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13 Sun kissed hair color ideas for fall

/ 08.25.2015
Which sun kissed hair color will you try this fall?
Which sun kissed hair color will you try this fall?

There's no time like a brand new season to get a brand new hair color, and with fall fast approaching, there are all kinds of sun kissed hues to explore! Keeping the carefree spirit of summer alive via a stunning hair color is easier than you might think, and you don't have to go totally blonde to do it.

We've put together a list of our fave sunny shades and honeyed hues to inspire your new fall look below. All you need to do is scroll down and check them out!

1. Pale blonde

Pale blonde
Pale blonde

Perfect for real and wannabe surfer girls alike, a pale blonde color creates a beachy feel that'll keep your vacation memories alive and kicking when the weather starts to cool off. You can go really light with an almost white, platinum shade, or keep it a little darker for added dimension, it's totally up to you!

Styling tip

Colored hair needs a lot of moisture to keep it healthy post-dye, especially if bleach was involved, so make time in your haircare routine for a weekly hair mask, as well as your regular conditioner and leave-in products.

2. Dark blonde

Dark blonde
Dark blonde

If you went lighter for summer and want to change things up again for autumn, consider a dark blonde color. Root growth won't be quite as obvious, and you can add highlights (or lowlights!) to bring some extra dimension to the look.

Styling tip

To get a sleek, flyaway-free finish, spritz your hair with a high-shine hairspray when you're done styling. It will help to tack down any existing flyaways and prevent more from forming.

3. Ombre highlights

Ombre highlights
Ombre highlights

For an "I just got back from vacation" look that'll last until spring, try some warm, ombre highlights! Keep them mainly around your face and through the ends of your hair to get a sun bleached effect. For added depth, try incorporating two or three different blondes.

Styling tip

To really bring out the color, create movement through the lengths and ends of your hair with a texturizing heat protectant spray. You can scrunch it into natural waves to enhance the curves, or spritz it onto dry hair before using a large barrel curling iron to create big, loose waves.

4. Karlie Kloss's blonde highlights

Karlie Kloss's blonde highlights
Karlie Kloss's blonde highlights

If your hair is naturally a dark blonde or a light brunette shade, give it a sunny overhaul with some light blonde highlights through the lengths and ends like Karlie Kloss. A little cooler than the honeyed ombre shades above, light blonde highlights add light to any look with a smaller chance of becoming brassy a few weeks down the line.

Styling tip

Like Karlie, give your hair color the best showcase with some loose waves. After curling your hair, scrunch some flexible hold matte product like a gum or putty through the lengths and ends to enhance the texture.

5. Blonde on blonde

Subtle blonde highlights
Subtle blonde highlights

Come the end of summer, blonde tresses that haven't been colored in a while can become a little dull and lifeless. To spruce up your mane after a season of pool parties, beach trips and a whole lot of fun in the sun, try some balayage a couple of shades lighter and brighter than your base color.

Styling tip

To help your strands recover from your summer vacay, try to cut back on heat styling, especially after coloring them! Along with all the other stressors your locks are exposed to, heat will dry them out, causing them to become brittle and damaged, when used to excess.

6. JLo's brightening balayage

Jennifer Lopez's balayage
Jennifer Lopez's balayage

Another gorgeous balayage look, Jennifer Lopez's multidimensional mane is one of our fave sources of highlighted hairspiration! Jen's darker roots are carefully blended with the rest of her hair, and there's plenty of contrast which lends her 'do a lot of depth without making it look overdone.

Styling tip

Switch from a high heat to a medium temperature when blow-drying colored hair. It'll take a little longer to style your hair, but dialing down the temperature will significantly reduce the likelihood of heat damage.

7. Light brown highlights

Light brown highlights
Light brown highlights

For anyone who wants to update their brunette hairstyle without making a radical change, a few subtle highlights are a really accessible option. They can be done at home since the difference in color isn't too intense, and you can confine them to the ends and edges of your style to create a sun-kissed look with minimal effort. Seriously, you won't need to leave the comfort of your own bathroom!

Styling tip

Go longer between washes by using dry shampoo to remove excess oil at the root and add some texture through the lengths of the hair.

8. Barbara Palvin's subtle ombre hair

Barbara Palvin's ombre blowout
Barbara Palvin's ombre blowout

Ombre hair doesn't always have to involve tons of contrast, au contraire! You can get an ombre 'do by adding a color that's just a shade or two lighter than your base color, as proven by Barbara Palvin's gorgeous brunette look. Apply the new shade a few inches south of your part, taking care to blend it with the rest of your hair in order to avoid an obvious demarcation line.

Styling tip

Between washes, use hair oil to add shine and keep the lengths and ends of your hair well nourished.

9. Brown hair with blonde highlights

Light brown hair with blonde highlights
Light brown hair with blonde highlights

Not exactly ombre, adding subtle blonde highlights to brown hair is a great way to add dimension to a lackluster brunette look, without making any major changes. The color looks especially good with waves, curls and anything with a messy finish.

Styling tip

To create heatless waves, spritz your mane with a texturizing spray while it's still slightly damp, then loosely braid it all the way to the ends. After securing the braid, leave it to dry completely, then shake your hair out with your hands and finish with hairspray.

10. Natasha Poly's tousled blonde hair

Natasha Poly's dirty blonde waves
 Natasha Poly's dirty blonde waves

With the perfect amount of root growth on display, Natasha Poly's blonde locks are equal amounts cool and sexy. The tousled texture adds depth to the overall color, and lends the style a messy, beachy feel that'll look just as good with layered knits in the deep midwinter as it does with a cute bikini in the dead of summer.

Styling tip

Get the color of your roots blended with the rest of your hair, without totally covering them up, for a hairstyle that can skip a salon visit and still look amazing.

11. Dark blonde with contrasting highlights

Dark blonde with highlights
Dark blonde with highlights

Though contrasting highlights can end up looking a bit too intense, you can totally rock the look in an understated way! Keep them fairly chunky, and make sure they're distributed all the way around, and make sure to avoid any unintentional stripes.

Styling tip

To speed up the air drying process, try swapping your regular towel for a more absorbent microfiber one.

12. Grey hair

Grey hair
Grey hair

Though not exactly sunkissed, we can't get enough of #grannyhair right now! It adds light to darker hair colors and is guaranteed to make your hair pop. If you've been thinking about changing your look, but aren't down for a short haircut, this is the perfect alternative way to do it!

Styling tip

Use toning blue and purple shampoos to keep your grey strands vibrant for as long as possible!

13. Doutzen Kroes' dark blonde roots

Doutzen Kroes with dark blonde roots
Doutzen Kroes with dark blonde roots

If your hair color has grown out a little over the summer, fear not because roots are kind of 'in' right now. A bit like ombre hair, this downtown, cool girl look is happens as a result of skipping salon appointments and rocking the contrast like a total beauty maverick! However, that's not to say you shouldn't freshen up the lighter color through the ends at home. Keeping the lengths vibrant will prevent your mane from from becoming dull and lifeless until you do finally make it to the salon.

Styling tip

When styling colored hair, heat protectants are non-negotiable! So, make sure you always spritz your hair from roots to ends first.

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