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Think about classic Hollywood stars, and one common feature is likely to emerge: beautiful blonde hair! Blonde hair is always in style, but certain actresses from the 1950s sported a seriously stunning take on this hair color. Since everything old is new again, this lighter-than-light hair color trend is becoming popular right here in 2018. Keep reading to learn how to get an Old Hollywood-inspired blonde hair color and get tips for caring for your newly color-treated hair.
Before jumping into the blonde hair color game, there’s something you should keep in mind. Going lighter with your hair color requires bleaching. The darker your starting shade, the more sessions it may take to achieve your desired level of blonde hair. If you have very dark brown hair and want to go super-light, then it’s a good idea to see a professional. When you go the salon route, make sure to bring photos of the hair color you want so that your colorist can bring your old Hollywood-inspired blonde hair color to life in a way that makes you happy. If you’re only changing your hair color by one or two levels, then you have the option of DIYing your hair color at home (more on that next!).
Another factor to keep in mind is that blonde hair—regardless of the shade—does take quite a bit of maintenance to help keep it looking fresh. So, you’ll want to book regular salon appointments for touchups or keep extra boxes of at-home hair dye on-hand so that you can touch up your roots whenever needed. While lived-in roots are definitely trendy these days, old Hollywood-inspired blonde hair is all about being pristinely blonde.
Ready to take the plunge and rock and old Hollywood-inspired blonde hair color? If you’re interested in taking the at-home hair color route, then we’ve got you covered. Try the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Very Light Natural Blonde. Make sure to follow the instructions included with the packaging, and keep an extra box of hair dye on hand for touchups.
Once you have your blonde hair, it’s important to change the way you take care of it. Color-treated hair—especially blonde, color-treated hair—has specific needs. Blonde hair can become brassy, so it’s a good idea to use a shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask formulated for this particular type of dyed hair. We have just the answer. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shade Reviving Treatment. Once or twice a week, swap the conditioner out for the hair mask.
Beyond your hair-washing routine, another step you can take is using a root cover up spray in between touchups. Try the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up, which comes in two shades of blonde. Spray color onto new growth and partly through the length of your hair to blend in the color. It washes out in one shampoo.
As far as styling goes, old Hollywood-inspired blonde hair looks gorgeous when paired with voluminous curls. That means heat styling will be involved to get this look. Always use a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Thermal Smoother Cream, before reaching for any heat tools. Once you’ve applied heat protectant, blow-dry your hair, then curl it with a large barrel curling iron. Finish with a spritz of a shine-enhancing hair spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray.
Not sure if an old Hollywood-inspired hair color is the right shade of blonde for your skin tone? There are plenty of other blonde hues for you to choose from. For more blonde hair color ideas, here are The Best Blonde Hair Colors for Every Skin Tone.