Blonde…bombshell or bomb?

All blondes are not created equally: They range from warm, honey shades to cool ash blondes, each one is carefully customized for each individual and skin type.

A Morgan & Morgan colorist will evaluate your skin tone to develop the perfect blonde for you—so your haircolor can look as good as those California girls with their perfect blonde haircolor.

Here in New Zealand, we seem to have a bit of a fear of warmth in our blondes. Its a strange contradiction that at the same time our clients will be asking for ash or no gold they are often accompanied with images of Hollywood stars with honey, caramel and toffee coloured hair. I think our fear comes from a time when incorrect choice of product or over-use of bleaching products lead to raw brassy or yellow blondes. With the change in fashion and technique, and the popularity of the ombre or balliage blonde we are now more open to sun-kissed tones that look way more natural than the old-school bleached highlights.

We’ve all seen it, blondes can either be gorgeous modern and seamless like Jennifer Anniston or Gwyneth Paltrow, or they can just bomb like the ‘Girls from the Playboy Mansion’

As a colourist, to ensure I get the perfect result, I always ask two questions, “Cool or Warm?” and “Dark or Light?”

Cool or warm?

Do you suit silver or gold? If I look in your wardrobe am I going to find cool ‘beach’ tones…sand, stone, beige, white, blue, green or am I going to see warm ‘fire’ colours…gold, orange, brown, tan, orange? If you are a ‘beach blonde, your skin tone is cool and best tones are icy blondes or beige blondes that have little or no yellow or gold. If you are ‘fire’, then golden warm blondes are best for your skin tone.

Light or dark?

As colourists we categorise hair by its depth (and we have the numbering system that we quote, not to confuse you, but because we forget that you can’t speak ‘color-ese’)

Levels 2 (darkest brown) to 5 (light brown are our darks…you are technically a brunette. Levels 6 (dark blonde to 9 (lights blonde) are our lights….your are definitely a blonde

If you are naturally a ‘dark’ your skin will look better, your eyes brighter and overall you will look fresh and youthful with either a cool rich chocolate with maybe a few cool blonde accents or as an amazing redhead

To keep the looks natural I like to maintain depth and create natural looking highlights with modern antiquing and ombré techniques, then I advise the guest to have a color glaze from the Vibrance range applied between highlight appointments to maintain shine, richness or minimize brassiness.

Its not how blonde…but where the blonde is!

Over the years, I have gained in experience and in confidence at guiding my clients to the best blonde for them. I personally will try and avoid powder lighteners (bleach) on all but the most stubborn hair as I prefer a color that is believable rather than straight-out-of-a-color-bowl blonde. Maintenance is critical…I know after 25 years of colouring, I can give you a create colour today but what is it going to look like in 1 week,1 month from now. Hairlines, part-lines, underneath layers have to be strategically placed to ensure maximum longevity and the most natural looking results. There is NOTHING worse than grown out roots but with the right coloring technique and product choice this can be minimized by an experienced colourist.

So many stylists skip the at home maintenance conversation, but the truth is, we hairdressers take care of our own locks with the best products available, and when we give you advice, its just because we want the same for you!. We all have clients who say their color doesn’t last when we know that with the right care this would not be a problem.

Hair is an amazingly durable, yet frustratingly fragile fibre and the process we use to change its natural color means that extra care is needed if you want your hair to shine. This is more important with blondes than in any other hair color. Blonde hair (generally speaking) tends to be finer and therefore is already more fragile than our raven haired sisters! If you think about hair texture like you would think about rope…fine hair is like a piece of silk, medium hair is string and coarse hair is rope! If your hair is fine, you are already dealing with a delicate fire and making sure you keep it strong it vital to getting a great colour result.

Schwarzkopf have a whole range dedicated just to the fairer heads – BlondeMe has salon products to create the colour and then take home to keep it looking fresh.

When you book for your ‘blonde’ appointment, take heed of the advice of your colourist…they really do have your best interest at heart.

Go on, get gorgeous blonde haircolor, all without sacrificing your hair health.

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