Cool hair colour ideas for summer: A-list inspiration

Looking for a summer colour update? Here are some fab ideas.

There’s something about rising temperatures that makes us want to let our hair down – especially when we’ve had to wear hats and carry umbrellas for months! Summer is also the perfect time to let loose and be a little more adventurous, not only with your clothing, but also with your hair. And nothing ushers in a new season better than a new shade. So if you’re looking for some summer-ready hair colour ideas, we’ve got you covered! Whether you’re after an all-over dye, subtle highlights or an ombre effect, get inspiration from our edit and fall in love with these A-list-approved, sun-kissed shades…

A-list inspiration: 7 Hair colour ideas for summer

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Emma Roberts effortlessly rocking a quietly chic rose gold shade. Credit: Getty Images

Emma Roberts

While many think that going lighter for summer is a must, actress Emma Roberts proves that choosing a slightly darker shade is actually a great idea, too. Her trendy rose gold (or dark strawberry blonde) hue – that she actually likes to call “desert rose” – complements her skin tone perfectly!

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Alesha Dixon pairs her short bob with a head-turning lilac hue. Credit: Getty Images

Alesha Dixon

Former Mis-Teeq singer Alesha Dixon channelled Kelly Osbourne vibes when she revealed her fresh, summery, lilac hair colour on Instagram. And, killing two birds with one stone, she also taps into the bob trend with her edgy haircut.

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Bella Thorne went for a more sophisticated take on blonde. Credit: Getty Images

Bella Thorne

Known for her eye-catching red tresses, actress Bella Thorne swapped her usual hair colour for this sophisticated, yet summer-friendly, blonde shade. We love how she kept her roots darker and opted for a few subtle highlights, for the most striking effect. It may not have lasted very long (she went dark again for Coachella), but it’s definitely one we’ll remember!

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Looking for summer hair colour ideas? Why not try rainbow bangs like Keke Palmer! Credit: Getty Images

Keke Palmer

If you prefer to flirt with a colour rather than fully commit to it, take a leaf out of star Keke Palmer’s book and get rainbow bangs. Palmer’s easy-to-maintain, blue-greyish fringe is a subtle, quick and playful way to inject lightness into your mane. (And it’s also a perfect look for festivals!).

Tip: In order to maintain a grey mane, you’ll need to invest in a silver shampoo, like TIGI Bed Head Dumb Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo (£20.50*).

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Ruby Rose’s emerald green braided crown looks almost regal on the red carpet. Credit: Getty Images

Ruby Rose

Actress Ruby Rose rocked low-key, emerald-green hair at the 2016 GLAAD Media Awards. And we loved how she styled her short, dip-dyed, mermaid-esque locks into a pretty braided crown. This elegant updo – ideal for a midsummer evening – just looked perfect as it drew attention to Ruby’s amazing jawline.

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Kylie Jenner’s dip-dyed blue lock is one of our favourites hair colour ideas for summer. Credit: Getty Images

Kylie Jenner

Colour chameleon Kylie Jenner looks ready to take on the high seas with this deep, navy-blue hue. We love how she wears this look with pin-straight, glossy locks – and the sultry colour perfectly complements her skin tone. Did we mention that both Ruby Rose’s and Kylie Jenner’s colours work well with all skin types and textures?

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Hailey Baldwin’s balayage bronde hue is actually the perfect year-round shade. Credit: Getty Images

Hailey Baldwin

Did someone say cinnamon swirl? With warm honey tones and cinnamon bun-inspired highlights, the model’s delicious bronde hue was achieved with a balayage technique. This bright, summery colour really adds intensity to Hailey Baldwin’s square-shaped face. And we also love how she softens her complexion by pairing the shade with a wispy fringe.

So, which one of these hair colour ideas will you try this summer?

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