They say gentlemen prefer them, they are the life of the party, and that it is the most coveted of hair colors – of course I am talking about blondes.
From the arousing allure of the glamour days of Hollywood (think Marilyn Monroe), to the outrageous fashion flair of Lady Gaga, blondes make a definite statement, and that statement is one of the most fun and glamorous looks available.
Blondes have historically combined the flirty girlishness of “the girl next door” with the hypnotic magnetism of the big screen vixens. Scan your eyes across the top of any crowd of people and the shades that catch the eye are frequently the blondes. There is something powerful and empowering about those who choose to venture down this hair color avenue. Since blondes will flatter most any skin tone and hair style, it is more of a technical and cost factor that needs to be considered before hitting the bottle and brush!
Which blonde shade is for me?
Although falling at the extreme end of the color spectrum, there are still so many hues and tones available for those who desire blonde locks. From the cooler champagnes, to the warmer strawberry shades, blondes do offer a variety of selections that can adapt to almost any skin tone.
Blondes add brightness and vibrancy to those whose skin tones could use a little pick-me-up. Whether through the strategic application of a few highlights around the face for a healthy glimmer, to a spray of foils in the crown to give a summery lifeguard-like glow, almost anyone can benefit from a bit of blonding. To the beach or to the bleach, the choices are up to you!
What are the downsides to going blonde?
Blonde hair color is a commitment. The lighter you go, the more noticeable the regrowth. For those who totally color or bleach their hair, you will see regrowth in a matter of days as opposed to weeks. You must also be aware that the chemicals required to lighten hair are much more caustic than those that just deposit pigment.
Beware of overlapping, over processing, and overdoing it. I have seen the hair of the abusers turn to an indescribable substance that no longer resembles hair. (In the industry we call it getting a “chemical hair cut.”) So if you are not a pro, respect your abilities (or lack thereof.)
Blondes can also require “toning.” This is a process where a shade of color is applied over the existing lightened hair to either neutralize brassiness, add a cooler tone, add shine and richness, or simply tweak the color to the desired shade. The downside, it is an extra service that requires money.
The upside, it can refresh your color in between retouches. This however is not a substitute for tending to your scalp regrowth. I don’t care what the fashion magazines try to tell you, “roots” are not hip, and you will become the girl others make fun of in line at the grocery if you neglect your blonde. Only celebrities can pull off the rooted look (even then, not so much!)
Go forth and go blonde
From the honeys to the wheats, from the icy to the warm, blondes offer a wide variety of color that adds interest, sex-appeal, and charm. You must remember though if you want the perfect finish, you must give attention to your blonde hair color. It is best to have a plan ahead of time as to what you are willing to invest in time and dime.
Consider the following:
– How much money can you afford?
– What technique (or techniques) will be used and what do they cost?
– How often must you attend to your hair?
– What products are best used to maintain the tonality?
– What will become of your hairs condition?
The options are endless and the menu of services is vast. No matter if it is inspired by icon Farrah Fawcett, to the edgy pale blonde of Christina Aguilera, blonde hair color can help you make your own bold statement as you stroll down the runway or down your own sidewalk!