Choi
Salon: Benjamin Arts District

What To Ask For: Sun-kissed, cool highlights done on the tips of naturally-dark hair

On the other side of the tone spectrum are these cool-toned highlights from Choi, which deliver different vibes, but grow out just as easily. "This is perfect for girls with super dark hair that want to try dimension with low commitment," she says. Ask for soft highlights or babylights woven through the bottom half of your hair. (Too close to the root and you'll look stripey, not sun kissed.)

Upkeep: "This is a super easy grow out with little maintenance," Choi says. "Just touch up with a toner every nine to 12 weeks, if desired."
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Stylist: Marissa Marino
Salon: Nine Zero One

What To Ask For: Champagne blond highlights on a natural base or beige base color

Not long ago, cool-toned, ashy highlights were all the rage in Los Angeles, but slowly things have gotten a lot warmer. This look is right in the middle: A Champagne blond that's "more on the neutral or beige spectrum than ashy or gold," Marino points out. It's this small shift in tone that makes classic highlights feel fresh and modern. "This color is good for someone who is a natural dark blond or light brunette," she says. "Ask to be lightened up all over with a beige tone, but still leave some of your natural color in between to add dimension." Prefer all over color? That works, too, just make sure your colorist picks a neutral tone — nothing too ashy or golden.

Upkeep: Book a partial highlight every three months to keep the color fresh, then a full set once a year, Marino says. You can also keep things fresh and shiny with a gloss treatment every six weeks or so.
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Stylist: Kari Hill
Salon: Méche

What To Ask For: Cool-toned, toffee highlights on a rich brown base

This high-shine style has a secret: The toffee color is done in cool tones, instead of the usual warm ones. "It starts with a deep, dark chocolate and melts into a lighter, milky one," Hill explains. The result is a sombré that looks natural and healthy. To score this result, it's imperative to avoids any lines of demarcation, so be sure your colorist plans to execute a classic ombré technique or to melt the color with their hands. "When I do this service, I tease the individual section of hair, and then weave it and apply color, isolating it in a foil to create a very natural, sun-kissed look," Hill points out.

Upkeep: "Not having the highlights deliberately coming from the root makes this look a very commitment-free trend,"Hills says. If done properly, the look doesn't need to be touched up, but you can freshen with a color gloss up to once a month.
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