Now that the weather is warming up, the top summer 2022 hair color trends are expected to follow suit — and that entails a theme of brighter, bolder, and (of course) warmer hues. “Going lighter is the natural summer mood, but this year especially people are ready for lighter and brighter changes after the low-maintenance lockdown looks,”
George Papanikolas, celebrity colorist and Matrix ambassador, tells Bustle. What’s more, he says that people are seeking inspiration from all over the world, as social media allows consumers to see what’s trending on a global scale, as opposed to their own neighborhoods. “In the past, trends started in Paris and New York and slowly made their way around the world,” says Papanikolas. “Today, trends you see on a celebrity on the street in Los Angeles have become in demand around the world in an instant.” Alex Brownsell, co-founder and creative director of BLEACH LONDON, echoes this, and points to TV series and movies as other sources of inspiration. “Celebrities definitely have a part to play, [both] in real life and also through their characters within popular media,” she says. One such example? “The butter blonde of Sydney Sweeney’s character in has been a huge influence on the return of warm blonde.” In real life, however, Euphoria Sweeney — along with Kendall Jenner — helped pioneer the copper hair color movement that so many celebs are partaking in.
Wondering what’s in store for the upcoming season now that trends take off with the tap of a phone screen? Read on for expert predictions of the hottest summer hair colors you’re about to see everywhere.
1 Cool Copper Arturo Holmes/FilmMagic/Getty Images
It may have started in the spring, but copper is definitely here to stay this season. “Copper has become the unexpected celebrity trend for summer 2022,” Papanikolas says. “From Kendall Jenner to
Sydney Sweeney, celebrities have made the plunge into the trend.” But will it keep its momentum? According to Brownswell, the answer is yes — in fact, she’s seeing it increase in popularity. “People are playing with different shades of copper, too,” she adds. So if you’re still on the fence about this fiery hue, now’s the time to ask your colorist for the right variation for your skin tone. 2 4D Balayage
According to Papanikolas, one-dimensional color will be replaced with
high-contrast balayage this summer. “The updated version [of highlights] for 2022 uses a 4D technique where the highlights are focused in four main areas: teasing out the ends, bold ‘V’-shaped highlights, soft face-framing highlights, and delicate highlights through the crown,” he says.
Shvonne Perkins, education manager at
Madison Reed, also cites multi-dimensional balayage as a major trend on the rise. “It’s a true summer staple that can be fully customized, and is a great way to add dimension where growth is less noticeable,” she says. 3 Warm Auburn Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Brownswell says salons are also getting more requests for warmer colors — besides copper, think deep reds and auburns. “They have surged in popularity since Kendall Jenner, Phoebe Dynevor, Ashley Benson, and Barbie Ferreira all changed their color recently,” she says. Considering the copper trend, it’s only logical that another variation of the red tone would quickly follow suit.
“Red hair can work with most skin tones, but not
every red works with every skin tone,” Papanikolas explains. “Golden and olive complexions look best with auburns, while fair skin looks best with copper and strawberry hues.” So while many celebs have opted for copper recently, stay tuned for an incoming auburn moment. 4 Icy Blonde
On the opposite side of the warm spectrum is cold-as-ice
silver blonde, which is set to come back with a vengeance at the start of the summer. “Blonde is eternally popular, and loads of celebrities — like Gigi Hadid, Stella Maxwell, and FKA Twigs — have gone back to blonde,” Brownsell explains, adding that she is seeing a rise in icy, silvery shades. Further proof? Dua Lipa debuted an icy blonde ‘do at the Grammys. 5 Strawberry Ginger
Now that red is bigger than ever, offshoots like
strawberry blonde and apricot ginger are rising in popularity, too. “We’re starting to see it everywhere from fashion week to red carpets,” Perkins says of strawberry blonde in particular. Brownsell, on the other hand, is seeing a surge in light gingers and hybrids of the two — think peach-meets-ginger. So keep an eye out for lots of pink-ish reds as temperatures rise. 6 Golden Brown Kevin Mazur/MG21/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
And for the brunettes: “You’ll find all shades of brunette still on the rise, from light bronde to the deepest brown,” Perkins tells Bustle. But if there’s one specific shade that’s really taking off this season, it’s
Hailey Bieber’s current hue. “Hailey Bieber really kicked this trend off because I’ve had so many lighter-haired clients asking for her color,” says Jaclyn Curti, colorist at Eva Scrivo Salon. “It’s definitely having a moment.” 7 Two-Toned Colors
Brownsell also points out that you’ll see an uptick in people sporting
two-toned hair colors this season. “People love getting those in-your-face shades as face-framing bleach bits, or secret slices of color, because they’re great ways of experimenting without committing to a full head of bleach,” she tells Bustle. You may have recently seen Megan Thee Stallion’s multicolored ‘do, or recall Bella Hadid’s multiple takes on the trend. 8 Neon Tints
Brownsell also predicts that acid tones — think
neon reds, oranges, yellows, and greens — will be huge once the weather starts heating up. The trend started revealing itself on the Grammys red carpet, where celebs like Laverne Cox, Diplo, and Arlo Parks sported bold shades. “We’re already getting more requests for neon colors like lime, lemon, and orange,” says Brownsell. 9 “Pamcore” Blonde Getty Images/Axelle/Bauer-Griffin / Contributor
Finally, ’90s blonde — also known as “mega blonde” or “
Pamcore” blonde — is set to be the star of the summertime. “The unmissable shade can be seen on celebs like Nicola Peltz and Anya Taylor-Joy,” Papanikolas tells Bustle. But the summer 2022 version in particular is “extra bright,” he says. “It usually involves lifting the base color two to three shades, with the addition of tons of highlights.” Think: Pamela Anderson’s bright ’90s hue. 10 Expensive Brunette Instagram.com/DoveCameron
Olivia Casanova, IGK color partner and IGK Soho Salon colorist, the “mocha brown” shade, also known as chocolate brown or “expensive” brunette, is incredibly in vogue for the summer. “I haven’t stopped getting requests for this color, and I even have it myself,” she tells Bustle.
As for why it's so popular? Her take is that it’s universally flattering on every skin tone and hair type while requiring minimal maintenance.
11 Vivid Money Pieces
Brownsell points to
e-girl hairstyles as a major influence on upcoming summer hair color trends. “We’ve been getting more and more requests for out-there hair recently that speaks to the e-girl aesthetic,” she tells Bustle. “I think a key moment for the look was Bella Hadid’s bright orange money pieces back in early 2021. They’re popular and easy to do at home because you don’t have to bleach your entire head, plus they definitely give that e-girl vibe that everyone’s loving right now,” she says. 12 Technicolor Strands
Another e-girl inspired look? Multicolored manes. Brownsell says that she believes people are more willing to experiment with their hair now post-lockdown. “I’ve noticed an uptick with salon requests, styling, and the looks our DIYers are creating at home — and there are a lot of bright, electric colors,” she tells Bustle.
13 Multidimensional “Bronde”
Casanova also predicts a summer surge in “bronde,” aka the in-between hybrid of blonde and brunette, as it’s incredibly versatile without as much excessive upkeep as a full-on blonde. “This look is dimensional with some highlights or balayage, requiring a little bit more maintenance than the ‘mocha brown’ but not as much as being a bright blonde,” she explains. “It’s the perfect way for brunettes to dabble with the idea of going lighter without committing to anything they can’t handle.”
14 “Peek-a-Boo” Pigment Gotham/GC Images/Getty Images
Finally, Brownsell points to the “peek-a-boo” look as an emerging trend, and it’s yet another option that allows you to play around with color without dyeing your whole head. All it takes is dyeing a slice of color in the underlayer of your hair, she says, quite like the look Miley Cyrus debuted in May.
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This article was originally published on
April 14, 2022