If the saying blondes have more fun can be attributed to the fact that blonde hair colour is so diverse and multifaceted, then we’d have to agree with that statement. You can’t describe blonde hair in one universal way: There’s dirty blonde, sandy blonde, ice blonde, golden blonde, platinum blonde… We could go on. And one thing’s for sure: The It blonde shade of summer 2016 is without a doubt the “high-lift blonde.” It’s not platinum, it’s not icy—it’s just a more modern take on bleached hair (think less Pam Anderson and more Kate Bosworth).
Celebs everywhere are turning their flaxen locks this bright, high-fashion hue for summer, forgoing beach-bunny blonde and opting for something a bit more editorial. Sorry, white blonde—golden bleached hair is now taking strands by storm, and we’re loving every minute of it. Check out some of our favourite blonde celebrities rocking the shade of the moment below.
Margot Robbie had to go platinum (and pink and blue) for Suicide Squad, but lately, for the press tour, she’s taken her locks to a sunny new hue (with dark roots, to boot).
“[This colour] is a high-lift blonde with highlights to give it a multidimensional and more natural look,” says celebrity colourist Rita Hazan. If you’re thinking of taking the blonde plunge, fair warning: “Be careful. Not everyone can pull this colour off. It can go so very orange if your base is too dark and you try to lighten it up too much. Ask for a colour that works with your skin tone and hair colour with pictures as inspiration, but not direction,” she urges.
The supermodel is a bit of a hair trendsetter (remember when buddy T.Swift opted for the same side-parted bob with bangs shortly after Kloss made the chop?). Now, Kloss is following the trend, taking her already blonde hair to a brighter new dimension.
We’ve seen the fashion mogul go mega-blonde before, but this chic new shade makes her hair look like spun gold. We dig!
If you choose to get this colour done yourself, Tiffanie Richards, colourist at Nunzio Saviano Salon in NYC, has some tips for you: “I always suggest bringing photos into the salon if you have a specific look in mind. If you for some reason don’t have access to a photo, I would emphasise that you’re looking for a super-bright beige/pale blonde with minimal contrast.”
As far as care goes, Richards says it’s all in the conditioner: “Conditioner is the most important product you can use when going super blonde. Without conditioner, it’s inevitable that your hair will break. This look has to be taken care of at home just as much as in the salon. While in the salon, you can ask your colourist to use Olaplex. This product is absolutely amazing. It goes right into the lightener and works while your hair is getting blonder, preventing all breakage.”
Hazan swears by her three-step system for ideal upkeep. “Shampoo, gloss, and condition—this will keep hair hydrated and you won’t lose the colour. The gloss step is very important for keeping hair healthy and colour vibrant. I recommend using my Breaking Brass gloss (£20) every time you wash. It prevents fading and brassiness while keeping the hair shiny and healthy. It’s also important to use a product like my Triple Threat Split End Remedy (£23) to avoid breakage.”
What’s your favourite hair colour to wear in the summertime? Tell us below!