A Guide to Blonde Hair Care

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Blonde hair might lack pigment, but it certainly isn't lacking in desire. You may be thinking of switching to shimmering golden locks and figuring out what blonde hair color matches you best as your first step.

In this article, we'll review the ins and outs of blonde tresses, from the different types of blondes, shades of blonde hair, hair care, and color correction. So whether you want to leave brunette behind or maintain already blonde hair, we have you covered.

Different Types of Blonde Hair

A blonde is a blonde, right? Well, not so fast. There are many different types of blondes, and narrowing down options for your desired look may be needed.

1. Natural Blonde Hair

Natural blonde hair is rare, with only a small percentage of the population being lucky enough to flaunt that naturally golden hue. This is due to a lack of the pigment, eumelanin, that makes hair darker. As natural blonde hair is more porous, it is susceptible to environmental stressors and products. Purple shampoo can be used to tone your natural blonde.

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2. Bleaching Virgin Dark Hair to Blonde

If you decide to bleach your virgin dark hair to blonde, it's important to understand that hair may take one to several sessions to go from dark to light to minimize damage from bleaching.

3. Blonde Babylights or Balayage

If you're not ready to go all in, babylights or a balayage is a beautiful way to lighten your look. A balayage gets painted on for a sun-kissed, natural appearance, whereas babylights utilize foil to look like a thinner highlight. This path offers lower maintenance and grows out without being as noticeable as all-over bleaching, meaning fewer trips to the salon and a more affordable style for you.

4. Highlights or Lowlights

Highlights are different from balayage as well. It makes a statement or a subtle change by brightening up your hair. They create subtle dimension to enrich your natural color. Lowlights also create dimension and contrast your all-over color by darkening strands. Those with darker strands are great candidates for highlights, whereas those with blonde locks may benefit from lowlights.

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Different Shades of Blonde Hair

If choosing a nail color is tough, this might be a challenge. Not only do you have to decide how to incorporate blonde into your strands, but you also have to choose which blonde. There are several different types of blonde shades, but let's look at a few of the most common.

  • Platinum, or "white blonde": Platinum or white blonde pairs well with fair complexions and pink undertones, working best for those who are already blonde or have a lighter hair color.
  • Ash blonde: Ash blonde is a cool shade of blonde that is often composed of gray, silver, and icy white hues. It is similar to platinum, but slightly darker, making it easier to maintain. This shade may match better for those with a darker natural color and fair skin with cool undertones.
  • Golden blonde: This is a warmer shade of blonde, exuding summer vibes and pairing well with warm skin tones. It is an excellent choice for brunettes who want to lighten up while reducing hair damage and maintenance.
  • Strawberry blonde: Strawberry blonde combines light red with warm blonde, resulting in a soft copper shade. An excellent choice for our red-headed beauties who want to soften things up, strawberry blonde looks amazing on those with fair, cool, or neutral skin tones.

The struggle to keep your blonde hair bright and bold might be difficult. Maintaining a diligent routine for your blonde hair is crucial, yet sometimes, dullness and brassiness can still sneak in and diminish your radiance. Use the right products and steps to brighten your blonde hair to keep that vibrancy.

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