Summer Hair Color Inspiration From Celebs

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Summer Hair Color Inspiration From Celebs
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Summer is the time to shed the deeper, darker hair shades of winter and go for something softer and lighter, says Ashley Kowalsky, a colorist at Arrojo salon in New York. Take your cue from today's hottest celebrities -- like actress and model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley -- and choose a luscious color for your tresses that will keep heads turning all summer long.

The Ombre Effect
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The Ombre Effect

Can't decide between a brown or blond shade this summer? Go for the best of both worlds by getting the ever-popular ombre style. Whether your hair is dark or light, achieve the look by keeping root areas darker and gradually lightening toward the ends, like actress Rachel Bilson does here at an event in Beverly Hills, Calif. This summer color trend works on ladies of every skin tone, Kowalsky says.

Cold as Ice
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Cold as Ice

Cold weather may be behind you, but an icy shade of blond -- like the one actress Michelle Williams sports here at the 2012 Academy Awards -- can truly get you in the summer spirit and give you an ultra-glam and edgy sense of style. But beware: This shocking shade looks best on ladies with naturally blond hair and fair skin.

Sweet as Honey
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Sweet as Honey

For ladies with olive and darker skin tones, a warmer shade of blond may be the way to go for the summer months. This honey blond shade -- seen here on actress and model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at an event in London -- is easiest to achieve if you have naturally dirty-blond or medium brown hair and looks gorgeous with shimmering golden highlights blended in.

Warm and Rich
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Warm and Rich

If shades of blond aren't your thing, bring some warmth and luster to dark hair by going for a caramel brown shade, like the one actress Jessica Alba shows off here at a movie premiere in Los Angeles. Try golden caramel highlights to frame the face or give all-over lightening to a dark shade of brown to create a head full of shiny, rich hair.

Red Hot
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Red Hot

Give your hair some sexy sizzle this summer with a shiny shade of copper red, like the one seen here on actress Emma Stone at the 2012 Critics' Choice Movie Awards. Vibrant shades of red and brighter orange hues are on-trend this season, Kowalsky says, adding that these shades work best on ladies with light to medium skin tones.

A Taste of Strawberry
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A Taste of Strawberry

Shades of bright red or orange may be too intense for some, so consider toning it down a bit by going strawberry blond like actress Connie Britton, seen here at an event in Beverly Hills. Kowalsky says she's seeing ladies lighten up the color even more for summer with sweeter, softer shades of peachy blond blended in to give the look a "little more fun."

Bronzed Brunette
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Bronzed Brunette

Whether you’re lightening up a head full of dark brown hair or taking blonde locks a shade darker, a chestnut brown mane -- like the one seen here on actress Kate Beckinsale at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards -- will bring some warmth and depth to your summer ‘do. Keep it looking season appropriate by adding highlights in shades of gold, auburn and copper to give the color a little shine.

Dark and Sexy
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Dark and Sexy

Bold, dramatic hair color for the summer season doesn’t have to mean bleach blonde or bright red. Instead, you can opt for something on the dark side, like the raven locks singer Katy Perry shows off here at the 2010 American Music Awards. The color often looks best on fair, olive or dark skin tones, and it helps to add a shine serum each day to keep it ultra-glossy.

Playful Pastels
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Playful Pastels

An all-over shade change may not be on everyone's summer wish list, but that doesn't mean you can't play with a little dose of color. Add a few highlights of an unexpected hue for the warmer months, like actress January Jones does here at an event in Beverly Hills. Blondes tend to look best in pastel shades like pink, purple and light blue, Kowalsky says, but ladies with dark hair can get in on the fun, too, by adding streaks of red.

Strong and Healthy
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Strong and Healthy

With the heat, sun and pools of summer, hair can take a beating, especially if it's been treated or colored. Keep colored hair protected, healthy and strong -- like the locks on actress Blake Lively, seen here at a movie premiere in Los Angeles -- during the warmer months by using healing oils, conditioning masks and even sunscreen on hair, Kowalsky suggests. When coloring, go for ammonia-free solutions to keep tresses shiny and rich without damaging them, she says.

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