As salons begin to reopen, the search for the best summer hair colors begins. But before you go straight to the bleach, be aware of the fact that most salons operate at 50% capacity, so it might be even more difficult to schedule your monthly touch-up than usual. Because of this, coupled with the risk of a second wave of coronavirus infections, Stephanie Brown, a master colorist at IGK Soho, predicts that low-maintenance natural shades will take a moment this summer. “I think it will be all about growth,” she says. “Whether someone goes natural or a little extreme, people will want their hair color to grow easily without having to touch up their roots as often. I think there will be many more conversations between colorists and clients about what will look best and what will grow best in each individual person. “
On the other hand, celebrity stylist Justine Marjan predicts it will be pure fun and fantasy when it comes to post-quarantine color. Whether it’s bright colors or stripes from the early 2000s, she believes that people will seize the day and make a major change, especially given the fact that none of us were able to do it in the past few months.
We rounded up the best summer hair colors to try, from the bold Technicolor to the understated natural and everything in between. We even added a few DIY options, in case you’re still committed to social estrangement (just be sure to read our guide on how to color hair at home first). Read on to see 31 hair colors to try this summer and get ready to book an appointment. (Aren’t you so glad we can say that again?)