Beauty

Considering going blonde? Find the right shade with these tips!

Considering going blonde? Find the right shade with these tips!
Beauty

Considering going blonde? Find the right shade with these tips!

Do blondes have more fun? There's not a lot of science to back up the statement, but it's worth finding out, right?

No, you aren’t imagining things—nearly all of your favourite celebrities are dying their hair blonde. From increasingly popular icy-white hues to shiny golden locks, blonde hair is everywhere—and for good reason. “Blonde is one of the most sought-after shades,” says Amber Fairlie, chief stylist and the owner of The Manor Boutique Salon in Toronto. “We love blonde hair because it adds dimension, especially when it comes to braids and curls,” says Fairlie. “Besides it being so fun, it’s also a good way to disguise greys coming in.” That alone may tempt you to grab the nearest box of hair dye. But before you do, keep reading to find out which blonde shade works best for your skin tone.

FAIR

There is no shortage of blonde shades that look good on fair complexions. Cool, ashy tones are especially popular. If you're looking to make a dramatic impact, Fairlie suggests dying your hair a silvery blonde shade. Not sure where to start? Identify your undertone and then chat to your stylist about the most flattering shades. For example, “warm blonde shades work well with pink undertones,” says Fairlie, so think golden and strawberry blondes.

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MEDIUM

Sandy blondes that walk the line between blonde and brown (bronde, anyone?) pair beautifully with olive or medium-toned complexions. Whether your undertone is warm or cool, Fairlie says sandy blonde tresses are the way to go. Looking for something else? Try a caramel blonde tone, which is also a great match with olive skin.

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DARK

Like those with olive complexions, caramel blonde tones look gorgeous against dark complexions. The main thing you want to remember if you're feeling timid or adverse to high-maintenance shades, is to “avoid going too light within this shade family,” says Fairlie. You risk making your blonde look dry and brassy without some pretty intense upkeep. Instead, think about dynamic shades that include techniques like balayage or ombre.

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CAN I GRAB THE BOX DYE NOW?

Well, you could, but Fairlie wouldn’t advise it. “You always want to go to a professional when taking the hair lighter to ensure you’re not overdoing it,” she says. Sorting out what type of bleach and peroxide you should use to lift your hair and how much your hair can handle, are all matters that are better off left to the pros. If not, Fairlie warns that do-it-yourself-ers could potentially burn their hair off or worse, burn their skin. Yikes.

It's also important to remember that dark hair takes more processes to lighten, which puts you at risk of hair breakage. But blonde is possible to achieve on darker hair—case in point, Kim Kardashian and Jessica Biel both successfully went lighter without damaging their strands. Just remember that the darker your hair, the more likely you'll have to commit to a few appointments to get your hair blonde—a necessary journey if you want to keep your hair healthy.

COMMITMENT ISSUES?

A change of hair colour is big deal for most people, but when it doesn’t turn out as you hoped, it could be a traumatic and costly ordeal. Fairlie recommends sitting down for a consultation before sitting in a salon chair to avoiding making a costly mistake. “If you’re not having a proper consultation and going through all the steps then you won’t get the right colour,” she says. Another tip is to skip the heavy makeup on the days of your consultation and appointment. That way your stylist can see your true skin colour and undertone and match your new hair colour accordingly.

HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR BLONDE

Dyed blonde hair tends to be drier than unprocessed hair. To help keep tresses hydrated and lively, get regular moisturizing treatments and swap your moisture-absorbing cotton pillowcase for a silk one. You’ll also need to buy the right products to ensure that you’re not stripping the colour from your hair, adds Fairlie. Colour-safe purple shampoos are key to removing unwanted brassy tones and maintaining a great colour for longer.

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Fairlie’s favourite is Oribe Bright Blonde, $55, amazon.ca.

Still not sure if you’re ready to commit? Take it for a test run. “You could always go to a wig store,” says Fairlie. Trying on a few different wigs in different shades of blonde will give you a better idea of how you’ll look with a blonde mane before the bleaching process even begins.

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The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Mila Kunis Before

About a year ago, Mila chopped off her long locks and served us a playful, yet sophisticated, side-parted bob.

Image by: instagram.com/chadwoodhair By: Samara Abells

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Mila Kunis After

Premiering blunt bangs at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, Kunis slays her new edgy look.

Image by: instagram.com/kunismilaonline By: Samara Abells

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Jennifer Lopez before

One thing remained relatively constant when it came to the superstar's hair: long and luscious locks.
 

Image by: instagram.com/jlo By: Samara Abells

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Jennifer Lopez after

Premiering a shockingly slick, above-the-shoulder 'do for the Met Gala 2018, J.Lo gives us the short haircut we didn't even know we wanted.

Image by: instagram.com/jlo By: Samara Abells

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Leighton Meester before

You might be surprised to learn that Leighton Meester’s hair was a natural dark blonde before her Gossip Girl fame.

Image by: Instagram.com/itsmeleighton By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Leighton Meester after

Meester took her mane to new heights with icy blonde locks and a blunt bob.

Image by: Instagram.com/auracolorist By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Brittany Snow before

Snow kicked off her new year by chopping off her long auburn mane into a bob.

Image by: instagram.com/brittanysnow By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Brittany Snow after

Taking things up a notch, the Pitch Perfect star decided to ditch her red hair for a new platinum blonde ‘do.

Image by: Instagram.com/brittanysnow By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Madeline Brewer before

The Handmaid's Tale star wore long, fiery red locks before deciding to switch things up.

Image by: instagram.com/madbrew By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Madeline Brewer after

Brewer looks chic with a sleek, blunt bob that keeps her signature red hair colour.

Image by: instagram.com/justinemarjan By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Maria Menounos before

We loved Maria Menounos’ long, voluminous tresses with glamorous waves.

Image by: instagram.com/mariamenounos By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Maria Menounos after

The TV personality looks just as amazing with a fresh, shoulder-length cut.

Image by: instagram.com/mariamenounos By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Mandy Moore before

Mandy Moore has typically opted for long, full brunette tresses. 

Image by: instagram.com/mandymooremm By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Mandy Moore after

Moore took a break from the brunette locks she regularly wore while taping This Is Us and went for a tousled blonde look. 

Image by: instagram.com/mandymooremm By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Chrissy Teigen before

Long highlighted blonde locs has long been the go-to look for this star. 

Image by: instagram.com/chrissyteigen By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Chrissy Teigen after

The soon-to-be mother of two debuted a new, shorter 'do at the Grammy awards in February. 

Image by: instagram.com/chrissyteigen By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Ayesha Curry before

Ayesha Curry is no stranger to playing with different hairstyles but she typically stays true to her signature long, brunette look. 

Image by: instagram.com/ayeshacurry By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Ayesha Curry after

In addition to announcing that she and husband Steph Curry are expecting their third child together, the TV showed off a new, wavy bob. 

Image by: instagram.com/ayeshacurry By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Nina Dobrev before

It's been a time of transformation for the Vampire Diaries star. Late last year she chopped off her long tresses into a bob.

Image by: instagram.com/nina By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Nina Dobrev after

We love this shaggy chic bob on Nina Dobrev. 

Image by: instagram.com/nina By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Allison Williams before

Earlier this year Williams was spotted with blonde hair and darker roots. 

Image by: instagram.com/aw By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Allison Williams after

Williams appears to be going for an edgier look with this dark asymmetrical bob. 

Image by: instagram.com/aw By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Julianne Hough before

TV personality Julianne Hough has long been associated with her platinum blonde hair. 

Image by: instagram.com/juleshough By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Julianna Hough after

Hough said in an Instagram post that she finally feels like herself with her fiery new mane. Taking a look at herjoyful smile and glow, we can see why. 

Image by: instagram.com/juleshough By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Jessica Biel before

Jessica Biel has been a long-time brunette but recently her stylist says the star decided she wanted to go really blonde. 

Image by: instagram.com/jessicabiel By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Jessica Biel after

Jessica's stylist Tracey Cunnigham posted this photo of the actress' new hair colour that she says only took her an hour and 15 minutes! 

Image by: instagram.com/traceycunningham1 By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Sarah Jessica Parker before

This style icon has changed her look a number of times over the years. More recently she's sticking to effortlessly tousled locks in a flattering middle-part. 

Image by: instagram.com/abigail.jayne.design By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Sarah Jessica Parker After

SJP fans were likely holding their breath after she posted an image of chopped off hair on her Instagram with the cryptic message, "Not saying anything." A few days later, she was seen out and about sporting side bangs. 

Image by: instagram.com/sergenormant By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Lupita Nyong'o before

Lupita Nyong'o has been quite the style chameleon lately. In the weeks leading up to the premiere of Marvel's Black Panther film, the star has appeared with a handful of new hairstyles. 

Image by: instagram.com/lupitanyongo By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Lupita Nyong'o after

At Black Panther's Welcome to Wakanda show for New York Fashion Week, Lupita went for an intricately braided crown. 
 

Image by: instagram.com/cushnieetochs By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Alison Brie before

When she's not wearing an 80's mullet-inspired 'do on Netflix series Glow, Alison Brie keeps things sweet and simple with dark brown shoulder-length hair. 

Image by: instagram.com/alisonbrie By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Alison Brie after

Alison's new, shorter cut bob really helps to show off her face. 

Image by: instagram.com/alisonbrie By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Emma Watson before

Towards the end of 2017, Emma Watson was seen wearing a long bob. 

Image by: instagram.com/emmawatson By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Emma Watson after

To kick off the new year, Watson shared a selfie with one of her favourite books and extra short, choppy bangs. 

Image by: instagram.com/emmawatson By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Ciara before

The R&B singer is known for her long, flowy tresses styled in a middle-part. 

Image by: instagram.com/ciara By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Ciara after

While on vacation with husband Russell Wilson, Ciara switched up her look with waist-length box braids and a completely bare face. 

Image by: instagram.com/ciara By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Zooey Deschanel before

Long hair with bangs has pretty much been a part the New Girl star's signature look. 

Image by: instagram.com/sessaodupla By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Zooey Deschanel after

Keeping her signature bangs, Deschanel lopped off her locks into a an adorable blunt bob. 

Image by: instagram.com/zooeydeschanel By: Murissa Barrington

 

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