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The best hair colours for spring and summer and how to care for them

12 December 2018
Spring hair
Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Junior Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L'Oréal, Jelani brings her knowledge and passion for haircare to Salonsecret.africa. Before joining the team, she spent time at Celebuzz, Seventeen and Cosmo for Latinas.

After months of having your hat perpetually stuck on your head, winter is officially over and spring is here. Now that you’ve finally ditched your winter layers, it’s time to give your tresses a little extra attention with some fun and fresh spring colors.

From platinum to pastel, we’ve rounded up some of the best hair colors for spring and are letting you know exactly how to care for them. Stick with any one of these and you’ll slay all season long.

Platinum

Platinum is the color for spring, but with great hair comes great responsibility. Platinum locks may be high maintenance, but when the compliments begin to roll in –and trust us, they will–you’ll be grateful you took the time to care for your icy tresses.

While bleach is essential to achieving platinum locks, it also has a habit of wreaking havoc on your hair. When not done by a professional, it can leave you with dry, broken, limp strands. To combat the harsh side effects of bleach, make sure to add a super hydrating hair mask to your weekly routine.

Unlike most hair colors fading isn’t a huge issue for platinum hair. That bleach isn’t budging, but all blondes are prone to brassiness. To combat that unsightly orange tinge, invest in a purple shampoo and conditioner that will keep your color icy, even as the weather heats up.

Bronde

The biggest hair trend of 2016 is here to stay and we couldn’t be happier. Can’t decide between blonde and brunette? Us either. So why choose one, when you can have both? You get all of the glamour of blonde, all of the sophistication of brunette, and none of the hassle of major upkeep.

If you’re already blonde or brunette, your transition will be seamless. After your stylist dyes your locks, invest in a color protecting haircare system specifically for blondes to keep your color looking bright all-season long.

Be sure to head to the salon every six to eight weeks to maintain the perfect blonde to brunette ratio. And, whenever you’re ready for something new, grow out your hair and have your stylist balayage your locks for a seamless ombre.

Copper

If you’re looking for a big change, copper is the perfect color for you. The bold hue will help you seamlessly transition from the dark days of winter to the sunny weather of spring.

While we can guarantee you won’t regret going crimson, maintaining fiery locks is no easy feat. Be sure to head back to the salon for a touch up every four to six weeks. Because red dye fades faster than any other color, in between salon visits you’ll want to add a color-depositing shampoo and color preserving conditioner to your routine to make sure your locks stay bright.

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Chocolate

If you thought dark colors were just for fall, think again. Chocolate never goes out of season. Glossy chocolate hair will perfectly complement all of your best spring outfits and will leave you wondering why you ever thought blondes have more fun.

Brunette shades are typically the lowest maintenance of all of your dye options. They’re so low maintenance, in fact, colorists suggest cutting back on the number of times you wash your hair a week. Too much washing will not only cause your rich color to fade, but also to become brassy due to mineral deposits in the water. Make sure to pick up some blue and green color-correcting shampoo and conditioner to help remove any brassiness.

Because you’re cutting back on the number of times you wash your hair a week, you’ll want to invest in a really good dry shampoo. Tinted dry shampoos not only prevent oily locks but also help cover up new growth in between touchups.

Honey Highlights

If you’re considering a new look for spring, but don’t want to worry about the complicated upkeep that comes with dye, highlights are for you.

While highlighted hair is relatively low maintenance, you’ll still want to spend some time giving your locks some extra TLC to make sure your hair remains the perfect color all season long. Color safe shampoos and conditioners will prevent your color from fading and make sure your strands stay nourished. If you’ve got a bit of a flat iron addiction, made sure to pick up a thermal protectant spray to prevent your color from becoming dull.

Soft Black

Black hair is always chic, but your blue-black tresses may be a little more well suited for winter. That’s where soft black comes in. The subtler, softer shade of black is dark enough so you won’t lose your edge, but light enough to perfectly complement your Easter outfit.

Like most bold colors, black has a tendency to fade fast, so you’ll want to invest in products that deposit color onto your locks to keep your hair as dark and vibrant as possible. Tinted dry shampoos and mousses will help you maintain your perfect shade between washes.

A few weeks after you’ve dyed your hair, consider heading back to the salon for a glaze treatment. It will add high shine to your raven locks and prevent your color from fading.

Pastel

Pastel hair is super trendy right now and spring is the perfect time to try it out.

Unless you’re already blonde, you’ll want to lighten your hair to take full advantage of this colorful trend. The key to maintaining a brightly colored pastel mane even a unicorn would envy is making sure you invest in a haircare system that will nourish your hair and help prevent your color from fading. Hydration is essential to maintaining healthy bleached locks, so make sure to add a super moisturizing hair mask into your weekly hair care routine.

To make sure your pastel locks last all season long, you’ll want to take precautions on wash day including rinsing your hair with cold water. Don’t hesitate to ask your stylist to recommend products that will keep your hair looking and feeling its best.

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