At the salon, Chiarot showed celebrity colorist George Papanikolas a few inspiration photos, including a white-blonde ombre on Annabelle Dexter-Jones.
"The rule is to stay within a few shades of your natural color," says Papanikolas, who works with clients like Kerr and Kim Kardashian. "Sarah's in the middle of the spectrum so she can go either way." With naturally darker roots and lighter hair, the familiarity of Dexter-Jones' rock and roll fade-not to mention the easy maintenance-convinced Chiarot to try baby blonde tips. Papanikolas added a final vote of confidence: "Going brunette is a major change. Unless you're prepared to embrace it, I tend to not recommend it."
Though intimidated by the new length, Chiarot was thrilled with the icy blonde. A brighter, polished version of what she walked in with marks the perfect start to the new year!