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August blooms, bountiful farmers markets, and luminous sunsets fill the last weeks of summer with warm, rich hues, providing a multitude of color inspiration. My favorite hair colors this time of year are rich and saturated, but softened with a dusting of lighter pieces in the same color family, for sun-kissed dimension. These looks, inspired by summery desserts, offer a mix of freshness and richness that’s perfect for the bountiful days of late summer. Click the notes to learn more about late summer palettes and suggested formulas. –– Laura Martin 

Apricot Pastry: (top left) A rich peach brushed with buttery blonde tips and swirls of creamy strawberry is a prefect late summer treat. Try Goldwell colors 7PK, 8OR, 10BB.

Pecan Pie: (top right) Carmel, nutty, and butter shades combine in a decadent melt perfect for transitioning from summer into fall. Goldwell colors 10GB, 8B, and 5BG form a bold but harmonious blend.

Cherry Crumble: (bottom left) Rich mahogany red crusted with toasty warm blonde provides a sophisticated take on red. Achieve this look with Goldwell 5RS, 6KR, and 9KG.

Cuban Coffee: (bottom right) Espresso swirled with butter and sugar provides a decadent treat with a complex, smooth flavor that’s reflected perfectly in this color palette. Get the look with Goldwell 9G 8GB and 6B.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter @LarMarStyle

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