We all want sunkissed skin in the summer, and now it looks like sunkissed hair is going to be the next big thing thanks to the Golden Accents trend. Celebrities have been lightening their locks this season by adding accents to their hair to create a naturally-lifted look and sunny brightness.
Celebrity colorist Rita Hazan, who has worked with stars like Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez, is the mastermind behind this new trend and says it’s a great way to add glow without making your hair look overdyed or fake.
“If you’re looking to go a shade or two lighter in the summer, it doesn’t have to be bleached blonde,” she tells Refinery29. “I’m not seeing too much of that single-processed bleach. Instead, the golden highlight is more of blonde that someone would assume you just picked up from a beach vacation — it’s soft and subtle, but there’s a glow.”
The Golden Accent trend is universally flattering and can be done on any hair color. It adds a youthful dimension and color to the hair, which helps it look healthy, bright and refreshed. “If you have naturally dark hair, you have to keep some of that darkness, so that the lightness doesn’t look unnatural,” she explains. “In that case, you want to keep the base color darker, and then just infuse a golden tone that’s one to two shades lighter than your base color, so the highlight shade should be a direct play on your base color.”
Ready to make this exciting switch? Keep scrolling to find the best color-safe hair products to use after you get your golden accents:
Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Conditioning Balm for Dry Hair, 16.9 Ounce ($16.98, down from $18.20)