Lighten Up: The Best Summer Highlights Inspiration Images


Summer is all about sun-kissed hair. Here, W editors share the inspiration images – from Julia Roberts to Jennifer Lawrence – they’ll be bringing to the salon for their next highlights appointment.


The inspiration: Amber Valletta at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala for “Rock Style” in New York, New York, December 1999. Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage.


“For sun kissed ends.” — Karin Nelson, Senior Features Editor

“Untitled,” from ‘Men in the Cities, 1979-1982’ by Robert Longo. Photo courtesy Robert Longo.


“My fantasy is chopping off all my hair and going that blonde again.” — Jane Larkworthy, Executive Beauty Director

Jennifer Lawrence at a screening of X-Men: Apocalypse in London, England, May 2016. Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images.


“Dakota Johnson’s hair has so much depth, and looks so shiny. I want see her colorist!” — Sarah Leon, Digital Editorial Director

Dakota Johnson in Toronto, Canada, September 2015. Photo by Getty Images.


“My hair is really wavy in the summer so if I were to go lighter, I’d like something similar to Julia Roberts’ color. Her hair always looks great.” — Samantha Andriano, Social Media Manager

Julia Roberts at The Late Show with David Letterman in New York, New York, June 2011. Photo by Getty Images.


“Doutzen Kroes has always been who I aim for while coloring my hair—still haven’t hit it, maybe one day.” — Grace Fuller, Jewelry Editor

Doutzen Kroes in New York, New York, September 2015. Photo by Getty Images.


“I don’t have a tan anymore, so I’ll keep my hair-to-skin contrast down with blonde locks like Malgosia Bela.” — Mia Adorante, Associate Beauty Editor

Malgosia Bela at Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France, September 2014. Photo by Getty Images.