Blonde celebrity inspo: The importance of skin tone when going blonde
When it comes to hair colour, skin tone is an important piece of the puzzle. After all, genetics predict both features naturally, so if you’re altering that hue, it’s maintaining that balance between shades will ensure a look that feels right. For this reason, colourists pay close attention to the skin undertones of their clients when customizing colour formulas and application techniques. Plus, blonde celebrity inspo can help you match the best blonde for you, especially if the photo matches your skintone.
“It is important to know the basics of tone and colour, and colour theory in order to create a look with intention and deliver optimal hair colour results.” says Christine Thompson, celebrity colourist and co-owner of Spoke & Weal in New York City.
While there’s certainly no right or wrong, since every shade is unique, Thompson says the key to mastering the right hue is to opt for rich tones rather than cool. “These rich tones will look beautiful and natural on almost everyone.”
To help make sure you choose just the right blonde for you from the hundreds out there, we asked top stylists to share the best shades for each skin tone. And when you do land on the right shade, you’ll want these tips to make your hair colour last longer.
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Is your skin light as porcelain? New York-based stylist Deycke Heidorn, whose work has appeared in Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, says it’s perfect for a fairy tale light pastel blonde.
“Going light blonde requires the highest level of hair bleaching,” she says. “This might sound unhealthy for your hair, but colour companies have created amazing products to prevent the hair from breaking while bleaching it.”
For clients with this colour of skin, Heidorn mixes Bond Builders (intensely nourishing ingredients) with the colour products to protect your hair. And a must for upkeep is for her clients to use a solid purple shampoo on the reg once they leave the salon to keep the hair colour from turning brassy. Here are other hair colour mistakes you need to stop making.
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“Those with light skin generally fall in the ‘cool’ category and can wear more ashy toned blondes and browns.” says Giselle, celebrity colourist at Pierre Michel Salon in New York City.
“In other words, no golden blondes or butterscotch browns.” Think champagne or Scandinavian blonde.
Those who have a hard time pulling off this coolness when it comes to blonde colouring are those with warmer, or olive-type skin. For those clients, Giselle suggests going warmer. “It gives them a more youthful appearance.” (More on that later!). Find out how to keep your blonde locks cool and icy looking, instead of brassy and dry.