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5 hot hair colours to dye for in summer 2016

From pretty pastels to blondes, brunettes and a mix of the two (bronde) – we’ve rounded up the best celebrity looks to inspire you into giving a new summer colour trend a go…

1. Wash-out pastels


January Jones attends the PaleyFest 2012 honoring of “Mad Men”

As seen on: January Jones.

Best for: Blondes who want a splash of fun colour.

What is it? A colour-pop trend that’s perfect if you don’t want to commit to a full head of permanent colour. A pastel rinse will last you 8-10 washes before fading out. If you’re worried that it’s just for 20-something festival goers, think again, because January Jones, 37, showed us all just how chic pastels can be.

Make it work for you: Most pastel dyes will only show up on light blonde hair, so if you have darker hair and don’t fancy stripping your tresses of colour to let a pastel shade show, you can still get the look with a wash-out spray.

Salon services: Wella Professionals Instamatic by Color Touch is available in salons in semi-permanent pastel pink shades, blues, purples and greens and lasts 8-10 washes, £15.

2. The new blonde


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley attending the Elle Style Awards 2015 held at the Sky Garden

As seen on: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Best for: Blondes that need a recharge.

What is it? Glossy, multi-tonal hues of butterscotch, amber and gold, or a clean vanilla hue.

Make it work for you: Keep it natural like Rosie H-W and ask for a mix of lowlights and highlights. Or if you want something brighter, colour expert Charles Worthington says vanilla blonde is another hot trend for SS15. Take your cue from newly blonde Jennifer Lawrence and keep away from red and copper tones, or you’ll go more brassy than bright.

Salon services: L’Oréal Professionnel Majirel High Lift is a new salon colour that brightens natural hair and roots to a luminous, clean blonde shade, from £50.

3. Bronde


Sarah Jessica Parker at ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’

As seen on: Sarah-Jessica Parker.

Best for: Flat browns and in-between blondes.

What is it? Not brunette, not quite blonde, bronde is the colour combo trend. SJP has been pioneering this caramel ‘n’ honey hybrid for years, and now other celebs are following suit.

Make it work for you: If you’re starting blonde, mix a couple of darker and mid-brown tones with your natural shade, and for brunettes, work small sections of blonde and lighter brown around your crown.

Salon services: Redken Chromatics Ombre Light blends light and dark tones to give a sunkissed bronde look, prices vary.

4. Summer brunette


Nicole Scherzinger attends the 2015 NBC Universal Summer Press Day

As seen on: Nicole Scherzinger.

Best for: Brunettes in a rut.

What is it? A seasonal twist on your regular brunette shades, this new beachy trend incorporates lighter sections around the front and ends to give a sunkissed look.

Make it work for you: ‘Avoid a stripy look by adding in highlights that are only a tone or two lighter than your base colour, like subtle shades of toffee,’ advises Charles Worthington. ‘Then stop it lightening too much in the sun with a UV protection spray.’

Salon services: The Charles Worthington Colour Contouring service places highlights to frame the face and enhance cheekbones, £85.

5. Grey goddess


Ellie Goulding at the American Music Awards

As seen on: Ellie Goulding

Best for: Those after an edgier look.

What is it? While it might seem strange to dye hair grey, it’s a definite trend.

Make it work for you: ‘This can suit most skin tones if you alter the depth and tone of the shade,’ says Sam McGee, senior colourist at SACO Hairdressing. ‘Pale, cool (violet-ash) tones suit warmer, pale skin tones, and deeper, soft minky greys suit cooler, more olive tones.’

Salon services: Schwarzkopf Professional Salons offer colour consultations to find your shade of grey, prices vary.

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