Did you see the Golden Globes? So then you know that blonde hair remains the most popular hair color in America. So many shades of blonde! Most women with blonde hair are actually not naturally blonde. And even if they are, with age hair tends to darken to at least a dishwater or dirty blonde. I try to think outside the box and believe that anyone can go blonde. From allover blonde or “platinum” to a “bronde” – a heavily highlighted brunette. But only a masterful colorist can determine how much blonde you can handle and what particular tone will look good on you.
If you’re thinking of taking the plunge and going blonde, consider all the options to make sure you’ll look good as a blonde. Here’s how to tell if you will.
1. Were You Blonde as a Kid?
- If as a child, your hair was darker (red, dark red, brown, dark brown or black) then becoming blonde would look unnatural.
- If as a child, your hair was lighter (light red, red, strawberry blonde, blonde, dirty blonde, light brown or brown) then becoming blonde could look natural.
2. Look at Your Skin Tone
Most women will look good in some shade of blonde. But not every woman will look like a natural blonde. Most brunettes can go blonde but you would never wonder to yourself, “Is she naturally blonde?”. For brunettes, I strongly recommend consulting with a good hair colorist before deciding on the shade.
- If you have a warm skin tone, becoming blond might wash you out. Warm skin tones are golden brown, warm peach, pale or yellow (with freckles). Warm tones tan easily in the sun.
- If you have a cool skin tone, becoming blond will likely compliment you. Cool skin tones are porcelain, rosy-beige, rosy-pink, dark olive, dark brown or ebony. Cool skin tones burn easily in the sun.
3. Try on a Wig
Go to a wig shop and try on several blonde shades. If it washes you out, you’ll know an all-over blonde is not for you. Instead consider getting lots of highlights that can lighten your overall look.
4. Do You Have Time and Money in Upkeeping Your Blonde?
If you have naturally dark hair, keep in mind that blonde hair will be high maintenance for you. Once you go blonde, your roots will grow in dark, which could look tacky next to your blonde hair, so make sure you’re committed to the hair color before you make the plunge. You may also have to endure a few visits to the salon before your hair turns the perfect shade of blonde. Going blonde when you’re a true brunette is a multi-step process that may require a couple visits to the salon.
5. Should You Do It Yourself?
NEVER. PERIOD! Anything complicated like going blonde should be handled by a pro. So, if you’re a true brunette, don’t even try it. You’ll end up at the salon trying to fix your mess.
6. Try “Bronde” Instead of Blonde
Even if you wouldn’t make a great blonde, you can try the ultra-trendy “Bronde” hair color instead. It’s just the perfect sun-kissed blonde for natural brunettes. Check out a few celebrities below for a variation of Bronde hair color.