It’s debatable whether those with blonde hair have more fun, but one things for sure—no one ever said that having blonde hair is easier. If you’re considering swapping your current hair color for a beautiful blonde hair color, you’ll need all the help you can get. We’re talking hair color, hair care products, and hairstyling products. And thankfully, we can assist. We’re sharing 10 tips for blonde hair below.
Blonde Hair Color Tip #1: Choose Your Color Based on Skin Tone
Anyone can pull off blonde hair—if they find the right shade. The blonde hair hue that suits you depends on your skin tone. Follow this handy guide:
If you have a light skin tone…try ash blonde hair. Leave warm-toned blondes for your friends with deeper skin tones. Instead, opt for this silvery shade, which is can help make your features pop.
If you have a medium skin tone…try honey blonde hair. This shade is super-sweet—just like honey—and can help awaken medium skin tones.
If you have a dark skin tone…try caramel blonde hair. A caramel color can help brighten the look of your complexion for an overall gorgeous look.
If you’re none of the above…try platinum blonde hair. Maybe you started summer off with pale skin, but plan to be nice and tan by the season’s end. In that case, choose a universally flattering, icy blonde.
Blonde Hair Color Tip #2: DIY your Blonde ‘Do
Going blonde doesn’t have to mean a pricy trip to the salon. With an at-home hair color kit, anyone can become blonde—from the comfort of their own home. Of course, if you’re starting with a dark brown or black hair color, you may need to bleach your mane first. Once your locks are lightened, reach for a shade of the L’Oréal Paris Féria, L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference, or L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme that works with your coloring. Follow the instructions included with your boxed dye of choice and before you know it, you’ll be blonde.
Blonde Hair Color Tip #3: Pair Blonde Hair with Highlights
Worried your new hue might fall flat? That’s where highlights come in! A few strategically placed, shimmering strands will add dimension to your blonde hair and take your look to the next level. And guess what? You can DIY highlights, too. Customize your own highlights with L’Oréal Paris Touch-On Highlights, and ultra-easy-to-use highlighting kit.
Blonde Hair Color Tip #4: Consider an Ombré Look
There’s a reason ombré hair is so popular! Besides looking amazing, it’s one of the easiest types of hair color to maintain. That’s because you don’t have to worry about rushing to the salon for touch-ups; as it grows out, it looks completely natural. And since going totally blonde tends to require a lot of upkeep, ombré hair can be an easier alternative.
Blonde Hair Color Tip #5: Use Shampoo and Conditioner Meant for Blondes
When you switch-up your hair color, it isn’t only your color that changes. Your hair care routine should be updated right along with it. You’ll need to swap out your regular old shampoo and conditioner for ones that are meant for color-treated hair, and in this case, specifically for blondes. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Conditioner, which work together to neutralize unwanted brass tones while hydrating over-processed hair. Gently massage the shampoo into wet hair, then rinse and follow up with the conditioner. Leave the conditioner on for 1-2 minutes before rinsing.
Blonde Hair Color Tip #6: Don’t Forget a Shade-Reviving Treatment
Your hair care routine won’t be complete without a hair treatment. Once a week, after shampooing, use the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shade Reviving Treatment in place of conditioner. Leave it on for 3-5 minutes before rinsing.
Blonde Hair Color Tip #7: Make Time for Hair Masks
Just as it’s important to pamper your skin with face masks on a regular basis, you’ll want to do the same for your strands. For a trendy take on hair masks, opt for a hair sheet mask. Choose from the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Deep Moisture Hair Sheet Mask, which is meant for dry hair, and the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Intense Repair Hair Sheet Mask, which is meant for damaged hair. Both hair sheet masks are sulfate-free and only necessitate five minutes of your time. To use, hop into the shower and shampoo your strands as per usual. After rinsing out the shampoo, twist and wrap your hair into the hair mask and secure with the provided sticker. Gently massage to coat hair and carry on with your shower for five minutes. Then, you’re free to remove and rinse.
Blonde Hair Color Tip #8: Give Heat Styling a Break
It’s no secret that dyeing your hair can cause damage. That’s why after coloring, it can be a good idea to embrace your natural texture and take a break from heat styling. And thankfully, that doesn’t mean you’ll have to give up on having perfectly coiffed hair. With a few spritzes of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray, you can have stylish, heat-free waves.
Blonde Hair Color Tip #9: Hide Unsightly Root Growth
If ombré hair isn’t your thing, you’ll undoubtedly have to deal with visible roots. As your hair gets longer, and your natural roots start to show, it often isn’t a pretty picture. Dark roots set again blonde ends can leave you looking unkempt. That’s certainly a motivator to keep up with coloring your hair, but unfortunately, it’s often easier said than done to refresh your color before your roots come in. Seriously, it happens to the best of us. In those cases, when you just won’t have time to color your hair again for another week or two, turn to a temporary root touch up spray. Spray the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up (available in two shades of blonde) directly onto new growth and in a matter of seconds, your roots will be hidden.
Blonde Hair Color Tip #10: Lighten Your Makeup
There’s a chance your favorite makeup looks won’t look quite as good after you go blonde, especially if you’re partial to dark eye and lip makeup. With soft blonde hair, those sultry shades often seem too harsh. That’s why you may need to start using a lighter eyeliner and switch to a brown—rather than black—mascara.
Blonde hair isn’t all the same! If you aren’t sure what your options are in terms of blonde hues, find your shade in our article, From Platinum to Dirty Blonde: 7 Stunning Blonde Hair Ideas.