6 Cut and Color Trends for Summer Hair

Nothing feels better than the fresh summer air in our hair. Warmer weather has us itching to try a new style and re-invent our looks via our locks. Indeed, summertime is the perfect time to break free from a hair rut we may have fallen victim to in the winter months.

Giddy to test out a few new custom looks, we took a trip to Lincoln Park’s white-hot Custom Hair Lounge for inspiration on the latest cut and color trends for warmer weather. We dipped our toes in the color pool and, dare we say, we love the new pep in our step! Summer 2015 ushers in pastel hues ranging from light lavender (in a variety of candy colored intensities) to sultry, smoky mink (in all its shades of grey) to copper blonde (and the entire rose gold metal range). Our wearable interpretation of these sizzling colors spark enough fashion interest to keep you in tune with the times, yet subtle enough for day-to-day.

We also sprinkled in some fantastic ideas for trimming away bulk, pairing down with classic cuts to bring out tones, and added dimension to our new customized hues. From short shag to lob, layered and long, bangs or none at all—these before and after transformations may have you running to book your next hair appointment. Use our real life trend boards to mix and match a summertime look tailored to your length, color and texture—and above all, have fun!

1. Face-Framing Layers (for curls and waves)



Curly hair that’s bulky and triangular shaped.

Implement fresh long, cascading layers that are strategically cut to reveal and enhance natural curl.


Cutting Trend #1: Create Bounce & Movement By Removing Bulk, Adding Framing Layers

Model: Lindsey Gonzalez Hair Stylist: Richard Makeup Artist: Tania

2. Vibrant Copper Color



Textured curls that need some TLC and a gentle color revamp.

Dry cut to re-fresh and enliven textured curls by color conditioning with ammonia free, gentle color—in a vibrant golden rose.


Color Trend # 1: Deep & Intense Warm Copper Blonde 

  • Cut: A dry cut was done to create less tension on sensitive curly hair and liven up ends.
  • Color: Refresh with non-toxic plant based “Colorwear” by Alfa Parf to impart a warmer, copper blonde shade.
  • Shampooing: Shampoo was applied to the roots and left to naturally run through the ends.
  • Conditioning: Conditioner was applied to the ends, with just the remaining conditioner applied to the roots.
  • Home Care: The trick to curly hair is to not comb hair once out of the shower. Only comb hair with conditioner while in the shower.

Model: Melissa Graham Hair Stylist: Nevsy Makeup: Tania

3. Pop of Pastel (for short hair)



Short hair that needs a little extra pop—while growing out or maintaining its length.

Shag and pixie cuts are hot for summer. This short ‘do was given a refresher by adding a textured cut and the latest color craze—pastel hair.


Color Trend # 2: Pastel Hair…Try A Natural, Light Lavender For Extra Pop 

Model: Ashley Ryan Wood Hair: Tania and Nevsy Makeup: Tania

4. Balayage for Visual Fullness



Dull color that could use some strategic brightening for added fullness and dimension.

Custom three dimensional color was implemented using cool and warm tones via Balayage (a French word meaning to paint) for fullness and gorgeous natural looking color.


Color Trend #3: Balayage is fantastic for summer as color grows out beautifully and naturally so you don’t have an obvious re-growth line.  

  • Natural color was brought to a lighter tone and balayage coloring technique was weaved in for dimension.
  • To begin styling, don’t start drying hair that is too wet as that dilutes product and diminishes results.
  • We used Kevin Murphy Body Builder and paddle brushed the hair away from the face but left it very natural and not over styled.
  • To finish, use a light hold hair spray. To easily style at home, turn hair upside down and spray additional product for volume and movement.

Model: Lauren Topol Hair Stylist: Nevsy 


5. A Touch of Charcoal (for medium length hair)



Platinum color and a lob (long bob!) that needed touching up.

Add dimension to lob and transform blonde by mixing in some light charcoal.


Color Trend #4: Add A Little Mink…Try An Ash Pearl Pastel

Model: Molly Tullis Hair Stylist: Alena MakeupTania


6. Long Layered Beach-y Waves (for long hair)



Bored with long length and want to grow out bangs.

Try defined long layers and beach-y waves—both maintain length and are on-trend for spring. (Bonus: This style works great for long bangs, allowing you to grow them out gradually).


Cutting Trend #2: Long Layers Paired With Beach-y Straight Edge Waves 

  • Cut: Long layers cut for interest, lift, and volume.
  • Preparation: Moroccanoil Extra Volume Shampoo and Conditioner and volume enhancing mousse.
  • Styling: To create the “in” wave for spring, create beach-y waves while leaving the ends straight.

Model: Katie Niemiec ​Hair Stylist: Angel Makeup: Ina

  • This is a great post, I felt really inspired reading all about Stephanie’s career path and choices. Not to mention her great advice.


    • StephaniePaigeMiller

      So glad to hear! P.S. Nice blog, love London.

      • Thank you! 😀


  • FANTASTIC interview! Really inspiring how she ‘made it happen’ with SELF. Thanks for sharing! -Nicole

    • StephaniePaigeMiller

      Happy you enjoyed it. Keep up the good work with your mag/site too.

  • love her attitude — you might as well go for it, because it’s your only shot at getting anywhere. if everyone says no, well, then you’re no worse off.

    thanks for the post 🙂


    • StephaniePaigeMiller

      You have nothing to lose, just do it. Cool blog, too 🙂

  • Sarah Elizabeth

    Way to go, girl! I love this interview and your go get em attitude.

    • StephaniePaigeMiller

      Woot. Cheers to a great week. Thanks!

  • Carmen April Dinner With Nerds

    Having your elevator pitch down is crucial when networking and meeting new people inside and outside of your industry! I’m glad she mentioned that. Great article that showcases a real go-getter!

    • StephaniePaigeMiller

      Short ‘n sweet 15 seconds is all you need!

  • As a reader who does social media for work and for “funsies,” this was a fantastic start to my morning. Thank you for sharing — love your positive and infectious outlook! And congrats on the best moments (and impressive moments) of your career!

    xo, http://www.lilyonfillmore.com

    • StephaniePaigeMiller

      Love that lucite necklace you’re rockin’ on your blog. Stay in touch.

  • Angeline Hannachi

    I have that same “Rock n Roll” medal hanging from my rear view mirror! did DC and Seattle in 2012 🙂

    • StephaniePaigeMiller

      Rock star! How fun are those races? Love the music, the energy, everything.

  • Kate Lochner

    What priceless advice! This is definitely an article I’ll be referring back to.

    • StephaniePaigeMiller

      So glad. Tweet me any more Q’s @StephaniePaige.

  • SimoneM

    Inspiring post. As a senior in college, I was worried whether or not social media/digital marketing was going to be consider a career. But after reading Stephanie’s career and how she made her own position as a social media editor, it made me realize that you can make your position based on your skills and experience. So thanks Stephanie for reassuring me about my future.

    • StephaniePaigeMiller

      Social and digital will always be relevant (albeit in different ways, but it’s here to stay). While the title “social media editor” will likely disappear as newsrooms evolve, the core at what we do will always be impt. You’ve got nothin’ to worry about, you’ll do great.

  • Sarah Gurbach

    Being a 23-year-old myself, her advice really resonates with me. Thanks for this post – it came at exactly the right moment.

    • StephaniePaigeMiller

      Ahhh, you have so much time! Take it easy and find your path.

  • Amanda Risius

    Awesome interview. She is very smart and a go-getter. Another great example of how she used skill, not her name, to land a job!


    • StephaniePaigeMiller

      Love the palm print Juicy blazer, great buy.

      • Amanda Risius

        Thanks! I was thrilled to say the least 🙂

  • Great interview! It was very interesting to read your answers for these questions.


  • Kelly Sauter

    I knew you when 😉 SO PROUD. This is awesome.

  • Kate Sarah

    Fantastic article. Exactly what I am going through. After a year long job search attending interview after interview and applying for nearly 350 jobs, I landed a role managing the digital marketing space for a large company. Starting in 2 weeks, I am so excited by its prospects but was also apprehensive as it wasn’t the ‘dream’ role. I can now see how amazing the opportunity I have is and how it can shape my future. Thanks!

  • Great interview! As someone who is beginning to look where I want to go next with my career, I really appreciate her all advice, especially media advice.

  • Lindsay Avner

    Go Steph! So proud of you my beautiful friend and hope to see you in NYC soon XOXO

  • Adeline

    Brilliant interview and very motivating! I’ve been writing freelance for years but so far it hasn’t helped me get the jobs I want; I was getting really discouraged and had decided to give up, but this has kicked my butt to keep working. 🙂 Thank you.
    PS: just spotted a small typo – it should be @Rachelhaot 🙂

  • Stephanie defines Professionalism,Style,and a Beautiful Mind.

  • I loved this article , very inspiring. Stephanie is a bad ass!!!!! Thank you for sharing.

  • what a fantastic article, this is definitely a field i would love to break into! inspiring!

  • Christina Kwan

    Wow. Completely inspiring and motivating. What an amazingly relatable role model – definitely an exemplary Everygirl! Can’t wait to see what she does next.


  • Love this! I am a social media manager and work with major brands and am so pleased to see how much people embrace the power of social now. My current client is a bit stuck in the past and articles with numbers like this are great ammunition to share with them on why social works. Thank you!

  • Dee Lockett

    Great read. Extremely inspiring for someone like myself who’s starting out in editorial for mags but curious about social. Love the advice, Stephanie!

  • This was such a fabulous profile. I really enjoyed reading it and learning about Stephanie’s path. I want to follow her career foot steps and I learned so much from this one article! Thank you for showcasing Stephanie and her career advice!


  • disqus_IlJ5pkL2iq

    Very inspirational article. Stephanie, very impressed at all the strides you’ve made, well done! Thanks for starting my day off on a happy, motivating note!

  • I like the advice to self about not turning down interviews. They become way easier to master when you have more of them.

  • Tessa {TwoInspireDesign.com}

    Great advice Steph! You’re a perfect inspiration to women to go out and work hard to get what they want–have loved seeing how your career has evolved and grown!

  • Rachel

    As a young professional getting ready to graduate and establish roots in this competitive industry, this was so inspiring! It was comforting to read a success story about combining passion with business.

  • Dondalyn Breaux

    I just came across this and it is so inspiring and relevant to my new position as Social Media Intern for Apricot Lane. I cannot wait to embark on this adventure. Your words have given me insight and hope within this field! Thank you!

  • Thanks for great summer- hair ideas. Indeed it is a nice style. The hair color looks adorable on you that give a cool feeling but this will enhance more when you will have a shaped eyebrow that will enhance your personality and make you look glorious. I liked your curly hair. This Glam Style Is the Biggest Hair fashion of the summer. Thanks for nice tutorial.