30 Best Summer Hair Color Ideas in 2023
Summer is almost here, and it spells beach trips, vacations, and just overall fun in the sun. It’s also a good time to change your hair color because what better way to greet a new season than by getting a new look? And if you’re wondering what color would be great, we’ve listed down our favorite summer hair color ideas to help you decide.
While warm browns and blondes are a hit, summer is also a good time to try bright colors and pastels to give your new look a dose of personality. At the end of the day, picking a summer hair color is all about choosing the hue that you’re most confident in.
Ready to try summer hues? Check out our roundup below.
30 Summer Hair Color Ideas We Love
1. Golden Brown
This summer hair color tops our list because it gives your hair a sun-kissed look. It also flatters morena skin, so it’s perfect for showing off that beach tan.
Editor’s tip: Keep your hair color fresh with TRESemmé Root Touch-Up Spray (Light Brown Color). This temporary hair colorant conceals your roots and gray strands in seconds, and the effects last until your next hair wash. To use, just shake the can well, hold it about six to eight inches away from your hair, spray to your roots and grays, lightly blend with your fingers, and let it dry for a minute.
2. Caramel Highlights
If you simply want to add dimension to your hair, try caramel highlights. They complement textured hairstyles and layered haircuts—perfect for that laidback, summer look.
3. Golden Bronze
This summer hair color consists of a golden brown hue with hints of red and caramel, giving it an orange-y brown look. Like golden brown, it complements morena skin and it’s also great at showcasing your hair’s layers and texture.
This is a great hair color if you want to lighten your tresses without going full blonde. Your dark hair will still need to be bleached to achieve this color, so switch to purple shampoo to help preserve your bronde hue.
Editor’s tip: Keep your bleached hair from turning brassy by using TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Shampoo. Its purple formula neutralizes brassy tones, so you get to enjoy your blonde and bleached hair colors for twice longer. It also has jojoba oil for moisture and shine. For best results, complement this shampoo with TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Conditioner.
5. Ash Bronde
If you want to sport an ashy hair color, try ash bronde. It adds warmth to your face while exuding an edgy vibe, thanks to its gray undertones.
With a hint of orange mixed with a warm brown base, cinnamon is flattering for any skin tone. This color gives you a youthful, summer look, so go try it this season.
7. Strawberry Blonde
If you want to try a bright hair color, try strawberry blonde. It’s the lightest shade in the red hair color family, and it’s a great option to try if you want something that’s not as intense as fiery red or other vibrant red shades.
Editor’s tip: Bleaching and coloring can cause extreme hair damage. Nurse your tresses back to their healthy-looking state by using Dove Keratin Repair 1 Minute Serum Conditioner. It has keratin-infused serum capsules that go deep into your hair to repair damage from within. With regular use, it leaves your hair recovered, beautiful, and resilient in just one minute.
8. Unicorn Hair
Combine bright shades of blue and purple along with pastel pink, and you get this head-turning color combo. With unicorn hair, you get to be adventurous with your hair and create a unique look.
9. Ashy Unicorn Hair
It’s a more muted look because of the ashy tones, but it’s just as chic and interesting. And with the colors more blended together, the overall hue looks iridescent.
This warm, medium brown hair color with undertones of metallic red makes it look like your hair is glinting in the sun. Whether you get it as highlights or as your new hair color, copper will give you a striking summer look.
11. Dark Copper
This hair color has more browns in it, making it a deeper shade. Nevertheless, the reddish, metallic undertone is still there, giving your cheeks a warm, summer glow.
12. Bright Pink
Quirky and cheerful-looking, this hair color livens up your everyday look. It’s also a good hair color to get for short hair to add oomph to a simple bob.
13. Ash Pink
Adventurous but subtle, ash pink adds oomph to your look. It’s also the right combo of sweet and edgy and is versatile enough to be worn every day.
If you want something that’s cool to the eyes for your summer look, try green hair. You can choose from light green colors like mint green and seafoam green. You can also try darker shades like emerald and teal and combine them with your naturally dark hair color in a dip-dyed look.
15. Dark Green Highlights
These dark, forest green streaks on black hair give you an edgy, mysterious vibe. They’re subtle but they leave a lasting impression.
16. Light Coral Pink
This shade of pink has tinges of red or orange, making it a warm color that’s flattering for any skin tone. It gives off a youthful energy—perfect if you want your look to spell fun and bold.
17. Mahogany Brown
This dark brown hair color gives you a head-turning ‘do, especially when you’re under the sun. And if you love tousled hairstyles, mahogany brown helps you show off your hair’s texture.
18. Honey Milk Tea
You’ll love this shade of milk tea hair color as much as you love quenching your thirst with its namesake, refreshing drink! It has golden undertones for that sun-kissed goodness combined with the hip and trendy vibe that milk tea hair color gives off.
19. Blonde With Dark Roots
Is your hair already starting to grow? Don’t stress about it, because the contrast between your dark roots and blonde hair makes for an edgy, summer look!
20. Honey Brown
Less vibrant than golden brown but just as warm, honey brown also gives you a just-came-from-the-beach look. It’s also a great color for curly hair, as it helps showcase your hair’s shape and texture.
21. Multi-Colored Jewel Tones
Combine magenta and ruby red with muted hues like olive green and berry-like purple to create a fun but sophisticated, rainbow-inspired look.
22. Nude Hair
This summer hair color has an equal mix of cool and warm undertones. Also called neutral blonde, nude hair is flattering for all skin tones, so it’s definitely a must-try this season.
23. Bright Streaks
Dye small sections of your hair vibrant orange, green, and pink to create a bold and fun, summer look. They pop out against your naturally dark hair, especially when you braid your hair.
This pinkish-purple hair color is perfect for those who are not into pastels but are also not keen on getting bold and vibrant hues. You can wear it with dark roots for a more low-maintenance look.
25. Lived-In Blonde
Speaking of low maintenance, try this look. The blonde color looks handpainted on your hair, blending well with your naturally dark tresses. Rock this hair color by creating soft, relaxed waves that showcase your hair’s depth and dimension.
26. Balayage Blonde
Wear blonde with flair by going for a balayage look. Unlike traditional highlights, balayage consists of handpainted colors on your hair. It’s similar to lived-in blonde, but in balayage, you start painting blonde on small sections of your hair first. As you move to the tips, you add more blonde, creating a more seamless transition from the dark sections of your hair.
27. Peach and Pink Waves
For a soft and dainty summer look, combine pastel pink and peach hair color. This candy-like hue exudes a youthful vibe, like you’re in for a season full of adventures.
28. Fiery Ombré
Turn up the heat with red-and-orange ombré hair! This bold look will make you a stunner at barbecue parties and summer music festivals. You’ll be hard to miss with this hair color.
29. Two-Toned Hair
Dye half of your hair purple and the other half hot pink to create this whimsical look. Accessorize your two-toned hair with a bow if you’re in a playful mood. But if you want something edgy, do away with accessories, part your hair at the center, and leave your hair down.
30. Playground Highlights
These highlights are a shade or two lighter than your natural hair color. They mimic the color your hair turns to when sunlight hits it. Playground highlights give your hair dimension in a subtle way, and they’re also easy to maintain. We won’t blame if you decide to wear them even when summer ends.
With these summer hair color ideas, you’ll be sporting a fresh, new look that you’ll enjoy showing off in all your beach and travel selfies. Have fun!