From Etta James to Beyoncé, black blonde bombshells have always had an undeniable allure. Contemporary artists have given blonde dye a run including Keke Palmer, Ciara and Keyshia Cole to name a few. When done right, the look radiates confidence and sex appeal. But it can easily go wrong.
Gabrielle Corney of Hairstylist 2 The Stars, Inc., who is responsible for rapper and “Love & Hip Hop” star Olivia’s gorgeous color, gives us five tips for getting the color right.
1. Choose the right tone.
Choosing a blonde isn’t easy. Always seek out a professional when doing a chemical service especially color! A professional will best determine the match for your skin tone and what shade of blonde will complement your complexion.
2. Condition, Condition, Condition!
Revitalizing the hair after a chemical service such as color is essential for the hair’s overall health. Regular cleansing, deep conditioning and trimming will keep it strong, shiny and most importantly in your head!
3. Restore its shine.
There’s a few ways to prevent your blonde from looking dry and washed out. Color shampoos are formulated to moisturize and prevent the color from fading. Using a leave in conditioner before styling adds shine as well. If a color formulated shampoo and leave in condition still isn’t enough try using a color shine also known as a clear rinse. It will leave your blonde super shiny, soft and won’t change the tone.
4. Grow it out…in style.
Growing out blonde is so on trend this season. Especially with ombre’ being so popular. The Hairinista won’t have to sacrifice her GLAM if she decides not to re-color the roots. Just remember to deep condition and trim it just as much as you did when you were coloring it.
5. Experiment with different looks.
There are so many ways to go blonde! Ombre is a hair lightening technique where sections of the hair are lightened from the tips to the mid section of the hair in graduations of light to dark.
Highlights are individual strands of hair that are lightened with foil or a highlighting cap. They can be customized from fine strands (that give the appearance of a full color) or can be done chunky to create more of a contrast.
Two toned coloring is a process that consists of two contrasting colors that compliment one another. Two of the most popular are blonde and brown.
Balayage is referred to as hair painting. It’s a little edgier than traditional highlighting because there’s no foil begin used which gives more color customizing options.