hair chat. Blondes

Ok blondies... I am talking to you today! The first step toward an attractive blond hair style is choosing the right color. There are hundreds of shades of blond hair from creamy light golden tones to ashy blondes with low lights. If you are a natural blonde, examine your color and see if you would like it lightened or highlighted. Natural blond hair darkens over time, and many blondes opt for mild treatments to keep naturally bright shades.

When choosing a blonde shade, particularly if you have naturally dark hair, be sure to match the color to your skin tone. Very pale skin may look washed out against a bright blonde, whereas darker skin is best complimented by warmer hair colors.

Foil highlights add strands of color to your hair by adding multiple different shades in the hair to make it look for natural. Low-lights allow stylist to add darker shades to the hair to give more contrast.

Consider adding highlights to create depth and texture in the hair, but use two or three highlight colors to avoid a streaked, patchwork look. Choosing highlight colors close to your natural shade will keep the style colorful longer as your natural color grows back in over time. But you can ask for lighter pieces around your face to brighten your complexion.

If you have brown hair and want to go blonde, you don't want to go too light or you could look washed out. Opt for contrast: Highlights and lowlights. And keep in mind that darker hair will actually complement brown or green eyes better than blonde hair.

A combination of light blonde highlights and warm- toned lowlights create a nice multi-tonal blonde.

Reese has a perfect blonde. She probably has 2-3 different blondes foiled in to achieve this natural blonde look.

Gwenyth has such beautiful blond hair. She has more of an ash blonde mixed in with her highlights.

Platinum blonde is not for everyone and can be hard to maintain because it can only be achieved by bleaching and toning the hair. Platinum is normally best for shorter hair styles because of the damage bleaching hair to this degree causes. The ends of long hair have been around and exposed to the elements for at least a year or 2. Deep conditioning is a must for platinum blondes!

Gwen Stefani is no natural blonde, but these days she's going darker than she's been in the past. Because her hair is naturally much darker, she has to get all-over color, rather than highlights.

Last few things...
  • Keep in mind that due to root growth, all-over coloring will need to be touched up every four to eight weeks, while highlights can last up to two or three months, depending on what kind you get.
  • If you're coloring your hair blonde, consider having your eyebrows lightened.

  • Keep the brassy tones out of your blonde hair style by using a color depositing shampoo and conditioner. The conditioners work the best because they don't contain cleansing agents and can be left on the hair for long periods. The longer they're left on and more often they're used, the more pigment is deposited onto your hair strand. (Purple takes the yellow out of hair)
Many brands have color support shampoo and conditioner but of course I think Bumble and bumble's is the best! As you can see from the picture above color support isn't just for blondes. If you color tends to fade to a certain shade that you don't like, then these color support shampoo/conditioners will be your new best friend!

Hope this was somewhat helpful and not too confusing! Like always, you can email me with questions and I will try to answer them as best I can!


Stephanie said...

Yeah! Perfect time for me to read this as I have an appt tonight. Thanks, Julee!

Danae Jones said...
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Danae Jones said...

Thanks for the great tips! I'm a natural brunette and am considering going golden blonde for the summer. Your tip about lightening the brows caught my attention. How/where would I have that done? Salon, at home? How much does it normally cost?

The Cowart Family said...

Seriously can you please move back to Arkadelphia and do my hair; please; please; please!

Cara Beth said...

I've been thinking about going a little blonde with some highlights but I'm not sure I want the upkeep. Thanks for the post!

Twinkletoes said...

I have red hair (strawberry blonde I suppose - but definitely red, no doubt) and just started with blonde highlights. Any suggestions, all around, for red heads? Yes - people tell me they would pay to have this color, but of course, when you have it, you don't want it.

Angie said...

I have been reading your blog recently but think this is the first time I have left a comment...Anyways! I love your "hair chats" and need to review the other ones you have posted - but I thought I would ask you a question - I have blonde hair (natural) with naturally curly hair. I think it is one of the worst combinations! My hair is dry and I am in serious need of deep conditioning. Well so I dont write a book on your blog my question is - do you have any tips for my type of hair? Besides doing a deep conditioning so often??

Thanks for your help girl - if you could email me when you get a chance that would be great!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!