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Subtle Highlights for Hair to Try This Summer

Lighten up this summer. Subtly, of course.

Summer is just around the corner, and for many people that means the chance to lighten up and try a new hair color. From gray to pink to red and blonde (and everything in between!), the summer is an incredible time to experiment with color or highlights, like balayage or ombre hair. But then there are people, maybe like you, that shy away from color, or the idea of doing anything too dramatic your hair. And we get it: Dyeing your hair can be challenging, expensive and damaging. The beauty of summer highlights for hair is that you don’t have to go all or nothing. You can opt for very subtle and mild highlights that lightly frame your face as they change your color. Read on to learn how to subtly change your hue this summer.

Summer Highlights for Hair

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Dye your long ends with blonde and save the roots.

1. Dye the ends

One of the biggest complaints about dyeing hair is having to deal maintaining the roots. This summer, go for some ombre hair where you focus on dyeing the ends of your hair. We love this sun-kissed look that is easy to maintain. It also gives off the appearance of looking natural, making it so easy for you to grow it out on its own if you don’t love it.

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Rock these gorgeous dreadlock styles.

2. Add some red/brown tones

Even those with dark hair can switch up their look this summer. If you have really dark hair, aim for subtle browns or red that can work their magic to highlight your features.

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Even blondes can go blonder over the summer. Photo credit: Dvora

3. Enhance your blonde hair

Even blondes can go even lighter over the summer. Talk to your hairdresser about adding in subtle low-lights, or if you’re feeling really bold how to go platinum.

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Go for a darker hue on the top of your hair. Photo credit: Dvora

4. Go dark on top

For the reverse ombre look, go for darker roots on the top that tapper off into your natural shade.  This dark-to-light blend will soften your face while also creating an edgy summer look.

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Have fun with your brown hair by adding in some caramel highlights. Photo credit: Indigital

5. Caramel lights

Caramel hair is all the rage right now and it’s easy to see why. This color is an excellent way for brunettes (for both light and dark hair) to dial down their hair color and brighten it up. Go over all over highlights, or subtle ones that frame your face.

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Stunning way to change your hair is with copper highlights. Photo credit: Dvora

6. Add some copper

Another beautiful way to enhance dark hair is by adding some copper highlights. A shade of red hair, copper can be a bold way to change your locks as you create a new look.


Which of these hair color ideas are you going to try this summer?

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