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Black hair is undeniably gorgeous, but with a hair color that’s so dark in tone, you may be wondering if your blonde-haired friends really do have more fun. Just because you have an onyx mane doesn’t mean you have to live in curiosity—or part ways with your current dark hue. You can have the best of both worlds if you try this high-contrast hair color trend, featuring both black and blonde hair. It’s the perfect way for those with naturally dark strands to lighten up without straying too far from their roots. Here, we share six black and blonde hair color ideas, from black roots with blonde hair to black and blonde braids. Let’s get to it!
If you stay up-to-date with the latest hair trends (and chances are, if you’re here, you do), you’ve probably heard about the half and half hair color trend. Just in case you haven’t, this hair color is just what it sounds like: your colorist will part your hair down the middle, coloring one half a different color than the other for a contrasted, trendsetting look.
For a seriously bold mane, leave one side of your hair a stark black (or dye it, if needed) and bleach the other platinum blonde. Just keep in mind that if you’re lightening black hair, it will take multiple sessions and a bit of time before you can reach your desired platinum shade.
If you want to keep your lightened strands around your face, you’ll be happy to hear that blonde face-framing highlights are another stylish way to rock black-blonde hair. In fact, this trendy look is reminiscent of the eGirl hair color craze! You’re sure to have a contrasted look either way, but how bold you go is in your hands.
For a slightly subtler take on the color, opt for warm, honey face-framing highlights (you can even test the waters at this by using the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Gold to create temporary face-framing strands). For something a bit more daring, turn to that near-white platinum blonde we talked about earlier.
Instead of having to keep up with constant root touch-ups, you’ll be happy to hear that blonde hair with dark roots—and specifically, black roots—is trending. This look involves coloring your entire mane blonde, aside from your roots. There, your hairdresser will use a smudging technique to blend your highlights with your natural black hair color, so you have a seamless transition of shades as your roots start to grow. Pretty ingenious, right?
Ombré on black hair is a low-maintenance option for lightening a dark mane. If minimal upkeep is something you look for in a new hair color, allow us to point you in the direction of a black-to-blonde ombré hair color. This is a foolproof way to incorporate blonde tones into your mane without having to fuss with your roots or worry about your eyebrows being too dark in contrast to your lightened locks.
For those that have box braids, cornrows, or another braided protective hairstyle, you can spice things up by incorporating black and blonde into the look. These two opposing shades complement each other beautifully when weaved together. Also notable, with this protective hairstyle option, you won’t have to worry about damaging your natural hair with bleach in order to get your desired blonde shade. Instead, you’ll be using colored braiding hair to get the look.
Black hair with highlights, particularly black hair with blonde highlights, may be as simple as it gets; but that doesn’t make it any less of a beautiful option. While you can totally go for traditional foil highlights if you want an all-over lighter look, we’re partial to blonde balayage on black hair, thanks to its low-maintenance upkeep. Since your colorist will be hand-painting sun-kissed highlights throughout your mane, you won’t have to worry about a harsh line of demarcation as your roots start to grow out.
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