Looking at the weather forecast, it appears summer has finally arrived. As we plan our summer wardrobes and holidays, it's only natural to want to switch up our looks and even go for a shorter look. There's something about summertime that always encourages us to switch up our hair colour, too. Whether we opt for a few sun-kissed slices of colour through our lengths or experiment with an entirely new hue, there's an optimistic mood as the days become longer and the sun (hopefully) shines. And hair colourists are seeing appointments book up as we plan our hair colour for the summer.
"Whatever colour you go for, it's important to protect your hair from damage," says Paul Percival, founder of Percy & Reed. He recommends using a regular mask to keep your hair—and colour—in top condition.
If you're looking for some summer hair colour inspiration, then look no further. We spoke to some of the top salons and hair colourists to find out exactly what hair colours are going to be big news for 2022. Prepared to be inspired and get your hair colourist on speed dial.
1. Renaissance Red
"Copper and auburn tones were a trend last year and will be huge again. These strong colours are a nice base for lighter pieces of freehand colour, which can personalise and bring out your style and cut," says Percival. Neville Hair and Beauty colourist Domenico Casella is also seeing a resurgence of the hue. So much so, the Classic Renaissance colour has become a permanent fixture on the salon's colour menu and uses henna to create the luxurious colour.
Summer is the time to experiment with bold hues, and Winnie shows us how it's done with this bright red.
A regular mask helps to keep that salon-fresh shine to your hair colour.
2. Suede Oat
Ash-blonde goes expensive for summer 2022. Think creamy ash-blonde with an expensive-looking finish. "Ash blonde will be a key colour partly because in recent years, so many people have tried to do their own colour and experienced breakage and damage when they lift it," says Percival. "An ash-blonde tone lightens the hair without lifting it to the point of damage. It will always look expensive and can really bring out a cut or hairstyle with framing around the face or lighter tones underneath."
Expensive-looking brunette has been trending for 2022, and it's showing no signs of stopping for summer. "Luxury Brunette will continue to be big this summer," says Seniz Alkan, colour artistic director at Neville Hair and Beauty. "This is a colour that cannot be achieved through at-home box colour due to the multitude of deep luscious layers that are placed throughout the hair. The hair colour shimmers and glimmers in natural light, and the end result is multidimensional with luxury depth."