New York vs. L.A.: Who Has the Best Summer Blonde Hair?

Hint: One love!

People have written rap songs about it. We’ve gone head to head about the year-round weather, which place has the best tacos, makeup styles, and now, yes, the East Coast vs. West Coast debate has extended to hair. Particularly, which place produces the sultriest, the sexiest, the most covetable summer blonde hair color to end all blonde colors imaginable. Nowadays, it’s the perfect bright and super light blonde, ideal for reflecting canopy shadows of the trees in Central Park or mimicking the sandy dunes of the OC.

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One blonde to rule them all: the neutral blonde. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Unlike the hyper-trendy millennial waves of mermaid hair, unicorn hair or all ombré everything, summer blonde hair will always remain a staple in the stable of any colorist worth their salt. It’s a look that has an ageless, undeniably eye-catching appeal and one that’s—even by name alone—evocative of literal brighter days ahead.

Keeping it classy, NYC

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Cool and subtly highlighted, the New York blonde has light ashy tones. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

So what shade is the penultimate blonde? If you’ve kept an eagle eye on savvy New Yorkers, it’s hands down a matte, ashy hue. The chic, cosmopolitan shade also deftly complements the rest of our four-season climate, as it’s easily taken a few shades darker or lighter depending on preference (and time period). It’s also a wildly flattering hue that goes well with a variety of diverse skin tones. Delicate, pastel-undertoned blondes are also a popular ask from the city’s top salons.

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A matte blonde reigns supreme on the style-savvy. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

West Coast is the Best Coast

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Even with a bit of a warmer lowlight, West Coast blondes are still crisper and cleaner than previous years’ shades. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Not surprisingly, the West Coast blonde is one with a bright, buttery tone, a.k.a. the better to tan with, my dears. This summer blonde hair color isn’t just another riff on those of seasons past. Its roots are tighter and neater, and highlights are nowhere near as brassy as you’d think they’d be for a “warmer” blonde. In fact, a subtle balayage is the hottest highlight trend to accompany this blonde shade, as we’ve seen out on the streets; gone are the days of scratchy, stripey blondes and German Shepherd realness.

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A slightly sandier ash characterizes the L.A. blonde look. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

All in all, the overarching theme is classy and understated. It’s actually pretty refreshing, particularly these days when we’re spammed with all things extra. Subtle yet luxurious-looking highlights and a crisp, well-maintained blonde is the Great Equalizer, no matter which coast you call home.

TL;DR? No more East vs. West: sexy, clean blondes are in, with a hint of cool tones and neater, tighter highlights. Now if we could just find a haircut for world peace…

Hair Care for All Blondes is a Must!

Whichever tone of summer blonde is calling your name, the maintenance is the same. It’s important to use a wash and care system that will maintain the vibrancy of your color and give it the best longevity possible. We highly recommend incorporating Bed Head by TIGI Dumb Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo into your routine when your blonde needs to banish its brassiness and get back to its vibrant self.

We all know that dyeing your hair blonde can take a major toll on hair health. Adding a repairing conditioner is a must for your wash routine. Bed Head by TIGI Dumb Blonde Reconstructor Conditioner will protect your strands from damage and leave your hair feeling so soft and conditioned!

Want more trend insight? Check out the best highlighted looks we’ve spotted this season.