Blondes don’t necessarily have more fun but blonde is definitely a fun hair color. With summer soon approaching you might be considering opting for a light hair color such as a honey or platinum blonde. Blonde is not a one-color-fits-all and it might not fit some at all. Some look better with some caramel highlights infused in their brunette locks or with a strawberry blonde in their red hair. Here’s what you should consider to find the right blonde shade for you or if you should go blonde at all.
Blonde as a Child Rule
The best rule of thumb to follow is: if you were blonde as a child you will probably look good as a blonde now. If your hair was light when you were small or your hair gets significantly lighter in the summer then your skin tone is probably perfect for blonde.
The first thing you should consider is your skin tone. Cooler skin tones work best with blonde but warm skin tones and blonde can also work it just has to be the right shade of blonde. For example, someone with a cool skin tone can opt for platinum blonde but warm skin tones need to compliment their undertones with honey colors.
Light skin tone
- Best: Strawberry, golden or blonde
- Worst: White, ash and reddish
Medium skin tone
- Best: Golden-hues, beige-blonde or light blonde
- Worst: Ash or orange-based hues
Dark skin tone
- Best: Golden or caramel highlights
- Worst: Platinum, white or orange
If you are not sure about going blonde or you are going from brunette to blonde then lighten gradually. First of all, you really shouldn’t stray too far away from your natural hair color and if you do it’s best to do it slowly to make sure it will look good. Secondly, blonde doesn’t just happen in one trip to the salon. The process takes time and you might not reach your desired color with one visit. Gradual dying will also ensure you have healthy blonde hair.
Consider your budget before you go to the salon to become a platinum blonde bombshell. Blonde hair needs upkeep every 4-12 weeks depending on the desired blonde color. Balayage highlights might be better for someone who wants a more natural look and can’t afford the time or money to go to the salon every few weeks.
Going blonde is more than touch-ups. You will have to buy special blonde-friendly shampoos, new make up to match your new shade and dying your hair blonde can be damaging so you will want to invest in moisturizing and repairing products.
Highlights and Dimension
Spend some time looking over photos of celebs, models, etc. to get a perfect idea of blonde color that you love. Chances are it will not be a solid blonde color. Opting for highlights through your hair such as a honey blonde will give your hair a dimensional look and you will have your very own shade of blonde that matches your skin tone and personal preferences.
Why are you going blonde?
You should ask yourself why you are going blonde. Is it because you are bored, ready for a change or simply love blonde hair? Remember that going blonde can be a financial commitment and damaging to your hair so make sure that you are ready.
You will never know if blonde is right for you if you don’t try it. So we say if you want to be blonde then you should just go for it. Hair can always be dyed back to its original darker color if you don’t like it. Just make sure that you choose a tone that is right for your skin tone and budget. Your stylist or hair color specialist should be able to help guide you through the going-blonde process.