Unless you’re talking about bright platinum, blondes are rarely a single shade. Natural light hair brightens easily when exposed to sunlight. Blondes are used to their shade morphing with the season and tend to prefer salon services that mimic these subtle shifts. Variations in lighter hues are easier to see than in dark colors so a little goes a long way. Learn more about what works, and what doesn’t, in the style notes. –– Laura Martin
Do blend two or three different blondes for a natural looking result. Try different tones at the same level—platinum, pale gold, soft silver—or different levels of the same tone—light gold, medium gold, dark gold.
Don’t work in thick sections. Blondes look best blurred and blended. Chunky applications look dated.
Do foil in thin pieces of a light hue to create baby lights. Blonde shades brighten easily, and sun will often lighten hair all the way to the scalp.
Don’t over do it with foils. Too many and you’ll just create a lighter overall color instead of dimension.
Do add some lowlights to break up bright blonde colors. A few darker pieces will actually make your lights look lighter.
Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter.