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Summer Blondes

After a tumultuous few months, nothing says freedom like a new hair colour! Check out some of our fave colour predictions for Summer. By Charisse Kenion


This summer we’re all about lived-in colour. Whether our clients are channelling their inner Gigi Hadid blonde, or want that perfect J-Lo glow caramel, by using a mix of freehand, foiling and creative colour techniques we’re able to give them their perfect lived-in look, and, what’s more, it will grow out seamlessly.

Carla Stone, Urban Chic Salon @hairbycarla_urbanchic

For SS20 ‘twisted Balayage is the trend to look out for. A more natural take on the subtle blonde balayage technique that has been a favourite amongst clients over the past year, this look is very subtle and is created using a freehand technique, with the colour painted onto the hair and blending gradually for the perfect blend.

Kevin Paul Finnell, F&M Hairdressing @fmhairdressing

F&M Hairdressing

My top tip? Toner! Brass tones are inevitable for blondes and this can be challenging as a colourist but toners are your best friend. I love using a toner range that’s natural and kind to hair while it reduces brass tones and cares for the hair simultaneously. Toners add a shine to the hair which gives a gorgeous finish and I always advise clients to avoid over-washing their hair; not only does this dilute the toner more quickly, it can also cause the blonde to tarnish and encourage brassy tones to appear.

Krysia West, Perfectly Posh Hair Design @pposhhair

Perfectly Posh Hair Design  

For 2020 I think we will see a lot less bleaching and full heads of blonde colour and instead, more subtle fine highlights and babylights, as well as balayage. These services are great as they avoid a very obvious regrowth and give the hair a more natural appearance. For blondes in the salon I always use Wella Blondor mixed with Wellaplex to ensure hair is kept in its best condition. With blonde haired clients especially, it’s incredibly important to suggest conditioners, heat protectors and home care treatments for them to take home and use regularly. 

Leandro Santos Santana, Decode Hair by Leandro @decode_hair_by_leandro

Decode Hair by Leandro

Decode Hair by Leandro

 Blonde is often the colour of choice for many people come the summer months, but it’s important to remember that there is quite a lot of maintenance required to keep hair looking and feeling fantastic. Whether it’s a balayage, tint or highlights I always recommend a toner – for added shine and strength throughout. Also, be sure to recommend a brightening hair mask as an overnight treatment once a week for instant nourishment that protects against damage.

Dan Spiller, JOICO Colour Ambassador @danspiller2010

With blonde hair it’s just as important to look at the products your clients are using on their hair at home, as products with colour in them can change their hair colour. With oils in particular, always advise clear, natural oils such as Coconut or Argan that won’t turn hair yellow or brassy.

Philip Bell, Ishoka Hair and Beauty @ishokahairandbeauty

Neil Barton of Neil Barton Hair is a Goldwell Ambassador with his finger on the pulse of all the latest colour trends. Read on for his predictions.


For brunettes, rich, nutty mid-tones to extreme darks will be popular, especially those that are super cool with a underlying black hue. Think truffle and nutty tones, both of which infuse tones of blue and red and are classic and extremely versatile.

Blonde never goes out of style and two of my favourite blonde hues for the season are rich tea – a buttery tone that creates a must-have effect – and lemon cream, a yellow-inspired blonde that’s refreshing, clean and light.

For something more playful, muted pastel tones are also on-trend this season. Think softer tones that fade beautifully like peaches, lilacs and dusky pinks. Some of my favourite pastel tones include Lilatech, a modern version of classic lilac with a gender-neutral appeal, Sakura pink, a peachy pink shade with a great saturation depth and Neo Mint, a gorgeous fashion colour that embodies a forward-thinking and optimistic mood.

I also think colour contrasting will be huge as we head further into 2020; with this look most of the hair remains one colour, with the addition of some chunky highlights for a statement finish.

OSMO Ambassador Becky Sutherland predicts the top colour shades for summer

On trend and vibrant, a gorgeous peach blonde is the perfect summer shade for fresh and fashionable locks. Team it with a bright headband for a festival hair look and you’re good to go! Always advise clients to maintain colour with OSMO Colour Save Shampoo and OSMO Moisture Spray.

Next up, a summertime go-to is pastel shade pairing – ideal for staying one step ahead of the trend whilst standing out from the crowd. Summer nights call for fun hair colour pairs so be prepared to experiment! I’m also loving sun-streaked warm tones – a sunkissed brunette will always be on-trend throughout the summer and it’s perfectly low maintenance – just ensure clients take home OSMO’s Deep Moisture Intensive Repair Mask to keep it glossy.

Colour panelling is set to be a huge summer trend so why not pair a beautiful icy silver with a soft pastel colour?


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