Is Going Blonde For You?
If at least two of the following apply to you, it may be time to look to going blonde:“Going Blonde Tips”
- You were blonde(ish) as a child. “If your hair was fair when you were small, especially by summer’s end, YOU Probably have the right skin tone to pull off going blonde as an adult,” says Brad Johns, global color director for Clairol (who has colored Natasha Richardson’s hair).
- You can afford regular maintenance “Going blonde is not cheap,” says Johns. Think of going blonde as the ultimate accessory the one you never take off! You must keep it in excellent shape with regular touch-ups and proper products” coincidence that blonde is the most popular hair color in Los Angeles, where it’s all about getting noticed,’ says Jennifer J (Cate Blanchett is a client). Johns adds, “I can assure you it’s the shade men prefer.”
Keep it cool when coloring at home – “If you elect to going blonde on your own, opt for a cool or neutral shade rather than something warm, often marked ‘golden’ or ‘honey’,” says Youssef. “Lightening naturally warms up your hair; if you choose a warm-colored dye, you may end up too [orangey] gold”
Avoid alcohol –“Bottle blondes may suffer from dry, dull hair, and using products that contain high amounts of alcohol can make the problem worse,” says Johnathan Gale, a hair colorist at the Sally Hershberger for John Frieda Salon in Los Angeles (he’s responsible for Charlize Theron’s gilded hair). Common alcohol-containing culprits: hairspray, gel and mousse; check the label.
Leave the whitening to your teeth — “Many women equate cool, white strands with elegance,” says Johns, “but the reality is that having overly platinum hair can leave you looking tired.” A better approach? Ask your hair colorist to create a golden base, then add cooler high lights.
Let a pro handle the hard stuff –“If you want to take your hair color more than two shades lighter than your natural hue, visit a hair salon,” says Jennifer J. Attempting a job this delicate yourself is risky, and you may end up more banana than honey-blonde.
Have a few tricks up your sleeve — Inevitably, there will be times when you need to get to the hair salon but just can’t spare the time or money. Rather than surrendering to long, dark roots, try this trick from Jennifer J: To combat visible roots, pick up a box of dark, ash-blonde hair color at the drugstore. Apply it carefully to just your roots with a toothbrush and leave it on for no longer than three minutes. This will take the edge off dark roots and wilt buy you a few more weeks sans hair salon. For more great hair color ideas check out our Pinterest Hair Coloring Ideas Board.
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