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5 hottest hair trends for summer

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With the mercury in the thermometer quickly rising, now is the perfect time to consider a sizzling new color or smoking hot style for summer! While many of us let our hair go to "blah" over the summer months- pulling it up in a boring ponytail or hiding it beneath a bandana or hat- summer is the ideal time to experiment with some of the hottest, most in-demand hair trends.

Here are five hair color and styling trends that are hotter than high noon in August and have more sizzle than a Fourth of July barbecue!

Ice, Ice Baby
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Ice, Ice Baby

Beat the heat this summer with an icy blonde base color streaked with cool hues such as lavender, violet, or silver. Pair this color with a short razor-cut style like a pixie or a short bob, and you'll be an Ice Princess even while the temperature soars.

Waterfall Braids
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Waterfall Braids

The must-have braid for 2014, the waterfall braid is actually a classic style from a bygone era which has been revived in a big way this summer. Simple, quick, and playful, the waterfall braid is perfect for a wedding as well as an afternoon cookout. Talk about versatile!

Tangerine Dream
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Tangerine Dream

Last winter, dark copper shades were all the rage but, this summer, bright copper takes center stage. Ideal for those with fair skin and light complexions, a light copper mixed with a touch of gold is the perfect color for summer.

Buttery Blonde
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Buttery Blonde

Without gold tones, blonde tends to look bleached and boring. This summer, ditch the peroxide look and ask your stylist for a blonde with more depth, such as this buttery golden blonde. Not only are golden blondes trendy, but you won;t have to worry about bleaching the living daylights out of your hair.

Center Part
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Center Part

Remember when everyone had their hair parted on the side with those long sideswept bangs? Well those days are over. Get with the times and ditch the side part! This isn't your grandma's center part, by the way; use your index finger or a brush to part to hair in order to avoid a harsh and severe part that will make you look like a librarian, schoolmarm or (even worse) Wednesday Addams.

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