Summer 2015 Hair Color Trends

Summer’s here! Of course, if you live in Florida, did summer ever leave? Nevertheless, it’s that time of year again when we plan frequent beach weekend getaways to breathe in that salty air and escape our routines. It’s also that time again when some of us are in search of the latest trends in fashion and beauty, looking for a “summer makeover.” After all, summer’s when life begins over again!

And as the days get brighter, hair gets lighter (au naturel or with the help of a peroxide bottle). But should we all get blonde highlights? Does platinum blonde flatter every face? Is ombre “in” or “out”?  Style Magazines turned to Redken colorists Tracey Cunningham and David Stanko to get the scoop on this summer’s hair color trends.

Rich Reds

“Deep, strong reds like Emma Stone are here to stay, both on and off the red carpet,” says Tracey Cunningham, Redken Celebrity Colorist.

The “go-to” colorist for many A-list stars works out of Meche Salon in Beverly Hills and also travels the world with her famous clients. Cunningham loves to use the new Redken Carmin’ R™ shades to enhance her clients’ color and create cool red highlights. To keep your color vibrant this summer, she recommends Redken’s Color Extend Magnetics Sulfate-Free haircare. The Redken Charge-Attract Complex found in this line “combines essential Amino Acids, Glutamic Acid and Serine, with supercharged ingredients for maximum color vibrancy,” highlights Redken.

Babylights Blondes

“It is all about going blonde this season, whether or not you consider yourself a natural blonde. A cool blonde like Gwyneth Paltrow, who has a gorgeous all-over color, can easily be elevated to another level by creating babylights, which has been my go-to blonding technique for many years and mimics the sun-kissed tones your hair took on as a child,” says Cunningham.

To maintain gorgeous blonde locks, Cunningham recommends Redken’s Blonde Idol haircare line. Its “pH balanced, sulfate-free formula [shampoo] gently cleanses and softens blonde hair with lightweight moisture,” claims Redken. And its Custom-Tone Conditioners help maintain tonality. Blonde Idol is “designed to keep your blonde, blonde.”

Brightened Brunette

“So many of my brunette clients believe that blonde highlights are off-limits but it is in fact the opposite; highlights on a brunette create a gorgeous lift! With Jessica Biel who is a darker shade, I created a balayage effect using the Blond Idol High Lift Conditioning Cream on the ends,” says Cunningham.

What if you’re more of a classic brunette? Cunningham says that a “rich monochromatic look” is a popular trend too. Go for rich brunette tones to brighten your look this summer.

David Stanko, consultant for Redken 5th Avenue and NYC-based salon colorist, recommends adding “brown bits throughout dark brunette hair.” He joined Cunningham on stage at the Premiere Orlando International Beauty Event held in May. Orlando Style Magazine attended their “Color Panel” class at the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center and chatted with Stanko backstage.

“[All-over] blonde color is not for all women,” he told me. If you have black (or super dark brown) hair, platinum blonde (remember Kim Kardashian West’s look last spring?) may look “too extreme.”  To brighten your look, add more “chocolate, milk chocolate hues,” Stanko recommends.

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Tracey Cunningham

Tracey Cunningham


David Stanko