Cut, color, care: the lowdown on summer hair

Oh, summer. The balmy air, the irresistible scent of sunscreen and saltwater, the bliss of long, lazy days at the beach, of sun-soaked skin, and endless nights spent on patios...it's no wonder we can't wait.

As you change out your wardrobe and swap the chunky sweaters and jeans for lighter fabrics, summer dresses, and tanks, it's time to start thinking about your hair, too. For most people, summer hair trends make them think of beachy wavessun-lightened hair, and an overall effortlessness that is conducive to lounging around in the heat. While these summer hair trends are certainly a good place to start, maintaining their association with the summer season year after year, there is so much more to summer hair than the obvious. 

 

Beyond summer hair trends and the cuts and colors that will help you achieve a look that is totally on trend, caring for your hair appropriately is vital. While winter is synonymous with dry hair and static, summertime can also take a toll on your tresses. Just think of all that time your hair spends in a chlorinated pool, all the salt buildup, and the heat damage from the sun blazing down on your strands. Chances are your hair's needs will change with the seasons, so it's important to change out your hair care products accordingly.

 

Summer hair trends: what to ask your stylist for? 

While the summertime doesn't necessarily require a drastic cut, it's a good excuse to change things up a bit. Whether you just want to add some texture and layers to give your hair a more effortless, lightweight feel or are looking to dial up the drama and make a statement with your look, there's a summer hairstyle that's right for you. 

THE WAVY LOB

This textured, asymmetric look is equal parts edgy and chic, and it's a great way to keep your hair off your back when it's hot out. If you tend to prefer longer hair, the lob is much less daunting than a bob. Plus, it's easy to grow out your hair again; unlike with a bob, there's no awkward in-between phase. Simply ask your stylist for a layered lob with some face-framing pieces. When it comes to styling, we suggest curling your hair in alternating directions to give you a more tousled look and prevent the curls from merging together. 

BABY BANGS 

A retro vibe for the daring gal, baby bangs are a great summer hair trend to give you a rocker-chic vibe for the summer time. While this look isn't for everyone, it's certainly show-stopping. We recommend this look if your hair is already on the straight side as it can be a bit of a nuisance to style, especially on a humid day. Seen at the Prada and Miumiu runway shows, this high fashion look is a great way to crank up the drama...and show off those eyebrows! 

LONG AND TEXTURED 

Not to be confused with beachy waves, this "it" summer hairstyle is all about natural movement. Rather than discernable, full-bodied curls, think of natural kinks and undone movement. To achieve this look, ask your stylist for long layers that will wear well when you air dry your hair. Depending on your natural texture and desired length, your stylist should be able to customize the look to suit you. 

SUMMER HAIR COLOR: THE ART OF LIGHTENING UP

So you're thinking of going lighter this summer? Surprise, surprise. Lift your color, lift your spirits, is what you might be thinking, but there are ways to summer-up your color without turning yourself into a bleach blonde. Still, it's fun to brighten up your look with some balayage or ombre. Whether you have balayage in your natural hair or are just looking to experiment with color, Luxy Hair extensions are perfect. 

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While going lighter is always in style for summer, this year, a cool-toned, ashy, or muted take on traditional shades is what's trending. Forget warm-toned, Baywatch-inspired hues and ask your stylist to cool down your color with a toner.