- The “umbrella” color trend is about to be everywhere this summer.
- It features two different hair colors, usually stacked on top of each other for a high contrast look.
- Instagram has plenty of inspiration for the “umbrella” hair color trend for the summer.
If you’ve been coloring your hair for a while, you might get bored with classic options like highlights and highlights. This is where fun shade variations like “poptarting” and the “umbrella” hair color trend come in.
While you might not know the “umbrella” hair color trend by name, chances are you’ve seen it in a hair salon or on social media. The look typically features two contrasting hair colors stacked or layered. This gives the effect of an “umbrella”, with one color on the top half of the head and a different color below. “Umbrella hair color is a form of block color,” Devin Toth, hairstylist at SCK Salon in New York, told POPSUGAR. “Instead of undercut, consider undercolor. There’s a thin veil of lighter hair color resting on the rest of the hair, which is a darker hair color.”
Although the look is usually bolder, it can be made more subtle by blending colors more or using shades of similar tone. “It’s an extreme version of what colorists often do with dimensional highlights,” says Toth. “Usually they keep the brightest areas up and around the face, while they keep all the hair on the back of the neck relatively dark and natural, which gives the overall hair color depth.”
The hair color trend works on all hair types – straight, wavy, thick and fine hair – but works best with “medium-length geometric” haircuts, like a bob or lob. “If you want umbrella hair, you should ask for a block hair color that’s darker at the bottom and lighter at the top,” he says. “It wouldn’t hurt to ask for a one-length bob or lob haircut with a subtle undercut on the top layer.”
Ahead, check out more umbrella hair color trend inspiration to take with you to the salon.