A must-read before booking your next appointment!
If you’re thinking of biting the bullet and going blonde this season, you’ve probably spent a lot of time contemplating that vital question – “Will I suit blonde hair?” Blonde hair is often regarded as the holy grail of hair colours due to its cool, confident, and never out of style look. And with the likes of Taylor Swift, Emma Stone, and Kristen Stewart all showing off their platinum blonde locks, we’re betting that style-conscious women up and down the country will be running for the stylist’s chair.
But, even if you go for a less drastic shade, going blonde isn’t something to be taken lightly – after all, even a subtle change can have a dramatic effect to both you and your hair! So, if you’re thinking of taking the plunge and adopting a lighter look, you’ll want to see our rundown of the 5 key things to consider before you become a bleach-blonde babe.
Will I suit blonde hair? 5 Things to consider
1. Are you cool or warm?
If you want to ensure that you suit your new blonde locks, it’s important that you choose a shade that will suit your skin tone. Choose the wrong shade of blonde and you run the risk of looking washed out – and no one wants that! If you’ve got a warm skin tone, you should opt for golden shades of blonde, such as caramel or rose gold, while for cooler complexions, you’ll need to go for non-brassy, ashier blondes, such as vanilla or dirty blonde.
2. Is your hair in good shape?
If your hair is damaged, dyeing it blonde isn’t going to do it any favours! Not only will it become more damaged than it already is, but the condition of your hair can also affect how the dye is absorbed into your hair, potentially altering the final colour. So, if your hair is in particularly bad shape (think dyes, sun or heat damage), then talk to your stylist about whether the time is right to go blonde. Waiting until your tresses are in tip-top condition may be frustrating, but trust us, your hair will definitely thank you for it!
3. Are you prepared to wait?
If you’ve got naturally dark hair, it’s unlikely that you will reach your chosen shade of blonde in your first appointment – you’ll have to gradually lighten your hair and build up the colour to achieve your desired shade. So, if you want your transformation to be complete straight away, then you might want to reconsider your chosen shade. Otherwise, be prepared to truly commit to several hair appointments.
4. Do you have the time/money/patience to maintain it?
Blonde hair typically requires a lot of upkeep, particularly if you’ve got naturally dark hair. So, before you make a hasty decision, think about whether you’ve got the time, money, and (most importantly) the patience to keep it looking its best. Don’t forget: as well as regular root touch ups, there’s toners, treatments, and trims to think about!
If this sounds more work that you initially thought, you may want to switch from a full-head transformation to a colouring technique that requires less maintenance. To save yourself from a lifetime spent in the salon, you may want to consider trying a balayage look, as this won’t require any root touch-ups as your mane grows out!
5. It’s not all or nothing!
If you’re not sure whether blonde hair will suit you, then why not ease yourself into the look one step at a time? Trying out touches of blonde using techniques such as ombre, sombre, or babylights (or even embracing this season’s super-cool bronde look) will allow you to dip your toe into the world of blonde hair, without the risk or commitment.
Editor’s tip: Whenever you decide to take on a blonde hue, avoid brassy hair by using a shampoo and conditioner specifically formulated for blonde hair. The TIGI Catwalk Fashionista Blonde Shampoo (300ml, £13.95*) and Conditioner (250ml, £15.95*), is a gentle wash and care system that boosts cool tones to reduce brassiness.
If you’ve made up your mind and are ready to find your perfect shade of blonde, then check out our Blonde Hair page – it’s got all the latest looks and styling inspiration you need before taking to the chair!
*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.