On the Radar: Hot Color Trends this Summer

“Blondes are anxious to break out into something more playful yet soft for summer.”—Mia Liguori

Dimensional Pastel

“The trend of vibrant colors and unicorns is still a popular street look. The rise of pastel is an opportunity to try these colorful options with a softer palette. I’ve found that those who have been traditionally blonde are anxious to break out into something more playful yet soft for summer.” 
—Mia Liguori (@scrupleshair), Scruples 
Co-President Creative

Babylights

“With summer comes a preference to lighten up, especially around the face. Babylights allow for this, adding a pretty brightness around the face. It’s also a great way to work subtle dimension into your client’s hair.”
—Heggy Gonzalez (@heggyhair), Aveda Hair Color Purefessional and Editorial Stylist

OG Highlights and Balayage Combo

“People want that balayage look, but they want to be 
more and more blonde in general. By adding traditional highlights through the sides, 
and particularly babylights around their face, they can 
get the blonde they want in 
one session.’’
—Wes Palmer (@wesdoeshair), Colorist and Pulp Riot Educator

“Remember to lift to at least a level 9 or 10 in order for the tone to be vibrant.”—Lindsey Livingston

Neons

“Many of my creative color clients have heard all the rage about glow-in-the-dark hair color, and they want it this summer. When they’re out at the clubs or at concerts, it makes a statement. Plus, it fades nicely to pastel rather than blonde. Just remember to lift to at least a level 9, or the color of the inside of a banana, or to a level 10 in order for the tone to be vibrant. Take small sections when applying and thoroughly saturate.”
—Lindsey Livingston 
(@linzlivingston), Owner of Eden Salon and Alfaparf Milano Educator

Undercolor

Undercolor is a fun way 
to have cool art on the head—and will grow out within three to four weeks for commitment-phobes. People are able to add it to their style and hide it when necessary. For etched designs, lighten before etching to lessen 
scalp irritation. And start with your lightest color first, blending in the darker shades carefully after.’’
—Serah Shirley (@serahdoeshairahh), Colorist and Pulp Riot Educator