Aside from her days as Spiderman muse, Mary-Jane, Kirsten Dunst’s beautiful shade of blonde is her trademark look. With so many variations of blonde –– and so many different ways to achieve a lighter palette –– flaxen is one shade that must be tailored to the individual. As there are so many factors involved –– hair color history, commitment to after-care, complexion –– in creating the perfect blonde, it is always better to see a professional than try to get an an expensive looking shade of blonde from box color. Check out the style notes for more tips on making this dip dye work for you. 

Step 1: Skin tone refers to whether someone’s complexion is ‘warm’ or ‘cool.’ Shades such as platinum, rose, and almond blonde are best for cooler complexions. Warmer complexions should wear rose gold, honey, or vanilla hues.

Step 2: Natural coloring relates to eye color and the depth of your complexion. For a colorist, this helps to determine how light or dark color needs to be around the face, and whether it needs to be a multi-tonal or solid color effect.

Step 3: Previous color on your hair will affect whether the shade you have chosen is achievable in one visit or not. Achieving the perfect blonde can take a couple of sessions. It’s better to go slowly to ensure your hair is in the best possible condition. Your colorist will be able to asses the process and advise you on the best way to move forward.

Step 4: Aftercare: If you have never gone blonde before, you may need your color refreshed, or your roots retouched, more often –– depending on your natural color. If you are worried about having a high maintenance color, there are other fashion-forward options like ombré, which lightens ends but leaves roots darker for a less stressful and expensive grow out.

Style Notes provided by Mariesa Ferraro, Senior Colorist, ARROJO studio, NYC. 

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