The Mane Event: On-Trend Summer Hair Colours (and How to Get the Look)

Jennifer Aniston attends the Los Angeles première of Netflix's 'Murder Mystery 2' at Regency Village Theatre, March 28, 2023; Insets from top: Julianne Moore, 2017, Helen Mirren, 2013. All photos: Getty Images.

From rose pink to beachy bronds, hot weather is here along with a wave of summery hair colour trends.


Beachy Brond

A perennial that never goes out of style, this classic is personified by Jennifer Aniston’s signature California girl hair that’s as famous as she is. Launched in 2021, the 54-year-old actress’s mane even boasts its own all-natural, vegan hair care line, LolaVie. A beachy golden blond that exemplifies coastal casual, and which Aniston recently wore with a splash of grey, Michael Canalé, Aniston’s colourist of 30 years, says there’s a particular process behind maintaining it. Your colourist has to take your hair to a warm honey brown, then weave brightening highlights into that ‘brond’ base. “As you add highlights, you deepen the root,” he explains. This mix of lighter and darker tones gives hair a natural, sun-kissed vibe. 

Jennifer Aniston leaves ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’, New York, March 22, 2023. Photo: James Devaney/GC Images


Rooty Brond

Sarah Jessica Parker, 58, is another natural brunette whose hair colourist, Gina Gilbert at Serge Normant NYC, has perfected this look in lighter and darker iterations, that adds lots of flattering, light blond around the face. SJP has been embracing her gray and Gilbert says, while filming And Just Like That…, she had her gray blended in with — not covered up by — her blond highlights and this contrast between grey, blond and darker colours “lends a really nice dimension.” With this look’s warm tones, you’ll want to battle the brass with toning gloss treatments that lock in colour and add shine. Once a $60-plus salon expense, in 2021 L’Oréal introduced its Le Colour Gloss line as the “first salon-quality, in-shower toning gloss” that enhances colour and sheen for every hair shade, including honey blonde\ and smoky brond. Use blue shampoos and conditioners for routine tone-correcting, from top of the line Kérastase to good drugstore scores

Sarah Jessica Parker on the set of ‘And Just Like That…’, the followup series to ‘Sex and the City’, New York, July 14, 2021. Photo: James Devaney/GC Images



Sultry Sombré

Offering the same advantages of brond — a low-contrast root line for an easy grow out that doesn’t require monthly root maintenance — the latest variation on the darker roots-lighter locks look is this soft ombré — a.k.a. sombré. While the colour is still applied in a seamless gradation, root to tip, as its name suggests, the sombré is a darker, less contrasting version of ombré that offers a more subtle transition of shades.

Sandra Bullock at the Los Angeles première of Netflix’s ‘The Unforgivable’, Nov. 30, 2021. Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images



Cinnamon Spice

If brond-blond is too much upkeep, brunettes can enrich their colour with a dash of cinnamon. Have your colourist glaze your mane with a shine-enhancing gloss that adds a little fire to your summer style. The red fades and will leave hair a bronzy brown by fall. Less of a commitment? Request a semi-permanent gloss that washes out in six to eight shampoos. Or DIY it with L’Oréal Le Colour Gloss in Copper.

Julianne Moore during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals, May 18, 2017. Photo: Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

Pretty in Pink

Pale locks and a yen for summertime insouciance? Pink, violet and blue are 2023’s most fortuitous colours to dye your hair according to Chinese astrology for the Year of the Rabbit. Good luck and on-trend, if you aren’t up for an overall pink wash, just dip the tips for a subtle but super summery accent you can grow out/trim off in fall. Do it at home with Overtone products. The 100 per cent vegan brand’s semi-permanent Rose Gold hair color gives your mane a shimmering gold-pink hue in 15 minutes with color-depositing conditioners infused with avocado, coconut and evening primrose oils that hydrate dry, bleached and damaged hair.

Helen Mirren attends the EE British Academy Film Awards, The Royal Opera House, England, Feb. 10, 2013. Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images