How to find your blonde shade….
I feel the need to blog about this as lately I have been having new clients come to me with the wrong lighter shades for their skin tones. I say this all the time….”being blonde is not just Gwen Stefani or Marilyn Monroe blonde. There are so many levels, tones, and dimensions of blonde. Yes not all blonde is just platinum, just like the colors of paint there are many levels and tones to choose and which one is right for you. Here is a basic quick guide to which tones to ask for …
First Find out whether your skin is warm or cool toned – this will help you decide which blonde tones work best on you. Just look at the veins on your wrist; if they’re mostly blue and purple you have a cool undertone, if they are mostly green you have a warm undertone and if they are a mix of both you have a neutral undertone – and therefore more choice.
Generally speaking, pale, pinky skin tones are better with cool, delicate blondes; tones like ash,beige,or baby-blonde.
My client Vanessa sports this pale Platinum due to her pinky undertones in her skin.
Darker or more yellow / golden-toned skins suit golden or honey hues; think butter, golden, caramel tones. Like my client Kate wears so well. That wheaty blonde. I love this color!
Take into account the depth of your eye color – how much of a contrast do you want? Soft, multi-tonal shades complement lighter eye colors, then the other side are deeper, richer blondes flatter a darker eye colors.
Think about maintenance – an all over platinum blonde needs regular 6 week touch-ups, but an ombre or just a simple partial highlight is far more low maintenance. How much are you willing to commit to the upkeep? More mileage comes from highlights for a natural “dirty blonde”
Look at the condition of your hair; your color will only ever be as good as the condition your hair is in. It’s important to use shampoos and conditioners specifically designed for colored hair.Also doing an Olaplex treatment in your color or after your color will keep it healthy!
I have been a colorist going on 20 years and I never get tired of fixing a blonde or keeping a blonde at their best! I honestly am even more passionate about doing what I do. Blondes have come a long way since the ammonia bottled blondes off yesteryear. Hope this basic guide helps you find the blonde you wanna be.