Blonde moment

How to nail the bold hue

Hair & Beauty
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Photography by Richard Miles, Hair by Nicola Smyth, Make-up by Naomi McKeever, Styling by Magdalena Jacobs

Some rules are made to be broken, but not when it comes to switching up your hair colour. If you’ve been deliberating the idea of going blonde, there are numerous factors to consider: if you wear your hair natural you will need to take the health of your curls and maintenance into account. And even if you’re thinking of donning a wig, you will still need to consider suitable tones and even your choice of outfit! Here’s everything you need to know to get it right...

Talk to a pro colourist

Book a hair appointment with a professional colourist. Online reviews or personal recommendations will point you in the right direction. A colourist will be able to assess the condition of your hair and advise on what tones will suit you too. Also, do your own research and build up a bank of pictures of blonde hairstyles you like. This will give the stylist a true idea of what you want and if it’s achievable.

Blonde-brown ombre hair - TBF Salon
Colour graduation is a clever and safe way to enter the blonde zone [Image: TBF Salon]

Your lifestyle & budget

Colour-treated hair is fragile and will need extra TLC. You will need a sulphate-free shampoo to stop your colour from fading and a conditioning masque to restore moisture as you hair may feel drier than usual.

Accept it may take a while

Hair lightening is a process that may require sitting in the stylist’s chair more than once. Lifting dark hair should be done in stages. If your hair is lightened excessively in one session you run the risk of permanently damaging the elasticity in your curls. You’ll also need to continue using a toning shampoo at home to dial down any yellow tones and reduce the brassy effect.

Blonde Afro hair - Schwarzkopf
Blonde abundant curls will always get noticed! [Image: Schwarzkopf]

Consider your undertone

Undertone is a term used in the beauty industry that refers to the surface under the skin that affects your overall hue. There are three kinds: cool, warm and neutral - and whichever you are will determine which shade of blonde will suit you best. Visit a make-up counter to have your undertone assessed or ask the stylist during your colour consultation.

Vlonde hair - Hype
[Image: Hype]

Make-up & wardrobe

You don’t have to carry out a complete make-up and wardrobe overhaul, but going lighter may require few style tweaks. For example, swapping your favourite red lippie to a nude may suit your new shade better while edgy accessories or brighter clothes will give your look a total revamp. The general rule of thumb is that you should work the colour - not the other way round.

Kara Kia
Fashion writer Kara Kia

Kara Kia

I’ve always wanted blonde hair after seeing so many celebs looking great with the colour. When I went natural, I finally felt my hair was strong enough. Since going blonde I have no regrets: it has all been part of my journey having fun and experimenting with my natural texture.

Kamanza Amihyia
Celebrity make-up artist Kamanza Amihyia

Kamanza Amihyia

I went blonde because my natural hair colour is 70 per cent grey. Because I’m a warm undertone, a cool hue wouldn’t suit me so it’s important I stick to warm colours. A lot of women make the mistake of not knowing their undertone, but it doesn’t mean blonde isn’t for them!

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