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7 Hair Color Trends: Summer 2020

by Alanna|21 April, 2021|Blog / Inspiration / 

Best Hair Color Trends and Ideas for 2020

Dealing with roots during the Spring lockdown was tough, but the 2020 Summer season is going to be even tougher. Colorists will likely be working overtime to see clients clamoring to get their color done while following new safety guidelines. So if you’re the type who used to pop in every few weeks for a touch-up, you may want to adjust your expectations (and learn how to prepare for your first visit here.)

But back to those roots: Don’t be so quick to send them back into hiding. What if we told you that they could be your best asset this season? Our summer hair color directions are designed to last – and grow out as long as you please. Why? Most are achieved with a process called balayage. From the French word for “sweeping,” color – and/or bleach – is painted onto hair with a precise placement that does away with the hard line when regrowth appears.

Our summer hair color directions are designed to last – and grow out as long as you please.

A “shadow root”– darker roots melting into lighter ends – is what the technique is after, no matter what your natural color is. The goal here is to achieve a seamless gradation from shade to sun-kissed and infuse it with any color palette you choose. Let our top shots inspire your perfect summer hair color.

Anything-but-basic Blonde

These pale tints are summer classics, but notice how none of them pretend to be 100% natural, with an unapologetic “regrowth” that keeps the focus on the blonde. Keeping bleach away from the roots is a scalp-saver and eliminates the guesswork when trying to get new roots to match the old tones. Add a suntan and a shimmer lotion, and you’ve got California chic.

Ash Blonde

The coolest of these summer looks are icy blondes with washes of silver or gray that unlike the warmer and honeyed tones are summer’s true neutrals. It’s also a perfect blank canvas for weaving in some pastels.

Golden Blonde

Also called Bronde, or golden bronze, these blends of golds and browns are celebrity favorites and the best of both light and dark worlds. Hair regrowth is a non-issue, and selective lightening is easier on fragile or dry hair that might be susceptible to chemical damage.

The Copper Club

Copper is good at killing viruses, and although these colors don’t use the real thing, their warmth could give you symbolic peace of mind. Also referred to as “rose brown,” this range is an evolution of the rose gold trend, but whatever you call it, these are pastels that brunettes can more easily embrace as the lightening process needn’t be extreme to prepare hair to accept a blend of brown and red dyes.

Mixed Berries

One of the blessings of summertime is all those sun-warmed berries ready for the picking, and this palette of fruity hues offer a refreshing, playful mood, especially paired with berry-stained lip, cheek or eye palettes.

Dark Shadows

For the darkest of natural colors, there are ombre options too – natural tones, ones that could be, or those that are decidedly artificial. Just be mindful that very pale pastels and vivids will require significant bleaching to achieve, so stick to mid-range shades or darker as healthier options.

Any of the looks above can be achieved with one of these delicious palettes of tones that melt from dark roots to lighter ends:

• Dark chocolate to iced mocha
• Milk chocolate to ginger/chili
• Molasses to honey
• Auburn to sandy rose
• Browned butter to caramel
• Espresso to cappuccino
• Toffee to buttercream
• Licorice to butterscotch

...you get the idea.

DIY Color

If you’re happy at home and the salon feels like a risk, here are some recipes to shift your color in a natural direction.

Lightening with Lemon Juice

This tip may make you nostalgic for teenage poolside summers, and you’ll remember how lemon juice – a natural hair lightener – reacted to sunshine for homemade highlights. Take out the sunbath part and make the results more predictable – and safer, as lemon is photosensitive and makes skin prone to burning – by mixing it with conditioner.
• Mix 1 part conditioner to 3 parts lemon juice.
• Comb the mixture through your hair from root to tip or just the areas you want to lighten. Put on a shower cap or cover with plastic wrap.
• Leave on for at least 1½ hours or overnight.
• Rinse with warm water, followed by a deep conditioner to restore moisture.

Reviving Reds

Carrots, raspberries, beets, and pomegranates all contain pigments that work as temporary toners. Blend them well and pack onto hair as you would a masque and leave on for about 15 minutes, or until you get the color you’re going for.

Toning with Teas

Steeping various herbs and then spraying them onto hair is a wholesome – and inexpensive – method of creating temporary tones:
• Chamomile tea spray brightens blonde tones.
• Hibiscus tea spray is a great toner for redheads (and a rich source of Vitamin C).
• Sage tea spray helps to darken gray hair.
• Black tea spray turns dark tones a bit richer.

To brew:
• Steep ½ cup of herbs in 2 cups of boiled water for 45 minutes to an hour.
• Strain when cool and pour into a spray bottle.

To apply:
• Spray onto clean hair, massage in or comb through
• Let sit for about two hours and rinse out with cold water.

The Eclectic Kool-Aid Brassy Test

Purple Kool-Aid, or any purple-flavored and colored soft drink mix can keep blondes from going brassy and browns from turning red. Use the bluish powder to mix up a concentrated solution (more powder and less water than a drinkable batch) and apply to hair, comb through and leave in for an hour or so.

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It’s highly likely you’ve been experimenting at home these past several weeks, and who can blame you? But when you finally see your colorist again, it is vital that you come clean and list anything you may have used – yes, even henna (especially henna) – so that chemical residue doesn’t cause unexpected results and unwelcome surprises.

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