If hair colour plays a role in our mood, this summer is about to get a lot happier. The budding highlight and balayage trends, though very much a choose-your-own-adventure story, all have the same undertone: optimism.
Whether you want to go blonder, cooler, shinier, or your only criteria is that you don’t have to schedule a touchup until September, there’s a colour trend that hits. If you want a big change and maximum brightness, consider platinum; if you’re coming out of quarantine with five inches of root growth and a new laissez faire attitude towards colour, simply enhance what you already have with the “less is more” highlight.
Find it all, and something that sparks joy for you, in the pro’s guide to hair colour for summer 2021, ahead.
According to L.A.-based colourist Tauni Dawson, the soft, face-framing highlight is a great way to go blonde without going blonde. “Strategically placing blonde pieces around the face is the perfect way to achieve a lighter look for summer, while still maintaining healthy hair,” Dawson explains. Ask your colourist to focus the palest, cool-toned blonde around your face, keeping natural dimension throughout the rest of the hair.
Houston-based colour expert Janae Miller shows how weaving a “money piece” highlight through the front-most strands delivers gorgeous depth and colour contrast.
Colourist John Douglas Byers gives us a killer profile view of a blonde face-frame applied via balayage over a fresh silk press.
Consider this golden brunette a your-hair-but-better approach to a summer lift. “With quarantine, everyone was given the opportunity to learn how to embrace their natural root colour,” explains celebrity stylist Morgan Parks. “At first it was a huge transition, but for many this turned out to be eye-opening in the best of ways. Now, less is more. Focus on keeping the highlights away from the root, space out the foils to increase dimension, and incorporate hydrating products for shine.” (Parks recommends Unite U Oil for optimum glossiness as seen on Parks’ client Caelynn Miller Keyes.)
Model Leyna Bloom, who gets her hair coloured by Hannah Hubley of NYC’s Cutler Salon, shows how a minimalist highlight can deliver the most effortless soft-brunette tone.
Australian colour pro and salon owner Bel shows how to bring warm golden tones to a brunette base for a colour that reads as naturally sun-bleached.
L.A.-based colourist Joey Perrotti calls this “vacation colour.” The vibe is sunny and fresh, and it’s perfect for blondes who have gone so long without a salon visit and miss that peroxide brightness. According to Parks, you can make the effect more natural by focusing the pops of lightest blonde on the ends of the hair, and doing a root melt for a seamless tonal segue from yellow golden blonde to cool, white-toned bright.
You’ll want your single-process platinum tone to be placed pretty close to your root. However, model Vanessa Hong shows how the colour almost looks cooler as the hair grows in a little. Just don’t forget to incorporate a good toning shampoo at home to keep the blonde bright.
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No matter your hair length or curl pattern, Hubley proves that when your hair is platinum and you’re feeling it, “the light hits right every time.”