Women aren’t the only ones with blonde ambition. From natural blonds like Ryan Gosling, to bleached boys like Adam Levine, Pete Wentz, and Justin Bieber, light locks of all kinds are in right now.
Your hair will fall into one of three categories: a natural blond, a kind-of-but-not-quite shade that needs some tweaking to turn blond, or a nowhere-near colour that needs a drastic overhaul in order to get golden. If you’re the first, you’ve got it made.
If you’re either of the second two, we have a few tips for getting it right. We don’t want you falling into Justin Timberlake frosted tips territory.
Things To Know
Blond is a delicate hair colour, meaning it’s not something you can dye and ignore. If you’re not willing to do the work, don’t dye it in the first place. Blond only looks good if you’re prepared to put the proper maintenance into it.
Leave it to the professionals: It sounds like a fun way to exercise your DIY muscles, until your favourite clothes have bleach spots and suddenly one of your eyebrows is white. This is a job for the pros. A stylist can help you choose the right shade for your skin and teach you about the aftercare necessary to keep your hair healthy.
Learn what ‘tonality’ means: This is where a stylist can help, but it never hurts to have your own understanding. If you were a white-blond child, cool blondes will complement your skin tone. If you had dark blond hair that has evolved into an even deeper shade, you can usually wear icy or golden hues. If you have brown hair, gold-blonds will be best.
Take your time: If you’re starting out dark and looking to lighten up, be patient. Trying to do it all in one go, especially if you’re aiming for a trendy platinum colour, is a lot for your hair to handle. Instead, gradually get lighter over a few months. It will be an exercise in patience, but you’ll be better off in the long run.
Protect your blond investment: Sun, water and hot tools will hurt your hair. Create a customised haircare regimen for your specific blond needs, including consistent trims, blond-specific shampoo, regular deep conditioning treatments, and a UV protective spray.
DON’T bleach your hair if: Your skin tone is darker – blond hair will highlight your imperfections. You have ultra thick, curly, or coarse hair – it will require multiple processes, and you’re likely to do serious damage. You are balding, use a product like Rogaine, or are otherwise afraid of losing your mane – hair damage or loss is a risk with bleach no matter what, so it’s unwise to take the plunge if you aren’t prepared to accept the potential consequences.
Check out our gallery for some inspiration on rocking blond locks.