When the nights start getting longer, the days start getting warmer and our clothing layers begin to become less and less, it urges us all to switch up our routines. As our wardrobes, habits and beauty rituals begin to merge from Spring into Summer, some of us are itching for a fresh hair colour switch-up.
After multiple lockdowns of cutting, styling and colouring our hair at home, the idea of being experimental, knowing you’re in good hands at the salon, is super exciting. After all, some of the hair colours for this Summer are not to be tried at home, it’s best to leave it to the professionals.
Now that hair salons are totally back up and running as normal, professional stylists estimate this Summer to be one of the most adventurous we’ve ever seen for hair colour. Last year we saw so many variations of niche colour mixtures like buttercream blonde, titanium silver and vanilla cream doing the rounds on TikTok.
This year, we’ve already welcomed a multitude of new colour trends inspiring colourists across the world, with thanks to celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Bieber, Gigi Hadid, Billie Eilish and Sophie Turner all getting fresh dye jobs in time for Summer.
If you’ve been scrolling and a colour has grabbed your attention leaving you thinking ‘that’s the colour for me this year’, try to find as many pictures of that exact colour trend as possible. If you can find someone that has your exact skin tone then it’s a great way to see if the colour will suit you, or not. Always take pictures into the salon for the colourist as a reference, visual references are much easier to replicate compared to verbal. Colourists have to consider much more than just the shade of colour, as placement and tone is what gives the shade its final look.
If you’re looking to get that pre-Summer glow-up with a fresh colour, then these are the hottest colours of 2022 so far and the trendiest ones to come in time for the peak of Summer.
The summer 2022 take on platinum and bombshell blonde, gives you milky blonde. The aim is to make the look of platinum blonde more expensive and luxurious, with the tone being more dimensional rather than a solid cool all over. We have Kim Kardashian to thank for this trend kicking-off with her debut blonde bun hairstyle at the Met Gala this May. She spent 14 hours in the salon with celeb-favourite stylist, Chris Appleton to achieve the Marylin Monroe milk bottle blonde. This style serves as the perfect Summer shade for most skin tones, but the look definitely wows the most with a short choppy bob – the 2022 take on Marylin’s hollywood bob.
We have another member of the Kardashian / Jenner clan to thank for this trend. Kendall Jenner completely transformed her hair and overall look with her stunning new hair colour, strawberry brunette. It’s had the whole world obsessed with adding a playful tint of red to their hair ever since. There’s just a few things to consider if you’re thinking of heading to the salon for this look; find an undertone of red that suits your skin colour best, a professional stylist will be able to help you with this. High reds can be tricky to work out of the hair, so if you change your hair colour often, you might want to bear this in mind. If this is the look for you from here on out – go for it girl.
Very similar to strawberry brunette, strawberry is all about adding a reddish tint to blonde hair, rather than brunette. It’s more than just dying your hair red, it’s a light hue of copper, but not enough colour to completely saturate the hair. This is set to be one of the most popular colours this season as its light, fresh and summery vibe will serve as a permanent golden hour look.
Louis Vuitton Brunette
This is VOL2 of ‘expensive brunette’, a viral trend we saw just a few months ago. While expensive brunette hair was the ultimate antidote to the all-over-colour we did at home in 2020 and 2021, it added a variety of tone and depth to the hair that we could not achieve at home ourselves. Louis Vuitton brown is just that but with a sprinkle of spice. If we think of Louis Vuittton, we think of their logo patterned and chequered tote bags; Louis Vuitton brunette is taking those exact shades of brown and mixing them into the hair to give it that designer look.
Pink hair goes through its waves throughout the seasons, but this Summer it’s chalky pinks that have people whipping their hair back and forth. Out with rose gold and in with the cool candy and bubblegum pink. If you’re looking for some inspiration turn to JLO, Hailey Bieber, Naomi Osaka or TikTok star, Abby Roberts. The best thing about this hairstyle is that you can try a semi-permanent colour to test whether or not the shade works for you. Chalky pinks generally transition best from blonde hair, if you have dark hair – it may take a few trips to the salon.
If you’re the type of person that’s always teetering on the verge of blonde or brunette – oatmilk blonde could be the perfect solution. It’s a blonde style that’s not super bright but it’s also not brown. It’s an all over colour that’s light, but not warm or ashy, it’s a soft neutral shade making it versatile for so many styles and skin tones.
A new take on the standard universally used balayage, taking inspiration from the east coast of USA, California. This look is designed to look lived-in, quite literally like you live in a hotter country in comparison to the UK. If you were to live in California, your roots and crown would be far more highlighted from the sun and this is exactly what Cali Balay does – it’s the addition of highlights much closer to the root along with blondes effortlessly placed throughout the hair. This style, along with pretty much any balayage colour is extremely low maintenance, upkeep to the style is entirely dependent on your wants and needs, regardless it will look great all year round.
Nectar blonde is an even more subtle shade than strawberry blonde and it’s much harder to achieve. It’s a multi-tonal colour using a variation of warm hues and vanilla blondes throughout the hair. This style takes a load of hand-painted chunky highlights throughout the hair and particularly to frame the face – your colourist really will have their work cut out, but it will be oh so worth it.
An unexpected look for Summer, but we have celebrities like Megan Fox and Dua Lipa to thank for the shade cassette brunette. It’s an off-black multi-tonal colour that seems jet-black at first glance but when you get closer, you’ll see that it’s got subtle hints of brunette, making it as close to black as possible but with slightly more depth with warmer tones. Think old cassette tape, black, but not completely black.
Probably the most natural dye job you can get, babylights. These are a series of micro-highlights placed mostly on the crown of your hair, they’re ultra fine and barely noticeable to the untrained eye, but they’ll have everyone asking if you’ve done something to your hair. Babylights are usually a shade that’s just slightly lighter than your own shade, making it look naturally sunkissed. They work on any hair colour, whether you’re blonde, brunette, red or blue, it’s a great starting point if you’re looking for change but have never coloured your hair before.