Choosing the right blonde for your skin tone can be confusing ! Here is our guide to becoming the best blonde around !
The brightest, boldest and most transformational of all the colours on the hair spectrum, it’s the shade so polarising, everyone from Grace Kelly to a Playboy Bunny can make it their own. And considering that as little as two per cent of the population is naturally blonde, the odds are that the fair-headed among us are clocking in major time in the salon to achieve it. But what to ask for? Well it’s more than just bringing in a picture of Gisele’s mane or Reese Witherspoon’s butter-yellow locks – if you want to look your best, your shade needs to complement your skin tone, too. That can vary from platinum blonde to a dark balayage.
The best way to find out your skin tone is to look at the veins on the inside of the wrist in natural light – a blue tint means you’re in the cool category, and a green tint means you’ve got a warm skin tone.
A cool skin tone – From platinum blonde to delicate sun kissed highlights, creamy, buttery shades complement cooler skin tones. The lighter and cooler your skin tone is, the lighter you can go with your hair. For the fair-skinned (and adventurous) an all-over light blonde can be a dramatic way to change your look. Although not everyone can go platinum blonde, it needs a cooler skin tone because it can bring out the yellowness in warmer skin tones. It also particularly suits light features – blue eyes, fairer skins and lighter natural hair colours help with regrowth. For a more natural look we recommend a mixture of creamy highlights and golden and hazelnut lowlights, that darker blonde just to break it all up and make it look natural, without going too warm. Creamier shades tend to be higher maintenance, but in the end it comes down to your natural colour. If you have darker hair you may have to get it done every four weeks. If you’re lighter it can blend better.
A warm skin tone – Golden strands and rich honey hues complement warmer skin tones, making this the ideal skin tone for balayaged hair. Favoured for its natural look and low maintenance, the freehand technique is a perfect way to go lighter without committing to monthly salon visits. It’s great for mums or basically anyone who doesn’t like to go to the hairdresser too often, because it still looks great even if there’s no colour on the roots. The look suits warmer skin tones – think Jennifer Aniston or Gisele – because of the richer dimensions, and foils can be added to lighten the look further.